The iXCC® 30w 4 USB Charging Station features high current (2.1 amp) charging capability from two of its four of its ports at the same time. Thus, you can charge as many as two power hungry tablet computers or phones simultaneously. The other two ports can deliver medium levels of charging current (1.0 amp)
This USB charging station is constructed from a solid white plastic, rounded corners, sports a well-insulated and removable power cable with a polarized plug, and is roughly equivalent in size to a deck of playing cards.
It clears out as many as three of the outlets on your power strips, as it replaces up to four of those old-fashioned “wall wart” transformer chargers. It converts one 120-volt outlet into four medium and high current USB sockets, eliminating the need for those single-device chargers. At roughly $20 per copy, the price is reasonable by today’s standards, for the convenience of running a single charger to power up to four smartphones, tablets, iPads, and Androids. However, you must be aware of which ports are the higher current ones, if you’re charging a large tablet or iPad. If you plug these devices into the 1.0 amp ports, they will either charge more slowly than usual, or they’ll not charge at all.
Benefits, Features, Pros, and Advantages of this iXCC® USB Charging Station
- Eye-catching construction. Attractive, hi-tech looking case, with feet, to reduce skidding and sliding off of tables, shelves, and such.
- Polarized plug, so the female end is inserted into the charger only one way, and the male end only plugs into the AC outlet one way. a 120-volt outlet either way. User safety is enhanced in that any exposed metal will likely sit at ground potential, assuming that your polarized AC outlet has been wired correctly.
- Removable / replaceable power cord.
- Silent operation. While plugged in, this charging station emits no audible noise, hash, squeals, hums, or sizzles.
- Well regulated output. We observed no degradation in charging performance, whether refueling just one USB device, two, three, or four.
- Two current output levels. The two high current USB sockets, the 2.1 amp ones, are electrically identical to each other, just as are the two 1.0 amp sockets.
- All ports work well on medium-draw devices. All ports can also charge normal current draw devices as well.
- Rapidly charges today’s popular mobile devices. Have tested this with the 1st generation iPod Touch, iPad Air, and Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 tablets. All of these charged rapidly. No overheating of the box itself was detected.
- Tight connection fittings. The USB ports really grab inserted plugs. Plugs stay put.
- Efficient operation. Not much heat generated inside or out. The case remains just warm to the touch, even when charging four thirsty USB devices. Neither did any fans activate inside. The unit remained just slightly warm without any assistance from fans; amazing, given its scantly vented enclosure.
- Small but easily grasped plug. The 120-volt plug is small-to-normal sized, and so, it occupies only one outlet space in even the most compactly designed power strips. The real size of the charger has been removed from the plug area itself, separated by a flexible power cord.
- Low generated radio interference. We observed no objectionable electrical noise, EMI, or RFI generated by this iXCC® device. Radios and televisions continued playing normally, even with this charger plugged into the same circuit.
- Switch mode power supply. Includes a well-regulated, switching power supply, that draws a maximum of 1.0 amps from the mains. Maximum output power is 40 watts (ten watts per port).
- Small to typical size. Physically, this iXCC® wall charger is about the same size and weight that we’d expect for similar devices providing this much charge current.
- Low profile yet effective design. No controls to add complexity to unit operation.
- Does not hang from a wall outlet, unlike the traditional “wall wart” chargers, since the power cable, which allows the power supply box itself to rest on the floor, or other more appropriate utility space.
- No moving parts. This thing is all electronic.
- Accepts standard mains voltages. Input: 120-240 volts.
Disadvantages, Problems, Limitations, and Cons
- Open USB ports. The USB ports are not covered when not in use. So dust accumulation, causing erratic charging is possible. Thus, another reason for operating this iXCC® charger in dust-free, dry environments.
- USB charge cables not included.
- Non identical ports. Since two ports power high current devices and the other two are designed for 1.0 amp, medium current devices, you must make sure to plug your particular device into the appropriately sized port to get optimum charging performance. We prefer chargers that offer the same high current levels on all their output USB ports.
Warnings and Cautions
- To get high current charging out of this unit, you’ll need USB cables capable of carrying 2.1 amps (high current cables). Exceptionally thin or long cables might not do the job.
- High current capability does not imply faster charging times on any device; just those devices specifically designed to draw and utilize it in charging.
- This is an indoor device. Keep it away from heat, rain, excessive humidity, and vibration in order to maximize its life. Avoid places operating this charger where liquids are spilled often. The well-ventilated enclosure would freely admit liquids thus into its interior, causing perhaps permanent malfunction.
- Being that this charger incorporates a switching power supply design, there is the potential that it will interfere with nearby radios, TVs, and computing devices. If that occurs, relocate your charging station or the devices with which it is interfering.
The iXCC® 30w 4 USB Charging Station is small, yet hefty. Easy to find this online at Amazon and eBay. Costs too little to worry much about warranty coverage. So, we’d rate this in-home charger at 94 out of 100. Hard to beat this as among the best mobile phone chargers on the market today.
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- 2015-10-21: Added appropriate tags.
- 2015-10-13: Originally published.