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I’d been using the Wirecutter-recommended Accell Home or Away travel surge protector for travel until recently. It’s really good, but it only has 2 USB ports and when I started traveling with an external battery, that was too few. One USB port for my phone, one for my tablet, and none for my battery? Sad. In theory maybe I stop traveling with my tablet but then I add in my headphones, which charge via USB, and I’m back where I started.

Plus I just got this watch, so.

Anker 6-USB Port Charger Thus, I picked up Anker’s 6 port USB charger. It’s not a hub; it’s a small brick around the size of a very full men’s wallet that plugs into a wall outlet and charges a bunch of USB devices at once. I don’t imagine it’d do great with six items plugged into it, but it’s fine for phone and tablet and external battery. Anker’s other gear has performed very well for me (cables, car USB adapters), and this seems similarly solid from one trip’s worth of experience.

Mirrored from Population: One.

Date: 2015-05-01 10:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ckd
I'm a big fan of the Anker multi-chargers. I have an older 5 port that's my current travel charger, and a pair of the 6 port units as my home chargers (bedroom and living room). I think I'm going to swap the 5 port into the living room (since I usually only have 2-3 things going there at any given time) and make the 6 the travel unit so I have spare ports for batteries and guests. :-)

Date: 2015-05-02 02:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] autopope.livejournal.com
I just bought one of those too!

I have a retina Macbook somewhere in a shipping container in China with my address on it, so I decided to try it as the One Charger To Rule Them All (and in the darkness bind them) for phone, tablet, booster battery, and USB-C charging laptop while on the road.

Got a USB voltmeter/ammeter, so I'll be able to report later on whether it charges the MacBook properly -- the MacBook charger is rated at 29 watts.

Date: 2015-05-04 11:52 am (UTC)
ext_58972: Mad! (Default)
From: [identity profile] autopope.livejournal.com
Because Apple only launched it in the USA on the first day, mine is still somewhere in a shipping container in China. Should get it next Monday at the latest -- maybe even later this week -- at which point expect me to drivel on possessively about it. SHINY!

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