Newstips Review 4: ChargeHub X5
ChargeHub is a pointedly interesting product line because it so nicely exemplifies trade-offs. They sent us the X5 model, about the size of one of those little round black ashtrays that used to be everywhere, with 5 USB charging ports & an attachment point for 100-240 VAC power (cord is included) around its circumference. Each USB port delivers up to 2.4 Amps but the total can’t exceed 8 Amps. If you attach too many power-hungry devices at once, it goes into overload mode & you have to unplug some until it settles down. That total not equaling the some of its ports is one of the trade-offs; another is in the geometry, where the things you plug in get spread out around the hub, adding up to a big footprint (which may still be a better use of space than some alternatives). Bottom line: ChargeHub X5 uses one wall-wart-free power outlet to bring USB charging to as many as 5 pieces of your gear.