Posted by Bryan Liu

Have you had this experience? Both your iPhone and your friend’s smartphone is in need of charging, yet there is only one socket available. When both of your phones are at the verge of power-off, you both must be frustrated. In public place, this dilemma is even more common. Thus, for the convenience of charging, it is always wise to get a powered USB Hub for backup.

How to choose a good USB hub?

Before searching for the appropriate product, the first thing you should do is to acknowledge how to choose the perfect USB Hub for your needs. Generally speaking, there are several principles:

First, research the models. There are various models in market and you should choose one that fits your device.

Second, pay attention to its safety, as some products share the same brand name and specs, yet their price varies greatly. Never purchase in a product that is significantly below average price. A tragic event happened to a woman in Australia shows that a cheap USB phone charger caused a catastrophic failure that killed her.

Thirdly, buy the most current standards. Since the release of USB hub in 1996, the industry has produced many models. Although it is quite rare to find a USB 1.0 hub anywhere these days, there are still plenty of USB 2.0 hubs and now USB 3.0 has become a new trend although some old devices are not available with it. With the development of technology, more and more advanced devices will be introduced, and you will be happy if you own a USB 3.0 when you get the according device.

Fourthly, buy a powered one unless ultra-portability is critical.

Fifthly, the more ports you get, the merrier you will enjoy with friends.

Sixth, power-only ports are very convenient.

Zendure X6 USB-C PD Power Bank & Hub (Coming Soon)

Coming this summer, the X6 USB-C PD Power Bank & Hub combines the most desired features from both power bank and USB hubs. This power bank and USB hub has many unique features including 5 USB outputs, and LED digital display, a low-power charge mode, and UPS continuous power. This will be the lightest and smallest power bank with 20,000 mAh capacity, 45W USB-C input & output and USB Hub of its kind.

Satechi ($44.99)

This is a four-star product in Amazon reviews. There are 7 ports on this USB Hub. Simply connect your own charging cable and this powerful charging station will charge up to 7 devices, including smartphones and high-powered devices such as tablets. The color is available in white and black. To help with the practical use, a power button for the whole thing is designed on the body, allowing you to turn it off if everything is fully charged or if you don't have anything charging on it.

NOMAD USB Hub($34.95)

This is an official product in Apple’s accessories. Available for all iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets, but it does not support quick charge on Android products. And there are 5 ports on it, each of which reaches to a max output of 27W. According to the customer reviews, it is a four-star product.

Hercules Tuff ($39.99)

An almost five-star product, Hercules Tuff is effective for its 6 ports, 4 Apple Lightning, 1 Micro-USB, 1 Type C. Thus, it saves a lot of money on buying additional cell phone cords again. This device is most loved by customers to use on kitchen counter, as compact desk stands for office, as a great alternative to Samsung mobiles and iPhone docks.

Anker ($27.99)

This is a five-star product in Amazon reviews. Not only outstanding for its competitive price but also for its effective charging. There are 6 USB ports on the USB Hub and it accesses full-speed 60W charging for all devices. Two colors are available, white and black.

RAVPower ($17.99)

Available in black and white, RAVPower is designed with 4 ports. Also competitive in its price, RAVPower USB Hub is also powerful enough to charge 4 tablets simultaneously at full speed with 2.4A max output per port or 8A total current output. As for people outside home, RAVPower can bring convenience with its design of 5 ft. cable, which allows you to charge far away from power outlet. Please don’t use third-party USB charging cables but only use OEM cables and RAVPower cables for the consideration of safety.

Syncwire ($17.99)

Syncwire is also a five star product according to the customer reviews. It is matched with 4 ports and can charge any compatible device at its fastest possible speed at 34W/6.8A output (Does not support Qualcomm Quick Charge). It is portable for traveling for it weighs only 6.7 oz. Two colors are available, black and white.

Though a powered hub can juice up your iPhone X for a period of time, its limited stock is doomed to bring inconvenience if a power outlet is out of reach. Thus, an endurable power bank becomes essential.

ZENDURE A8

With an outrageously high charge capacity, four USB ports and Quick Charge 3.0 technology, the A8 QC is one of the fastest charging external batteries on the market for its capacity. With 26,800mAh capacity, Zendure A8 can easily extend your phone usage 7-9 times, and takes only 10-12 hours to charge using a QC3.0 charger.

Q3 WIRELESS CHARGER

Q3 wireless charger provides the highest output at 7.5W for iPhone X/8/8 Plus and 10w fast charging for Samsung Galaxy S9 S9/ S8/ S7 / S7 Edge / S6 Edge Plus / Note 8 series devices. It is both effective and light weight. The design of anti-slip 360-degree silicone rubber cover can protect and keep your iPhone X properly aligned while charging.