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Chapter 7. Hardware Annoyances > LIGHTEN YOUR POWER LOAD

LIGHTEN YOUR POWER LOAD

The Annoyance:

It never fails: I fall in love with some cute little gadget for my PC, only to find that it requires an AC adapter that could double as an anchor for an oil tanker. I have enough bricks under my desk to rebuild Hadrian's Wall. How can I clear out the brick-a-brac?

The Fix:

A smart, though not cheap, fix for this AC traffic jam is the DC Hub from GoldX (http://snipurl.com/goldx_hub). This $30 hub can power up to five electronic devices that would ordinarily need their own AC adapters. You can run one 12-volt, one 9-volt, and three 5-volt devices simultaneously. It's ideal for providing a constant stream of power to different devices, such as a label printer, cordless mouse, cable modem, router, USB hub, and other typical items found connected to a PC. The downside? You also need the company's $30 PowerCore Base unit with surge protector to power the hub.


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