Belkin Eco Friendly Family USB Charging Station Reviews
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I bought the first one for a friend at xmas and their glowing references encouraged me to get one for myself. It keeps everything tidy and in one place - an advantage in a house with a teenager. I am so impressed with this I have recommended it to all my tech heavy friends. It even charges my mobile phone faster than the mains charger. Highly recommended. It'll save you time (no more looking for devices you know you put to charge), money (it turns off when everything is fully charged)and lots of hassle.
Quite attractive too.
Max charge after 14hour is 58%, and 55% on second phone. And it shows me a fully charged battery on the turned off phones that are getting charged.
In the box there are 2 short charging cables, 1 x USB to micro-USB (great for my Galaxy SII) & 1 x USB to mini-USB (great for my wife’s work Blackberry). These cables are designed to avoid having excess cable length and this works well. I have also plugged in 2 x old style Apple device USB charging leads for my wife’s iPhone4 & my son’s iPod Touch, winding the excess length around the base [as designed] and this works well.
To indicate the size, we can charge all 3 phones simultaneously side-by-side and the rubberised non-slip surface means the devices are secure (the 4th device has to sit next to the unit if all 3 other devices are already being charged). You need to remember to press the small button in the centre at the back to initiate charging because the device automatically turns off after a few hours, so if saving money/the environment by minimising use of electricity.
Another advantage is that finding a charger and also remembering where devices have left is easier as this is now set-up in the kitchen and used almost exclusively for in-house charging. Great price, great delivery time (even near Christmas!), all in all a great product!
It looks good and whatever you are charging sits nicely on top, and last of all unlike when you normaly use your existing phone charger when its fully charged it stays on this will turn its self off to save energy :) great idea.
And Mobile Fun as always do a fantastic job with service and delivery :)great job thanks
The above multi charger is so handy when all of my Grandchildren come around and need to charge everything at the same time all of the I-Pads and I-Phones seem to run down together, now they don't have to argue who is going to charge their i-Pad/Phone
first, they can all be charged together. A great item used every day. Thank you.
mobile phone. It neatly organises my devices, charges in one location from one plug socket with the added energy saving feature which turns itself off once charging is complete. A great gadget!
I also noticed that if the phone is left plugged into the charger after the timer switches off, it actually drains power out of the phone's battery so you do kind of have to keep an eye on it - If you put in on before you go to bed, you could find the phone with less charge in the morning than it started with!
All that said, with those caveats it's not bad. At full price I'd be hesitant to recommend it but when it's discounted, it's a bargain.
I now have one downstairs and one upstairs. No more looking for ipod or iphone cables all over the house.
Good quality build, good price as I checked around the web before buying and this was the best.
Also u know,more often than not,where your mobile will be when not in use!
They are all in one place
It does a good job of this and powers down when charging is complete. a good purchase.
Ergonomically designed gadget has pride of place on my bedside table.
Boy, what a purchase!, its brilliant. Now I have a place were all our phones are charged and we dont have to run arround the house looking for our chargers - they were always doing the rounds and nobody would admit to taking them.
The best bit is I dont have to worry about my phone being overcharged, especially when left charging overnight.
To sum up, this Belkin charging station is keenly priced, charges 4 devices at once, stays in one place, and switches itself off automatically - what more can I ask!
It would be useful to be able to purchase additional cables (they may be available already, don't need them yet so not looked!)
The only thing that would improve this even further is a method to fix it to a wall.
All in all, a great device and the power saving feature - automatically switching off when devices are fully charged really adds that extra functionality.
It has been a great purchase, I didn't know how much more convenient this was going to be.
Best thing I have bought in the last six months!
However, just a couple of suggestions:
1. The tacky surface could be just a little more tacky;
2. cables would be better managed around the unit if the gap between the base top edge and the top-panel had a form of brush screening, fixed to the top-panel underside, allowing cables to exit in the optimum places and also better holding them within the unit all around.
Some sort of clear warning on the advert stating it is not comparable with certain phones woul be helpful. I foolishly disposed of the packaging so I am now stuck with this useless device
Also, and especially with phones, one wants to have the thing nearby if a call comes through for instance, or if browsing whilst charging - this is not possible if the charging dock is in the lounge and one wants to retire to ones bedroom!
In conclusion, its useful but not everyone's answer.
My idea of a perfect charging dock would be one where any gadget (phones, remote controls etc.) charged by just placing them on the deck. It would have to be keenly priced so I could have one in every room!
There used to be wires and chargers around the house and when you needed to charge your phone up you had to look for the charger. Not now every one in the house knows where the charging station is, no wires all over the place, No need to remind people to turn of the chargers as it turns the power off after 4 hours, so saving money and family member have asked me to get the one for Christmas as the it is such a fantastic piece of equipment. It is a great price and it does not take up much space.
Everyone in our family now has a place to look first when they can't find rheir phone, and chances are it will be fully charged when you need it too.
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