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One unintended consequence of using a bunch of gadgets with rechargeable batteries is managing when to plug them into a charger. If you’d like to keep all of your tech alive without clogging your outlets with power adapters, your best option is to get a multi-device charger.
These accessories allow you to charge two or more gadgets simultaneously, and have compact designs that fit well on a desk, kitchen counter, or nightstand. We’ve made sure to pick chargers that can charge all of your gadgets, from smart watches, to totally wireless earbuds, to phones, tablets, and computer. Each of our picks has a standout feature, and is designed to work best with a different set of tech.
What Are the Multi-Device Chargers?
There are many factors to consider when choosing the best multi-device chargers for you; below are the most important ones, which we considered while we were researching this list.
Compatibility: Most of the chargers below let you mix and match devices from manufacturers — a pair of AirPods and an Android phone for example — but some are purpose-built to work with tech from a single company.
Wired vs. Wireless: Some of the chargers we’re recommending require you to plug your devices into them with a cable, while others can charge them wirelessly (make sure your tech supports this feature). Wireless charging is more convenient, but will charge your device more slowly than plugging it in with a cable. Some of our picks support both wired and wireless charging simultaneously.
Fast Charging: Many modern smartphones and tablets support fast charging, which can refill their battery more quickly if they’re connected to a powerful charger with the right cable. Some of the picks below have the right hardware to allow fast charging.
1. Nomad Base Station Pro
Nomad’s Base Station is our go-to multi-device charger because it supports wired, wireless, and fast charging all at the same time.
The wireless charging pad on top of the Base Station can charge three devices at up to 10W (Watts). Apple gear is shown above, but this charger is compatible with Android phones and other hardware, like earbuds with wireless charging cases. The wireless charging pad has two LEDs, which illuminate when a pair of devices are placed on it to give a visual indication that they’re charging. If you place one device on the pad, only one LED will light up.
The ability to wirelessly charge three devices simultaneously gives Nomad’s Base Station Pro the edge over our other recommendations, especially since it supports three different charging styles. If you’re looking for an all-in-one solution to charge all but the most power-hungry tech, it’s the right choice.
Anker PowerWave Dual Pad
Anker’s PowerWave Dual Pad is an excellent multi-device charger if you’d like to cut charging cords out of your life.
It has two separate charging pads, which can charge your devices at up to 10W. Each pad has its own LED, which will light up to show you that your device is charging at a glance. Anker includes a power cable with the PowerWave Dual Pad, which isn’t a standard practice for all wireless chargers; everything you need to get going comes in the box.
This charger does not support fast or wired charging, but its maximum charging speed is pretty fast. It has built-in battery protection, over current protection, foreign object direction, and radiation shielding to ensure your devices charge safely, even if you leave them on the charger for a long time. This charger is your best bet if you’d prefer to keep your desk as cable free as possible.
3. Belkin MagSafe 3-in-1 Wireless Charger
If most of your tech is made by Apple, Belkin’s MagSafe 3-in-1 Wireless Charger is the best option.
As its name suggests, this accessory can charge three gadgets at once: An iPhone, Apple Watch, and any pair true wireless earbuds with a wireless charging case. This is one of the first third-party charging accessories to make use of MagSafe, a new magnetic wireless charging technology Apple introduced last year, which only works with the iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro.
MagSafe chargers are twice as fast as traditional Qi chargers, which is a huge difference. Plugging your phone into a charger with a cable is still faster, but MagSafe closes the gap significantly.
Belkin’s MagSafe 3-in-1 Charger is one of the most impressive tech accessories we’ve tried this year. It managed to charge three devices at once without missing a beat, or slowing down its charging speed. If you have Apple’s newest phone, and use an Apple Watch, this is a must-have tech tool.
4. Satechi 108W Pro Desktop Charger
Satechi’s 108W Pro Desktop Charger is the most powerful multi-device charger in the guide.
It has four ports: two USB-A ports with a power output of 6W each, an 18W USB-C PD port, and a 90W USB-C PD port. Unlike the other chargers in this guide, Satechi’s is a charging hub, which means you’ll need to supply the cables to connect your devices. If you’d like to see our charging cable recommendations, you can find them here.
We’ve included this charger in our guide because its 90W USB-C PD port is powerful enough to charge laptops at their full speed with additional ports left over for your other devices. The charger has a maximum power output of 108W, which means you can use two or more of its ports without throttling its speed. For instance, you can use both USB-C ports, or the 90W USB-C port and both USB-A ports without any degradation. If you use all four USB ports at the same time, it will have to reduce the speed of the most powerful port to compensate.
Satechi’s 108W Pro Desktop Charger is the right choice for anyone who needs an extra power adapter for their laptop, but also needs an easy way to charge their other gadgets at the same time. This is an especially great pick if you travel often, since you’ll only need to bring a single charger.