Jul 30, 2015
As we like to say, more mobile devices, more problems… power problems to be specific. Even as batteries get better, there is always a need to keep our power units powered.
Yeah, one can plug in a charging peripheral to every outlet at work or at home, but then, one needs to walk all over the place to retrieve them. It’s just better to have all of them in one place, especially for those of us with a healthy helping of OCD.
And then, here comes the wordy inStream SeptimusB 7 Port USB Charging Station.
The review unit we received contained the unit in its retail packaging. it contains the main unit, power cable, a loose micro-USB cable and documentation. It’s relatively compact, coming in as a symmetrical rectangular cuboid with soft corners. The one side houses the power cable port, as well as a prominent on/off toggle; the opposite end has seven (yep, 7) USB ports and a green LED. Outside monogrammed names and such, the review piece has a hard plastic, white exterior. Officially, it is 4.09 x 3.86 x 1.1 inches and a hair over 7 ounces.
Usage is easy. Connected to power, and all one needs is a compatible USB charging cord that connects to a smartdevice that needs to be charged, and flick on the power button. The unit boasts a smart charging chip that allows each of the 3A ports to adjust to the charging needs of the device connected to it; this means it should be able to charge the humble FroYo device or the juice-hungry 10-inch powerhouse on demand. In practice, fresh out the box, it did just that.
With regards to organization, the inStream SeptimusB could use some help. Because it doesn’t have any built-in tray or shelf system. This means that when units are attached and being charged, there really aren’t too many ways to keep the whole conglomeration tidy beyond just stacking them on each other. Thus, in some ways, a lot of space is needed, and probably charging cords of different lengths to make it work.
Still, the size is of benefit, and the central power button is a nice touch. Combined aesthetics aside, it’s a piece that definitely holds its own. Tied in with its relative affordability ($39.95 on Amazon), and it’s easy to like it.