USB surge protector/charging station with three 1.0 Amp USB ports for phones and devices and a 2.1 Amp port for tablets. Single jack plugs into the wall, cleans up the cord clutter, and keeps you charged.
Why We Love It
Essentially, it’s a powerstrip and surge protector for your USB-charged devices, but it makes sense that Chil forwent the traditional form factor for something a bit more stylish. Powered by a standard AC plug, this isn’t something you’ll want hidden behind a media console. You’ll want it on your desk at work for quick access to your phone and other devices, or in a prominent, central location at home for everyone to plug in to. The sleek tower is coated in silicone to help prevent the buildup of dust, and comes in a swanky matte black or a bit more eye-catching teal.
There’s a housing at the Reactor’s base so you only have to pull out as much cord as you need to reach an outlet. You could also tuck the cord all the way back in and take it with you when traveling or working on the road. At only about 6 inches tall, the Reactor doesn’t take up much space in a suitcase or bag and ensures that you’ll have plenty of USB outlets in places where charging is at a premium, like coffee shops or hotel rooms. And since the it’s capable of outputting 5.1 Amps total at a time (three 1 Amp ports and one 2.1 Amp port), you can plug into all 4 ports and be sure you’re getting a very solid charge on every device.
Why We Love It
We’ve actually tried a few like solutions for charging USB devices and just weren’t satisfied with the results. That is, until we met the PowerShare Reactor. This one has stood up to some seriously heavy use, as proven by our frequent Practical Meter tests, which have both verified Chil’s output specs on each port and shown no signs of breaking down.
One of the things we really like about the Reactor is that it doesn’t plug into your computer at all. While this does mean you can't use it as a USB hub for transferring data, these days most of the time we find ourselves just looking for a power port and have no need for the data connection. With the PowerShare Reactor, when you plug in, you're not going to get a half dozen programs on your computer popping up asking for permission to sync. Phew. So really, this thing is saving you a handful of outlets - at least four on your wall and the two-plus on your computer that are freed up to do actual work!