USB charging station

inStream SeptimusB-07

The battle for USB charging ports rages on in 2015.  Today we look at yet another multi-USB charger with a grand total of 7 ports. The SeptimusB comes with a simple AC power cord and a short microUSB cable. The listed specs can be found in the manual.  There's no external transformer for this charger, [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews

Oh, how I absolutely despise tangled messes of cables and believe that they are the bane of gadget and electronics lovers everywhere. Numerous power-hungry gadgets fill our modern day lives and until we can completely rid ourselves of cables, we need charging/organizational solutions like the ORICO 4 Port Desktop Charging Station (DCP-4US). This charging station [...]

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I have a few devices that have to be charged with a USB cable. There's my Fitbit Charge HR, my LG G3 and my Samsung Galaxy S Tab 2 10.5. That makes three devices that I charge on a regular basis. That's nowhere in the same league as the people who can fill up the [...]

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The ChargeHub 7-Port USB Universal Charging Station can charge up to seven of your devices simultaneously using only one power supply.  It's only 3.5" in diameter and 1.5" thick, but it can provide 2.4A per port up to a total of 44W.  Its SmartSpeed™ Technology provides optimal charge for virtually any USB device (based on type [...]

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CES 2015 is underway, and Griffin Technology is there to introduce their new products.  They have unveiled an update to the PowerDock 5 that we reviewed at The Gadgeteer a couple of years ago.  The PowerDock Pro still has five charging slots that are sized to fit five devices, Android or Apple iOS, smart phone [...]

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You won't have to hunt for a vacant AC wall socket when you want to charge your USB-chargeable devices with these high-powered USB charging hubs from VisionTek.  The VisionTek High Power USB Four Port Charging Hub (center) has three 5V/1A ports and one 5V/2.1A port, so you can charge a tablet and three other devices [...]

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I've reviewed many portable power options, as well as a dock or two, but this is a first, and something that we may see more of: it's a USB charger for up to ten devices! Talk about Nerd Nirvana! It's from a company called Sanrao, who makes industrial-grade USB chargine stations for testing labs and [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews

I've seen lots of attempts at creating a sleek charging station for the kitchen counter, but this is something I've never seen.  The TowlHub doesn't take up any extra room on your counter, because it replaces your current paper towel holder.  It's made of stainless steel with a weighted base for stability.  It holds any [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Home and Kitchen, News

Having to carry individual AC chargers for each of your mobile devices can take up a lot of room and add a lot of weight to your gear bag.  With the Aluratek 6-port USB Charging Station with Surge Protection, you can charge up to six USB-chargeable devices simultaneously.  Each of the six ports can produce 2.1A [...]

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Kanex simpleDock review

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I love things that help me organize and/or simplify my crazy, hectic life. I am typically overbooked and multitasking 90% of my day. So, a clutter-free world helps me be more efficient, which theoretically enables me to get more accomplished on any given day. So, when Julie offered up the simpleDock from the folks at [...]

Posted in: Computer Gear, Laptops and Gear, Reviews

A couple of years ago, I reviewed the Aviiq Portable Charging Station (see related posts).  This was an $80 gadget that kept your charging cables organized in the same pouch that carried a powered USB hub that let you charge multiple devices simultaneously from a single wall outlet.  This was nice, but it lacked an [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News, Travel Gear

When you have a lot of gadgets, it can be hard to find a place to charge everything.  There are docks on the market that can charge multiple gadgets, but many of them seem to be just for Apple products.  What if you have only Android gadgets or a mixture various operating systems and types [...]

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When you have a lot of USB-chargeable portable devices, you either have USB chargers scattered all round the house or a single location with a potential tangled nest of cables.  The PowerDock 5 from Griffin can tame the charging cables into one neat, sleek charging station with room to corral and charge five devices at [...]

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These lamps aren't going to appeal to everyone and won't fit into every decor, but I'd love to have one of these functional lamps.  The BOSS Lamps Vintage and Industrial Custom Lighting shop on Etsy creates these one-of-a-kind lamps with a built-in charging station.  Each lamp has a power outlet in it with two USB [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News

Late last year I was selected to review the Aviiq Portable Charging Station (see related links).  The 4-port USB charging station allowed me to charge up to four devices, including an iPad, from a single wall outlet.  I found that very convenient, but the relatively unstructured storage bag and cable storage system resulted in the [...]

Posted in: News, Travel Gear

Traveling with a lot of gadgets means traveling with a lot of chargers and cables.  All those chargers can add up to a bulky, heavy load to add to your already bulging gadget bag.  And being sure you take all of them – and bring them back home – can be difficult when you have [...]

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The AViiQ Portable Charging Station in action!

Interesting take on the age-old gadgeteer's problem of portable power. AViiQ (pronounced "a-VEEK") has announced their Portable Charging Station, a 3+1 USB charging hub in a zippered carrying bag. Pockets for your cables, pass-through syncing with your laptop on one of the ports, and a single-slot AC adapter all show their attention to the design [...]

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