Set Up A Simple Recharging Station For Guests

Portable electronic devices have proliferated and a guest in your home is likely to have all sorts of devices that need juice — iPods, phones, digital cameras — tuck an extension cord away to serve as an immediate and accessible guest recharging station.

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At the technology blog Unplggd, they share a great tip for making sure it's easy for your guests to plug in their laptops or other devices:

When friends come over, there's a good chance these days they'll be toting their laptop, cameras and more. With everyone on the go we all come equipped and usually have a little work to do somewhere. Try plugging in an extension cord that's solely meant for the use of your guests. That way they don't have to go digging behind your sofa or under a table to plug in.

We've expand on this suggestion and include a few essentials on a small tray that could be tucked out of sight like a universal wall-to-USB charger and a USB mini-B cable. Adding in those two small additions would greatly expand the number of devices your guests could charge.

Have a tip to help make your home more tech-comfortable for your guests? Let's hear about it in the comments.

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    I've always kept an empty powerboard near the couch for guests (and me!) to plug laptops in to.

    Ikea has a nice, compact, wall-mounted recharging station that doubles as a laptop shelf. about $69.

    Perfect for my small guest bedroom ... that I sometimes retreat to with my laptop to getaway from the not-so-quiet family.

    Care of a powerboard on the end, the floor snake is a handy feature, albeit leaving a bit of a cluttered look. It is kicked into the corner for a (temporary) neater look. The people who live here definitely use this more than the visiting people, but it is open to all.


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