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Sanrao SiPolar 10-port USB charger review

on Friday, August 29th, 2014

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 andRead More…


This is the most unique charging hub for the kitchen you’ll see today

on Sunday, April 20th, 2014

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 anyRead More…


Forget carrying individual device chargers

on Friday, April 4th, 2014

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 2.1ARead More…


Kanex simpleDock review

on Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

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 atRead More…


This portable USB charging hub includes a battery

on Thursday, November 7th, 2013

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 anRead More…


Griffin PowerDock 5 Charging Station review

on Sunday, September 1st, 2013
Posted in: Gear, Reviews

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 typesRead More…


A charging station the whole family can use – simultaneously!

on Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

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 atRead More…


Charge your phone like a BOSS

on Saturday, January 5th, 2013
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

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 USBRead More…


Aviiq Portable Charging Station with Cable Rack System

on Friday, June 1st, 2012
Posted in: News, Travel Gear

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 theRead More…


Aviiq Portable Charging Station Review

on Thursday, October 13th, 2011
Posted in: Reviews, 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 haveRead More…

The AViiQ Portable Charging Station in action!

AViiQ Portable Charging Station Announced

on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011
Posted in: News, Travel Gear

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 designRead More…