Charge five things at once (includ­ing one using Quick Charge and one using USB‑C) with this cute lit­tle desk­top USB hub.


So many things to charge, so few eas­i­ly acces­si­ble USB ports with which to charge them. Look­ing around my own desk, I’m count­ing not only my phone (natch), but also a smart­watch, a drone bat­tery, a VR head­set and two dif­fer­ent pairs of wire­less head­phones. Grant­ed, I have more tech gear than most folks, but you get the idea. Every­thing these days needs USB pow­er.

Quick, afford­able fix: For a lim­it­ed time, and while sup­plies last, the Xcentz 5‑Port Desk­top USB Charg­ing Sta­tion drops to $16.99 with pro­mo code IUL6RYJV. That’s $7 off the reg­u­lar price.

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This lit­tle black-with-gold-trim cube mea­sures 2.5 by 2.5 inch­es and looks kind of adorable, if you ask me. It pro­vides five upward­ly fac­ing pow­er ports: three Type‑A USB, one Quick Charge 3.0 and one USB‑C. The Quick Charge port promis­es accel­er­at­ed charg­ing for phones and oth­er devices that sup­port it.

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Best of all, the cube plugs direct­ly into a wall out­let using an includ­ed AC pow­er cord. At this price I half expect­ed it to be one of those bring-your-own-wall-adapter deals.

Ama­zon is home to approx­i­mate­ly 8.2 mil­lion USB hubs, but this one is com­pact and cute and equipped with USB‑C. Plus, it’s only $17, which makes it a win in my book.

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