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Share the power and juice up your phones with the best USB charging hubs

Simon Hill
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If you’ve ever fought with a partner, parent, or roommate over who gets to charge their smartphone next, then it’s time you bought yourself a decent USB charging hub. We all need access to that outlet to keep our smartphones and tablets fully juiced, but there’s no need to argue. A good USB charging station will plug into a single power outlet and give you multiple USB ports.

Identifying the right multi-port USB charger for you will depend on your needs, but we’re here to help. We’ve been testing some of the most popular USB charging hubs, and we’ve got some good options for you right here. You may also be interested in the best portable battery chargers to keep your phone juiced on the go.

Zendure A-Series Travel Adapter

  • Ports: 4
  • Output: 40W (8A total)
  • Price: $33

We’re impressed with the design of this durable USB charging hub, which also serves admirably as a travel adapter. It’s compact and portable, with four USB ports on one side and fold-out prongs to plug into a wall outlet on the other. One of the ports, marked in green, is compliant with Quick Charge 2.0, while the other three, marked in blue, can deliver up to 5V/2.4A apiece. You also get two adapters in the box, which slot on securely to work with various outlets throughout Europe. The fact that it plugs in sideways can be a little awkward depending on the outlet, and you’ll find charging speeds are slower when using all four USB ports at once, because the total output is limited to 8A. Nonetheless, this USB charging hub is still a good value.

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Amazon

Sabrent Desktop USB Charger

  • Ports: 6
  • Output: 60W (12A total)
  • Price: $27

If you’re looking for a USB charging hub with plenty of ports, then this desktop option from Sabrent is worth your consideration. It boasts six USB ports, each of which is capable of delivering 2.4A, allowing for 12A of simultaneous output. The wide base and rubber feet also ensure that it doesn’t slide around, and the USB ports are slightly angled upward, making it easy to plug in and unplug cables. The top panel is aluminium and comes in either silver or black. It’s not the most attractive hub on the market, and there’s no QC support, but it is fairly small and cheap.

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Amazon

TYLT Energi Desktop Charging Station

TYLT Energi Desktop Charging Station
  • Ports: 5
  • Output: 50W (10A total)
  • Price: $60

This clever charging station from TYLT offers four USB ports that can output up to 2.4A each. There’s also a fifth USB port that outputs 1A, but if you look closer, you’ll see that it belongs to a detachable battery pack. The battery is rated at 3,200mAh, so it’s going to provide at least one full charge for your smartphone. It’s a smart idea, because if you run out of time, you can simply pop the battery pack out and take it with you to charge your phone on the move. The TYLT Energi comes with a detachable AC power cord that plugs into the back. It also has a smart cable management system on the top, so you can tuck those cables out of the way.

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Satechi Smart Charging Stand

Satechi Smart Charging Stand
  • Ports: 4
  • Output: 6A total
  • Price: $30

This neat, curvy cube will look good on your nightstand. It comes with three adapters, so you can use the top to charge an Apple Watch, a FitBit Blaze, or a smartphone, with the cable tucked neatly away inside. To boost your charging options, there are also three USB ports in the front. Each port can deliver up to 2.4A, but the total simultaneous limit is 6A. It comes in gold and black, silver and white, or black and space gray.

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Amazon

Fleck Charging Station

Fleck Charging Station
  • Ports: 5
  • Output: 40W (8A total)
  • Price: $40

Apple fans, in particular, will love this bamboo charging station, given it houses a special slot for the Apple Watch alongside its four USB ports. It’s made of natural bamboo, too, which gives it a nice finish that will fit with most décor. Your iOS and non-Apple devices will sit neatly in the slots provided, and there’s a detachable power cord that plugs into the back. To sweeten the deal, you also get four USB-to-Lightning cables in the box. These help to keep everything a bit neater, but you’ll have to use your original Apple Watch cable if you want to charge your smartwatch. The ports output 2.4A, 2.1A, 2.1A, 1A, and 0.5A.

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Amazon

Choetech Fast USB Charging Station

  • Ports: 5
  • Output: 90W (15A total)
  • Cord: 5 feet
  • Price: $46

If you have a device that supports fast charging with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 standard, like the LG G5 or the ZTE Axon 7, then you’ll want to take full advantage. This chunky USB charging station has five USB ports, each capable of supporting QC 3.0, but also backwards compatible with Quick Charge 2.0 and slower charging devices. These ports recognize your device and provide the maximum appropriate power. It’s perfect for a desktop, has its own power switch, and boasts a range of safeguards.

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Amazon

RAVPower Quick Charger

  • Ports: 4
  • Output: 40W (8A total)
  • Cord: 3 feet
  • Price: $24

Here’s a USB charging hub from a trustworthy name — one that also happens to be a great deal. RAVPower’s Charging Station has four USB ports, one clearly marked as a Quick Charge 2.0 port and three additional ports that are capable of delivering up to 2.4A each, resulting in a total output of 8A. It also comes outfitted with a AC power cable, along with a green LED that lights up when it’s connected. This is a very compact charging station, so it’s a good choice if you want something portable. It even has a handy silicon base to prevent it from sliding off your desk or table.

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Amazon

Anker PowerPort 6

Anker PowerPort 6
  • Ports: 6 (2.4A)
  • Output: 60W (12A total)
  • Cord: 5 feet
  • Price: $30

This is going to be enough to meet most people’s needs for a busy household. You get six USB ports, and Anker’s PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technologies ensure that your device is charged as quickly as possible without exceeding the supported rate. The maximum output for a single port is 2.4A, with a total maximum output for all six ports of 12A. You get a nice, long, removable power cable with a Velcro strap to keep things tidy. This is an efficient, durable, and portable option. The design is functional and there’s a small, blue LED that lights up when it’s plugged in. The nice thing about this is that you can plug into any port and get up to 2.4A. Unfortunately, there’s no Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 support.

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Amazon

Tronsmart Titan USB Charging Station

Tronsmart Titan USB Charging Station
  • Ports: 5 (Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0)
  • Output: 90W (10A total)
  • Cord: 5 feet
  • Price: $35

You get a whopping 90W output with this USB charging hub and, unusually, every one of the five USB ports supports the Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 standard. The detection technology inside ensures that your device is charged at the correct rate. It looks like a small brick and it’s slightly less portable than some of the others on our list, but the design is practical. It has an on/off switch on the back, a removable power cord, and good spacing between the five USB ports. There are also padded feet on the bottom that prevent it from slipping on desktops or other surfaces. There’s a small LED light on the top, so that you know when it’s plugged in. You get a five foot power cord with it, too.

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Amazon

Aukey USB Charging Station

  • Ports: 6 (2 Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0)
  • Output: 60W (10A total)
  • Cord: 2.6 feet
  • Price: $28

This USB charging hub has two ports that support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 standard, clearly marked in orange. There are another four ports that go up to 2.4A with Aukey’s AiPower technology, so they’ll determine what rate to charge at when you plug in your device. There’s a removable power cable, but it’s only 2.6 feet long, which might be a bit short for some people, though it’s easier to keep tidy. There’s also a small green LED on the side to indicate that it’s connected and ready to go.

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Amazon

iClever BoostCube Wall Charger

  • Ports: 4 (2.4A)
  • Output: 40W (8A total)
  • Price: $20

Here’s a wonderfully compact solution that plugs directly into the wall outlet. You can fold the plug away making it 2.44 x 2.44 x 1.12 inches in total, which is ideal for traveling. It has four USB ports, each capable of delivering up to 2.4A, but the total simultaneous limit is 8A. SmartID technology ensures that your device is charged at the correct rate. There’s a blue LED to indicate when it’s plugged in and it also lights up the top two ports, which is handy if you’re fumbling in the dark.

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Vogek USB Charging Station

Vogek USB Charging Station
  • Ports: 6
  • Output: 30W (6A total)
  • Cord: 4.65 feet
  • Price: $18

Featuring a circular design, this USB charging station looks a little different from the crowd. You can charge up to six devices at once. Each port can go up to 2.4A, but you only have a total of 6A available simultaneously and there’s no support for fast charging standards here. It’s compact and light, with a silicone ring on the bottom that helps it to grip surfaces. There’s a blue LED indicator on top, so you know when it’s plugged in, and the power cord is a decent length.

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Amazon

Article originally published on 03-03-2016. Updated on 03-09-2017 by Simon Hill: Added chargers by Zendure and Sabrent, and updated prices.