Turn any wall outlet into a mobile device charging station with the Targus Plug-N-Power Charging Stations with USB charging ports. This portable charging station features a USB fast charger (2.1A) for rapid charging of iPad and tablets. This charging station features 10 watts of total USB power and includes 3 AC outlets with 540 joules of surge protection and 2 USB charging ports for simultaneous charging. Perfect for the kitchen, bathroom, or garage, the charging stations mounts securely to any standard AC outlet.
Targus Plug-N-Power Charging Station
Targus Plug-N-Power Charging Station
In today's fast paced technology filled world, we are often faced with the issue of having to find multiple outlets in order to charge all of our digital devices. This can be especially difficult in certain rooms in the home such as the busy kitchen, which features an outlet that attracts the entire family's devices. Targus has solved this problem with the TargusPlug-N-Power Charging Station. With the Targus Plug-N-Power Charging Station, you can quickly turn any outlet into a convenient charging station. Charge your laptop, cell phone, camera, USB powered tablet and MP3 player all from a single power outlet so all of your digital devices are in one convenient location.
Fully Charged Need your iPad and MP3 player charged up in a hurry? It's not a problem with the Targus Plug-N-Power charging Station. The Plug-N-Power Charging Station features a 2-port hub capable of charging 2 USB-powered devices at the same time and features a 15 watt charging rate. What sets the Targus Slim Power Device apart from similar products is that the Targus device has the ability to fast charge an iPad and an iPhone simultaneously, while other devices charge an iPad at a slower rate.
Triple Charging Station In addition to the USB charging prowess, there are three outlets so you can plug in a variety of traditional-plug devices. Feel free to power up your cell phone and laptop, while making a cup of coffee, all from the same outlet. For added convenience, all of the ports on this slim power tool are front-facing, so they are easier to access from the wall.
Surge Protector Designed to overcome unwanted power surges, the plug n power charging station provides built-in protection against power spikes, so you can power-up without burning out. Plus, the handy LED indicator lets you know your phone, MP3 player and more are being powered-up and monitored with active surge protection.
Designed to Fit In The Plug-N-Power charging station boasts an extremely slim form factor, which makes it easy to securely mount to any 2-socket outlet or plug in virtually any outlet space, be it in a cramped nook behind an office desk or in a wall outlet with a narrow pass-thru. It fits practically anywhere, for anytime charging.
I was trying to choose between this and the other charging stations that look virtually identical to this one and are made by Belkin and XTG. What swayed me to spend 25% more for the Targus unit was the claim of "Charging Station features a 2-port hub capable of charging 2 USB-powered devices at the same time and features a 15 watt charging rate. What sets the Targus Slim Power Device apart from similar products is that the Targus device has the ability to fast charge an iPad and an iPhone simultaneously, while other devices charge an iPad at a slower rate."
That claim is stated in a special box with a picture of an iPad charging on a countertop while plugged into the Targus USB port.
And that claim is why I paid more for this charging station vs the others.
HOWEVER, when the two charging stations that I ordered arrived. I noticed that the boxes said 2.1A charging. That is 10 Watts, not 15 watts.
Worse, looking over the product description, I see in the fine print it says, "Turn any wall outlet into a mobile device charging station with the Targus Plug-N-Power Charging Stations with USB charging ports. This portable charging station features a USB fast charger (2.1A) for rapid charging of iPad and tablets. This charging station features 10 watts of total USB power and includes 3 AC outlets with 540 joules of surge protection and 2 USB charging ports for simultaneous charging. Perfect for the kitchen, bathroom, or garage, the charging stations mounts securely to any standard AC outlet."
So in the features section with the pictures and bullet-point boxes it says it can do 15 watt fast-charging. But in the fine print and on the box, it indicates that it can do 10 watt standard ipad charging.
Which is it Amazon?
I'm afraid I just wasted my money for a charger with nothing special.
Easy to use since you don't need to manually remove a wall plate and screw it in. As you'll see in the video, keep in mind your net gain over a standard two prong wall electrical outlet is two additional electrical outlets and one USB charging port because you are likely already using one of your outlets to charge your Apple device. Mind the green light if you will be sleeping in the same room as the charger - the green light is always on, which really isn't too "green" for energy conscious consumers. Also note how close together the outlet plugs are - any plug wider than a standard electrical plug will take up more than one of the outlets. So any plug that serves as a "power adapter" [so it is a small box with a plug] for a device rather than a straight plug will take up enough space to block the adjacent outlet.
I recently contacted Amazon and its supplier, (T-Bar) about the return of the Targus Plug-N-Power Charging Station (T-Bar actually shipped a handYman version) because of the shipped version only having a 2.1A (combined) USB output -- versus the Targus advertised 3A output. I was disappointed and asked for a return. Since that time, I have learned that Targus does not actually meet their 3A output spec; it is also a 2.1A output. And, I can find no similar product which does so. Consequently I will be keeping and using the handYman unit that was delivered. NOTES: 1) The Amazon description should be highlighted to state that the Targus unit offers ONLY a 2.1A USB combined output. 2) Although the handYman unit delivered is (I believe) identical, L-T Bar should ship the quoted product OR at least inquire prior to sending a substitute item. 3) The furnished unit will (slowly) charge both an iPad3 and a iPhone5 simultaneously. Charging only one at a time would result in a faster charge. 4) Plugs conveniently into existing 120VAC 2-socket outlets.
Additional Note: L-T Bar (the vendor) contcted me on Jan 7, 2013 to request that I remove their rating of two-stars as a vendor, saying that they shipped a Targus unit. I declined as the product received from them is boldly labeled handYman. The packaging states "handYman Smart POWER, Model No. S9P 332 NIWG, Made in China. I strongly feel that a vendor SHOULD NOT send substitute product without first contacting the purchaser!
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In an age of ubiquitous electronic products, this ingenious but simple device really meets the need for a charger that takes both USB AND conventional 3-prong plugs. My devices seem to run out of juice fairly quickly, so the multi-charging and dual-input capability is very welcomed. In fact, as I write this, it is charing an electric toothbrush and an Ipod.
Besides have recepticals for three conventional 2- and/or 3-pronged plugs, there are two slots for plugging in USB connectors. Besides Apple products (e.g., Ipad, Ipod, Iphone) it will work with Blackberries and ANdroid devices as well. Basically, if you can plug your USB connector into a standard laptop plug, it should fit into this.
THe three AC outlets have 540 joules of surge protection, and the manufacturer touts the "fast charger" (specifications for USB port: 2.1 amps shared, 5 volts, 10.2 watts mximum) of the USB ports. There's a limited one-year warranty; details are available at [...].
Limitations. The charger works just as it should, but there are a few drawbacks. FOr me, the most important one is the sheer size of the thing. It will cover up adjacent wall plugs; on a standard surge protector it covers up three outlets--that's quite a lot to lose. OF course, if you don't need other devices plugged in, this is not a problem. You'll also need a 3-pronged outlet for the charger (or a 3-prong to 2-prong converter--which MAY not be as safe, perhaps someone can comment on this.) However, most outlets have slots for three prongs.
As large as it is, the charger stays securely flushed against a wall--fantastic. (I've seen much lighter devices that won't stay plugged in).Read more ›