Charging Options for All Your Devices
Increasingly our homes are filled with portable electronic devices which are constantly in need of charging. Rather than having them strewn about the house in various docks or poised at every available outlet, you might consider the advantages of charging stations.
These devices are affordable, attractive, and can make life in an electronic world easier.
Learn more about them and get some tips for choosing one on this page.
What Are the Advantages of Charging Stations?
Charging stations allow you to unclutter your desk or table tops. They provide a way to organize and conceal all of those cords from your electronics devices.
They allow you to charge devices like digital cameras, MP3 players, cell phones, and similar items in a single location, and all at the same time.
They can keep you from misplacing devices by giving you a consist location for placing them, even if you live in a house with multiple devices.
Many of them also allow you to protect you devices from power surges.
Because they are available in a number of designs and finishes, you can also find one that will complement your decor.
Charging Station Features
Before you select a charging station you might consider some of the various features:
The Number of Devices It Can Handle
Some can charge only a single device but most can handle 2, 3 or even up to 6 devices at a time.
The Power Strip
Most of these charging stations come with the power strip included but some require you to provide your own. Even if it doesn’t come with one however, you need to know how large of a power strip it can accommodate.
In addition, a power strip that offers surge protection is preferred and certainly the cord length provided will determine where you can locate the station. Some of these devices keep the area where the cord is stored covered so that it doesn’t need to be placed near a wall to be concealed, others leave the area open.
Of course, having easy access to the cords can be important too, so a flip up door can be handy.
Some charging stations have universal connectors and additional connectors that come included. These allow you to connect a wider variety of gadgets. Some also include international AC adapters that allow it to function domestically and internationally much like a wi-fi adapter.
If you would like the station to provide additional storage for small items like keys, coins, jewelry, and so forth, you want to find one with a drawer or tray to do this.
Design and Construction
You’ll want to know the dimensions of the charging station to know how much desk or table space it will require. Some are made of light weight materials, such as bamboo and others are heavier and made of real wood or metals.
Lightweight can be handy but if you have a large power cord and several devices it might tend to tip.
The finish and over all design of these devices varies from sleek and modern to more traditional and elegant. You can choose the one that matches the decor of your room.
USB Car Charger Adapter – Your Devices Can Go Much Farther!
If your device (iPhone, Android phone, laptop computer, mp3 player, camera, etc) can be charged with a USB port then a USB Car Charger Adapter could be just the perfect car accessory and geek accessory for you.
Especially if you have more than one device that can be charged via a USB port or a USB C charger and you travel in your car a lot.
Rather than buy a car charger adapter that is specific to your device (iPhone, specific brand of Android phone or tablet, mp3 player, digital camera, etc) and can’t be used with any other of your gadgets, wouldn’t it be nice to have a car charger adapter that works for most, if not all, of your devices?
I think that this is such a cool and convenient gadget. Now that it is more common for many phones that can be charged by plugging it into a USB port you can now charge that phone in your car without having to get a special adapter that works for that phone only (that you’d probably lose anyway…if you’re at all like me anyway).
Your friends and family can all charge their phones while they are in your car too.
The New Trent Arcadia Rapiduo USB Car Charger Adapter has a compact size and an interesting ‘Y’ Shape design, with ports on opposite sides, that allows for an easier driver and passenger side usage and tangle-free cords.
It has over 500 reviews on Amazon and is a popular choice among road warriors. It is one of the higher priced ones I have listed, but easily worth it.
The PowerGen Dual USB Car Charger Adapters are designed for Apple and Android devices. You can use the USB charging cables that you already have to charge almost USB powered device.
The dual ports are designed to have one port with a higher amp for a device such as an iPad and a lower one for mobile phones or other devices.
You can usually pick one up for less than fifteen bucks. They have many great reviews on Amazon. Click on the links for more details about the products and to read the reviews.