Made from durable plastic with a deep, spacious interior. The simple matte black design is stylish and easily blends into your decor. The lid seals tightly and securely, keeping wires safe from dust build-up and accidental spills. Included twist ties make organization even simpler inside of the box. There are small rubber feet on the bottom to prevent slipping and sliding.
Sit's at a higher price point than most.
The E-Box is constructed with sturdy, reliable materials. Sufficient ventilation located at the bottom of the box, so it's hidden from the eye. The legs keep this box slightly elevated from the ground. The white and grey design gives a sleek, modern look. 20 hook-and-loop ties are included for interior box organization.
The lid is almost too secure, takes some strength to pop it open.
The aesthetically pleasing wood and white design looks stunning on hardwood floors. This box is made of fireproof ABS material and has plenty of ventilation. The rubber bottom ensures no slipping and sliding. There are conveniently located slits along the sides and top of the box for your chargers to poke through. We loved the curved top – your phone will rest safely on top with no fear of it falling off.
The DMoose logo is quite large and a bit of an eyesore on the front of the box.
Wide slits on either side of the box allow for thick power brick wires to easily poke through and plug into the wall. 2 sizes of boxes ensures all your needs are met. The large box fits up to 3 power bars. Smaller box works well as a bedside phone charging station, or in the bathroom with electrical toothbrushes. Boxes are lightweight. Lids are easily accessible.
The lid doesn't latch tightly, so overfilling the box would cause it to pop off.
The SkyGenius box holds up to 2 power bars, with plenty of space left for bunches of miscellaneous wires. Effective air ventilation located at the bottom of the box. The lid fits securely, but includes a see through window for quick access to the wires inside. Small feet elevate the box slightly off the ground.
Easy access window is handy, but seeing the wires inside looks messy.
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Take a quick peek behind your entertainment center or under your desk. If you are like the majority of us, what you’ll find is a rat’s nest of HDMI, USB, power, and other cables. Electronics are a fact of life, and so are the cords and cables that power or connect them. When cables start to take over, it’s time to address the problem.
Cable management boxes are a great solution. These simple boxes can hold and hide everything from power strips to excess cables. They are not only tidier and more attractive, but can also be safer than loose cables, keeping both pets and children away from dangerous power strips and cords. They can also protect cabling itself from spills and dust.
Consider this guide an introduction to the variety of features and other factors you’ll need to know before setting out to purchase a cable management box. We cover everything from safety features to size, and how much you should expect to spend for a cable management box. We also include our recommendations for some of the top cable management boxes on the market.
While simple in design, there are still elements in the construction of a cable management box which can help it rise above its competitors.
The overwhelming majority of boxes are made from plastic. Any box you are considering should be durable and rugged. It should be resistant to scratching and impact — some manufacturers claim the materials they use are also fire resistant.
The best cable management boxes offer some form of ventilation, in addition to “feet” constructed from rubber or another material on the bottom. These feet not only keep the box from sliding around, but also raise it up and help to vent away excess heat.
This is less of a concern if your cable management box is going to be tucked away behind your entertainment center, but those that sit atop a desk or are otherwise prominently displayed should be attractive and work with your décor. If appearance is important, give weight to this when considering models. Some also offer color options, which can help when you are trying to visualize one in a room.
Cable management boxes are available in different sizes, and you should consider both your needs and your available space before deciding on one. A larger box will hold more power strips and wires, but may become a problem if you are trying to wedge it behind a TV stand or prop it up on a crowded table or desk.
A more compact box will be a better fit if you are in search of a simple charging station for your devices, but it may not accommodate your power strip or your multitude of cords.
Some styles of boxes offer a variety of size options, so you can select one that works for you.
Some cable management boxes have indented or curved tops which are designed to cradle your phone more securely.
The best boxes will offer some form of ventilation to help dissipate heat that builds up from cables and power strips.
What size wires and cables can it handle?
The holes on the ends of the box where wires enter should be large enough to handle whatever cords you run through them. This may become an issue with something like power brick cords, which tend to be thicker than regular power cords.
Give some thought to the lid on any box you are considering. The box should have some form of lid that opens at the top, giving you easy access to the power strips and cords within it.
A lid should be secure enough to keep out both dust and anything that is accidentally spilled on the box. You should be able to securely fasten it, particularly if you have children or pets. Even if you don’t, you still don’t want the lid popping open every time a cord shifts. At the same time, you should be able to easily open the lid, not struggle with it or break a fingernail whenever you want to rearrange a plug.
If your primary goal is to use the cable management box as a charging station for smartphones or other devices, it helps if the box has dedicated access ports for your charger cords. While not standard, some boxes have these.
Know what accessories you will receive with your cable management box. Boxes often ship with cable sleeves, ties, clips, or other items that can help you to organize your cables and cords.
With cable sleeves, you can zip several cords together into one bundle. These are an attractive solution for tidying up cords as they leave your cable management box.
Rubber feet on a cable management box will not only help to keep the box from sliding around, but also keep it from scratching your desk or floor.
Cable management boxes are pretty simple both in terms of construction and features, so it’s not surprising that the difference in price between bargain boxes and those on the top end isn’t that extreme.
Inexpensive: The most basic boxes start out around $10 to $15.
Mid-range: The majority, that have slightly higher build-quality, will run you $20 to $30.
Expensive: You can find a few in the $40 or higher range. At this higher price point, expect a more durable or elegant construction (such as real wood), or a larger box capable of holding several power strips. High end boxes may also offer more robust security.
If you are searching for a solution to rein in smartphone power station cords, select a more compact box as they are better suited for desk or tabletop placement.
Consider buying cable management boxes in sets of two or three. Chances are that you have more than one cable mess in your home or office, and buying a set is a less expensive alternative to buying one at a time.
A cable management box with bottom or concealed heat dispersal vents is a more attractive option for use in areas where the box will be visible (as opposed to behind a desk).
If you plan on purchasing a cable management box for use with an existing power strip, measure the strip first to be sure it will fit within the box before ordering.
A cable management box made from material such as bamboo can be more attractive, but check that it has a fireproof lining and adequate ventilation or your heated cords may cause you future problems.
In addition to the cable management boxes listed, we have several more we want to recommend. The TYEGA Bamboo Cable Management Box caught our eye for its attractive bamboo design and strong magnetic safety catch. The NTONPOWER Cable Organizer Box offers high-temperature resistance and a more compact and affordable footprint than other options. Finally, to handle all the cable problems in your house, consider the U-miss Cable Management Boxes, a durable set of three cable management boxes for small, medium, and large problems.
Q. Can these boxes be wall mounted?
A. Boxes are largely designed to be used on the floor or desktop. That said, you should be able to mount the majority of cable management boxes if you use your own hardware (ex. screws, brackets, etc.). Be sure the box you are trying to mount has a secure top that won’t easily pop off in its new orientation.
Q. I’ve noticed my cords really heat up. Are these boxes safe to use?
A. Hot cords can be a fire hazard and may also damage sensitive electronics, so any cable management box you buy should have built-in safety features to manage excess heat. Two ways a box can handle heat are using a construction material that is flame resistant, and incorporating a series of ventilation ports so heat can’t build up. If this is a primary concern, be sure that any cable management box you are considering has both of these features.
Q. I have children and pets. Do the lids on these fasten securely?
A. This will vary box to box. Some have lids that easily lift off, while others offer different degrees of child-proof latches. Check with the manufacturer to verify how secure their cable management box is from little hands (and paws).
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