Like many of you, I have no shortage of USB charging adapters. However, not all of them are as useful or versatile as I’d like.
The idea of buying a 2-port charger seemed strange to me at first, given how many single-port chargers I have.
However, I often found myself playing cord roulette, swapping between Apple Lighting, USB-C, and micro-USB cords.
I was also travelling to media events with multiple devices that all needed to be recharged at night.
I bought this Anker 40W 2-port USB-C charger in mid-2022, and have been quite happy with its performance and versatility.
I also bought a pricier Apple 2-port 35W USB-C charger at the same time. I actually like the Apple better, as it better hugs the wall, but it retails for $59. At the time of this posting, it’s on sale for $52.
The Anker, however, is $19 right now, down slightly from the $21 I paid.
The Apple lives behind the couch and recharges our cell phones in the evening, whereas the Anker is my go-to for tablets and all manners of other devices. I like the Anker better as a temporary charger, where it’s moved around on occasion rather than always being plugged into a specific outlet.
I don’t regret buying the Apple 2-port charger, but I won’t pay that much for another.
The Anker isn’t the smallest 2-port USB-C charger, or the fastest. It delivers fast charging with certain devices, and has a folding plug for compact storage and portability.
I have also been thinking about replacing more of my USB-A cords, such as earlier USB-C cords, as well as my micro USB and mini USB cords, which I unfortunately still need on occasion. I also have some proprietary charging cords that have USB-A on the power adapter end of things.
I like Anker in general. I have an older power bank that’s been holding up, and the brand has been great about replacing damaged/prematurely worn USB cords over the years. (I went through a lot of short-length micro USB and USB-C cords when using Android devices in the car. My Anker Lighting cable is 3-1/2 years old now, and still going strong.)
The 2-port USB-C charger isn’t a must-have, but it made things easer for me at home and while travelling.
This one is a great value, and I’m thinking about buying another to support the growing list of devices I often need to recharge at the same time.
While we’re on the subject, does anyone have suggestions for a corded multi-port USB-C charger?
I’m looking for a way to bring USB charging ports to more accessible locations. I tend to load up inexpensive power strips with some of my spare slim USB-C chargers, but that takes up a lot of benchtop space.
I’ve been looking at the Anker 65W II ($64 at Amazon) and an Anker 4x USB-C 120W charger ($80 at Amazon). The perfect device would have 4x 20W USB-C outlets (or more!), but I have yet to find anything like this.
the make another device I bought a few years ago that is a cube device that is also a 3 port plug with a USB on it.
I cart that and then put 2 chargers on it as needed. doesn’t take up much space and helps when you are in a hotel and just need 3 plugs in once place – like by the bed.
Anker 524 it if I read it right
I bought two of these a couple years ago for of my family’s device charging needs:
I put them inside a bamboo charging station similar to this to hide all the cords:
Both chargers are plugged into a Belkin swivel “power strip”. When we travel, I simply unplug the Belkin from the wall and take the whole charging stand (chargers and cables included) with us. The whole thing fits nicely in a plastic grocery bag.
With (2) iPads, (2) iPhones, (2) Apple Watches, portable battery packs, and other kids devices….we need our electricity!
I love this model because it can charge 2 MacBooks at 100w and I love the power meter. Knowing the actual charging speed has brought me a lot of peace of mind….for example knowing that my camera batteries only use 10w…so they can charge just as nicely with a cheap adapter as this one…or seeing if a native apple watch charger actually charges faster than a 3rd party.
I also like that it has a vertical stand. It’s generally great for travel. We’re a family of 4 and each person has multiple devices, so we end up with a massive charging station on every trip: phone/watch/headphones/tablets/camera/laptops.
I bought this from Amazon awhile back for the shop. Been pretty happy with it. Bought it when C Ports were not that common.
USB Wall Charger, Surge Protector, QINLIANF 5 Outlet Extender with 4 USB Charging Ports (4.8A Total) 3-Sided 1680J Power Strip Multi Plug Outlets Wall Adapter Spaced for Home Travel Office (3U1C) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08R6S1M1K?
I’ve installed Leviton outlets with C ports in my shop areas just to avoid the “wall wart” hassle. Not the fastest but like the old gunfighter joke “the first rule of a gun fight is to have a gun”…
I’ve had a version of this one for over 2 years, it’s been flawless and it’s dirt cheap @ $25
65W, 4 port, 2 USB c and 2 standard USB
USB C Charger, GaN 65W 4-Port Desktop USB Charging Station with 2 USB-C Ports +2 USB-A Ports PD Fast Charger for MacBook Pro Air, Dell XPS 13, iPad Pro, iPhone 14 13 12 Pro Max, Galaxy and More(Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09JZG32SW
No joke. No matter how hard I try or how much time I spend TRYING to figure out this “charging” stuff, I can’t do it for the life of me. I’m only 38yo, and I literally can’t keep up with how fast it all moves and progresses, all the different devices we have that all have different standards or capabilities or functions and different charger port types and cable supplier issues….blah blah blah. I f’ing can.not.keep.up.
The multi-port chargers with different wattage outputs make my head spin too.
For instance, port 1 of a brand’s multi-port charger might deliver 100W by itself, 75W when any other port is used, or 45W when all ports are used. A different charger, even from the same brand, will have completely different outputs.
Apparently most of my devices max out at a 20W or under charging rate.
I needed to connect a device today with mini USB, and had to dig up a cable for it.
I bought my first USB-C device maybe 5-1/2 years ago or so, maybe a little earlier, and so it’s been around for a while.
ToolGuyd readers first started discussing USB-C around 7 years ago – https://toolguyd.com/black-decker-smartech-bluetooth-battery-with-usb/#comment-792766 .
Only certain USB-C cables are rated to 100W, some cables I’ve seen aren’t rated for high speed data transfer, and then we have chargers with different USB-C PD specs, not to mention silicon vs “GaN” engineering.
USB-C was supposed to simplify things, and it has in some ways.
what you just typed Stuart is EXACTLY what I’m talking about!!! 🙂
I have no idea what sort of charging the devices even need. My laptop is 7yrs old but has USB-C….how do I determine? My phone, wife’s phone, Apple v. Samsung, laptop, ipad,
What works. What doesn’t. What’s a watt and how does it work. Not everyone is a tech bro, ya know?! I just want to plug it in and charge it like I did in 2004.
Then there’s the issue of the actual cable. Some are power + data, some power only or data only, and the actual cable itself is NEVER branded with that critical info. Some cap wattage, etc etc etc.
And don’t get me started on wireless charging tech and terms.
The good thing is the chargers/devices are smart enough to only take the watts they can handle, so you don’t have to memorize every device wattage need and charger output to prevent damage.
If you want the fastest charging, then you need to read your devices max wattage input(theanufactyrer laptop/phone/tablet charger should say) and then make sure the USB powerblock has enough to handle all the devices that you want to fast charge at the same time.
My laptop peaks at 45w input and my phone does 18/20w, so my travel charger where I want them charging as fast as possible is 65w through multiple ports.
But at home I can plug them into less wattage chargers and let them “trickle” charge overnight.
The variable power output of usb-c is great bc now I only have one plug type/charger for all my devices, but it does help to be aware of your devices power inputs to take advantage of modern fast charging.
Koko The Talking Ape
For a multi-port USB-C/Type A charger, I like this one from Amazon Basics:
It has 2 USB-C and 2 USB Type A ports, but the cool thing is that one of the USB-C ports can deliver 100 watts, enough to run most laptops continuously. In other words, it can replace your laptop’s power brick AND charge your phone (though that will reduce the power sent to the USB-C ports). $36 right now.
For my work bag, I use a single-port USB-C charger from Nektec:
It can deliver 60 watts, enough to power my 13″ laptop continuously, and it’s tiny, much smaller and lighter than my laptop’s power brick. Folding prongs. $30. There’s another version that makes 100 watts. Of course, you need a cable that can take the wattage.
For the car, I use this Nektek:
It gives 45 watts, far more than the USB ports built into the car. Plus it has a USB-A port for odd cables.
Re the USB-A to C transition, I’m gradually getting rid of my non-USB-C cables. For the devices that need mini or micro USB, I use adapters, which are smaller and lighter than cables.
Re matching wattages to devices: I find that as a practical matter, it only matters for laptops. If you give them less than their required wattage, they won’t charge. But less demanding devices like phones don’t care how much wattage the port can receive. AFAIK, they all have Power Delivery (PD), so the port will deliver only what the phone can take. So I guess there’s no such thing as a USB-C charger that’s TOO powerful. Am I wrong?
Koko The Talking Ape
Exactly. You just need a charger that’s powerful enough for your most demanding device (most likely your laptop), plus a cable that will handle that wattage. Then the charger and cable will work with ALL of your USB-C devices.
But that’s assuming your charger and devices have PD (Power Delivery), which is the tech that announces, senses and adjusts power delivery to whatever the device needs. I’ve never seen a USB-C device without PD, but I suppose they could exist.
Here’s an explanation of PD:
Manufacturers don’t make this clear either. I had to look up that ipads typically charge at 20W or under. My phone apparently charges up to 27W.
The easiest way to determine charging requirements is to look at what comes with a laptop or similar.
If a laptop comes with a 45W USB-C charger, it stands to reason any 3rd party charger should be at least 45W. A higher wattage charger, such as 60W, can still be used, and will be limited by the max charging rate of the device.
Wattage is a basic concept most people should understand. When you have a 40W light bulb and a 60W light bulb, many people will remember that the 60W light is brighter and higher powered. I wonder how many people reading this have never had to change a light bulb!!
Even if unfamiliar, a Google search turns up that wattage is a measure of electrical power.
Replacing laptop chargers with 3rd party ones used to be a bigger pain, as one had to match or exceed charging power requirements and figure out the connection style. Then for a while there were proprietary connections. Now we have proprietary connections (such as MagSafe) with universal USB-C cord ends, as well as plain USB-C.
Figuring out the wattage isn’t too much to ask, considering it’s always been a requirement for replacing chargers.
Let’s say you have a Macbook 14. Some models come with a 67W charger, while more premium ones come with a 96W charger. From that, a 65W charger might be a good replacement, but 100W would allow for users to take advantage of the maximum charging rate, similar to the 96W upgrade from Apple.
Connecting equipment to PCs is an even bigger headache. Some devices are poorly designed and don’t work well with certain cables, cable lengths, or certain ports. Keysight equipment, for instance, gave me huge problems, whether connected via USB 2 or 3 ports.
At least there are better standards and details out there today.
One of my Samsung phones used to drain so much power that it would drain even when charging from my car. The 2010 model year car couldn’t charge my phone fast enough via its built-in USB ports, and it didn’t have any outlets or other way I could use a separate charger.
I wanted to build USB-powered devices for a personal product, and it was confusing how many different maximum current standards there were for USB mini, micro, and USB-B ports, as well as USB-A jacks.
All of that is why I like the charging adapter discussed above. It delivers up to 20W per port, which lets it take the place of 2x 20W chargers. It’s an older model, but it works well and doesn’t require any thought or instruction manual to use.
One of the things I know I could handle if I cared to, but I do not care to. I tend to just carry my USB C laptop charger and know that can power anything I own with a C port on it. But I also only have three devices at absolute most (phone, laptop, maybe a switch) so juggling chargers isn’t much of a concern.
Not what you’re looking for but this is my favorite charger.
Smith and Wesson escape tool with belt cutter and window breaker.
I have this Ugreen 65watt compact 4-port, which I paid $38 for in 2021: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088FHJLR1/
Build quality in the hand is on par with Anker products; it’s currently about $44 with coupon. It’s been in and out of my bag for 18 months, plugged and unplugged daily and has been really solid.
Last week, I picked up this Amazon Basics 65 watt 2-port for ~$18, currently $19.40:
I went for the usb-c/usb-a version. The prongs are a little shorter than the anker. The clamshell on the plastic housing is not absolutely perfect, but it’s very compact for a 65watt, and it works with my iphone and chromebook. Price was absolutely right.
I liked it enough that I also ordered the 100 watt ($35) to keep at work. That thing is noticably heavier, but that’s ok- it will live on a shared worktable and get people’s phones up to 50% in 20-30 minutes.
I have own several Ankor chargers having upgraded when more powerful chargers or chargers with more modern ports come out. In many years I have never had one burn out. I see them as the best quality available. When I check their output it is always at least the current level advertised.
I initially thought you were posting this-
The powercore fusion is a wall charger and power bank. There are a few different battery sizes and colors. I bought this for my wife a few years ago and it’s worked great when we’ve lost power and needed it. Be aware that it doesn’t come with a usb C cable.
My favorite is a dual usb-a and dual usb-c on a short power cord. No issues with hogging the wall outlet.
I am truly an Anker fan. I have been using the same charger in USB-A guise for a few years with no problems. Their cords are also great. I have purchased Anker car power adapters, six Soundcore speakers, seven Boulder flashlights, a power pack and a four pack of their Eufy night lights. While these items are not “top tier” the value for money is unprecedented and best of all, they work. Without compromise. And on the rarity that a problem occurs (had a charging cable not work) their customer service is top notch.
I got one of these last year on the recommendation of my boss. They are great for traveling because they can change a laptop, tablet, phone and a watch att the same time. The lowest power device gets the usb A port and the laptop gets Its dedicated spot. Great space saver for traveling. I have added labels to the end of the 100w cords so I know the ones that work with the laptop. https://www.amazon.com/Anker-Charger-GaNPrime-Compact-Foldable/dp/B09W2PNLX7/
Koko The Talking Ape
Am I not allowed to post URLs? Let’s try posting without one.
Koko The Talking Ape
Well, that worked. What was wrong with my previous three posts? (Or four, I don’t remember.)
The spam filter sent your Home Depot link from 2 weeks ago to spam (I only saw it now when searching with your email address).
Your 3-link comment was also sent to spam. It would normally be sent to moderation (3 or more links require manual approval), but didn’t get that far.
What I’m thinking is that maybe there is a high frequency of those products in comments flagged as spam at other sites, triggering the spam filter here.
Then, when you tried to post the same link another 2 times, that probably triggered the spam filter for other reasons.
I marked them as not-spam, which will hopefully do the trick. Please let me know if other comments disappear, and I can try other ways to fix this.
AH – I think I found the problem.
Up until 2 weeks ago, you used the name “KokoTheTalkingApe.” You then switched to “Koko The Talking Ape” a couple of times, and again here.
Maybe the mismatch + links were enough to trigger a false positive from the spam filter.
Koko The Talking Ape
Aha! Thanks for tracking that down. Some online forums don’t allow spaces in user names, so I might’ve used the wrong one here.
Also, my long post with the links to all my chargers did appear, but as a reply to Rob above. That’s not what I intended, but maybe I did that without meaning to.
The spam filter operates in an opaque manner to where not even support techs can provide answers as to why it might do something. I’m guessing, but the change in name coincides with the spam trigger.
The reply-to location is baked into the submission. If you indicate where you want it instead, with a placeholder text, I can copy/paste the existing comment text over and delete it from the misplaced location.
Thanks, Stuart! I just wanted it to be the start of a new thread. Mainly, I was answering your question about what multi-port USB-C charger we could recommend.
Yeah I agree. I like this product. I have a lot of anker stuff . Good support when I need a warranty. I have several of their older 10-port chargers for non-critical overnight charging. I have 3 of this model for the tablets we all have.
I carry several different versions of Anker chargers, they haven’t let me down yet. I perfer the mix of some A and C ports, as much as I’d like to go all C it’s not happening soon. Just need to watch out when you get into the multi-port ones how their power is really divided.
Not quite the same thing either, but I’ve slowly been replacing many of the ac outlets in the house with Leviton usb charging outlets.
I bought a few 3 packs of the 3.6 amp USB A outlets, worked out to about $10 per outlet, and they work fine for overnight charging or powering many common usb items like the magnifier/light my wife uses while doing cross stitch, or a smart speaker. They also have more expensive outlets up to 60w usb-c PD for the bigger stuff.
Was coming to post this. So far only one usb-c outlet (on the counter where the toaster and coffee pot live). Allows both of the appliances to stay plugged in and great for charging our phones and iPad.
Have a few of the usb-a plugs, one next to the guest bedroom and one by the bar. Those I have snagged occasionally 2 for $20 on a special buy. Looks like they also now make a plug that has one of each plug. Hopefully future special buys have that or the usb-c one. Unfortunately in a weird limbo between the full conversion over like most people.
Limited-time deal: Leviton T5633-W 15-Amp Type A & Type-C USB Charger/Tamper Resistant Outlet, Not for Laptops, White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07668S975
I’ve installed many of these to avoid wallwarts and they also come all receptacle colors plus a double C port version. .
Looks like a great deal- Home Depot has this for about $10 more. I’d love to put a few of these in, but the rest of our outlets aren’t the decora style which may look odd.
For the last (how many?) eight years, more or less, Anker is my “go-to” brand for anything that has a cord with a USB plug on the other end. Never been disappointed with my choices.
I recently picked these up:
Serves my needs. I keep one on the nightstand to charge flashlights, wireless earbuds, iPad….etc. I use a different charger for my phone. I use short charging cables and drop them behind the nightstand when not in use.
If you are still looking for replacement USB-C cables, I had very good experience with Brexlink (No politics implied) cables. Something like this:
I really like how they are tapered and reinforced at the cable to connector junction. That’s where the far more expensive Apple ones fail over and over after a year. Such an obvious break point on the Apple design.
I’ve had Brexlink for three or so years and they are still going strong, and I use them heavily.
I bought an Anker 100W 4 port PD charger a year ago. https://www.amazon.com/Anker-Charging-PowerPort-Intelligent-Allocation/dp/B07VSMK849
I hooked it up to an electronic load and confirmed it will deliver 100 watts. The only things I don’t like about it is that it’s power is somewhat dirty and it generates a lot of RFI/EMI. Too noisy to keep on my bench but it’s just fine on a table a couple of feet away.
I find Anker charging products to be top notch. But recently I came across some significant privacy issues with an Anker division which they handled with lack of transparency. https://www.theverge.com/23573362/anker-eufy-security-camera-answers-encryption
I ended up going with an Anker 735 and a short extension cord for most of my travel charging and as a second laptop power supply. It seems like anywhere I end up travelling has such worn out outlets, most any charger falls right out.
Yet my dell work PHABLET still has this giant 65W brick that weighs half the weight of the laptop. I bought an Anker 65w wall plug and a decent SB cord.. 1/3 the weight 1/5 the space.
I use this for most of my needs. If I have more than 3 devices there is the option to plug another block in.
Anker used to be my goto charger brand as well. The last few months that have been a PR nightmare with false advertising and lying to customers on Eufy products. Highly recommend checking out some of the info on it.
Hyping anker these days? Are you not aware of the lies and deceit around privacy on their Eufy cameras? I’d recommend researching that and considering if you want to promote one of their products (paid or not).
Anker botched up Eufy web privacy and took months to admit to it. Okay, don’t buy Eufy cameras or products.
I hear “But do you know what they’ve done?!” about nearly every single brand and retailer I post about.
If you’re going to criticize me and encourage me to boycott Anker, at least recommend an equal or better brand-name alternative at comparable pricing.
I recently was searching for a 100W multi-port corded charger that could output at least 65W on one port (for a power-hungry laptop). I really wanted to find something that was UL listed since I’m charging all my expensive electronics at relatively high wattage. Ended up with this one and I’ve been quite happy with it.
Nekteck 107W USB C Charger (GaN Tech), 65W 30W Type C Fast Charging Block 4-Port PD Power Adapter with 1 USB C to C Cable Compatible with iPhone 13 Pro Max/13 Pro, MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, Switch
Brian J Baumgartner
I am not trying to digress to another topic, Stuart, but I would be quite grateful to see a post on fairly inexpensive but high performing USB-A to USB-C and USB-C to USB-C cords.
I always seem to end up with either OEM cords that perform great but are grossly overpriced, or reasonably priced cords that do not charge quickly all devices or at least cannot transfer data swiftly (if at all). This problem is compounded by the fact that either (of course, neither party wants to say they are to blame) my Jeep’s electronics or my phone’s electronics have a rage quit every few months and tell me “Device Not Supported”, locking me out from using the electronic dash until I buy another overpriced cord; well beyond just losing what I can listen to, this can be extremely bad, especially if I am driving at night and don’t have an easy way to pull over to the side of the road (or freeway) and check directions. I suppose I could keep a supply of backup cords handy, but they are not very reliable due to this occurrence, and I am haunted by essentially throwing money away while I have a dozen cords that *should* work; I have spent hundreds on cords over the last three or four years.
I bought an Anker cord that’s advertised as supporting 100W charging when I specifically needed this capability. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086DMC33H/?tag=toolguyd-20
I have a mix of Ikea, Anker, and Monoprice cables for charging.
Unfortunately, I’ve had issues as well, with 3rd party cables not always working in place of OEM cables. Monoprice micro USB cables, for instance, wouldn’t charge my gaming console controllers.
Generally, if you search for USB 3.0 cords, they *should* support minimum data transfer rates according to the standard.
I tend to use OEM cables for data transfer purposes, at least where speed matters. I have had issues with cheaper cables before.
I had a lot more trouble connecting Android phones to my cars than my 2 iPhones. Replacing the cable helped, but I think it also had to do with USB-C ports clogging up with dust.
Monoprice tends to list the amperage for their charging cables, such as 2.4A or 5A, and designates data transfer cables as USB 3.0.
A USB-C cable that’s meant for charging might cap out at 480 Mbps, whereas one meant for data transfer can support up to 10 Gbps. From what I’ve seen, USB 3.0 cables often have lower max charging rates than USB 2.0 cables.
480 Mbps is “high speed,” and “Super Speed” tends to refer to 4.8 or 10 Gbps. Higher data rates and higher charging rates seem to be mutually exclusive, at least from what I’ve seen. That kind of makes sense – a portable hard drive will require faster data and modest power needs, whereas portable electronics tend to require higher power for faster charging.
All that said, I’d say look at Monoprice. They generally offer good cables at reasonable prices, and their specs are well-documented. You’ll usually have to choose between faster data rate or faster charging rate. For auto use, you might have to look at the maximum current of your car’s USB ports, and the maximum charging rate of your phone, and ensure the cable you buy has higher specs.
I’m not sure what kinds of data transfer specs might be required for auto use, but I would assume USB 2.0/480 Mbps should suffice. The quality of the connection might depend on cable quality. I’m still not sure about what caused my many Android Auto headaches across 2 cars and several devices. I’ve had different issues with Apple CarPlay, but nothing related to the cable or charging/data port, at least not yet.
In general, I’ve had good luck with Monoprice cables with my Androids as well.
But the longest lasting cable I’ve had in my Jeep is actually a 12″ long nylon braided Amazon Basics cable. I’ve had it almost 2yrs now, and it currently shows as unavailable so I hope I didn’t just jinx things. The 12″ one is just long enough to reach from the dash plug to my phone when mounted in my aftermarket phone mount, and with the braided cover and short length it tends to hold it’s shape and not move around which I think is what kills most cables.
FYI: Amazon has a bunch on Anker stuff on sale today