Sunday, 30 April 2017 14:20

Laser 10-port USB charging station (review)

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Laser has a unique answer to the problem of bulk USB charging – a 10 port USB-A charger or, if that is not enough, up to 40 ports .

It will provide 10 x 1A USB-A charging ports suitable for the bulk of devices. It is switchable to 5 x 2.4A suitable for tablets.

It is part of the Laser bulk charge range that includes 20, 30 and 40 port charging rack/cabinets used by many schools, retailers, and enterprises for bulk charging. These cabinets also have UV light sterilisation.

The 10 USB-A ports support all USB cables – micro-USB, mini-USB, and Apple Lightning. They will charge USB-C devices, albeit a little more slowly as these generally need 5V/3A.

At $79.95 it also has an integrated 240V power supply with current, voltage, temperature, and short circuit overprotection and is available in black, pink, yellow, white, purple, blue and green ABS.

I tested in on a variety of devices ranging from power banks to smartphones and tablets loading it to the maximum amperage. Each socket delivered the rated current and voltage in both modes.

My observation, however, is that more and more devices require 2.4A charging, so be aware that it is equally good at providing 5 sockets at that rating (e.g. either 10 x 1A or 5 x 2.4A = the 240/1.3A input voltage). In any case, it provides one of the lowest per socket costs to charge multiple devices.

In case you think you can use say, a four-port powered USB Hub to similar effect, be aware that the standard for USB 3.0 powered hubs is to provide approx. 900mAh per port to a total of no more than 5V/3A over four ports and they do not have current, voltage, temperature, and short circuit overprotection.

Laser USB Charger

 


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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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