The 7 Best Charging Stations to Buy in 2017

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If you’re anything like the average American, you probably own more than three tech devices. Between personal cell phones, work phones, smartwatches, tablets and e-readers, the number of chargers you have to keep track of to stay connected can start to seem overwhelming. That’s where charging stations come in. Rather than fighting with your family members about who gets the iPhone charger, spring for a convenient charging organizer that provides enough juice for everyone’s phone.

A charging station comes in two forms - one that provides power to each device and one that acts as an attractive dock or organizer, allowing you to neatly weave cords and avoid tangles. Depending on what your needs are, there’s a charging station that’s right for you. Whether you have a lot of devices in your house or you just want to keep your desk organized, we’ve rounded up the best choice for every techie. Check out our picks for the top charging station organizers below.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Azpen - DockAll Universal Docking Station for Smartphones and Tablets
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There’s no need to sit in silence while you charge your devices. Instead, turn your next charging session into an epic dance party with the Azpen DockAll, which features two Bluetooth stereo speakers that let you play your favorite songs while you’re waiting for your batteries to fill up. While it's slightly more expensive buy than others on this list, the high quality and sleek design more than account for the higher price. Capable of charging both smartphones and tablets up to 13”, the Azpen DockAll is a great choice for anyone who’s looking to add a charging station to their desk or bedside table — why not set your phone to wake you up with some choice tunes, piped through the dock’s two built-in speakers?

The Azpen DockAll measures around 6.8” x 6.8” x 3.7” and can charge your devices without using any cables. A built-in microphone also makes it gives it the functionality you need to use it for phone calls, for instance, while a slot for a microSD card allows for direct audio playback. More »

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. The best part? A series of dividers 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.

This lovely piece looks more like a jewelry box than a charging station. And you’re more than welcome to use it that way — the front drawer works just as well for rings and bracelets as it does for your electronic odds and ends. Got a handful of thumb drives and wall plugs you’re always misplacing? Toss them in here. More importantly, though, the Cardinal Recharge Station does a great job of keeping unsightly cords and wires hidden, routing them through four holes and out the back of the unit.

The Organize It All Cardinal Recharge Station measures 12” x 6” x 12” and owners say it’s well constructed and does a great job of keeping charging cords tidy. It’s a great option if you’re planning on putting your charging station in plain view, like in a kitchen or on a side table, and want the functionality of a little extra storage.

Recharger Station by Rebrilliant
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This charging station from Rebrilliant features vintage good looks you won’t want to hide away in an office or bedroom. With great minimalist design, it’s the perfect choice for anyone who’s likely to put their charging area in the entryway of their home, where they can quickly grab their phone or tablet on their way out the door. At 5.75'' x 13'' x 7.13'', it’s got plenty of space for your gear, accommodating either four smartphones or two phones and a tablet. There’s even an extra space on top where you can store your earbuds until you’re ready to head out on your commute.

Owners say it’s just what their family needed to keep all of their devices organized, adding that it has a fairly compact footprint while offering plenty of space for those who want to store a power strip inside the unit. The bamboo construction is also sturdy and well designed. More »

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. 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.

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