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Charging Stations

Updated on August 19, 2014

Do You Need a Charging Station?

Increasingly our homes are filled with portable electronic devices which are constantly in need of charging. Rather than having them strewn about the house in various docks or poised at every available outlet, you might consider the advantages of charging stations.

These devices are affordable, attractive, and can make life in an electronic world easier. Learn more about them and get some tips for choosing one on this page.

What Are the Advantages of Charging Stations?

Charging stations allow you to unclutter a desk or table top. The provide a way to organize and conceal all of those cords from your electronics devices.

They allow you to charge devices like digital cameras, MP3 players, cell phones, and similar items in a single location, and all at the same time.

They can keep you from misplacing devices by giving you a consist location for placing them, even if you live in a house with multiple devices.

Many of them also allow you to protect you devices from power surges.

Because they are available in a number of designs and finishes, you can also find one that will complement your decor.

Charging Station Features

Before you select a charging station you might consider some of the various features:

The Number of Devices It Can HandleSome can charge only a single device but most can handle 2, 3 or even up to 6 devices at a time.The Power StripMost of these charging stations come with the power strip included but some require you to provide your own. Even if it doesn't come with one however, you need to know how large of a power strip it can accommodate. In addition, a power strip that offers surge protection is preferred and certainly the cord length provided will determine where you can locate the station. Some of these devices keep the area where the cord is stored covered so that it doesn't need to be placed near a wall to be concealed, others leave the area open. Of course, having easy access to the cords can be important too, so a flip up door can be handy.AdaptersSome charging stations have universal connectors and additional connectors that come included. These allow you to connect a wider variety of gadgets. Some also include international AC adapters that allow it to function domestically and internationally.StorageIf you would like the station to provide additional storage for small items like keys, coins, jewelry, and so forth, you want to find one with a drawer or tray to do this.Design and ConstructionYou'll want to know the dimensions of the charging station to know how much desk or table space it will require. Some are made of light weight materials, such as bamboo and others are heavier and made of real wood or metals. Lightweight can be handy but if you have a large power cord and several devices it might tend to tip. The finish and over all design of these devices varies from sleek and modern to more traditional and elegant. You can choose the one that matches the d├ęcor of your room.

Buy a Charging Station

Bluelounge Design RF-WH Refresh Charging Station for iPhone, iPod, & Other USB Ready Devices - Charger - Retail Packaging - White
Bluelounge Design RF-WH Refresh Charging Station for iPhone, iPod, & Other USB Ready Devices - Charger - Retail Packaging - White

Design to handle nearly any electronics device, this charging station comes with universal conectors and can handle 3 or more devices at a time. It comes with 2 iPod/iiPohne connectors, 1 mini USB, 1 micro USB, and 2 USB sockets and an international AC adaptor. It measures 9.8" x 6" x 2.8" and comes in either black or white.

 
Gadget Smarts WBP400 Classic 4 Wood Organizer & Charging Station w/Power Strip (Black) - Charge Electronics in One Spot!
Gadget Smarts WBP400 Classic 4 Wood Organizer & Charging Station w/Power Strip (Black) - Charge Electronics in One Spot!

This charging station comes with a 4 outlet power strip with a 3 foot cord which slides in the back and is concealed. It provides 4 charging stations, has a small drawer for change, keys, and other small items, and sports a black wood finish.

 

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      dani667 5 years ago

      I have a bmw Can I convert it to electric car?

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      activestage 5 years ago

      Yeah i need this...Thanks for sharing such an informative lens about charging station and features of charging station....

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      activestage 5 years ago

      Yeah i need this...Thanks for sharing such an informative lens about charging station and features of charging station....

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      I need one of these. I've got cords all over my kitchen table.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Sounds like a good idea, goodness knows there can't be anyone in the Western world that doesn't have some electronic device they need to charge on a regular basis.

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Do I need a charging station ... well YES, how did you know?

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      irenemaria 7 years ago from Sweden

      This is really a must have =)