As we all get more and more devices charging them becomes a problem of where do we put another wall plug, to answer this there are multi-port USB chargers, but just a normal charger wasn’t enough when I went looking. That’s when I found this new smart charger from Anker that has up to 40W of power to push your gadget. The good thing though is that it has a chip on each port that detects the proper amount of wattage to send and not to send so that your devices charges at the maximum speed but won’t burn it out.
After unboxing this little guy, with the smooth rubber to keep it from sliding off the table and minimal packaging I gave it a test. With my Samsung Galaxy Nexus I was able to charge 20% of my battery in about 20 minutes, which sounds about right for it to send it the proper amount of wattage to charge correctly. Later I plugged in my phone, a Nexus 7, and a pair of Bluetooth headphones and all charged just fine. With the 5 ports it should give you the flexibility to keep everything charged in one place and as fast as it was intended.
Check out the unboxing video and photos. You can get this charger on Amazon for around $26 as I did; Anker seems to sell primarily on though Amazon.
Product page: Anker 40W 5V / 8A 5-Port Family-Sized Desktop Charger
IFA 2012 in Berlin is a big electronics show that is similar to CES where companies are releasing products they will have out for the holidays. Sony was the first major company with a press event and they have released a bunch of new products including a set of three new phones in there Xperia line of phones called the T, V, and J. Not too original but they range in size from the 4′ J to 4.6′ T. Below is an overview of the three phones.
|Xperia T||Xperia V||Xperia J|
|1.5 GHz dual core||1.5 GHz dual core||1 Ghz|
|4.55″ 720p HD Screen||4.3″ 720p HD Screen||4″ Screen|
|Android 4.0 (upgradable to 4.1)||Android 4.0 (upgradable to 4.1)||Android 4.0|
|13MP Camera||13 MP Camera||5MP Camera|
|Up to 16 GB / 32 GB microSD||Up to 8 GB / 32 GB microSD||Up to 4 GB / 32 GB microSD|
|HSPA+ / GSM EDGE||HSPA+ / GSM EDGE||HSPA / GSM EDGE|
|7 hrs Talk / 450 hrs Standby||7 hrs Talk / 400 hrs Standby||5.5 hrs Talk / 618 hrs Standby|
|Black, Silver, White||Black Pink, White||Black, Gold, Pink, White|
Some other things that are cool, the T and V have MHL / TV connectivity, NFC, PlayStation Certified. The V also has better audio what they call Clear Audio+ and LTE. The T may also be called the TX depending on where you live.