In today’s tech driven world, charging at night is a necessity and also a bit of a burden. There may be several devices to charge just between you and your spouse and the family. So what to do to keep everything plugged in without worrying about a million tangled cables? Satechi’s 7-port charging station is my answer, and you’re almost definitely going to want it.
The Satechi 7-port charging station is designed to reduce clutter on your desk or table while still keeping everything full of juice. The station has 7 separate stands that will hold smartphones and tablets alike. Behind each of those stands is a USB port with either 1A or 2.4A of power. The first 4 are 1A and are designed for smartphones with the remaining 3 being 2.4A and being designed for tablets.
The stands themselves provide ample room for any device, even without removing your case. I had no trouble fitting everything from the Galaxy S6 to my NVIDIA SHIELD in the stands. The bottom of the stand has a rubber pad to keep the device from sliding out if the surface it’s placed on is adjusted in any way which is a nice touch.
The base of the charging station has the same grip underneath to keep it steady on a table and it also has some nice weight to it which also helps to keep it from moving at all. There’s also a fan on the bottom to keep the station from heating up when charging multiple devices.
One of the best features of the station is that you can turn off all 7 USB ports at the same time with the press of a button. This is very useful to me as I often forget to unplug devices when I’m at work for the day and that eats up a little extra power. With this station I simply press the off/on button, and I’m good.
The one downside to this charging station is the cables. You won’t be able to use your standard cables with this station as they will just be a mess. Instead you’ll need to pick up some short cables (about 7″ inches) to use with this. Unfortunately Satechi doesn’t include these with the station, so you’ll have to buy them somewhere else.
I turned to eBay to pick up a few cables. For microUSB I got this pack of 5 for about $4 and I also picked up this single Lightning cable for $3.50. You can also head to Amazon to get similar items. If I were to change one this about this product, it would definitely be the cable situation. Including a few short cables, even if it jacks up the price a bit, would be most certainly worth it.
The Satechi 7-port charging station is available from Satechi’s website for $59.99 or from Amazon where it’s currently on sale for $54.99. In my opinion, this product is certainly worth it’s asking price if you can use it to it’s full potential.