Most of us have at least a drawer full of tech toys including digital cameras, MP3 players, power banks, GPS units, keyboards and more that all charge with a USB cable. That means you probably spend a lot of time swapping your devices on and off a single USB charging port until all are charged. The new 4 Port USB Charging Station from Amzdeal/Aukey will simplify your life by allowing you to charge 4 devices at once.
The charger comes in a sturdy little box with a printed instruction manual that explains the product's features.
- 4 USB charging ports: 2 ports are 5V 1A and 2 are 5V 2A for even faster charging. (5V / 6A total)
- Charge Multiple Devices at Once: Charges up to 2 iPads (2A max.) and 2 iPhones or Android phones (1A max.) simultaneously.
- Compact Size: 3.5" x 3.1" x 1.2" unibody design provides easy access to a wall outlet, power strip or surge protector. Weighing only 6.4oz., it's small enough to use anywhere you need it and even take it with you when you travel.
- Sturdy Construction: Industrial-grade plastic construction and high-end circuitry to ensure a lifetime of reliability. Amzdeal and Aukey incorporate top-grade microchips in their chargers to ensure you receive full power and also the highest level of safety features.
- CE & FCC certified and comes with an 18-month warranty.
The 4 Port Charging Station offers a wide range of compatibility with devices including:
- Apple: All iPhones, iPods at 1A; all iPads at 2A
- Android: Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3, S2, Galaxy Note 2, 3; Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX, Motorola X; HTC One X V S; and more; All at 1A
- Amzdeal External Batteries: All at 1A
- Digital Cameras, MP3 players, Android tablets, Power Banks, Bluetooth keyboards, headsets and many more.
The narrow width of the charger will, in most cases, take up only one space on your wall outlet or power strip. This will depend on how the outlets are oriented on your power strip. If the outlets on the power strip all face end to end on the strip, the charger will probably encroach into the space for the next outlet. If the outlets face from side to side on the strip, then only one outlet is needed for the charger. I have both types of power strips so it isn't a problem either way. I hope a future upgrade will include a plug that swivels for the best way to plug it in every time without concern for the direction of the power strip.
For the safest and most reliable results, it is recommended that you use the original USB cable that came with each of your devices or a certified replacement cable when you connect them to the charger.
I tested the charger with all my usual MP3 players, a digital camera, a Bluetooth keyboard, the DroidX smartphone, and my latest 8" Nextbook tablet. A while back, I used the Nextbook to test another USB charger, The Nextbook is not supposed to charge via USB at all but I discovered at that time that it would indeed charge that way but only if the tablet was powered off. That other charger was not producing enough power to both charge and run the Nextbook at the same time. This time, I plugged the Nextbook into one of the 2V charging ports while the tablet was powered on. Not only did it charge faster than it ever has with the cable it came with, it charged while the tablet was turned on and being used. That was certainly an unexpected and very. welcome surprise. One of the MP3 players that is notoriously slow to charge was at 16% when I plugged it into the charger. I checked its status about 15 minutes later and it had zoomed up to 66%.
Being able to charge 4 devices at once certainly simplifies charging the devices I use on a regular basis. The Amzdeal/Auley 4 Port Charging Station is compact, convenient and the charging speed is impressive. No more juggling devices between charging cubes trying to charge them all before the next thunderstorm strikes in case there is a power outage ready to strike. I love this charger and I know it's going to get frequent use in the coming months.
The Amzdeal/Aukey 30W 4 Port USB Charging Station is available on Amazon for only $13.99. It is sold by Aukey and the orders are fulfilled by Amazon. The charger is available in white but the product information appears as if there is also a black option. If you look closely, that black charger is actually a 5 port model from Amzdeal/Aukey that is priced at $24.99. They are from the same production series and listed together so you may select the one that best suits your needs. The 5 Port charger was not part of my reviewing process.