Jun 3, 2015
There I go again, whining about the, uh, problem of having so many tech pieces. They begin to add up, and until someone makes a fortune from making a truly long-lasting battery, one is going to need a whole lot of electrical sources. If you’re somewhat of a platform agnostic individual like myself, you wanna own a device from as many mobile platforms as possible. Add in some tech-obsessed offspring, and we have a charging problem.
Still, I’m a sucker for simple solutions. My current one (plugging devices into several outlets across several rooms) is not reasonable. Thus, I am kind of digging the Satechi 7-Port USB Charger — even before formally checking it out.
The concept is simple: a self-contained dock especially suited to store and charge phones, tablets and most things in-between. So, with one power source, we get to take care of seven rechargeable devices.
Satechi sent us the white version (black is also available); the retail package contains the charging dock, the power supply, velcro ties and documentation. The main base is mostly white, and the top part is black, and has eight clear dividers affixed, such that there are seven distinct slots for mobile devices. On the one side, there are USB ports that line up with the created slots, as well as a port for the included power supply. Also pertinent to note is the power button/LED light on the open surface of the unit. Officially, it is 7.4 x 5.5 x 2.6 inches and weighs 13.4 ounces.
For the curious, 4 of the USB outlets are rated for “mobile” devices — in other words, 1A. The other three do 2A, which is becoming increasingly more important for more powerful devices. Each port has surge protection (huge), and the whole piece includes a smart chip to prevent over-charging.
In practice, it does swimmingly. In extended testing, it works great as a cross-platform charger, and it does bring a distinct organized feel to multiple devices. Because of th design, it is useful with rechargeable bluetooth keyboards and even a smartpen or two.
The unit does not provide USB cables, so there is a bit of a jumble with regards to the excess cable if one isn’t using short ones. Still, I rather prefer the bring your own cable concept, as it allows me to bring out the archived Palm PDA with its proprietary USB cable. The included velcro strips do help with taming the excess.
it’s a useful piece; value-wise, it is a bit of an investment ($54.99 via Amazon), but with the extra device protection, the price does feel a bit more palatable.