Outlet Extension / Expansion

An outlet extension is a convenient and effective way of adding more power outlets to an existing socket. With the model highlighted here you simply plug it in and go from two to six outlets. The old way we used to this was with an extension cord, or power bar. This was much cheaper, less clumsy, and resulted in less clutter.

6 Outlet Extension

6 Outlet Extension Details

Again my retailer of preference is the dollar store. While these may sell for about $10 at the hardware store and are almost certainly of better quality, I am unconvinced of the need for better quality in most circumstances. In our family they are often used on a night table for some combination of a low powered lamp or clock.

Price – 4.5 / 5. I got this one at a dollar store for two dollars (so not a true dollar store) but I wouldn’t be surprised if one could be obtained for $1.

Quality – 3 / 5. No real quality issues here. Nothing fancy like surge protectors or a mounting screw to hold it into the socket. It has two plugs allowing it hold fairly securely in the socket.

Overall – 4 / 5. This is an easy product to recommend for basic outlet extension. For safety it’s best for when you need to plug in a number of low powered devices to an outlet but don’t need surge protection. For surge protection or higher power devices like computers, it’s best to get a proper power bar with a surge protector and circuit breaker.

Pricestar star star star half-star
Qualitystar star star
Overallstar star star star

Dollar store earbuds – plus

I found a new pair of earbuds at Dollarama called “Hype Stereo Earbud”. These are the most expensive ones they have at $2.50. They are so far, well worth the money. These are strictly earphones and don’t have a microphone for cell phone use.

Hype Stereo Earbud

Other cheap earbuds I have purchased haven’t seemed to fare as well as this one. Overall I’ve been fairly pleased with this one.

Price – 2/5
At $2.50 it is not in true dollar store category but low enough to not to be concerned about experimenting.

Quality – 3/5
I wasn’t expecting high end audio and I didn’t get it. What I did get was some bass and an OK sound. Vocals were still a little tinny though better than other dollar and discount store models I’ve tried. What was most impressive with these was the volume. I typically do not get enough volume out of cheap earphones. With these there was enough volume for music and podcasts, and in addition phone calls were also quite audible.

Overall – 3.5
I give these well over a passing a grade. The only real compromise is on sound quality. As such I can easily recommend them for anyone mainly looking to save money on earphones.

Pricestar star star star
Qualitystar star star
Overallstar star star half-star

Dollar store earbuds

These are basic Dollarama earbuds at $1.25. They are branded as “Electra Tech Sound”.

Electra Tech Sound Earbuds

These ones are not too bad for the price.
Price – 5 / 5 At just over a dollar it can’t really be beat. So full marks here.

Quality – 2.5 / 5
The sound quality I would rate ast fairly decent for the price. OK for music and podcasts. These earbuds don’t have the extreme tinny sound you typically get with cheap headphones. In addition, they come with a pair of foam covers. These covers are a little thin and hard to attach but improve comfort so it’s worth the effort. They also feel reasonably sturdy. Where these fall short is in their low volume.

Overall – 3 / 5
These earphones get a positive recommendation. I only hesitated to recommend them fully if you need to use them where you need a good amount of volume such as for noisy areas and for cell phone use. I leave these at work on my computer and I have been reasonably pleased. I can just leave them around because they are cheap enough to be replaced.

Pricestar star star star star
Qualitystar star half-star
Overallstar star star