Someday, someone will have to explain to me why my fridge, stove, and TV use regular plugs but my computer, cellphone, and straightening iron all need plugs that are so big they block the outlet next to them. It’s not even always the size that’s the problem; it’s the way the cord connects to the plug that makes it impossible to fit another one next to it. And no matter how hard the power strip industry tries to keep up with all the various shapes and sizes that plug designers keep introducing into the world, there are always a few devices that still cause problems.
Another bonus of these short cords is that they’re great for products whose own cords aren’t quite long enough, like when I need to charge my phone or tablet while I’m using it. And they’re expensive at all; A 10-pack of the Etekcity ones I bought have a list price of just $25.99.