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John writes: “This clamp-on power strip from Belkin would make a nice, easy addition to a set of sawhorses or a Workmate-like bench to keep power handy and keep cords off the ground.”

You can tell from their website that Belkin intends this for office use, but we agree with John — it looks like it’d work great in the shop.  Our favorite feature: it also includes two widely-spaced plugs to accomodate wall-warts — no wasted outlets!

It’ll clamp to any work surface up to 1-1/2″ in height — including many workbenches and, as John points out, older, non-powered Workmates — and carries Belkin’s standard $15,000 “Connected Equipment Warranty.”

The bad news is that pricing starts around $35 — pretty damn high for a power strip.  The last power strips we bought for the Toolmonger shop ran us about $2 each.

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4 Responses to Update Your Old Clamping Table With Clamp-On Power

  1. Kurt Schwind says:

    I’d be slightly concerned about the Amps this thing can take. Office equipment (laser printers excluded) don’t usually draw nearly the amps as a power tool does.

  2. Lear says:

    Also it’s not just a power strip, it’s surge protector, which (in theory) additional circuitry to prevent damage to delicate electroinc equipment. Hence the $35 vs. $2 differential.

  3. JDobbs says:

    Seems like you can pocket whatever difference for the clamping gimmick and just drive a few screws in the bottom of the board you’d want to to attach the power strip to and uses those nifty holes on the back of just about any surge protector or power strip i’ve ever seen provided for just such a usage.

  4. Rick says:

    JDobbs beat me to it.. that was going to be my point exactly. You can even pick a different (cheaper) surge protector. I’ve got a nice 10 outlet one screwed to the back of my entertainment unit to plug in the two cable boxes, two tivos, DVD player, stereo, TV, cable signal amplifier/splitter, ethernet switch and Vonage Phone adapter.

    No hunting for cables plugged in on the floor, etc. Next time I move that entertainment unit away from the wall, I’m going to mount a full extension drawer slide to the unit, and a 2×3 or 2×4 to the slide – then mount the power strip to that, so I can slide it out the back and access the plugs without having to pull the entertainment unit away from the wall.. Just haven’t gotten around to it.

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