Today, an average household holds 5 or more devices that include phones and tablets. All these devices have to be charged when they run out of battery. So, people swim in charging cables in order to power up their gadgets, creating a clutter around their work desk, entertainment system and other parts of their home. That is why, it’s best to get a gadget that can charge multiple phones, tablets, and other devices simultaneously. With a charging station, you can charge all these devices without the clutter. To help you decide, here is a list of things to consider when shopping for the right USB charging station.
Check for UL Certification
Lately, there’s an increasing demand for USB chargers which results to more brands manufacturing these types of products. However, not all of these are certified chargers, meaning their quality is not up to par and they’re not energy efficient. Plus, these uncertified chargers can damage your devices and may cause fire hazards. That is why it’s important to select a charging station that has an Underwriters Laboratory (UL) certification. A charging device with this certification is deemed safe and effective like Magic-Pro’s ProMini Charging Station. So, if you are using such charging station in your bedroom to power up your phone battery, then you don't have to worry about your nightstand bursting into flames. Always remember that choosing an inexpensive, uncertified charger is not worth it most often than not as it poses a risk to your safety.
Come in three different types
USB charging stations come in three different types: wall, corded, and racked. Each has its own uses and choosing the right one depends on where you will place it.
|Wall charging stations||They come with a built-in outlet box and a plug at the back to connect to the wall. The box houses 4 or more USB outlets so you can insert all cords for your gadgets.|
|Corded charging stations||They are similar to the wall ones except they come with a cable tethered to the outlet box. Unlike wall charging stations, corded ones fit in narrow spaces and gain extra inches of movement. For instance, if the charging wall is behind the bed, then you can’t plug in a wall charging station due to the small space between the headboard and the wall. However, you can use a corded charging station; thanks to its built-in extra cable.|
|Organizer style charging stations||Organizer style charging stations provide slots, caddies, and racks for your gadgets. Although they are normally costlier than corded and wall charging stations, they enable you to charge multiple phones, tablets, and other gadgets at a time. Magic-Pro’s MiniQ Charging Station has 7 shelves with anti-scratch pads that not only organize but also protect your devices. There are also other models that are made from bamboo and leather, providing an elegant wood look.|
Get one that has a few extra ports
When buying charging stations, it’s wise to go for one that has a few extra ports than you actually need. If you have a phone and a tablet, instead of purchasing a two-port charging station, you’d better go for one that has 3 or more ports. This is because the difference in price between models is small. Also, when buying, you have to consider future use. Maybe in the future, your household will have 3 or more gadgets.
A balance between 2.1A and 2.4A ports
Just like power banks, the USB ports on a charging station have different amperage outputs. Outputs vary from 1A to 2.4A. For mid-range and low-end devices, they charge on lower amperage ports. If you charge a phone with a capacious battery on a lower amperage port, then it will charge slowly. So, it’s best to charge such devices on high amperage ports. However, it’s not recommended to buy a charging station that has all ports on high amperage or low-amperage. It has to be a balance between 2.1A and 2.4A ports. Most devices charge well with 2.1A ports, and over time they get more power hungry so they will soon become compatible with 2.4A ports.
Although the mentioned points above are far more important, some additional features on charging stations are also worth noting. For example, some have “quick charge” ports, while others offer wireless charging. A charging station with a built-in surge protection is also good, especially if you live in areas that experience power outage a lot. Also, selecting one that has a built-in overheat or overcharge protection is a smart choice.