Power strips are thought to be appliances that usually just have AC outlets and you’re right for thinking that because that’s mostly what they are. However, with most charging electronic companies, they’re now releasing power strips that have AC outlets and also use USB charging ports. The great thing about this is that you longer have to use USB wall chargers with power strips since it’s already built-in.
This is an Aukey PowerStrip with 2 Outlets and it also has 4 USB ports to charge devices. Not exactly a power strip, as it’s very small but it’s still highly useful with the features that it has.
There are two AC outlets and the Max Output of them is 1800Watts of power which is enough to power quite a wide range of appliances that you connect to the power strip.
There are 4 USB ports for charging your USB chargeable devices and each of the ports have a charging speed of 5V/2.4A. It’s a very good charging speed that’s able to charge most devices at max speed; however, devices that are compatible with Quick Charge are not able to charge at max speeds because none of the ports feature Quick Charge.
The Max Output of the USB section is 6 Amps. Which means that if you’re using all of the ports at the same time and the Max Output of 6 Amps has been reached then each of the ports are able to Output 5V/1.5A. It’s slower than what each port is capable of at its max power but at least it’s not a flat 1 Amp charging speed.
With that said, 2.4A charging is enough power to charge tablets like iPads and most smartphones at their max speeds.
Size and Weight:
It’s a very compact Surge protector that is perfect for traveling. That’s because it has a length of 3.5 inches, a width of 2.3 inches and a thickness of 1.2 inches. The weight of it is light at 5.3 ounces.
Even though the Surge Protector is very compact and it’s easy to travel with, it does have its flaws with its design when it comes to functional parts.
The two AC Outlets are in front and are very easily accessible just like any AC wall outlet would be. There’s also a small LED Green light at the front that indicates that the Surge Protector is plugged in and ready to use. On the back is where there’s the 3-Prong AC Adapter.
The main problem that we have to mention is how the USB ports are at the bottom of the PowerHub Mini. It’s a flaw because it can be quite difficult to plug a charging cable into the ports since you can’t even see them and what happens most of the time is that you have to bend down and then plug in your device. It would have made a lot more sense to have the USB ports in front just as the AC Outlets are.
Structure and Material:
The entirety of it is made of plastic and it has a solid built with about 3 pieces being used to make the Powerstrip whole. It’s lightweight and along with its strong build structure, the power strip should not have major problems with rough use in a bag or if it were to fall.
On the tech side, the powerstrip does quite well with the safety tech that it features. However, this does not serve as a Surge Protector as it has no Joule range of Surge Suppression shown anywhere on the Powerstrip.
For the most part, this Powerstrip is going to be quite useful and at the same time, it’s not too useful. It has given you two AC Outlets to power appliances and 4 USB charging ports. However, the location of the USB ports is in a poor location as you have to bend down and take a look at where the port is before plugging in your device.
On the bright side, it’s still quite small and portable as you can take it basically anywhere that you want.
It gives out a good amount of power with its AC Outlets and also with its USB ports so there really isn’t a shortage of power.
The design of could use some work and I’m talking about the USB port placement as they’re located under the Powerstrip and aren’t easily accessible.
It has a great build but does not serve as a Surge Protector.
We really like what it has, as the AC Outlets and the USB ports are able to Output lots of power. It’s just the poor placement of the ports can make using it unreliable.
Specs of the AUKEY PowerHub Mini:
AC Outlets: 1800Watts
4 USB Ports: Each Port: 5V/2.4A Max Output: 6 Amps
- Quick Charge: No
- LED Power Indicator: Yes
- Size: 3.5 x 2.3 x 1.2 inches
- Weight: 5.3 Ounces
For what it has, this Aukey Powerstrip with its 2 AC Outlets and 4 USB ports is great to use. Even though it’s lacking design features that should be obvious. Such as having the USB ports in an easy to access place.