USB charging hub
A USB charging hub lets you plug in several devices to power up at once. Some plug directly into a wall outlet while others connect to your laptop. We looked at portable charging hubs and power strips that have both USB ports and power sockets. Here’s a list of the best USB charging hubs.
This charging hub plugs into a wall socket. It features six USB charging ports that are compatible with both iOS and Android devices. The Anker charging station powers up your devices quickly, even when all six ports are in use at the same time.
It is small to take with you once you detach the 5-foot power cord and will work with power adapters so you can use it overseas. This USB charging hub doesn’t support quick charging or wireless charging devices. And it only works with cellphones.
- Charge six devices at once
- Compatible with Android and iOS
- Doesn’t support quick charging
- Only charges cell phones
Best value: X-EDITION Dual Port USB wall charger
The easiest USB hub to use is the X-EDITION dual-port wall charger. It looks like a regular wall adapter, and it is. But it accepts two USB chargers at once to power up more than one device at a time. It charges devices decently fast, even with more than one attached to it. And it doesn’t overheat while in use.
In this pack you get four USB charging hubs, so you can keep a charger handy in multiple rooms. They work with both Android and iOS cell phones and tablets, but won’t support laptop charging. These wall chargers also aren’t quick charging ports.
- Won’t overheat
- Four hubs in this package
- Charge two devices per hub
- Doesn’t support quick charging
- Won’t charge laptops
Best charging station: SooPii quick charge station
This USB charging hub is a great way to keep all your family’s devices organized as they charge. This dock features six separate stations with a designated USB port for each. There is a holder on the front so you can safely charge your smartwatch, too.
To use the SooPii charging station, simply slip your tablet or cell phone between the plastic organizers then plug the USB charger into the dock. The dock itself is plugged into a wall socket, but it does have an on/off switch, so it’s not continually pumping power. There are anti-slip pads between each divider and on the underside of the dock. And it supports quick charging devices for Android devices. iPhone and iPad fast charging are not available. This dock also doesn’t charge laptops.
- Supports quick charging for Android
- Charges smartwatches
- Anti-slip pads
- No quick charging for Apple products
- Doesn’t support laptop charging
Best multi-use hub: KINFAYV power strip and USB charging hub
The KINFAYV power strip is a great way to power up your laptop while also charging your mobile devices. It has three traditional power sockets and four USB ports. It has surge protection and an on/off switch. The hub shell is fire resistant and rests on four non-slip nubs.
There is a 5-foot power cord to plug this hub into a wall outlet, but it is still compact and lightweight enough to easily take with you while traveling. When in use the hub shines a light that many users find too bright and disruptive, especially at night.
- Charge mobile devices and laptops
- Surge protection
- Fire resistant
- Bright light may be distracting
Best portable hub: JACKYLED quick charge USB hub
This portable charger has four USB ports to power up multiple devices at once. It is small and conveniently designed to sit on a nightstand or side table with enough room to place charing devices around it.
The JACKYLED hub is compatible with Android and iOS devices. You can charge Bluetooth earbuds and headphones, and digital cameras with this hub, too. And it supports quick charging. The only devices you can’t charge are laptops. It can be plugged into your computer or into a wall socket to provide power to it.
- Power through laptop or wall socket
- Supports quick charging
A surge of info
A USB charging hub is pretty easy and straightforward to use, and each one we’ve included in our buying guide works quickly and with all types of mobile devices. It really comes down to your own personal preference. The Anker wall charger works quickly to charge up multiple devices at once. It has a 5-foot power cord and is easy to pack and take along on trips. It doesn’t support quick charging, though, which is one of the biggest setbacks of this device. Also, the only way to get power to your devices through this hub is to plug them into a wall socket. It isn’t able to be plugged into a computer or laptop for charging.
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