Built-in fuses protect against power surges
Can be used on every continent
Two AC outlets and four USB ports
US, AUS, EU, and UK plug adapters
Easy to pack
Doesn’t convert voltage
Have to keep track of multiple adapter plugs
So, you’re getting ready for your next international adventure and you want to make sure you have everything you need. Do you have a travel adapter on your list? If you don’t already own one, check out the PowerBear Travel Adapter and Surge Protection Strip. The nifty gadget has two AC outlets, four USB ports, and four international plug adapters which allow it to charge six devices at once and anywhere in the world. If this sounds like a device you could use—whether you frequently travel with family or you have a lot of electronics on hand—keep reading for our full review.
Design: Not too bulky
While the PowerBear is larger than your average adapter thanks to its power strip design and attached cord, it still isn’t very big. The device measures 9.6 x 2.3 x 1.1 inches and while it’s long, it’s pretty slim. If you’re trying to charge a DSLR camera and a laptop at the same time, you’ll probably run into issues trying to use both grounded outlets at once. Our camera charger takes up a lot of surface area, so it ended up covering part of the second outlet making it unusable. If you can get away with using a few of the USB ports instead, though, being able to only use one AC outlet at a time shouldn’t pose too big of a problem.
Our camera charger takes up a lot of surface area, so it ended up covering part of the second outlet making it unusable.
The power strip is outfitted with a built-in US plug, but it comes with EU, AUS, and UK adapters as well. You just plug them onto the end, and voila! You’re ready to go. It might seem like the plugs won’t connect at first, but don’t worry—it just takes a bit of elbow grease to get them in all the way.
Performance: Does its job well
We took the PowerBear Travel Adapter Strip along on a recent trip to Ireland and it efficiently charged all our devices. We tested it out with our laptop and phone and it worked exactly as expected—both with and without a converter. With four USB ports and two AC outlets, you can charge up to six devices at once, so it’s ideal for those traveling with friends, family, or just a lot of personal electronics.
We took the PowerBear Travel Adapter along on a recent trip to Ireland and it efficiently charged all our devices.
Limitations: Not a voltage converter
Even though the PowerBear is bigger than a lot of travel adapters, this device doesn’t convert voltage—it can only accept 100 to 240 volts. While it’s suitable for small electronics like smartphones, tablets, and wearables, you will need a converter for higher-powered devices like irons, blow dryers, and computers. For reference, most North American outlets provide 120 volts whereas European ones can pump out almost double that. If you don’t use a converter, you risk frying your device with too-powerful voltage.
Price: Varies, but you can get a good deal
The PowerBear Travel Adapter retails for roughly $12 making it more cost effective than most others on the market. Couple that with the fact that it offers double if not triple the amount of ports and outlets, and it’s a great deal.
Competition: Smaller adapters and two-in-one adapter/converters
HAOZI Universal Travel Adapter: Looking for a smaller adapter that comes with all the same capabilities? The box-shaped HAOZI adapter is equipped with four plugs (US, EU, UK, and AUS) that slide in and out for compact storage. It only has one AC outlet and two USB ports, but it is an extremely compact gadget. Just keep in mind that if you plan to use it with high-power electronics, you will need to buy a separate converter.
Travel Ready AC Power Adapter: If you’re only traveling to countries that use the Type E/F plug (the two-pronged one), the Travel Ready will be your new best friend. It’s a small adapter with a built-in surge protector that can charge two devices at once. The gadget’s bright purple color ensures you’ll never forget it at a hotel or Airbnb.
Foval Power Step Down Voltage Converter: The Foval is very similar to the PowerBear Travel Adapter. It’s outfitted with two grounded US outlets as well as four USB ports for charging phones. The difference here is that the two-in-one Foval also acts as a converter so you don’t have to purchase one separately if you’re looking to power larger devices.
- Product Name Travel Adapter and Surge Protection Strip
- Product Brand PowerBear
- MPN IPC-2A4U
- Price $13.99
- Weight 15 oz.
- Warranty Lifetime warranty
- Power Rating 5V 4A 20W
- USB Charger 4 x 5V/2.4A Max (each port)
- Rated Power 1250W (125V 10A)
- Input Voltage 100V to 250V