Monday, May 11, 2015

Tired Of Trying To Keep Up With All Of Those Mobile Device Chargers? Let's Consolidate!

A typical family, today, has multiple mobile devices - Smartphones, Tablets, E-book Readers, Smartwatches, etc. Generally, all of these devices are powered and charged via a 5 volt charger. But, that's not the end of the story. Each device also requires a minimal wattage output or current draw for successful charging. For example, an IPhone requires 5 watts (1 amp) and an IPad Air needs 12 watts (2.4 amp). You may have noticed that the IPhone charger is physically smaller than the IPad Air charger.

The one thing that all of these devices have is common is a Standard USB connector at one end of the charging cable. The other end may or may not be proprietary. So, what you need is a charger that will charge multiple devices, via Standard USB, and adapt to the specific Power (wattage) requirements of each.

I have tried many, but there is only one that I would endorse - The Anker 40 watt, 5 port, Desktop USB Charger. I am in no way affiliated with the company and I do not receive any compensation for any product I recommend. I have been using these for several years and they simply get the job done. The Anker is available for around $25 at Amazon.

There is no setup. Just plug the device into AC and attach your mobile device (with it's original cable) via one of the 5 USB ports. You can connect up to 5 devices powering a maximum of 40 watts (8 amp) across all 5 ports. Any individual port will charge up to 12 watts (2.4 amp). The Anker will deliver the correct charging current to each device. You can charge a couple of IPads and (2) IPhones at the same time - throw in a Kindle, as well.

So, if all of those chargers have turned your kitchen or bedroom into a wiring closet, you may want to check out the Anker.