Feych 5-Port USB Hub shows potential, but generates heat.
I do not know about you, but I continue to have more and more USB powered devices. My Apple Watch, USB powered AA/AAA charger, Bluetooth headset/ear pieces/ear buds, iPhone. This is only a small list of the things that I have. My desk space and power outlets are struggling to charge all of the power hungry devices. When power outlets are at a premium, find a device that can power multiple things.
I am a rather big fan of the power port and hub systems. Essentially, these devices generate power outlet real estate. With some devices, you can get extra USB outlets, sometimes you can get additional power outlets and USB outlets. Feych is a 5-Port High Speed Desktop USB A charger. This device has a Qualcomm 2.0 Quick Charge in a single outlet and has 4 other outlets capable of quick smart charge (but not Qualcomm). The device is a “smart” device, it knows how much power your device needs and will adjust accordingly. This provides some benefit to you as a consumer. If you do not know the requirements of your device, 1A, 2.4 A etc ., it does not matter. You are not locked into a port, you can change to any of them and it will know how fast to charge your device. This also helps with bottleneck issues. For example, trying to find the right charger for the right device or if you had multiple devices charging at the same speed. Simply plug the USB connection from any device into any locus on the charger. It is important to note that this is a charging hub not a data hub; there is no data transfer through this device. The best part of this is, each port charges at full speed and does not steal current from another device. I was able to charge my Apple Watch Sport, iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6s Plus at similar rates with this device (simultaneously), mildly slower than I was able to individually on their power bricks.
I have installed a command Velcro strap to the back of this device and it is nestled behind my bedside desk. I am a fan of the cord on the end rather than a big box that you would need to find space for. There is nothing worse than playing cord Tetris in your surge protector to find the best arrangement. You have been there, you have had the large power box that blocks 2+ outlets or the one that the power box sticks out sideways. This device stops this problem as it is a narrow plug with a cord that then attaches to the charger. It really is a convenient design.
It does come with an Included USB A to micro USB cable for your convenience. There is no included USB A to lightning.
From the wall outlet connector to the power brick is just at 47 inches. The power brick is about the dimensions of a standard credit card, about 2 1/4 inches tall 3 1/2 inches long and 1 1/4 inches wide. I did plug this up to my multimeter (I cut a USB 2.0 cable and separated black and red wires and attached them to the end of a multimeter using electrical tape). I was reading 5 A out of each of the ports and 3.09A out of the Qualcomm port. Plugging my iphone lightning Cable into this (iPhone 6s plus) the amperage dropped in my multimeter line to 4A. This seems scary, unregulated charging. The USB to lightning cord on my phone was not hot at all but the USBA cable attached to multimeter was really hot. Thinking it may be the cord, I plugged my USB multimeter tester into a 10W iPad brick and got 2.39A. 2-2.4 is reasonable from USB 2.0.
I did not find the UL (underwriters laboratories) certificate logo on the device or packaging. The UL company has been around since 1894, it is one of the companies that certifies consumer electronic devices. It does have FCC logo (F and then C with nested C) meaning it conforms to the standard to not interfere with other systems. It does have European conformity (CE) logo which is similar to the UL on American consumer electronics, but for Europe. It has passed restriction on hazardous substances as well. At this point I am uncertain what to make of the amperage from the device. I am uncertain if this is a flaw or intended. My iPhone/iPad charge just fine without the cords heating up. The USB cord I cut and attached the ends to a multimeter, were almost too hot to touch. I do not have any other cords to sacrifice, at present to test this system. I do not like that the American conformity logo is not here. I do not like the multimeter data that I got. I tested my INAROCK 5 USB outlet 40W 5V 8A using the same leads, same placement and same cord and got 1-2 amps output. The price of the INAROCK (also no UL logo that I could find) is similar to this device. At present I am on the fence about this device. I love the idea, the concept but am concerned with the data. If it was the USB cord I should get similar days between the INAROCK and Feych. I think for now I will go back to my INAROCK charger. I give Feych 2/5 stars, as the charging issue scares me.
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