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1.0 out of 5 stars I think that I got ripped off..., March 27, 2012
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This review is from: Targus Plug-N-Power Charging Station with USB Ports, White (APA21US) (Personal Computers)
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.
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Initial post: Aug 23, 2012 6:31:54 PM PDT
I saw this unit at Office Depot and noticed that it says 3.1A (15W) charging, but then it also said somewhere else 2.1A USB. So the first thing I am wondering is if you can't get more than 2.1A out of any outlet which then limits you to 1A in the other for a total of 3.1A? This might make sense as the video shows the iphone and an Ipad being plugged in which is rated at 2.1A & 1A respectively.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2012 8:18:14 PM PST
I noticed that also. Either 1) they're lying through their teeth about how much power it can supply, or vero_reviewer has the right of it, and it's 2.1A on one plug and 1A on the other plug.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2013 10:06:50 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 31, 2013 10:12:50 AM PST
Nice post! You went right to the power issue point, its not what it claims or seems to imply.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2014 8:29:16 PM PDT
J. Pappan says:
I contacted them directly on this exact point and they said it does 2.1A at 5V... for 10.5 watts.

I don't understand why it's so hard to make a charger that does 15 watts. Why not make a charger that supplies 20 or 30 watts to account for future developments. Devices only draw what they need, the extra wattage won't hurt the device or cost money.
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