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PlugBook power strip can be hi...
The PlugBook can be kept on a bookshelf and easily grabbed whenever needed
The PlugBook can be kept on a bookshelf and easily grabbed whenever needed
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Designer Dave Hakkens wanted the PlugBook to be something which could be stored in open view so that it would always be available
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Designer Dave Hakkens wanted the PlugBook to be something which could be stored in open view so that it would always be available
PlugBook boasts two power sockets and two 2-amp USB sockets for recharging you phone or other gadgets
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PlugBook boasts two power sockets and two 2-amp USB sockets for recharging you phone or other gadgets
PlugBook is ready for production,meeting all safety regulations
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PlugBook is ready for production,meeting all safety regulations
Measuring 9.6 x 6 x 2.1 inches (243 x 152 x 55 mm) the PlugBook is planned to come in two versions, one for use in the U.S., and another to be used across Europe
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Measuring 9.6 x 6 x 2.1 inches (243 x 152 x 55 mm) the PlugBook is planned to come in two versions, one for use in the U.S., and another to be used across Europe
More international socket versions are planned for the future, if the products are successful
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More international socket versions are planned for the future, if the products are successful
The PlugBook can be kept on a bookshelf and easily grabbed whenever needed
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The PlugBook can be kept on a bookshelf and easily grabbed whenever needed
The Kickstarter funding (if successful) will be used to invest in molds, certifications and packaging
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The Kickstarter funding (if successful) will be used to invest in molds, certifications and packaging
Made from ABS plastic, PlugBook will come in four colors: white, black, "encyclopedia" red and a yet to be determined color
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Made from ABS plastic, PlugBook will come in four colors: white, black, "encyclopedia" red and a yet to be determined color
Hakkens worked with Dutch plug specialists Designcord to create the PlugBook
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Hakkens worked with Dutch plug specialists Designcord to create the PlugBook
PlugBook is a power strip/extension cord which has been designed to look like a book
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PlugBook is a power strip/extension cord which has been designed to look like a book
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Power cables are a necessary evil of technological life - until we all get wireless electricity - and while a tangled and fully loaded power strip is annoying, we always find there's something insanely irksome about trying to find your seemingly hidden (and equally tangled) "spare" extension cord. Well, PlugBook is a power strip/extension cord which has been designed to look like a book ... so that it can be neatly stored on your bookshelf when not in use.

Currently heading towards a goal of US$45,000 on Kickstarter, the PlugBook is the brain-child of Netherlands-based designer Dave Hakkens, who said he wanted to create an extension cord which would always be on hand. Hakkens wanted something which could be stored in open view so that it would always be available when it came to charging a laptop, drilling a hole or connecting a lamp.

His solution is a power strip/extension cord which is shaped like a large book and features a retractable 10-ft (3-m) cable. Hakkens says this means that when the PlugBook - which boasts two power sockets and two 2-amp USB sockets for recharging you phone or other gadgets - can be kept on a bookshelf and easily grabbed whenever needed.

Measuring 9.6 x 6 x 2.1 inches (243 x 152 x 55 mm) the PlugBook is planned to come in two versions, one for use in the U.S., and another to be used across Europe. Both versions are made from ABS plastic and will come in four colors: White, black, "encyclopedia" red and a yet to be determined color. A button on the "spine" of the PlugBook automatically rewinds the cable back into the device.

Measuring 9.6 x 6 x 2.1 inches (243 x 152 x 55 mm) the PlugBook is planned to come in two versions, one for use in the U.S., and another to be used across Europe
Measuring 9.6 x 6 x 2.1 inches (243 x 152 x 55 mm) the PlugBook is planned to come in two versions, one for use in the U.S., and another to be used across Europe

The U.S. version will have overcurrent protection and an on/off switch along with the two type B sockets and Nem 5-15 plug, meaning it can also be used in Canada, Mexico and Venezuela among other places. The EU version has overheating protection, two schuko sockets and a CEE7/7 plug, meaning it's good for use across most of Europe. More international socket versions are planned for the future, if the products are successful.

Hakkens says he has worked with Dutch plug specialists Designcord to make sure the US$29.95 PlugBook is ready for production, including meeting all safety regulations, and that he has produced a 3D print model and all the technical drawings needed. The Kickstarter funding (if successful) will be used to invest in molds, certifications and packaging. Pledge options begin at $20.

More information is available in his pitch video, below.

Source: Kickstarter

Plugbook on kickstarter

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6 comments
Nantha
Great idea! It is almost always difficult to find your extension cord. This is especially useful for the living room and those devices that you want to charge on your coffee table.
Michael Mantion
What is a book shelf....... Wait ... what is a book?
Bill Bennett
power squid, much more attractive
Richardf
the cost of the 3d printing prototype was probably key in allowing the inventor to get the green light financially.
agulesin
Will there be an e-version available to charge Kindle and Nook?
Kelly McNeil
Love it!!!