The average US household has 11 connected devices, including 7 smart screens to view content, according to a recent Deloitte survey. While all those smartphones, tablets, e-readers and other devices make our life easier, it can be hard to keep track of all the charging cables.
If your devices are creating too much clutter, then what you need is a multi-device charging station. Also known as a charging dock station, this useful gadget lets you charge all your devices in one place–sometimes even wirelessly. A good multi charging station spreads power evenly between all your devices, ensuring all of them recharge in quick time.
What factors should you look at when searching for the best charging station for your needs?
To help you narrow down your search, we picked out the 10 best charging stations currently on the market. Here they are:
From high charging capacity to a sleek design to an ambient light sensor that dims LEDs at night, the Nomad Base Station Hub has everything you could want in a charging station for electronics. The Base Station Hub can charge up to 4 devices simultaneously–2 devices via port and an additional 1 to 2 phones wirelessly. One of the ports provides a maximum rate of 18W, enabling charging of a MacBook or MacBook Pro. This stylish charging station comes with a black padded leather surface, aluminum chassis, and no-slip grip rubber feet, making it perfect for charging on any surface.
Satechi is known for producing a wide range of high-quality chargers, hubs, adapters, and computer accessories. As the name suggests, the 7-Port USB Charger is capable of charging up to 7 devices simultaneously. Four USB ports charge up to 5W, making them ideal for smartphones, music players, cameras, and other small media devices. Three ports charge up to 12W, ideal for tablets as well as smartphones.
If you want to eliminate cables altogether, then look no farther than the Anker PowerWave 10 Dual Pad. Other wireless charging stations support more devices, but none charge as fast as the Anker. This wireless charging station charges Samsung phones at 10W and iPhones at 7.5W, the fastest possible wireless input either can accept. It is able to transmit charging power directly through your phone’s protective case, provided metal attachments and cards have been removed. The Anker PowerWave Dual Pad is Qi-certified for safe operation with all Qi-compatible wirelessly charged devices (e.g., Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, LG smartphones).
This is the second Anker charging dock station to make it on our list, and it’s quite different from the first. The Anker PowerPort Atom PD4 provides an enormous 100W of charging power–enough to charge 2 USB-C laptops and 2 smartphones at the same time. Built with Anker’s proprietary PowerIQ technology, this high-speed charger is able to save up to 1 hour of charging time compared to the average device. While other charging stations limit the capacity available to each port, the PowerPort Atom PD 4 spreads it between all the ports–enabling you to charge 1 device up to 100W or 4 devices up to 25W each. This may just be the most powerful desktop charging station on the market.
If you’re the sort of person who only buys Apple products, then you can make do with the Seneo WaveMat 202. This 3-in-1 wireless charger is designed to support 1 iPhone (8-11), 1 iWatch (2-5), and 1 pair of AirPods (Pro or 2) all at once. This charging station has in-built temperature control technology that makes the charging temperature lower and charging speed higher, completing the charging in 4 hours for a smartphone. A QC 3.0 wall adapter is sold separately for even faster charging.
With 10 ports, the SIIG USB Charging Station with Ambient Light Deck supports more devices than any other multi charging station on the market. The station has 8 individual slots for tablets and smartphones. A non-slip padded desk accommodates additional devices such as Bluetooth earphones, speakers, or smartwatches. An energy-efficient soft-glow LED light radiates ambient light, enabling you to work near to the charging station with minimal distraction.
For a budget wireless charging option, look no farther than the Yootech Wireless Charger. Despite costing only $12 and weighing only 2 oz, the Yootech is capable of quickly and safely charging any Qi-certified device, including all the latest iPhone and Samsung smartphones. It’s also compatible with AirPods (with wireless charging case) and AirPods Pro. Handily, it has a USB port just in case you want to charge with a cable. The Yootech can only charge 1 device at a time, but for such a cheap docking station it offers great value.
All the charging stations we’ve covered so far are designed to be used at home. This next one, the Zendure Passport 30W, is the best multi device docking station for taking with you on your travels. In addition to 4 USB ports, it also has 1 AC outlet that’s compatible with cables from virtually any country, as well as a travel adapter that lets you charge it into a socket anywhere in the world. The Zendure Passport truly is your passport to stress-free travelling.
And the award for phone charging station that packs the most punch for its size goes to… the Xcentz USB charger. This wall charger may look small and feel light, but it provides up to 48W charging capacity to up to 5 devices at once. With Advanced Smart xPower by Xcentz and QuickCharge 3.0, this charging station can save up to 1 hour on a charge while upholding the highest safety standards. It also has an 18-month warranty, possibly an industry best.
If you’re going to buy a desktop charging station, you may as well get one that looks good, right? Designed by Great Useful Stuff in California, the Original Multi Charging Station comes in 6 decorative finishes: eco-friendly bamboo, walnut, black leatherette, white leatherette, white high gloss, and cherry high gloss. It looks great in any setting–whether in your home office, bedroom, kitchen, or a conference room at work.
A charging dock station is like a personal organizer for all your devices. Once you have one, you’ll never have to worry about losing or untangling cables ever again. A multi charging station lets you charge all your devices quickly, securely, and simultaneously in one convenient place.