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PeterParker Apr 26, 2013 12:57 PM
Building my own USB charging 'station' - good idea!?
Hey,

I just wanted to pin a USB hub on the wall, connect it to a USB-power-adapter and use it to charge my iPod nano (7), my digital camera, my cellphone etc. occasionally. Is that a good idea? Often enough, manufacturers tell you it's not a good idea, sounding like you could break something apart when not charged with the original cables/charging adaptor, is that true? Is there really anything I can do wrong here? It sounded sort of comfortable to me.

Greetings,
PeteParker
 
iMOTOR Apr 26, 2013 05:18 PM
Your USB hub should have included its own AC transformer, which connects to the back of the hub with a barrel jack. USB hubs will allow 500mA per device; same as a computer. The power adapter that came with your iPod probably provides 1000mA. So with half that, either the battery will charge slowly or on some devices not at all.
 
reader50 Apr 26, 2013 05:25 PM
Some hubs have the extended charging capability, as do many UPS units.

Check the hubs on this newegg search result. Note that some of them only have 1-2 high power ports. You'd probably want a hub with all ports of the high-power variety.
 
keithhat Apr 26, 2013 06:53 PM
Multiple USB Charging Solution - PowerDock 5
What I want is this, except it is not shipping yet :confused: I guess if it was easy Griffin would be shipping it already : iPad Charging Station | Multiple iPad Charger | Griffin Technology

http://store.griffintechnology.com/m...rdock5-1_1.jpg
 
cgc Apr 26, 2013 09:45 PM
They make duplex wall outlets you install in place of an existing power outlet that includes two USB charging ports. Nice and sleek and not that expensive. Here's one I found but there are numerous options...this was the first hit.
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...mL._SY300_.jpg
 
Mike Wuerthele Apr 26, 2013 09:53 PM
Kanex Sydnee - 4-Port USB Charging Stand Black

It's got four USB ports, each with loads of power. Need Lightning? Bring your own cable. It ships with 30-pin docks.
 
Beansmaster Apr 26, 2013 10:33 PM
I have this and it works very well
It's not home made but it does what you want and they are shipping now. I actually ended up ordering two of them, one for my iPhone, Bluetooth headset, and Mophie battery pack and another for my go pros and the Go Pro WiFi remote. I'm probably going to have to order yet another one for my wife and her gadgets...

Universal Charger IDAPT i4
 
ClassicMac Apr 27, 2013 04:46 PM
USB Charger
First off this isn't anywhere near as fancy as some of the items posted. I just wanted to throw this out there if you are thinking of using a USB HUB. There are some USB chargers out there that might do what you are looking for. For example I got a 4 port USB charger a few months ago and it has worked as expected. It does have a 500mA limit per port so if you have devices that require high power keep that in mind.

Rosewill 2 Amp 4 Port USB Wall Charger RUC-6180 for iPhone/iPod/iPad/MP3 - Newegg.com

Currently there is a $6 off code listed at the top of the page making it $8.99 with free shipping. This might be a viable solution for some based on the cost. It is also great for travel since it is very compact. The reviews are right in that the power connector seems a little flimsy but I leave it plugged in 99% of the time so it hasn't been a problem for me.
 
Waragainstsleep Apr 27, 2013 08:29 PM
Manufacturers are just protecting themselves because there are lots of seriously cheap and shitty USB devices on the market, particularly USB hubs. Cheap ones that fail can theoretically take devices with them when the do. Decent ones will have protective failsafes built-in but these raise the cost of the equipment.

Look at the various mass-chargers available for iPads/iPhones in schools or corporate settings. As devices go, these are not complicated pieces of equipment but they often cost far more than an equivalent number of Apple-made iPod chargers and a couple of 8-way AC adaptors.
 
subego Apr 27, 2013 09:20 PM
 
P Apr 30, 2013 09:51 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by cgc (Post 4227968)
They make duplex wall outlets you install in place of an existing power outlet that includes two USB charging ports. Nice and sleek and not that expensive. Here's one I found but there are numerous options...this was the first hit.
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...mL._SY300_.jpg
I've seen them in a few places. Has anyone seen one for the European standard plug?
 
ClassicMac Apr 30, 2013 03:11 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by cgc (Post 4227968)
They make duplex wall outlets you install in place of an existing power outlet that includes two USB charging ports. Nice and sleek and not that expensive. Here's one I found but there are numerous options...this was the first hit.
Also consider something like this. You get 2 USB ports and 4 additional electrical outlets. You can also easily move it around if you need the USB ports somewhere else. This particular unit is the Belkin BV106050-CW but there are similar units from other manufacturers.
http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/image...CLYJ0U-1-s.jpg
 
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