Anker 5 Port USB Wall Charger £11.99 @ Amazon FREE delivery (RRP £45.99)
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Anker 5 Port USB Wall Charger £11.99 @ Amazon FREE delivery (RRP £45.99)

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Found 14th Jan 2014
I bought one of these when it was flagged on HUKD at £15.99 and love it so much that I wanted to buy another for a present. Put a camel alert on it and it's now dropped to just £11.99! You can charge all these devices from 1 plug socket:

Anker® 25W 5A 5-Port USB Wall Charger Portable Desktop Charger with 5-Foot Power Cord for iPads, iPad Air, iPad Mini 2, iPhone 5S 5C 5 4S 4, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Galaxy S4 S3 S2, Note 3, Google Nexus, Raspberry Pi, Android Devices and More, One Unique USB

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Very good product and a bargain at that price.

Only thing it is missing is a foldable UK plug. :-)

In case anyone is bothered by high pitched noise (as I am), best check some of the reviews before ordering.

Nice device should you wish to charge multiple gadgets. I wish I was rich enough to own 5 things to charge at once...Voting hot

ublewit

In case anyone is bothered by high pitched noise (as I am), best check … In case anyone is bothered by high pitched noise (as I am), best check some of the reviews before ordering.


Cheap Chinese switch mode power supplies will often make these noises. Does not necessarily mean their faulty however can be very annoying in quiet surroundings.


Edited by: "modelman" 14th Jan 2014

Original Poster

ublewit

In case anyone is bothered by high pitched noise (as I am), best check … In case anyone is bothered by high pitched noise (as I am), best check some of the reviews before ordering.

I know what you mean about the high pitch noise. Mine started doing it after a while but I find it only happens if you have like 3 or 4 devices charging at the same time and I just leave them charging over night normally in a different room.

Took mine to the US last year so I didn't have to take multiple chargers and it worked a treat. No noise from mine at all.

ben14

[quote=ublewit] I find it only happens if you have like 3 or 4 devices … [quote=ublewit] I find it only happens if you have like 3 or 4 devices charging at the same time and I just leave them charging over night normally in a different room.



As a word of warning I would never leave such devices charging overnight when your in bed. Charging multiple devices containing lithium based batteries is always a potential fire hazard. Please always make sure you are at home and awake to regularly monitor the charging operation. Just look on youtube regarding lithium battery fires and how destructive they can be.
Edited by: "modelman" 14th Jan 2014

Bought this recently on a recent deal posted here. It emitted some noise constantly when not charging And noticeable in a quiet room but this which went when charging. worked only once and when I tried using it second time a few days later was just emitting some noise all the time and all the ports were just giving 450 milli amps each. asked for replacement and was told by Amazon that for this product the only give refunds and not replacements. So had to send it back wasting my time and wait 10 days till they received and processed it to get my refund. Not worth the hassle buying as quality control isn't great. Many of their products look re badged as if you see on amazon exactly the same products are sold by EasyAcc but only label looks different for many of the products sold by anker. Looks like same factory produces these but are rebadged For different sellers.

Bought 2 more car 25 watt dual usb Chargers from anker after The above purchase, as read Good reviews for this company on hukd, but stung second time now as both the ports on both the car Chargers give 1200 milli amps just like my cheap £2 Charger bought more than a year ago. Only very occasionally will it give 1800 milli amps briefly for about a second or two.

milli amp output measured by me using galaxy charging current app on my S4 and note 3 during simultaneous charging in car. The same app is accurate for measuring current from various Chargers including Wall charger in my experience using this app on several devices. The car charger looks nice and charges fine at 1200 milli amps and need one as my old one had a loose contact recently. Hence not sending it back even though it is no where near 25 watt output as claimed by anker.
Edited by: "bubblesmoney" 14th Jan 2014

Please read the comment on Amazon about not producing the advertised output (a total of 5amp).

I also found that true in another 2-usb ports Ankler car charger that I recently bought from Amazon. With only an HTC One Android phone plugged, not only that it doesn't charge, it even discharges if the screen is on (i.e. when I use the phone for Satnav).

I've lost confidence in Ankler and wouldn't buy another charger.

Yes it looks nice, and white for apple fan boys, but in my opinion it doesn't do the job it's made for.

OK product but it always retails at this prices. The one I bought was used, was not impressed. Only offered refund as the company is not based in the uk .

I have 2 been using them for month multiple items on charge they both work great.

Got one, chargers ipad and iPhones well but won't charge a galaxy tab 2. No noise from mine though.

thanks op, but based on the reviews, i wouldnt touch with a barge pole

refaey

Please read the comment on Amazon about not producing the advertised … Please read the comment on Amazon about not producing the advertised output (a total of 5amp).I also found that true in another 2-usb ports Ankler car charger that I recently bought from Amazon. With only an HTC One Android phone plugged, not only that it doesn't charge, it even discharges if the screen is on (i.e. when I use the phone for Satnav).I've lost confidence in Ankler and wouldn't buy another charger.Yes it looks nice, and white for apple fan boys, but in my opinion it doesn't do the job it's made for.


I noticed the discharging briefly on their claimed world's most powerful charger 250 dual port.thought it was some error in the app for measuring current but that app is accurate in my past experience using it. IT Was showing 1200 milli amp usually and briefly 1800 For few seconds and occasionally showed negative current! But since you Have me mentioned it as well, now will check them again if they keep doing it then will send it back for refund and buy the 2£ charger Again which I used for a year charging both tablet and phone simultaneous in car.

Edited by: "bubblesmoney" 14th Jan 2014

Anker - who made the original RRP!? X)oO

I've got one, no noise from mine. Excellent product.

"One Unique USB Charger for One Family"

Bog standard USB charging by the looks of it, don't know why they need to list Apple and Samsung devices by model in the compatible devices.
Looks good for clutter reduction though and labels are a help given that manufacturers are taking their time having standard connectors on the other end. Apple the worse culprit.


The ideal 'family' charger, would have 5 micro USB cables hardwired into a small brick. Then use adapters as below for Apple products until the EU gets them on native Micro-USB like our phones and generic tablets now are.



http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2011/10/microusb-150x103.jpg

Edited by: "parabolica" 14th Jan 2014

bought it!

modelman

As a word of warning I would never leave such devices charging overnight … As a word of warning I would never leave such devices charging overnight when your in bed. Charging multiple devices containing lithium based batteries is always a potential fire hazard. Please always make sure you are at home and awake to regularly monitor the charging operation. Just look on youtube regarding lithium battery fires and how destructive they can be.



You're more likely to die by falling down your stairs than ever experience a lithium ion battery fire. Word of warning. Be careful on the stairs, or ideally, only ever live in a bungalow.

Using YouTube as an authoritative source of data? Really? No-one ever posts fake stuff on You Tube do they?

adam_holcombe

This deal has more ports and is cheaper.. … This deal has more ports and is cheaper.. http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/xenta-7-port-usb-2-0-hub-mains-passive-powered-3-99-delivered-ebuyer-1792850



True but it doesn't claim to provide the same power, justified on the count of it being a powered hub and not a dedicated charger, hence the expectation of there being a much lower average power per port requirement.

welshknight

True but it doesn't claim to provide the same power, justified on the … True but it doesn't claim to provide the same power, justified on the count of it being a powered hub and not a dedicated charger, hence the expectation of there being a much lower average power per port requirement.



Would you really want to run a third of your home's ampage capacity through a single socket?

adam_holcombe

Would you really want to run a third of your home's ampage capacity … Would you really want to run a third of your home's ampage capacity through a single socket?



You what? This product does 5amps at 5v not 5amps at 240v.
Also a house can provide way more than 15amps at 240v otherwise most peoples electric ovens wouldn't work

You're more likely to die by falling down your stairs than ever … You're more likely to die by falling down your stairs than ever experience a lithium ion battery fire. Word of warning. Be careful on the stairs, or ideally, only ever live in a bungalow.Using YouTube as an authoritative source of data? Really? No-one ever posts fake stuff on You Tube do they?



Ignorance is bliss...lol...Try overcharging or damaging a lithium polymer battery and see what happens to you or your home. Lithium ion cells are however much safer which is why they are used in phones and other gadgets but still not fool proof.

Edited by: "modelman" 14th Jan 2014

Lipo batteries when they go don't actually do that much damage. Sure they'll wreck an RC car or similar but that is why people store them in safe bags. Sure they burn and smoke a lot but in the scheme of things they're not that worrying.

As for LiIon bats in phones and laptops, people leave those plugged in on charge all day and they dont worry about it. Your laptop battery is more likely to go into thermal runaway and go up in smoke than a phone but people dont seem to worry.

A little knowledge can be dangerous.

adam_holcombe

Would you really want to run a third of your home's ampage capacity … Would you really want to run a third of your home's ampage capacity through a single socket?



'Ampage capacity'?? Seriously? 240 volts x 15 amp = 3600 watts, but... 5 volts x 5 amps = 25 watts. That'll be less than 0.7% of your ring main capacity, if that worries you. They used to teach this stuff to 12 year olds, didn't they?

That is also assuming your ring main has the capacity for 15amps which it clearly does not. Go and look at your consumer unit and you'll probably see it is rated at 100A total.

This means that your house would be rated at 24'000watts and this power supply is 25watts.

I think you'll be fine running it.

modelman

As a word of warning I would never leave such devices charging overnight … As a word of warning I would never leave such devices charging overnight when your in bed. Charging multiple devices containing lithium based batteries is always a potential fire hazard. Please always make sure you are at home and awake to regularly monitor the charging operation. Just look on youtube regarding lithium battery fires and how destructive they can be.



In mobile phones, tablets and anything charged from USB, the "charger" is just a power source. The actual charger (charge controller) is always built into the device. And so is the thermal control of the battery. Charger is controlling whole process and stops when fully charged. It also stops or slow downs when battery is overheating. Because it is built in, you can see what's doing on the display ("charging", "not charging", "fully charged" etc.)
When the controller or temperature charger is faulty, it may result in overcharge, which in most cases is root source of li-ion battery fire or explode. If it's faulty, it will explode no matter what power source you'll use. And no matter how long you're charging (overnight or just 5 minutes).
Obviously if your power source is crappy enough to limit current below overheating threshold, it will prevent accidents. But this is not how is supposed to be working.

Edited by: "HaraldBB" 14th Jan 2014

Why would this ever be £45 to begin with? Ridiculous RRP

Just bought one of these a couple of weeks ago, works fine - and with no noise - charging 2 Kurio 10" (using the ipad sockets as they'll deliver the highest current rating of the sockets), a Nintendo 3DS and my Galaxy S3. All charged as quickly as usual (Kurios previously charged using dedicated chargers instead of USB socket).

Will be attempting 2x Kurio & 2x 3DS once a further cable arrives, might slow it down a little.

Just need some short cables now to tidy up the area.

Saw a similar one the other day in b&m with 4 ports for 4.99. Wish I brought it now.

Rich

modelman

Ignorance is bliss...lol...Try overcharging or damaging a lithium polymer … Ignorance is bliss...lol...Try overcharging or damaging a lithium polymer battery and see what happens to you or your home. Lithium ion cells are however much safer which is why they are used in phones and other gadgets but still not fool proof.



Anything modern enough to contain a Lithium Ion/Polymer battery is also modern enough that it will also contain overcharge prevention circuitry.

Regardless, stairs are still far more dangerous than batteries. I think you've spent too much time on YouTube and reading Facebook scare stories.

Ignorance is bliss...lol...Try overcharging or damaging a lithium polymer … Ignorance is bliss...lol...Try overcharging or damaging a lithium polymer battery and see what happens to you or your home. Lithium ion cells are however much safer which is why they are used in phones and other gadgets but still not fool proof.



I've just asked around the office.

Nobody has ever had a battery set on fire whilst charging from USB.
Interestingly, no one has ever had their arm broken by a swan either.

Maybe we are just a lucky group.
A few of us do have horror stories about stairs and tins of paint though.

For what it's worth (probably not much) I got this when it was on HUKD for £15.99. It works well enough and charges our 3 android phones and 1 Galaxy Tab with no problems and reasonably quickly. Also, no noise from ours (the charger plug that came with the wife's Note 2 screams like a banshee though!). I like it because it keeps things looking neat - 3 or 4 short USB leads with the plug to the socket hidden rather than loads of plugs in an extension lead.

Got one of these a while back when they were on offer. Good quality as expected from Anker and has been working perfectly fine powering my RASPbmc setup (Heavily OC'd (1.1GHz & 500MHz) 512MB Rev 2 Raspberry Pi / 2TB 2.5" HDD / 6X BD ROM) / Wireless Kb & Mouse / 16GB Corsair GT USB2 + 64GB Corsair USB3 flash drives / 5v Silent 100mm Fan )

Was having to use a modded ATX power supply before as even multiple 1A+ phone chargers was having trouble holding a stable voltage on the setup, this Anker has been rock solid on the exact same setup :-)
Can't comment on the charging capabilities as I prefer to gently trickle charge my phones overnight while I'm sleeping, both my Samsung Note and Moto G get charged at a sensible charge current of 180mA using a couple of old 5V chargers I cannibalized :-)

I also have an Anker battery in my Note which again is well built and of good quality/capacity.
Edited by: "Leftfield_2k2" 14th Jan 2014

When it's plugged in but not charging anything, does it stay warm or is it stone cold? That's one indication of the quality.

Gazbert

LOL thanks for the laugh mate much appreciated!You're more likely to die … LOL thanks for the laugh mate much appreciated!You're more likely to die by falling down your stairs than ever experience a lithium ion battery fire. Word of warning. Be careful on the stairs, or ideally, only ever live in a bungalow.Using YouTube as an authoritative source of data? Really? No-one ever posts fake stuff on You Tube do they?

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