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Brando AC to 5 USB Power Adapter Review

on April 22, 2009 1:00 am

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When I go on a vacation or business trip, I seem to always have issues charging all my USB enabled gadgets. I either forget  to bring along a bazillion individual USB AC adapters or I have issues running out of USB ports on my laptop. Sometimes I don’t even want to bring my laptop on the trip. Then there’s the issue of what to do when I travel outside the US. To solve all these problems, I found a convenient solution – The AC to 5-USB Power Adapter from Brando.

Specs and Features

  • LED charge indicator
  • Overload and overheat protection
  • Short circuit protection
  • Compatible with all USB charge cable use
  • Alternative plug for U.S., U.K., Australia, Asia and Europe
  • Input: AC 100-240V, 50~60Hz, 3000mA
  • Output: DC 5.4V, 3.0A
  • World traveler (100~240V AC)
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    Package Contents

  • AC to 5-USB Power Adapter
  • 4 plug adapters for U.S., U.K., Australia, Asia and Europe
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    At first glance, the square White plastic adapter with rounded sides totally reminds me the AC wall wart for my 15″ Apple Macbook Pro.

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    But on the outside edge of this adapter, you find 4 female USB power ports…

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    While the opposite side has an interchangeable power plug port.

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    The plug adapter pops off semi-easily.

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    Plug adapters for UK, US, Asia and Australia are all included. Since I haven’t had the opportunity to travel outside good old Columbus, Indiana USA during this review, I only tested the standard 2-prong US adapter.

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    You might wonder why this product is called the AC to 5 USB power adapter when it only has 4 USB ports. Slide off the outside cover to reveal a mini USB cable wrapped and hidden inside. Nice!

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    Packing this power adapter is much more convenient than packing 5 different AC adapters. I tested it with several different devices and it worked flawlessly. The only weirdness that I noticed was a faint buzz or whine coming from the adapter when it was plugged in.

    The only thing that would make this product better would be a small zippered pouch to hold the adapter and the individual plugs. Other than that, it’s a keeper.

     

    Product Information

    Price:$22.00
    Manufacturer:Brando
    Pros:
    • Includes plug adapters for US, UK, Asia, Australia
    • Can charge 5 devices at once
    • Compact
    Cons:
    • None

    Comments

    1. 1
      PaulsCity says:

      Wow i like the look of it! Do they sell it in the UK yet?

    2. 2
      toni says:

      It seems very good product, I will buy one.

    3. 3
      Phillip Clark says:

      once again a simple review with excellent photos and no vulgarity like those children over at Gi—–!
      Congratulations!!
      I will buy this product because of this review.

    4. 4
      Dave says:

      The big question is whether it charges things as fast as if they were plugged in individually.

      The real cost savings here is packing wall-wart adapters. The cables are still needed, but the bulk of the adapters and the need for outlet space can be avoided. I would say, though, that it would have limited use if it did not do a decently quick job of charging devices.

      Thanks for the review!

    5. 5
      Julie says:

      @Phillip Thanks! Let us know what you think of it if you do buy it!

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      Shkermaker says:

      @PaulsCity

      Brando ship to the UK – I have bought a few of the multi card readers Julie has high regard for.

      Thats the sort of gadget i’d use at home. I recently got a G1 and now have that, my iPod classic and my TomTom Sat nav to charge via USB – this is the best solution i’ve seen so far to reduce cables and adaptors!

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      Dave Bullock says:

      Will it work with devices like the iPod touch, which is notoriously touchy about Mains to USB power adapters?

    8. 8
      Bon says:

      @Dave Bullock,

      I bought one of these adapters on Julie’s recommendation – I can confirm that it will work with an iPod Touch – it supplies more than enough power to do so. This was done while other devices were simultaneously charging from the power adapter.

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