• How to charge 10 devices at once: Belkin 10 Port USB charger review


    Donít you just hate it when you have 10 phones or tablets and you have to figure out how to charge them all at once? And donít you just hate it when each of those devices is able to charge at 2 amps or higher? Okay, chances are, thatís never happened to you but in case you anticipate a windfall of devices, you might want to plan ahead and get Belkinís B2E026 10 port USB charger.

    Seriously though, something like this isnít for everyone. Still, off the top of my head I could see how some businesses or educational institutions might have a use for this. Maybe thereís a classroom with 10 or more tablets. Or maybe youíre a business that runs software on tablets. I guess some people might think of getting one if you have a lot of guests over frequently.

    Anyways, my guess is that if youíre thinking of buying one youíre probably going to be installing it in a custom enclosure.


    The charger consists of the charger itself and a power brick. It doesnít come with any USB cables. The charger has 10 USB ports on it which are spaced about ĺĒ apart.



    Each port is capable of putting out up to 2.4 amps (12 watts) though none of the devices I hooked up to it were capable of charging at this rate.



    The power brick is a huge 160 watt model which youíd normally find on a gaming laptop. It snaps in place when you connect it to the charger. Since the charger has 10 ports that can output up to 12 watts the most youíd ever need is 120 watts which is ĺ of what the adapter is capable of so you shouldnít have any problems with it overheating.



    I looked around my office to try to find 10 devices which can charge at a minimum of 10 watts but had to settle for 10 devices that mostly charged at 7 or 8 watts and up.



    In the end, according to my WeMo Insight switch, I could only get the charger up to 90 watts (the screencap says 84 watts because I forgot to take one at 90).

    Please donít read too much into this since some of the USB cables I used might not be capable of a full 2.4 amps. If Belkin wants to send me 10 Belkin brand MicroUSB cables Iíd be glad to retest to see if I can get them charging at a higher rate.

    After a while, I noticed that the charger itself has a fan inside. The fan isnít very loud but it has a relatively high pitch which may annoy some. Mind you, it only goes off for a few minutes every now and then. Iíll be honest, the sound is very alarming because it kind of sounds like a capacitor is about to burst. Every time it turned on, my heart skipped a beat (in a bad way).

    At 90 watts, both the charger and power adapter get warm to the touch after a while but theyíre never burning hot.

    I noticed that when nothing is plugged into the charger it still draws 6 watts. That's probably not a big deal but I have to mention it.



    Now earlier, I mentioned that this will probably be installed somewhere be it in a custom enclosure or even just mounted on a wall. With that in mind, Iím a little annoyed that the charger lacks mounting holes so you can hook it onto screws.



    Instead the charger comes with a large plastic mounting plate which you can slide the charger into. The problem is that when you slide it in thereís nothing to snap into to hold it in place. The mounting plate also lacks mounting holes so I guess youíre just supposed to make your own.

    Is it worth it?

    Get this, the 10 port charger lists for an eye watering $299.99 on Belkinís site. Yes, itís THREE HUNDRED DOLLAR charger and no, itís not gold plated. I just checked Amazon.com and the street price is around $240 - If youíre a business or education user I guess itís worth it because running 10 separate AC adapters is messy but still, $24 a port is still pretty steep.

    I guess you could argue that if you were to buy 10 separate brand-name 10 watt AC adapters and a power bar with 10 outlets thatís capable of accommodating this many charger that it would cost more than $240. I figure this is what Belkin was thinking when they came up with the pricing. Donít forget that the regular, stand-alone charger that came with your phone can get quick hot while charging and probably isnít design to work in close proximity to 9 other similar chargers.

    Looking around at Amazon there arenít any other 10 port USB chargers which can charge at 12 watts a port. The closest Iíve found is this Anker brand one which has 4 ports; 2 can charge at 10 watts and the other 2 at 5 watts for $25.99. Itís not the same thing but if you donít need 10 ports you could get 2 for $56 and have 4 10 watt outlets and 4 5 watt ones. Again itís not the same thing but for the price difference you might be willing to compromise. Then again, I doubt this Anker model has a fan inside so Iím not sure how well it fare if you were to put it inside an enclosure.

    Conclusion:



    If youíre looking for a 10 port charger which can charge at 12 watts and plan on putting the charger in an enclosure, take a look at the Belkin B2E026 10 port USB charger. Itís not cheap but itís built to last.

    Iíd give it 4 Howies out of 5 if this is something you're looking for.

    Pros:
    • 10 ports
    • 12 watts a port
    • a built-in fan suggests this is built for enclosures


    Cons:
    • Fan is annoying
    • High price to port ratio
    This article was originally published in forum thread: How to charge 10 devices at once: Belkin 10 Port USB charger review started by howard View original post
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. HC - NO "i"'s Avatar
      HC - NO "i" -
      Fellow HC,

      I agree with you that while this Belkin B2E026 may be an elegant business solution for our first world problem, its first class price tag may also be a problem to many businesses. Regarding the capability of drawing up to 2.4A, I have a further question... Have you tried with a particular high-capacity battery powered device at the lower battery level (let say 15% left in an iPad) or even depleted to the point it turns off? Would it still take no more than 1A? I wonder if some proprietary device ID implementations like Apple are limiting the charge rate.
    1. veriztd's Avatar
      veriztd -
      Howard, you have far too many toys to need a device like this one.

      I manage to keep at least 4 devices on USB (wall or computer) chargers at any one time or another with no problem.
    1. Anole's Avatar
      Anole -
      Thanks for an interesting review.
      Even more thanks as you pointed to the much more reasonable Anker chargers on Amazon.
      Though their lack of LEDs is quite inexcusable.
      .
      Have friends who travel with an ipad , iphone, and something.
      I'll probably buy a 4- or 5- port charger as a gift.
      Or possibly a dual car charger.
    1. howard's Avatar
      howard -
      Quote Originally Posted by veriztd View Post
      Howard, you have far too many toys to need a device like this one.

      I manage to keep at least 4 devices on USB (wall or computer) chargers at any one time or another with no problem.
      Oh definitely. Only get the Belkin Charger if you need 10 ports or need something that will be installed an enclosure. If you don't need 10 ports but need something that will run Belkin also sells a 4 port version.
    1. howard's Avatar
      howard -
      I forgot to post this as a competitor:

      http://store.griffintechnology.com/iphone-5/multidock

      It's $699.99 but for that price you get lightning cables and a slick looking enclosure.
    1. 503ducati's Avatar
      503ducati -
      Quote Originally Posted by howard View Post
      I forgot to post this as a competitor:

      http://store.griffintechnology.com/iphone-5/multidock

      It's $699.99 but for that price you get lightning cables and a slick looking enclosure.
      Looks pretty chic.
    1. fruvous's Avatar
    1. claystevens's Avatar
      claystevens -
      The problem is why and when I need to charge 10 devices at once.