Anker Usb Charging Station HeroSource: Anker

Best USB Charging Stations for Multiple Devices iMore 2020

If you are looking for a way to keep all of your devices charged up without having absolute chaos, then the Satechi Charging Station Dock is our favorite of the bunch. This dock can charge everything you throw at it, including the new iPad Pros and MacBooks. The great thing about charging stations is that there are so many different options available, and here are some of the best.

Best Overall: Satechi Charging Station Dock

Satechi 7 Port Charging Station Lifestyle HeroSource: Satechi

Satechi makes some of the most premium accessories on the market, and this 7-port charging station is no different. Velcro straps are included, so your array of cables don't end up too unruly while keeping your desk space clutter-free. Additionally, each slot is large enough to accommodate even the largest of smartphones and any cases that you may have installed.

Satechi thought about almost everything with this charging station, as there is even surge protection built-in. However, those hoping for Qualcomm Quick Charge support will have to look elsewhere, as Satechi stopped short of including it here.

Pros:

  • Charge up to 7 devices simultaneously
  • Included Velcro straps for organization
  • Spaces are wide enough to hold the biggest of devices, with their cases
  • Surge protection included
  • Two USB-C charging ports

Cons:

  • Not certified to work with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0
  • No dedicated smartwatch charging station

Best Overall

Satechi Charging Station Dock

No need for extra frills

The Satechi Charging Station is one of the best that you can get, especially if you care about keeping your devices organized.

Best For The Desk: AUKEY Quick Charge 3.0 Charging Station

Aukey Qc 3 Station LifestyleSource: AUKEY

When you think of portable chargers, AUKEY is likely one of the first brands that come to mind. The company has released a new 60W charging station with two Quick 3.0 ports, and four AiPower ports, allowing to quickly charge up any device that you can throw at it.

One of the few downsides is that there is nowhere to put said devices, as you will just need to plug in the cables and set the smartphones or tablets on the desk or table. Plus, if you are enjoying that USB-C life, you'll need to resort to the old standard of USB-A to USB-C as there are no dedicated C ports here.

Pros:

  • Charges all devices simultaneously at full speed
  • Two Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 ports for fast charging
  • Four AiPower ports which charge up to 2.4A
  • Built-in safeguards to protect against overheating and overcharging

Cons:

  • No USB-C ports
  • Can end up being very unorganized with six different cables

Best For The Desk

AUKEY Quick Charge 3.0 Charging Station

Charge with confidence

The 60W Charging Station offers two Quick Charge 3.0 ports, and four AiPower ports to work with anything you throw at it.

Ambient Lights: SIIG Charging Station with Ambient Light

SIIG Charging Station LifestyleSource: SIIG

This 90W charging station from SIIG is pretty impressive, thanks to the fact that you can charge up to 10 devices at once. Plus, there is an ambient light that is included so that you can make sure you are plugging everything into the right spot.

These, combined with SIIG's smart charging, ensure that your devices won't overcharge once they've reached 100%. Unfortunately, this station has the same issue as others, since having so many devices in one place can end up wreaking havoc. And you are out of luck if you want to charge your smartphone with just the USB-C cable.

Pros:

  • Charge up to 10 devices at once
  • Non-slip padded space to accommodate other products
  • LED ambient light makes it easy to get everything plugged in
  • Smart IC provides the best charging efficiency for each device

Cons:

  • No USB-C charging port
  • Too many cables can become unruly
  • Lack of charging dock for smartwatches

Ambient Lights

SIIG 90W Charging Station with Ambient Light

See in the dark

The SIIG Charging Station is perfect for those with a slew of devices, as there are slots for anything and ambient light.

Keep It Classy: GPED 5-in-1 Fast Charging Station

GPED Charging Station LifestyleSource: Amazon

While other charging stations are made from plastic, GPED took things up a notch with its charging station dock. This Bamboo organizer supports charging for five different devices, including a dedicated slot for an Apple Watch.

On the side of the charging station are your plugs for your various devices, with each outlet providing a different charge rating. Starting with 0.5A for the Apple Watch and going all the way up to a single 2.4A slot, there's a port for almost every device. Plus, there's a 10W wireless charging pad if you run out of USB ports on the dock.

Pros:

  • Built-in Apple Watch stand
  • Four primary slots are large enough to place any device within
  • Bamboo makes things look much classier
  • 10W wireless charger

Cons:

  • Charges just five devices at once
  • Only one 2.4A charging port

Keep it Classy

GPED 5-in-1 Fast Charging Station

Classy look

The GPED Charging Station Dock will charge up to five devices, while keeping your desk clean, organized, and looking good.

Premium Finish: Sabrent Premium Desktop Smart USB Charger

Sabrent Desktop Usb ChargerSource: Sabrent

Some folks don't want an actual stand to charge their multitude of devices, and that's where Sabrent's desktop charger comes in. It sports a slanted design for access to the USB ports, but you simply plug in the charging cable for your devices and go.

This design looks extremely clean and will blend in rather nicely sitting next to your iMac or MacBook Pro. However, there are no USB-C ports, and the LED indicator light cannot be turned on, so you'll have to resort to unplugging the charger if the light is bothersome.

Pros:

  • Charge up to six devices at once
  • Built-in circuit protector
  • Rubber bottom to keep dock stable
  • Horizontal ports make plugging in cables easy

Cons:

  • No USB-C ports
  • LED light cannot be turned off

Premium Finish

Sabrent Premium Desktop Smart USB Charger

Matches your Mac

This charging station has an aluminum build and includes a rubber bottom so that it stays in place while you plug in your devices.

Best Charging Tower: Key Power Desktop Charger Station

Key Power Desktop Charging Station LifestyleSource: Amazon

This Charger Station from Jelly Comb is pretty nifty as it is actually a tower that you don't need to worry about accidentally falling over when more devices are plugged in. While it's a tower, the charger is still compact enough not to take up a boat-load of space on the desk, and measures in at just over 4 inches.

There is even an LED light to let you know when your devices are being charged. However, if you are hoping for some Quick Charge support, you'll need to look elsewhere. Plus, there is no dedicated On/Off switch to turn it off when all of your devices are ready to go.

Pros:

  • Can detect your device to deliver its fastest charging speed
  • Compact and portable
  • Small LED informs you of when devices are charging

Cons:

  • No On/Off switch
  • No Qualcomm Quick Charge support

Best Charging Tower

Key Power Desktop Charger Station

Great on a budget

If you are looking for a no-frills charger that won't take up a bunch of space, then the Key Power Station may be the best fit.

Best to Charge and Transfer Files: RAVPower Charging Station Filehub

RavPower Charging Filehub LifestyleSource: RavPower

RAVPower's Charging Station Filehub is a bit different than the other charging stations listed here. There are a total of six charging ports, with a USB-C port providing up to 24W max output with Power Delivery. There is also a single Quick Charge 3.0 port for slightly slower charging speeds.

The biggest benefit of the Filehub is the two USB ports that double as charging and data transfer ports. This makes it possible for you to plug in a USB thumb drive or hard drive and backup your device directly to it. Plus, RAVPower has built-in charging protection to ensure that none of your devices are incorrectly charged.

One possible frustration is the lack of a power button, so you will be left to unplugging it from the wall if you ever need to turn it off. We would have liked to see an additional USB-C port, even if RAVPower sacrificed one of the "iSmart" charging ports.

Pros:

  • Quick Charge 3.0 charging port
  • Compact and portable
  • Small LED informs you of when devices are charging
  • Two data transfer and charging ports

Cons:

  • No On/Off switch
  • Only one USB-C port

Best to Charge and Transfer Files

RAVPower Charging Station Filehub

Charge and transfer

The RAVPower Filehub doubles as a great desktop charger for your various devices, while also making it possible to transfer data.

Best to Charge Anything: Anker PowerPort Atom PD 4

Anker Power Port Atom Pd 4 LifestyleSource: Anker

The new Anker PowerPort Atom PD 4 is perfect for those looking for a desktop solution capable of charging all of your devices. There are two USB-C ports with Power Delivery, capable of providing up to 100W of power with the correct cable. The two additional USB-A ports take advantage of Anker's PowerIQ technology to ensure the best charging speeds for other devices.

Not only is the Atom PD 4 small and lightweight enough to pack away in your bag, but you can also remove the wall cable to make it even more compact. Anker ensures that this charger is compatible with all kinds of devices, and will evenly distribute the necessary power, based on the devices that are plugged in. Plus, Anker offers an 18-month warranty if something goes awry with your charger.

On paper, the PD 4 marks off just about all of the checkboxes that one could want. However, there is no dedicated power button to turn the charger on or off. This means that you'll need to unplug it from the wall if you want to turn the charger off. Also, there is no official Quick Charge 3.0 support, and PowerIQ will likely do the job, but we still would've liked to see QC 3.0 onboard.

Pros:

  • Charge up to 100W
  • Full-speed simultaneous charging for multiple devices
  • 18-month manufacturer's warranty
  • Lightweight enough to pack away for travel

Cons:

  • No On/Off switch
  • No Qualcomm Quick Charge support

Best to Charge Anything

Anker PowerPort Atom PD 4

Up to 100W

Anker's PowerPort Atom PD 4 is capable of charging your 16-inch MacBook Pro, iPad, iPhone, and anything else.

Bottom line

When it comes to the best of the best charging stations, you can't get much better than the Satechi Charging Station Dock. The fact that you get not only five standard USB ports, but also two USB-C ports is appealing enough as it is.

Add in the fact that Satechi includes velcro for cable management, along with built-in docks for your devices, and this is a no-brainer. Each port is large enough to hold even the largest of devices and is compatible with many devices released in recent years. You would be hard-pressed to find a charging station that met all of your needs more than Satechi's offering.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Andrew Myrick is a regular freelancer at iMore and Android Central. He has been a tech enthusiast ever since the original iPhone was released and continues to flip-flop between devices. You might as well hook him up to an IV filled with coffee to get him through the day. If you have any questions, you can find him on Twitter, and he'll get back to you.

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