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Allocacoc PowerCube review

on May 21, 2014 11:00 am

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As a power electronics user, I have lots of gadgets, but never enough power plugs for them. At home I usually have cables that run from my power strip to my desk. But when I’m traveling, I’m always scurrying around to find a spare plug and find that I never have enough outlets.  I recently had the chance to review the PowerCube from Allocacoc, and was super excited to find out they sent me one of each style of their PowerCube!

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I received four different types of PowerCubes to try out:

  • PowerCube Original available in Kelly Green – this cube has outlets on all six sides.
  • PowerCube Original USB available in Cobalt Blue – this cube has outlets on five sides, and 2 USB ports for charging on the sixth side (Output 5V/2100 mA).
  • PowerCube Extended available in Boston Red -this cube is the same as the original with outlets on all six sides with a five foot extension cord fitted to it, so it can be mounted. A stick-on dock is included.
  • PowerCube Extended USB available in Trolley Grey – same as the extended with USB charging on one of the sides.

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One of the advertised uses for multiple PowerCubes was to attach them in a row if extra outlets were needed. I decided to try this with the “Original” and “Original Extended”.

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These are the little docks that are included with the PowerCube. You can add it to any side, and stick it to the top of your desk, or any surface.

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One thing I noticed is that they aren’t branded with 3M or another well known strong adhesive, so I waited to see how long this would stick.

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I added the Extended PowerCube to my wall outlet, and added the PowerCube Original with the sticky docks.

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It was pretty easy to snap them in and off I went, plugging in all my devices.

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I was concerned that with all of my devices plugged in, the weight of everything would cause the adhesive on the docks to unstick. Sure enough, after three days, the cubes fell on the floor. So much for that idea! I should have stuck the cubes on top of my desk as they suggested.

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I used the other cubes around my house.  I wanted to see if the Original USB version would be good for my wall outlet, but sadly the cube was too big to fit alongside another three prong plug.  If only it was a bit thinner!

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The PowerCubes were great and added some very useful extra plugs when needed. One bummer was that when I pulled out my USB cable from one of the USB PowerCubes – it broke!  Maybe the USB cable was too tight in the USB port, but I’m surprised that this happened.

PowerCubes are priced from $12.95 to $24.95 and are available from Allocacoc.

 

Product Information

Price:$12.95 - $24.95
Manufacturer:Allocacoc
Requirements:
  • Power outlet
Pros:
  • Adds multiple power outlets
Cons:
  • Easy to break apart if not careful

Comments

  1. 1
    Sandee Cohen says:

    Did you happen to try an Apple iPhone or iPad with a non-Apple cable?

    I’ve found that non-Apple devices such as these for USB power fail. For some reason, Apple products are very fussy when it comes to third-party devices.

  2. 2

    @Sandee No I didn’t, as all my devices are Android/microUSB devices!

  3. 3
    andix says:

    Allocacoc. Cocacolla. Well thought-out brand name. From the makers of Yenomymgnivasmi …

  4. 4
    Khoi says:

    Customer support Allocacoc:

    We are a design company that gives new twists an existing things that haven’t changed for decades. Even our company name is a ‘twist’.
    The PowerCube is a reinvention of the boring traditional power strip.

    -Regarding falling cubes: when mounting the PowerCubes upside down, we recommend to use screws. The dock has 2 small holes for screwing.
    -Regarding the broken PowerCube: we have noticed that our previous courier wasn’t gentle with our packages. We recently added more wrapping protection and changed courier.
    All PowerCubes damaged by the courier will be replaced by us.

    @ Elizabeth, thank you for your review, sorry to hear that one of our products got damaged, we will sent you a new one.

  5. 5

    @Khoi, I will re-mount my cubes with a screw, indeed a good idea. Thanks for the replacement!!

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    Andrew Baker says:

    I like this idea. I tend to bolt power strips under my desk for this reason.

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