TechOrbits Qi Wireless & 8-port USB charger review

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I have been obsessed with wireless charging ever since I got my Galaxy S6 Edge+ phone.  Cutting myself loose from charging cables is a wonderfully freeing experience, and I honestly think that wireless charging is going to be the future and all sorts of surfaces around the house, restaurants, and the office will be wireless charging enabled.   But in the meantime, we still need USB ports.  So to combat that mass of USB cables that clutter up your bedside table, I propose the $29.95  TechOrbits Qi Wireless & 8-port USB charger. Yes, you read that right, 8 USB ports.  Let’s discuss.

First, the specs from TechOrbits:

  • Qi wireless charger & smart charger: Charges up to 9 devices simultaneously with 8 fast charging USB ports and 1 Qi wireless charger (for wireless charging, your device/back cover must be Qi-enabled)
  • Smart detection: Features 8 X 2.4A output charging hubs. Total output 12 A/60W. Each hub is equipped with intelligent detector (ID) technology to identify the phone’s current for fast charging
  • Intelligent Features: Temperature Control activates at 107° Fahrenheit to keep your device safe. Power-efficient idle mode never overcharges your battery or wastes energy.
  • Compact Design: 3.7 x 3.2 x 1.3 inches and 8.5 ounces in weight, portable and handy. AC 90-240V input voltage for travel, and a detachable 5 feet power cord(US Plug) is included for easy transport
  • Package content: 1 X Techorbits Wireless Charging Hub + 1 X wall Adapter + instructions + 18 months warranty and unparalleled customer service.

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Wireless charging

First, let’s discuss the wireless charging.  What I like about this wireless charger is that you don’t have to line up your phone in a certain way to get the charging to start. Just lay it on top of the TechOrbits on the non-slip rubberized logo at any angle and it charges.  With my Choetech wireless charger I have used by my bed for several months you have to line up the phone perpendicular on the pad or it won’t charge.  So I have run into the problem during the middle of the night where I reached for something on the bedside table and accidently touched the phone on the Choetech pad and move it slightly, therefore messing up the charging. Not so with the TechOrbits.  Just lay it on top, and it charges.  Nice.

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What I don’t like about the TechOrbits is that the blue indicator light that runs along one side of the charger on the top is so bright that it lights up the whole room at night.  I mean, this thing is bright.  Most chargers have a small indicator light, but this indicator light is big.  It was annoying, honestly.  I have to cover it up so that the whole room wasn’t lit up.  It does go out when the charging is complete, which is nice of course because you can visually see that charging is done.

The second issue I have with the TechOrbits is the same as many others.  This thing gets hot.  If you look at the bullet points above of the features, it is advertised with a feature called “temperature control”.  I see now why.  I will say that all wireless chargers I have used make the phone hot.  I think that’s just what comes with wireless charging.  But this is the hottest wireless charger I have used thus far.  When you take the phone off it cools down pretty quick, so it isn’t enough of an issue for me to not recommend it.

USB wired charging

I will admit, having 8 USB charging ports is awesome.  I have charged up to 4 devices at one time, which is nice, although having that many USB cables on the bedside table is a bit messy.  I can’t imagine what 8 cables would look like.  You can turn the Tech Orbits device sideways so that the charging cables hang off the back of the table.  Anyway, that’s the trade-off of being able to charge 8 USB devices at once!

I will also say that I did experience fast charging with the TechOrbits.  It is advertised with “smart detection” and will detect your fastest charging speed available for your device, and I would agree with that.  I found that to be true.

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Final thoughts

I do recommend the TechOrbits, if for no other reason than the 8 USB charging ports.  Not having to climb behind furniture to plug in your chargers is just convenient and smart.  Plus, finding 8 power outlets is going to be a tough thing to do.  The wireless charging is, of course, awesome to have, but you’ll have to put up with some heat and that bright indicator light.  If you aren’t bothered by bright lights when you sleep, then perhaps that is a non-issue for you.  I still recommend it for the convenience it provides and the great price.

Discount when ordering through TechOrbits site: 15% OFF
Discount code: Thegadgeteer
Expiration date: Does not expire

Source: The sample for this review was provided by TechOrbits. Please visit their site for more info and Amazon to price check / order.

 

Product Information

Price:$31.95
Manufacturer:TechOrbits
Retailer:Amazon
Requirements:
  • Power outlet
  • Qi-enabled wireless charging device
Pros:
  • 8-ports. Need I say more?
  • Wireless charging
Cons:
  • Wireless charging gets hot.
  • Really bright indicator light
Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Computer Gear, Reviews
{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Fred May 11, 2016, 5:49 am

    Is it compatible with Samsung S7 and S6 Edge+ fast wireless charge ?

  • Steve Holt May 11, 2016, 9:05 am

    Yep, it sure is!

  • Fred May 11, 2016, 11:30 am

    I mean, does it charge as fast as the Samsung Fast Charger ?
    http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/cell-phones-accessories/EP-NG930TBUGUS

  • Steve Holt May 11, 2016, 12:01 pm

    Oh sorry. Yes, it does. I need to update that review if I neglected to specifically mention that.

  • stoopidmike May 11, 2016, 12:12 pm

    Why does it not have any USB3 connections?

    • DStaal May 11, 2016, 12:55 pm

      Possibly because it doesn’t do data at all, so it doesn’t even actually have USB 1 connections? (All it has is the power spec.)

  • Steve Holt May 11, 2016, 10:58 pm

    I have no idea why they didn’t include USB3, but as already mentioned, it would be overkill.

  • mcd May 17, 2016, 1:22 pm

    Steve, how do I know OR find out if my new Moto X pure edition (purchased February) will charge using the wireless charging method.

    • Steve Holt May 18, 2016, 8:53 am

      As long as your device is Qi-enabled, then it will work.

  • DStaal May 25, 2016, 8:22 pm

    Just got one, and noticed something interesting on the packaging: It’s only rated for altitudes less than 2000 meters and non-tropical locales. (In other words: It gets very hot and needs cool air around it, I think.)

  • Steve Holt May 25, 2016, 8:40 pm

    I’ll admit, I missed that on the box! And yes, it does get hot!

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