Charging our portable devices is mostly done in just a single spot and that’s because most of the devices that we own come with wall chargers. So that’s what we’re accustomed to using. However, just because we use wall chargers a lot doesn’t make them the most useful type of charging electronic, and they actually are the least useful as you’re only able to charge one or two devices with them. Another thing is that wall chargers don’t feature as powerful charging tech as a charging station would.
Charging stations are just like wall chargers but they feature more ports and instead of using a built-in AC adapter they use a power cord to be plugged into the wall. In many ways, charging stations can be a lot more useful than wall chargers because they feature more ports, they can be placed closer to where you want it to be and they also make use of more charging technologies such as Power Delivery and Quick Charge.
In this guide, we’re going to be going over charging stations that feature 4-ports, 5-port, and 6-ports. With this many ports, brands have been able to provide a powerful charging experience and also a useful one, as you’re able to charge many devices at once.
Satechi 4-Power 60W Power Delivery Charging Station with Quick Charge
Starting off strong, this Satechi charging station features four powerful ports and the most important is that it makes use of Power Delivery. The reason that Power Delivery is so important is that it’s slowly starting to be implemented with many of the portable devices that we use each day, as it’s used with the new standard of USB-C. So smartphones and laptops are able to make use of the charging tech.
What makes the Power Delivery charging from this Satechi charger so great is that the USB-C port has a 60W Power Delivery charging rate. Most Power Delivery wall chargers and charging stations feature a 30W charging rate, but this one goes even further than that. The benefit of having such powerful charging is that you’re able to charge more powerful Power Delivery compatible laptops, such as the Dell XPS 13 or the Dell XPS 15 that actually requires that you use a 60W charging rate. Also, with 60W, you’re able to charge a MacBook near or at its max charging speed depending on which one you’re charging.
That’s not all though, this Satechi 4-port charger also features three USB-A ports, one of the ports features Quick Charge to fast charge compatible Android smartphones. The other two ports are standard ones that each have a 5V/2.4A charging speed.
Specs of the Satechi 75W USB-C Power Delivery Charging Station:
Quick Charge Output Capacity: 5,900mAh
USB-C Power Delivery Port: 5V – 20V/3.0A (60W)
Quick Charge USB Port: 3.6-6V/3.0 | 6-9V/2.0A | 9-12V/1.5A
Standard Port: 5V/2.4A
Micro-USB or USB input Port: 100-240V AC input
- LED Power Indicator: Single Blue LED Light
- Size: 4 x 2.6 x 1 inches
- Weight: 13.1 Ounces
RAVPower 5-Port Power Delivery Charging Station
This RAVPower 5-port Power Delivery charging station also features Power Delivery and it’s a more useful charger if you want more standard ports to use while you also charge with the Power Delivery port. The Power Delivery charging on this charger is quite powerful with it outputting a 45W charging rate, so you can still charge a Dell XPS 13. Max charging Power Delivery compatible smartphones with the Power Delivery port is definitely possible, too.
All the other ports on this charger are USB-A ports and they’re all capable of a charging rate of 5V/2.4A. The only downside though is that the max output of this RAVPower charger is 60W, with 45W being used for the USB-C Power Delivery port, and so 15W is available for the five USB-A ports.
Specs of the RAVPower 5-Port Power Delivery USB-C Charging Station:
USB-C Power Delivery Port: 5V/2.4A | 5V/3A | 9V/3A | 15V/3A | 20V/2.25A (45W)
USB-A Port: 5V/2.1A
Max Output: 60W
- Input: 100-240 AC Input
- LED Power Indicator: Single Green LED Light
- Size: 3.9 x 2.7 x 1.1 inches
- Weight: 8.1 Ounces
Anker PowerPort 6 Desktop Charging Staton
Of course, there are also standard 6-port charging stations that are useful for charging tablets and smartphones. This one comes one of the best brands when it comes to charging electronics and one that you may have already heard about, and they’re known as, Anker. This is their PowerPort 6 charging station that features six USB-A ports.
Each of the ports on this charger has a 5V/2.4A (12W) charging speed and the max output fo the charger is 60W. This is very good because you can utilize the full power of all the pots when you’re charging five devices at once, as it would add up to 60W. Of course, that’s only if you’re using the max power of the five pots at once, and charging six devices at once with the charging station will still yield very powerful charging for each of the ports as there’s always a possibility that a device or many devices that you’re charging won’t even require a 12W charging rate.
Specs of the Anker PowerPort 6 Desktop Wall Charger:
Each USB-A Port: 5V/2.4A
Max Output: 60W | 12A
- Input: 100V-240V/AC
- LED Power Indicator: Single Blue Power Indicator
- Size: 3.9 x 2.8 x 1 inches
- Weight: 9.4 Ounces
Anker PowerPort Speed 5 Desktop Charger
Another one of Anker’s charging stations is their PowerPort Speed 5 and this is quite an innovative charger because it makes use of two Quick Charge ports. When it comes to charging stations that makes use Quick Charge, they usually just have a single Quick Charge port, but with this one, you can actually charge two Quick Charge compatible smartphones at their max charging speed at the same time.
Also, just because the two ports features Quick Charge does not mean you can charge any other devices with them, as all the of the ports on the charger have a 5V/2.4A charging speed, for Non-Quick Charge compatible smartphones.
Specs of the Anker PowerPort Speed 5 Wall Charger:
Blue Charging Ports with Quick Charge: 3.6V-6.5V / 3A, 6.5V-9V / 2A, 9V-12V / 1.5A AND 5V/2.4A
Power IQ Charging ports: 5V/2.4A
Aukey 6-Port Desktop Charging Staton with Two Quick Charge Ports
Another similar desktop charging station to the Anker PowerPort Speed 5, is this Aukey 6-port charging station that has six ports and there are two Quick Charge ports on this charging station. So you can fast charge two Quick Charge compatible smartphones with this charger and at the same time charge another four devices at once. The two Quick Charge ports can also be used to charge Non-Quick Charge compatible smartphones and they will simply output a 5V/2.4A charging rate.
Specs of the Aukey 6-Port USB Charging Station with Quick Charge 3.0
- # of USB Port: 6
Standard Port Speed: 5V/2.4A
Quick Charge Speed: 5V-6V/3A, 6V-9V/2A, 9V-12V/1.5A
- Input: 100-240V
- LED Power Indicators: Single Green LED Light
- Size: 4.0 x 2.8 x 1 inches
- Weight: 7.3 Ounces
Anker PowerPort Premium 5-Port Power Delivery Charging Station
Jumping back to Power Delivery, this Anker’s PowerPort 5 Premium desktop charger makes use of five ports, and the USB-C Power Delivery is able to output a charging speed of 30W. So there’s plenty of power to be used to charge PD compatible smartphones and some laptops at a fast charging rate. The major part of this desktop charger is that it does not only feature Power Delivery but there are also four USB-A ports that each have a 5V/2.4A charging speed.
The good thing is that the max output of this charger is 60W, so there’s 30W available for the USB-C port and then the other 30W is shared between the USB-A ports. This means that the charging power from the USB-A ports is actually quite powerful, in comparison to the above RAVPower Power Delivery charging station that we mentioned previously. Of course, you don’t get 45W of Power Delivery, in this case, so you have to know whether or not more power with the USB-A ports is worth it for the lower Power Delivery charging power.
Specs of the Anker PowerPort 5 Speed Power Delivery Wall Charger:
USB-C Power Delivery Port: 5-9V/3.0A | 15V/2.0A | 20V/1.5A
Each USB-A Port: 5V/2.4A | Max Output of USB-A Section: 6A
- Input: 100-240V
- LED Power Indicator: Single Blue LED Indicator
- Size: 4 x 3.1 x 1.1 inches
- Weight: 8.8 Ounces
One other charging station that we wanted to recommend was this iClever charger and more than the charging power being the reason to recommend it, it’s the design of this charger that makes the first impact. That’s because the charging ports on this iClever charger are on the top of the charger and so you have clearer sight and easier access to them. While many desktop chargers have their ports at the side.
Of course, the charging power is great with this charger as there are six ports to use. WIth one of, them being a Quick Charge port, and all the other ones have a fast standard charging speed of 5V/2.4A. Max output of the charger is 60W, so even if you’re using the Quick Charge port, there’s still plenty of power to be used with the standard ports.
Specs of the iClever 6 Port Wall Charger with Quick Charge 3.0:
Per Port: 5V/2.4A
Max Output: 12 Amps
- Input: 5 USB Ports = 5V/2.4A Quick Charge Port: 3.6/6.5-3A | 6.5/9V-2A | 9/12V-1.5A
- Quick Charge: Yes
- LED Power Indicator: Yes
- Size: 3.9 x 2.6 x 1.2 inches
- Weight: 13.6 ounces