Are you tired of crawling on the floor to plug something into your power strip? The Tower (or as I call it, “The Tower of Power”) by The Art of Power is here to save the day. If you’re like me (or even if you’re not like me) I’m just not as agile as I used to be and I have to call one of my kids to come help me with the wiring in my tech room. The Tower takes everything to a new level (pun intended) and raises the bar (pun intended again) for power strips by bringing the power strip to you.
The Tower is basically a four outlet power strip with two USB ports on a pedestal. This was born out of the necessity of it’s inventor, Gwen Beldock. Gwen has Lupus. She enjoys doing crafts and needed to plug in a glue gun. She wanted to bring the power strip up to her level and so she took an extension cord and duct taped it to an old pedestal fan base.
The Tower does look like a pedestal fan, except without the fan. The base is weighted, so it remains steady and does not tip over. When I got the Tower out of the box, I placed it in the living room, next to my reading chair, and plugged it in. The Tower has a flat plug for plugging it into the wall. The power cord comes into the plug at a right-angle. It is easier to plug in and doesn’t stick out like conventional power cords. If you have to feed the 8 foot power cable behind furniture in order to plug it in, then there’s no need to worry.
I also attached the tablet/cell phone caddy, which provides a place to rest your tablet and cell phone while they’re charging. The caddy is not required and can be removed if you’re limited on space and want to make the Tower slimmer. The first thing I noticed after turning on the Tower (there is a power switch in the center of the strip) is the two bright blue LEDs. One LED indicates the unit is grounded and the other indicates surge protection. The Tower is UL listed and has a 15A circuit breaker. It also boasts an EMI and RFI filter, 1800 Joules, 500 volts clamping voltage, less than one nanosecond response time, 40,000 amps maximum surge current, and 15 Amps/125 Volts/1875 Watts continuous duty electrical. I am not an electrical person and I have no idea what all that means, but it sounds real impressive! I bet it drives the girls crazy!
One thing that impressed me was the removable base. If you need to save even more room and you want to put the Tower between the wall and some furniture, all you have to do is remove some screws and half the base can be pulled away. I moved the Tower from the living room to my bedroom. I removed the base and placed the Tower between the wall and my bedside night stand. It fits nicely and now I have a place to plug in my numerous devices. It even fits with the tablet caddy and I can slide my Nexus 10 into the tablet holder. I really like the caddy, because it’s not designed for one specific device, like only an iPad or only an iPhone. My Nexus 10 and my Moto X (with a case) fit just fine in the caddy. Before the Tower, I was placing everything on my nightstand and then I had less room for other things and it just looked cluttered. I just wish the caddy was also big enough for a Chromebook. Maybe Gwen will add that to the next version.
It would also be nice if there were more than just two USB charging ports. This is 2016 and most people have more than one smart device to plug in. In our house it would be several phones, the tablet, and a couple of Chromebooks. The Tower does not support Qualcomm Quick Charging, but that’s okay with me. I usually leave my tech plugged in overnight. There is just one thing that really bothers me about the Tower. The two LED lights I mentioned. I am a light-sensitive sleeper. I really need the room to be dark. Because of where I have the Tower positioned, the two LEDs bore a hole like a laser through my eyes every night. I ended up taking a piece of electrical tape and placing it over the LEDs. I hope that’s not a bad thing, but I sleep better that way.
The Tower is professionally made. It looks like a lot of care went into the design and manufacturing of this product. It’s not just slapped together. I also feel better plugging my tech into a surge protected power strip instead of directly into a wall outlet. The Tower can be ordered from Amazon for $79.99. Sure, you can get a good, high-quality conventional power strip for about $20-$30 less, but I’d rather not crawl around on the floor.Get it from Amazon