Last Updated on October 18, 2020 by Aether
Most devices these days are charged via some type of USB cable. If you have a lot of devices at home or at work, it can become challenging to charge them all simultaneously without having extension cables cluttering up the place. An externally powered USB hub can rectify this problem.
Using a USB hub that is externally powered means that you won’t need to connect it to a PC or laptop in order for it to work. All you need is a regular power outlet to plug in to, and you’re good to go.
If you plan on charging lots of different types of device at the same time, you should look for hubs that have adopted ‘smart charging’ technology. What this does is that the hub will work out what type of technology has been plugged in, and will then provide only the optimal amount of power to the unit. Not only will this increase your battery charging speed, but will also help to maintain the integrity of the battery.
On the other hand, if your aim is to charge numerous duplicate devices, then you could get away with not opting for a smart charging hub, assuming the specifications fit your charging needs.
Below, we have curated a list of what we believe are the best USB hubs that are externally powered that are on the market. We will provide not just top of the range options, but products that can fit specific budget needs too.
The case comes in a matt black finish, with small LEDs adjacent to each USB slot that will tell you if a device is charging. What’s a nice addition is that this hub comes with a mounting bracket. Utilizing this mounting bracket can allow you to keep your desk area neat and tidy by fixing the hub to the wall.
There are a few different models, but our favorite was the model which had 6 USB ports. Each port can provide 15W of power, with up to a shared amount of 50W.
There are also two PD ports that can utilize up to 28W per port too. These ports can provide either: 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/2.5A, 15V/2A, or 20V/1.5A.
The AC is 100-240V which makes this unit ideal for international travel.
The 60 port USB station from Mixilin is an absolute behemoth of a hub. If you are in a situation where you need to charge a large amount of devices at once, then look no further.
This product would likely be best suited to a school, hotel, mobile studio, or any business that uses a lot of mobile technology. From the reviews we have read, this unit seems very popular in schools.
It’s worth noting that this unit won’t support ‘fast charging’, but we think that’s a fair trade for the amount of devices that it can accommodate at once.
There are a lot of safeguards built into this machine. Firstly there is overcharge protection, which will drop charging once the device is fully charged. Overcharging can damage batteries severely so this is a nice option. Similarly, there is overcharge protection. As you can imagine, pumping too much current into a battery will also cause significant long-term damage.
With a lot of devices being charged at once, it’s understandable to assume that the charging unit can become hot. Thankfully, Mixilin has added a very robust fan into the side, similar to what you’d see in a PC or laptop. Mixilin have been able to do this due to the overall size of this hub – a very nice addition indeed. Ensure that the fan isn’t covered up and that you clean it often so keep it free from dust and unwanted dirt build-ups. The fan will automatically come on when the unit needs to be cooled.
If you plan on charging multiple smartphones and/or tablets, then Alxum’s charging station is perfect for your needs. Specially designed for those type of devices, this charging station has dividers that help to organize and keep tidy your charging devices. The dividers come in two sizes, short and long, so you’re covered regardless of what you plan on charging up.
What’s nice about this charging hub is that is uses USB 3.0, which means it can conduct fast charging on devices that support it. 10 devices can be charged simultaneously, with power up to 5V/2.4A.
As with all premium externally powered hubs, this charging station nullifies over-charging and over-heating, as well as short circuiting. Another very important feature is that it will adjust it’s output function per device, meaning you will never accidentally fry your battery because too much electricity has been pumped into it.
There is one USB-C slot too, if you have a device that can use it.
The cell phone charging station from ChargeTech is a unit that has been specifically designed for businesses who wish to offer cell phone fast charging to their customers. This product is absolutely ideal for walk-in businesses like a barbers or coffee shop, where the customer might be waiting for a short amount of time. Having said that, it’s still perfect for home or office use to charge multiple devices at once.
It is a very compact design, which may or may not be useful for your needs. However, despite its size, it can still charge 10 different devices at once very quickly.
Hopefully this list has helped you identify an externally powered USB hub that meets your requirements. There are a plethora of different USB hubs available online, but a lot of them are of poor quality. Ensure that whatever product you do buy has all of the safety measures set in place, like the ones we have listed above, so that your batteries don’t get damaged.
If you’re wanting to buy something that is future proof, make sure you buy a hub that uses USB 3.0.