The 10 Best Charging Stations of 2020

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The Rundown
"The power is distributed evenly across all devices, which is essential when buying a charging station."
Best Overall, Runner-Up:
Hercules Tuff Charging Station at eBay
"This charging station can keep up to six devices topped up at a time and has plenty of cables for use."
"Easily one of the best charging stations available."
"A series of dividers ensure minimal clutter, letting you line up devices without having them scratch or touch."
"Wouldn’t look out of place at a hip cafe and conveniently tucks away all your excess cables."
"Features so many sneaky compartments for additional storage that you’ll practically be able to toss your filing cabinet."
"The Belkin PowerHouse iPhone Charging Station is a unique charging station for iPhones and Apple Watches."
"A cable routing passage keeps things organized, and the dock even comes with a rubber base that prevents it from moving around."
Best Wireless for Apple:
Anker PowerWave+ Pad at Amazon
"A must-have accessory for anyone invested in Apple's ecosystem."

If you, like most people, have multiple devices in your life, a charging station can be invaluable. Charging stations offer multiple USB ports, tables, and charging stands so you can keep all your phones, tablets, wearables, and other devices in one place to top them up on the regular. They're particularly useful for keeping on your desk, your nightstand, or in the office. Some offer features like fast charging and wireless charging, and even come in stylish designs clad in bamboo or leather.

Here, our list of the best charging stations for any budget.

Best Overall: SIIG Smart 10-Port USB Charging Station

What We Like
  • Slots for eight devices

  • 10 charging ports

  • Non-slip deck for extra flexibility

What We Don't Like
  • No wireless charger

  • Slots not wide enough for some cases

  • No UL certification

Any crowded household needs a reliable charging station with multiple USB ports, and the SIIG Smart 10-Port Station fits the bill. It comes with 10 USB ports that automatically stop charging once the device is full, as well as eight 3/4-inch silicone padded slots for each one of your family’s devices. The silicone provides anti-slip protection, so you don’t have to worry about cracked screens or scuffed edges. The SIIG also has a LED-lit charging deck, which allows you to charge smartwatches, Bluetooth headphones and speakers without the use of a cord. Our reviewer pointed out, however, that contrary to what it appears, the non-slip deck is not a wireless charger.

The device is about 12.6” by 3.5” by 7.1” and each slot is .75” wide. We recommend buying a handful of six-inch cords to maximize efficiency and organization so that you don’t have to bother dealing with any excess. Owners love the SIIG Smart station, noting that the power is distributed evenly across all devices, which is essential when buying a charging station. Some do note that phones with extra-large cases may not fit in the slots provided, but a standard iPhone or Android case should work just fine.

"Each of the 10 USB charging ports is capable of putting out 5V/2.4A, and it uses smart circuitry to determine whether to provide that full amperage or a lower amount." —  Jeremy Laukkonen, Product Tester

Best Overall, Runner-Up: Hercules Tuff Charging Station

What We Like
  • Six charging slots

  • Includes multiple cable types

  • Nifty light-up panels

  • Supports fast and smart charging

What We Don't Like
  • Somewhat more expensive than others

The Hercules Tuff Charging Station lives up to its name. Accommodating up to six devices including smartphones, tablets, and small laptops, it comes with a set of short cables: two Lightning, two USB-C, and two micro USB. Each device is separated by plastic panels allowing them to be propped up. They even glow blue when you have a device charging in them.

In terms of charging, the dock can fast charge and pick which devices need more juice. The price is fairly reasonable. It's more expensive than the Simicore USB dock but it has more slots and better features. The different cable types makes it great for a multi-device household or office that uses Android, Apple, and older micro USB devices.

Best for Mobile Devices: Satechi 7-Port USB Charging Dock

What We Like
  • Premium design

  • One-button operation

What We Don't Like
  • No USB cables included with the package

If you need an easy-to-use yet dependable charging solution for all your mobile devices, look no further than Satechi's 7-Port USB Charging Dock. Easily one of the best charging stations available, it comes with four 5V-1A ports for juicing up smaller gadgets like smartphones, and three 5V-2.4A ports that are meant for bigger devices such as tablets. All seven USB Type-A ports are located on the side of the dock's base, which lets you conveniently plug in all your mobile devices and place them horizontally in the slots for a clutter-free charging experience.

Each of these charging bays is about 0.75 inches wide and can accommodate nearly all modern smartphones and tablets, even with (most) cases. They also come with silicone pads, so you don't have to worry about your device(s) getting scratched or sliding off the dock while they are being charged. Satechi 7-Port USB Charging Dock includes surge protection with all seven ports for increased protection, and is backed by a one-year warranty.

Best for Big Households: Simicore USB Smart Charging Station Dock & Organizer

What We Like
  • Attractive, compact design

  • Space and charging ports for four devices

  • Comes with micro USB cables

  • Smart circuitry for right amperage

What We Don't Like
  • No USB-C cables

  • No UL certfication

  • Charging indicator only when devices are powered on

If you’ve got a full house’s worth of avid techies and you’re tired of untangling endless thickets of cables, this Simicore USB dock is just what you need to keep your family’s gear neat and organized. With four slots and accompanying USB ports, it’s capable of charging all attached devices simultaneously and is compatible with any USB-powered item. Our reviewer's favorite part was the series of dividers that ensure minimal clutter, letting you line up devices without having them scratch or touch. As a futuristic bonus, each divider lights up to show which items are being charged.

The Simicore dock runs 6.1" x 4.9" x 1" and is an affordable and convenient option for folks who have a lot of tech gear around the house. Owners say it’s great for both smartphones and tablets and add that the lights offer a smart way to quickly determine which devices are fully charged and which still need a little more juice.

"The Simicore Smart Charging Station has an attractive aluminum-like finish, and clear dividers, giving it a modern look that fits well in a lot of home and office spaces." — Jeremy Laukkonen, Product Tester

Best Bamboo: G.U.S. Eco Bamboo Multi-Device Charging Station

What We Like
  • Attractive bamboo design

  • Space for three vertical phones

  • Rear slot for tablets and small laptops

What We Don't Like
  • No charger included

  • Not entirely flush against wall

  • No additional storage or trays

Looking for an organizer that doesn’t fly in the face of your sense of decor? This 100 percent bamboo offering from G.U.S. wouldn’t look out of place at a hip cafe and conveniently tucks away all your excess cables. It can accommodate devices of all types, with dedicated spaces for tablets, laptops and smartphones. Cables are routed through a hollow box beneath, which is spacious enough to hold a multi-USB charging port. Our reviewer noted that no charger is included though, so you'll have to use your own.

The organizer measures 5.5” x 10” x 9”, and is available in both light and dark finishes. Best of all, it can be monogrammed with a phrase of your choice — who knew organizing iPhone cords could be this much fun? The G.U.S. also features elastic loops to keep everything tidy underneath, as well as a magnetic base that prevents anything from slipping. Most importantly, microfiber lining ensures that you don’t have to worry about your devices getting scratched.

"This is a solidly-built charging station, and it’s put together well enough to stand up to daily use and even some inadvertent abuse." — Jeremy Laukkonen, Product Tester

Best for Desks: EasyAcc Multi-Device Organizer USB Charger Docking Stand

What We Like
  • Attractive leather design

  • Added drawer for stashing extra cables

  • Hidden compartment for low profile charger

What We Don't Like
  • Flimsy construction

  • No included charger

It’s a familiar sight for anyone: the impossibly messy desk, laden with all manner of tech gadgets, folders and random office supplies. Straighten up in short order with this docking stand from EasyAcc, which features so many sneaky compartments for additional storage that you’ll practically be able to toss your filing cabinet. It not only features six USB ports for charging smartphones and tablets (with dividers to keep everything neat) but also includes a pull-out drawer and extra nook for scissors, pens and any other supplies that have been strewn across your desk for weeks.

Measuring 10” x 5.2” x 8.9”, the EasyAcc stand conveniently hides a USB port in a removable middle drawer while keeping cables out of sight. Our reviewer pointed out that no charger is included, so you'll have to use your own. Owners rave about the simple assembly and clever design, which packs a ton of storage and functionality into a tiny space — in other words, just what you need to keep your desk clean and clutter-free.

"The dock has two slots for vertically oriented phones on the front, so setting your phone down will let you see the screen at a glance." — Jeremy Laukkonen, Product Tester

Best Wired for Apple: Belkin PowerHouse iPhone Charging Station

What We Like
  • Dual charging for iPhone and Apple Watch

  • Works with older iPhones

  • Supports most cases

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't charge iPhone wirelessly

The Belkin PowerHouse iPhone Charging Station is a unique charging station for iPhones and Apple Watches. It can work with the entire range of iPhone's due to its built-in Lightning connector, including the entire iPhone 11, XS, X, 8, and even older devices. The Apple Watch charges wirelessly when seated on the magnetic charger and works with all Series 1 devices and onward.

There's an adjustable dial that lets the PowerHouse accommodate most cases except for the most bulky ones. Overall, it's a stylish and stable charger that works great on your nightstand and makes it easy to see notifications at a glance.

Best Wireless: Nomad Wireless Hub

What We Like
  • Great build quality

  • Ambient light sensor dims status LEDs in dark settings

What We Don't Like
  • Devices being charged (via USB) can't be placed on the hub

Wireless charging is such a convenient feature that once you get used to it, going back to plugging the phone into a charger almost feels like a chore. However, with Nomad's Wireless Hub, you don't have to worry about that. It includes a 7.5W wireless charging top that lets you effortlessly juice up just about any mobile device (e.g. smartphones, wireless earbuds) that's compatible with the Qi wireless charging standard.

Underneath the soft matte rubberized top, the feature-loaded charging station comes with four USB ports. These include three USB Type-A ports (one with 2.1A output and two with 1A output each) and a USB Type-C port (with 3A output), which can be used to charge everything from tablets to power banks. A cable routing passage keeps things organized, and the dock even comes with molded steel bars and a rubber base that prevents it from moving around when it's placed on a surface. The Nomad Wireless Hub also sports five LED lights that make it easy to keep tabs on the charging status of the connected devices.

Best Wireless for Apple: Anker PowerWave+ Pad (with Watch Holder)

What We Like
  • High-speed wireless charging

  • Hidden routing passage reduces clutter

What We Don't Like
  • No Apple Watch charging cable included in the package

Apple may have canceled its AirPower wireless charging mat, but if you want something similar, Anker's PowerWave+ Pad is probably the closest you're going to get. A must-have accessory for anyone invested in Apple's ecosystem, it can wirelessly charge an iPhone and an Apple Watch at the same time. The charging station features a 7.5W wireless charging top that works great with all supported iPhones (8 and later), as well as a flip-up stand for holding Apple Watch's magnetic charging puck.

To get started, secure the Watch's charger in the stand and connect its cable to the USB port on the dock's underside. Once you route the cable through the designated passage and hook up the charging dock to a wall outlet you're good to go. Anker PowerWave+ Pad's wireless charging top works with most smartphone cases (up to 5mm in thickness), while its flip-up stand fully supports Apple Watch's "Nightstand Mode". The charging station comes with a Quick Charge 3.0 wall adapter and is backed by an 18-month warranty.

Final Verdict

If you have a lot of devices that need to be topped up, the SIIG 10-Port USB Charging Station is the best charging stand you can get. It can handle the most devices with its 10 USB ports, has different slots so each device can be propped up, and has a LED charging deck so you can charge smartwatches, headphones, and other devices that can't be propped. Also worthy of mention, the Hercules Tuff Charging Station has fewer ports, but it comes with more cable options that can suit a multi-device household or office.

About our Trusted Experts

Jeremy Laukkonen has been writing for Lifewire since 2019. He has a background in trade publications and auto mechanics, and he's reviewed a wide range of devices for Lifewire including phones, laptops, speakers, TVs, and more. He liked the SIIG charging dock for its numerous ports and even distribution of power, but he did wish it offered wireless charging.

What to Look for in a Charging Station

Specialty vs. generic - If you only expect to charge a few devices at a time — like an iPhone and an Apple Watch — it’s worth checking out options that look great, too. If you want more versatility, opt for a more generic model that’s capable of holding several differently-sized devices and comes equipped with a bunch of charging ports.

Quick charge - Look for a charging station that supports Quick Charge if you have an Android phone that’s capable of taking advantage of the extra power. If you have an iPhone that supports fast charging via USB-PD, a lot of great options also support that standard. Before you buy, check to see if a unit’s capabilities fit your needs.

Wireless charging - Even if none of your devices support wireless charging just yet, it could pay off to invest in a charging station that does. If this seems like an interesting feature, choose a model that has a variety of traditional charging ports in addition to a wireless charging pad.