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Charging station for five devices: Planet-friendly

Updated on February 25, 2016
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An environmentally-friendly mobile charging dock

I really never thought of our household as being particularly geeky. That is, until the number of wires snaking all over the place began to take over our home. There are only two of us but nevertheless, we have three iPhones, an iPad, three laptops and other various bits and pieces - and all those wires were truly driving me nuts.

Neat and space-saving

I live in a tiny apartment and it seemed as though every outlet was permanently being used to charge something-or-other. The iPad was charged in the kitchen, the laptops on the dining room table, one iPhone on the console table, another on the nightstand ... we even used the outlet in the bathroom to charge one phone (which sat in the soap dish - madness.) Sometimes he charged a phone in the car and forgot it was there - chaos.

Geeky green grandparents

When looking for a suitable product, I had three problems. The first was that it was almost impossible to find a docking station that could handle more than three or four devices. Secondly, we try to be as environmentally-friendly as possible and the other consideration was that, being snooty designers, we needed something that looked good.

This bamboo product was the answer

Here's what I found out:

  • It's made from bamboo which is sustainable and keeps my green side happy
  • It looks great and the color looks lovely in my apartment - I imagine it matches any décor
  • It holds up to five of our devices at the same time
  • It hides (and neatly organizes) the spaghetti-tangle of wires
  • It takes up about ten by five inches of space - even in my tiny apartment, I can find that
  • It gets great reviews from other users

Decision made!

A few extra points: There are one or two people who have reviewed this product and assumed that it came with all the wires and electronic bits and pieces - it doesn't (see below). It is also available in black but the bamboo was my choice. It's planet-friendly and matches my light-colored wood floors. It is great for my Acer laptop and his Mac but my old Sony Vaio is too cumbersome to use with this. But being a bit of a neat-freak, I'm delighted that I now have a spaghetti-free home.

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This speeds up when the presenter is adding the wires but it only takes a minute or less.

Mine are tidier than hers (naturally!) and you can see how straps are used to keep them in place.

This really is a wonderful way to get rid of the tangle of wires, charge your devices and use a product that is environmentally-friendly too.

Today's devices use less electricity than those of yesteryear but we still have a responsibility, I believe, to make our homes as environmentally friendly as possible.

As they say, we only have one planet.


G.U.S. Multi-Device Charging Station Dock & Organizer - Multiple Finishes Available. For Laptops, Tablets, and Phones - Strong Build, Black Leatherette
G.U.S. Multi-Device Charging Station Dock & Organizer - Multiple Finishes Available. For Laptops, Tablets, and Phones - Strong Build, Black Leatherette

If you'd prefer the black finish - here it is. Just like the bamboo version, it will match almost any home or office décor. This would have tempted me strongly had its intended spot been the kitchen, where I have black and white tiles. But sustainability won the day for me. Apart from that issue, it is identical in every way.

 
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You can see how good this product looks from the photograph above. Since I bought mine, I've recommended these to many of my friends and as you can imagine, they have a wide range of tastes when it comes to home décor.

I've seen these in my friends' homes and they have invariably looked stylish.

Some of the people I know, those with several people in the household, have more than one of these.They look great in every room I've seen them in.

I highly recommend this product. It does the job well, it looks great and it's made from sustainable materials. What could be better?

© 2013 Jackie Jackson

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      Radgrl 3 years ago

      I like it!

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @DeborahDian: It really is SO good.

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      Wow! This is really a handy device!!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @sousababy: Organization makes a world of difference in our tiny apartment.

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      sousababy 4 years ago

      This is fabulous - love that bamboo one. Storing and charging things in an upright position is space-saving and looks sleeker.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @ecogranny: Thank you! I'm afraid I don't know about the source - but sustainable is good :)

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      That is handsome and would solve a big problem in our house too. I'm clicking through to see if I can learn where the bamboo is sourced. Thanks so much!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Diana Wenzel: It was getting really out of hand for us. The iPad charging in the kitchen, one phone charging in the lounge, another in the bathroom! This really is a great product and looks so good too,

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      What a great product. I would want the bamboo model. Thanks for introducing me to a product most of us need in this day and age. Charging is always a chore if you don't have an awesome system in place.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Susan Zutautas: Yes, I think we're going to need another. I'm hoping to get a Kindle one day!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I could sure use something like this in my house. Between my 2 sons, husband and me we have so many devices. I'm even thinking 2 or three charging stations would be a great idea.