Portable USB Wall Charger Roundup

Introduction


Quite often you’ll find yourself traveling to another city, state or country and be met with the all-too-common sinking feeling when presented with your hotel room power point options – only one or two annoyingly placed ports. If you’re like me, not only have you forgotten a power board, but you’ve got multiple devices to charge via USB ports. Furthermore, if you’re heading on a holiday or business trip – it’s likely that you’re carrying a myriad of battery-powered devices: a smartphone, tablet, smartwatch and GoPro being just the beginning of a very long list.

Being left with your standard issue 1-port USB smartphone charger won’t do you much justice, pulling out your bulky laptop isn’t always the best solution due to them being heavy and slow to charge – this is where USB power hubs come into their element. They’re also suitable for a home environment, offering between two and five handy USB ports to charge your devices overnight or while you’re sitting on the couch.

Thankfully for us, we’ve had a couple of wall USB chargers provided to us for testing. Read on for a quick round-up on these life-saving devices and what conditions we think they suit best.

The full list of products in this roundup and their pricing is as follows:

Mushkin Reveals a New Line of On-The-Go Battery Packs

If you’re one of those people, always on the go and finding yourself with flat batteries in your smart devices, then you might want to invest in a mobile battery pack. More and more of them become available and Muskin has revealed their new reVIVE family of portable battery packs.

“As modern lifestyles and careers demand greater use of smartphones and tablets, a secondary demand rises for increased battery life to bolster constant on-the-go device usage. Our reVIVE battery packs serve as an affordable remedy to a draining mobile platform,” said Nicolas Villalobos, Director, Global Marketing at Mushkin Inc. “Mushkin’s reVIVE battery packs are just one of many CE-type products to launch from Mushkin in the future.”

The new reVIVE series power banks have a dual 5V USB output, one at 1A and one at 2.1A. This enables you to charge both tablets and smartphones at the same time. With a capacity between 4400 and 13200 mAh, you’ll be able to do this multiple times before you have to recharge the unit itself.

The reVIVE battery packs also feature over-charge protection, over-discharge protection, and short-circuit protection. Release is scheduled for March, but no word on pricing yet besides the term “affordable”.

Thanks to Mushkin for providing us with this information