Review: iKits 10-Port USB Charging Station Dock
Gadgets! Gadgets everywhere! That’s what it feels like in our household, and, truth be told, that’s not just a feeling. It’s of course tough to find a home for all of these gadgets, let alone keep them charged. That’s where something like the iKits 10-Port USB Charging Station Dock comes in, since it’s handy as both a gadget home base and gadget charging station.
I’m reviewing the 10-port version, but there’s also an 8-port version for slightly less money. Each unit is surprisingly compact at only a little over 8 inches (210 millimeters) at its longest point. Each slot is about .75 inches (19.05 millimeters) wide, so they can easily accommodate most tablets, smartphones, e-readers, gaming handhelds, and other devices, including most of the ones in thicker cases.
In the box you get the base unit, two piece AC adapter (100-240 VAC), and an instruction manual.
Set up is simple. Put the AC adapter together, plug it into the wall and base unit, and then plug your device and its USB cable into one of the available outlets. Repeat up to nine more times.
The 10 ports are rated to deliver up to 66 watts of power, which is enough for 10 devices charging between 1A (usually smaller devices) and 2.4A (usually larger devices). This translates to six ports at 1A and four ports with intelligent ICs to auto identify a device’s charging requirements (up to 2.4A) and charge it at the fastest speed possible.
The iKits is great for a nightstand, which is where I’m using it, but also for the desktop. It’s a well-built, solid, and attractive unit that offers a lot of benefit for a reasonable price.
Thanks to iKits for the review unit.