Zero Grid Electronics Travel Organizer & Tech Dopp review

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Managing cables and dongles is getting easier, but the curse of mobile battery usage and the need for chargers is still with us. Traveling with your full kit for a few days can really escalate that, since you usually have to dig out the chargers that live under your desk, or under/beside your bed. As a solution to this problem we all face, Zero-Grid sent us a black (Midnight) Electronics Travel Organizer & Tech Dopp to test. It’s also available in grey (Shadow). Let’s see the results.

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The Electronics Travel Organizer & Tech Dopp (kinda rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?) is exactly what it sounds like: It’s an organizer for your electronics and tech, just like a Dopp kit is an organizer for your toiletries. I’m sure we’ve all experienced the frustrating tangle of wires that the chargers, headphones, and adapter cables becomes when shoved into a backpack pocket or such. And twist-ties or cable ties have little value, especially when they fall off the small hotel room desk, never to be seen again. The ETO&TD is a 9″ x 4.5″ zippered bag that is slightly less than 2″ thick when it’s packed tight. The one-way zipper is a YKK nylon coil with a paracord pull that goes around three sides and all four corners, such that the whole thing can be laid open. There is a one-inch web strap that is sewn between the two ends of the zipper as a handle for when it’s all packed.

Inside, there are three dividers sewn into the seams: two stiff cards with ten elastic bands across the short dimension on each side, and a ripstop nylon zippered pouch slightly shorter than the cards. (For size comparison, the pouch can almost hold an iPhone 6/6s/7 Plus, but not quite.) Everything is bound heavily with bias tape, and tightly stitched. The two cards have a half-inch or so of ripstop between them and the hinge, so that if something thick is placed on the outside-facing side, there is room for it to sit up and not cause problems fitting in other items.

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The idea is to wind up various cords and chargers, and place them under the elastic so that they don’t get tangled with one another. I was able to fit my MacBook Pro charger, the Archer Dock for Apple Watch, an iPad charger, my EarPods and a Lightning cable into the ETO&TD and zip it up. That bit of kit will keep everything going for as long as I have access to power every 8-10 hours. And it will all arrive neatly, without any tangles.

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I could find nothing really wrong with the ETO&TD. I compared it to a Cocoon GridIt that I have, which has a similar design, but bands crossing randomly at right angles. While similar, I’ve found the GridIt gets warped because it has elastic on only one side. With the ETO&TD, there is a balance, even though there are no crossing pieces.

Source: The sample for this review was provided by ZeroGrid. Please visit their site for more info and Amazon to order.

 

 

Product Information

Price:$25
Manufacturer:Zero Grid
Retailer:Amazon
Requirements:
  • none
Pros:
  • Easily isolates various tech from getting lost in the shuffle, or getting tangled
  • Well made from quality materials
  • Can hold quite a few items, yet is customizable.
Cons:
  • None.
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