A common downside to the hi-tech accessories in our connected homes is their insatiable appetite for plug-in electrical power. And of course, wall outlets are never located where they are most needed, so extension cords, power strips, and surge protectors are the standard, often-inelegant solution. Looking to offer a design-centric alternative to home power distribution, Jasco has launched the Cordinate Décor line of tech-oriented extension cords, distinguished by their decorative woven fabric cords in a choice brown, gray, or mint pastels.
These Cordinate Décor products feature a generous 10-foot cord, and are built around a compact 4-in. power head with 3 ports and integrated surge protection. Multiple configurations are available, including various combinations of grounded power outlets, polarized power outlets, and USB ports. All include a low-profile power plug with an angled head.
We tried the Cordinate Décor extension cord with a gray pastel cord, a single grounded power port, and a pair of USB charging ports—ideal for use on a desktop for connecting a laptop power adapter and concurrently charging a smartphone and tablet. This would also work well near a comfy chair or sofa, for connecting a lamp plus easy on-demand access for transient USB devices.
For homeowners particular about design details, the woven fabric-covered cords are a welcome departure from conventional round or flat extension cords. In addition to the choice of pastel colors, the heavy-gauge cords are carefully coiled in their packaging and unroll nicely into straight lines or curves, making them easy to unobtrusively snug up against a wall or snake around a corner.
Any of these extension cords would make nice stocking-stuffers for the tech-oriented recipients on your Christmas list. We purchased our test unit (with one power outlet and 2 USB ports) off the shelf at a BestBuy store in Austin, Texas, for $20, while a version with 3 power outlets only was priced at $10.
Tom Kolnowski is the Chief Content Officer & Founder of Digitized House Media, LLC, the publisher of Digitized House | Guide to the Connected Home. When he isn’t writing about smart home technology, sustainability, and high-performance architecture, you’ll find him exploring faraway destinations with his family.