Charging station allows you to charge your watch and up to 4 additional devices at one time.
If you are a male, more specifically, a married male, then you know the saga of the personal space. I started out with an office and a TV room, which quickly turned into a “family room” and a shared office. I lost space, slowly at first, day by day and month by month. The last bastion of hope is my end table. For now, this is still my space and I can do with it as I please (so long as it is not an eyesore). I have multiple tech devices, all vying for shelf space. I currently have an iPhone 7 plus, iPad air 2, Apple Watch and occasionally Bluetooth earphones/earbuds to charge. Additionally, at times I have 2-3 3DS/2DS that need to be charged. So, what is the problem? The problem is, I have two outlets to use on my side of the bed. For me, there are only a few options: a power strip or a HUB. Power strips tend to be an eyesore, leaving cables everywhere. Thus, HUBS usually win out, especially if they have any sort of cable management system.
I have received a 5-Port Multi-Device Charging Station, which arrives in a nondescript cardboard box with a white slip cover. The slip cover is non-branded, only labeled with “5-Port Multi-device Charging Station,” listing a model number of RX-UCH04S and detailing a few of the product specifications. The hub has 5 total ports, 4 external and 1 internal. Four of the ports are USB type A and the last is a USB type C. All of the ports can charge simultaneously, providing 5V output to each of the ports. There is a picture of the product on the cover, which shows a silver base, dark gray top and an Apple Watch charging in landscape mode (nightstand). Opening the product, you will notice the charging station wrapped in plastic, a 5 foot A type wall to AC adaptor plug. Lastly, you will find 3 top brackets and an instruction manual. The manual adds minimal additional information. Input voltage ranges from 100-240V, output 5V, the max current output is 6A and the product weighs 280grams.
The manual, unfortunately, is very poorly translated English. My favorite statement is “Don’t use your wet hand to touch charger. It will be automatic cut off if touch water or other liquid.” I am hoping they are referring to short circuit protection, which is not listed. It would be unfortunate to have my hands cut off. After muddling through the manual I was able to discover that the plastic inserts are for the holder for Apple Watch, holder for Fitbit, a holder for smartphones. To utilize the device, plug the power A type wall plug into your outlet (America) and then plug the AC end into the back of the device. They made the plug so it had no directionality, this is convenient. I really am pleased that they made the charging cable a simple A type wall plug. There is no large bulky adaptor or other apparatus, which simply gets in the way. The dark gray top will lift off and you will see the fifth, hidden, USB A plug. To utilize this, remove the plastic insert and slide the USB cable of the charger through the hole, reinsert the plastic piece and the cable is hidden inside of the station. The Apple Watch charging cable fits amazingly well into the charging holder and the cables are nestled away nicely inside of the device.
To test the device I used a Brok USB multimeter. I was able to charge my iPhone 7 plus with a cable from Snakable while also charging my Apple Watch. Each USB port was able to charge at 5V and 1-2A. Remember that current is on-demand and will only be used if demanded by the product. I was able to fully charge my iPhone 7 (25%), my Apple Watch Sports 42mm (60%) and iPad Air 2 (35%) while sleeping overnight. Neither the device nor my iDevices became hot to the touch. I do have one criticism and that is that there is no external cable management. This lack of thought is a big deal when they have an internal cup that is capable of containing the cable for the watch/Fitbit/phone. Having cables all over my nightstand is not what my wife wanted for a multi charger. I do not currently have any devices that charge via USB C. However, this is a really convenient added feature, which does future-proof the device to a degree. I have used this device for about a week and I have been pleased with the quality of the construction. I really like that you can charge up to five devices at once. The output is reasonable and will adapt depending on the current demand of your device. The manual needs translation work, big time. The cover needs to have the brand of device listed also. I found it odd to have a model and a generic name for the product.
In summary, I would rate the device at 4/5 stars. The device would be perfect for an office desk, a dorm or for your nightstand. Remember that there is no cable management and this can be somewhat of an eyesore.
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