When it comes to putting together a functional dorm room, there’s little to no margin for error. Let’s face it, a room averaging about 12 feet by 15 feet, shared by two people, is more prison cell than penthouse.
I found a trio of functional items that not only save space and are USB friendly, but two of them let you use your imagination so that you can amp up the decor quirk factor.
Satechi USB Portable Humidifier
Not only does dry air cause static electricity but it plays havoc with dry skin, and if you’ve got a cold or respiratory issues, you want relief from moisture in the air. That’s when a humidifier comes in handy.
Here are a few reasons why I think you should consider the Satechi USB portable humidifier:
Transforms most screw-top water bottles into a portable or bedside humidifier. Simply screw the humidifier into the top of a water bottle.
Powered by USB 2.0 or 3.0.
The humidifier draws water through the filter and releases it into the air as vapor.
In the summer, you can use it as a cooling mister.
When it’s the middle of the semester and you still haven’t done your laundry, you can add fragrant oil and use it as an aromatic diffuser.
Affects a 16.4 square foot area.
Price: $29.99 at Satechi.net, Amazon.com.
Satechi USB LED Bottle Lamp
This clever gadget lets you get as wild and crazy as your beverages dictate since it converts any bottle into a custom lamp.
Stick the lamp into the opening of any bottle — from soda to seltzer — and plug it into a USB port. You’ve just put your stamp on a lamp.
Comes with a frosted white shade that produces a gentle glow.
Tap the silver disc at the top of the lamp to turn it off.
Has a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours and contains no mercury.
Price: $24.99 at Satechi.net, Amazon.com.
Satechi Smart LED Desk Lamp
Every dorm room needs an efficient desk lamp. If it’s sleek and does double duty — that’s a win-win.
Why I love Satechi Smart LED desk lamp for a dorm:
Features four modes: reading, study, relaxation and bedtime.
Designed with a USB port that charges a slew of devices.
Energy efficient. Consumes only one-eighth the power of an incandescent lamp and half the power of a florescent lamp.
Comes with a timer that automatically turns off the lamp.
Designed with three joints, making it the contortionist of the lamp world.
It’s so sleek that your dorm room might look designed rather than simply put together.
Price: $99.99 at Satechi.net, Amazon.com.
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