Targus Plug-N-Power Charging Station with USB Ports, White (APA21US)
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- Compatibility: Fits any standard AC outlet
- Functionality and Design: 3 AC outlets, 2 USB ports, USB fast charger
- Unit Dimensions: 5 inches high x 3.5 inch wide
- Mounts securely to any standard AC outlet
- Perfect for the kitchen, bathroom, or garage.
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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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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.
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!
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Works perfect, but the clear strip across the top is actually a green light. I can't leave this plugged-in in my bedroom because it's so bright. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Angela E.
I would have given this five stars as it works really well, but there's this annoying, bright, green light on top. Read morePublished 7 months ago by S. Higgins
This is very nice unit. The down side is that it is very bulky off the outlet. While we opted to get the outlets that have the USB built in for a more finished look, this would be... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Thude Family
Now they need to make one that has two more USB outlets. It works great.Published 8 months ago by Brian McCanon
It's a heck of a lot easier than replacing the outlet. Plus, this affords portability so you can bring it to an airport, hotel, or even cruise ship. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Addict