The 9 Best Charging Stations of 2021

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The Rundown
"The power is distributed evenly across all devices, which is essential when buying a charging station."
Best for Multiple Devices:
Vogek Charging Station 5-Port at Amazon
"For those with lots of different devices that need charging, this 5-port charger comes with 8 cables to meet all your needs."
"Wouldn’t look out of place at a hip cafe and conveniently tucks away all your excess cables."
"This highly versatile charging station offers numerous charging options and a wireless charging pad."
"Easily one of the best charging stations available."
"The wireless charger supports standard 5W charging and fast charging for certain models of iPhone and Samsung phones, delivering 7.5W and 10W respectively."
Best Wireless Charging, Apple:
Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Stand at Amazon
"If you have an Apple Watch and an iPhone that’s compatible with wireless charging, the Belkin Boost Up dock can meet all your charging needs with a single device."
Best Secure Charger:
Apple MagSafe Charger at Amazon
"For a charging solution that works best with the new iPhone 12, this charger allows for easy and secure wireless charging."
"Features so many sneaky compartments for additional storage that you’ll practically be able to toss your filing cabinet."

Most people have more than one device that needs topping off on a daily basis, which all too often quickly descends into a rat's nest of charging cables strewn about your home or office. Our collection of the best charging stations can help bring a little order to the chaos often associated with owning multiple devices that need what often feels like constant recharging. Charging stations can use a variety of wired or wireless charging ports as well as a series of dividers to keep things neat and tidy. Most of these charging stations come packaged with a variety of charging cables to keep your devices topped off.

You can also find Qi wireless charging pads and fast chargers that can top up phones or other devices fast without having to fiddle with numerous cables. Aside from these features, you'll want to consider what protections a charging station has built in. Ideally, you want a station that can identify what's plugged in and provide the right amount of power without overvoltage or overcharging.

Read on for our curated picks of the best charging stations to buy.

Best Overall: SIIG Smart 10-Port USB Charging Station

SIIG Smart 10-Port USB Charging Station
What We Like
  • 10 charging ports

  • Speedy simultaneous charging

What We Don't Like
  • No wireless charger

  • Cables not included

This charging station from SIIG has a streamlined design and USB ports for up to 10 different charging cables. These ports can detect the optimal power output for your different devices and automatically shut off once they’re fully charged. Our reviewer also notes that the power output doesn’t slow down when multiple devices are connected, which is a big plus. There are eight soft silicone slots to hold phones, tablets, ereaders, and any other devices that are less than 0.75 inches thick. (If you or anyone in your house has a PopSocket or bulky rugged case, you’ll want to make sure those dimensions work for you.)

For devices like smartwatches and wireless headphones, the SIIG also has a non-slip charging deck on the end with an ambient LED light that can be toggled on and off. Unfortunately this station doesn’t come with its own charging cables, so you can use your existing ones or purchase a set of short USB cables to eliminate dangling wires.

"The blue LED light that surrounds the non-slip deck is a nice touch, especially for anyone who wants to use this charger on a bedside table." — Jeremy Laukkonen, Product Tester

Best for Multiple Devices: Vogek Charging Station 5-Port

What We Like
  • Five USB charging ports

  • 50W and 10A total output for fast charging

  • Comes with 8 cables for multiple devices

What We Don't Like
  • Some cables could afford to be longer

The Vogek Charging Station is a 5-port USB charging station that comes with a total of 8 cables to charge smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, AirPods, and more. It comes with four Lightning cables, two micro USB cables, and two USB-C cables, allowing it to charge up to five devices at once. The cables are short, reducing clutter and allowing you to neatly arrange your devices.

The total power output is 50W, with 10A output for fast charging and each port can output 2A. The charging station can also automatically identify the device connected and their charging requirements, delivering the right amount of power without overvoltage or overcharging.

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

G.U.S. Multi-Device Charging Station Dock & Organizer
What We Like
  • Looks great

  • No need to buy new charging cables

What We Don't Like
  • No built in charger or USB ports

Unlike some of the other devices on this list, the GUS Eco Bamboo Multi-Device Charging Station does not contain any USB ports or internal power sources. It is simply a stylish organizer that consolidates and hides your charging cables. The advantage is that you don’t need to go out and buy special short charging cables — you can just use what you already have. The disadvantage is that you’ll still need to plug each cable into a power source, whether that’s the wall behind the station or a small USB charger hidden inside the station itself.

The bottom is actually a hollow compartment with built-in elastic straps that allows you to tuck away the extra length of cord and leave just the end poking up through the top of the station. There is room for five different charging cables, with three vertical slots for phones and two larger slots for tablets or laptops (though our reviewer noted that large laptops may cause it to tip over backwards). 

"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 Versatility: intelliARMOR PowerHub Wireless Charging Station

Intelli PowerHub Wireless Charging Station
What We Like
  • Lots of charging options

  • USB-C offers fast charging on lots of devices

  • Wireless charger works great

What We Don't Like
  • Only three USB ports

  • Power outlets point straight up

  • Kind of big for what it does

The Intelli PowerHub is a wireless charging station that provides a number of ways to keep all of your devices powered up. It’s built around a wireless charging cradle that props your phone up at a convenient viewing angle, and it also has charging ports for other devices. It’s positioned somewhere between a basic wireless charging cradle and a power strip style device, providing a nice amount of flexibility as a desktop charging unit.

The PowerHub is built around a wireless charging cradle that works with Qi-compatible phones. When placed on the cradle, your phone sits at about a 65-degree angle, making it easy to keep an eye on notifications and charge level. It also includes two low-amp USB-A charging ports, a high-amp USB-C port for fast charging, and two AC power outlets for additional utility. If you need to power up a device like a laptop that can’t take a charge over USB-C, the AC power outlets can handle that.

If you’re looking to keep your phone and a few other devices charged up in a convenient form factor, the Intelli PowerHub is more than equal to the task. The wireless charging cradle is a particularly well-done feature, with a convenient charging angle, ease of use, and fast charging, and the other ports provide a nice selection of options for other devices.

"This is billed as a universal charging station and fits that bill pretty well, so you get a whole range of charging speeds from this device." Jeremy Laukkonen, Product Tester

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

Satechi 7-port USB
What We Like
  • Compact footprint

  • Built-in surge protection

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

This sleek-looking station from Satechi features seven USB ports for simultaneous charging of all your mobile devices. There are four 5V/1A ports optimized for smartphones and three 5V/2A ports for tablets and laptops, all of which have built-in surge protection. Note that charging cables are not included. The base measures 7.4 x 5.5 inches (a compact footprint for a station with this many ports) and features seven 0.75-wide slots with clear plastic dividers.

This should be wide enough for the majority of phone cases, but you may want to double-check if you have an especially bulky case or PopSocket. Each slot has non-slip silicone grips on the bottom to prevent your devices from sliding around or getting scratched. Unfortunately it does not include a wireless charging pad.

Best Wireless Charger: Anker 3-in-1 PowerWave 10 Stand

What We Like
  • Very compact

  • Supports both USB and wireless charging

  • Fast charging capabilities

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn’t conceal cables

  • Wireless charging works with slim cases only

If you have a smartphone that supports wireless charging, the PowerWave 10 from Anker combines a state-of-the-art wireless charging stand with two additional USB ports for powering up your other devices. The wireless charger supports standard 5W charging and fast charging for certain models of iPhone and Samsung phones, delivering 7.5W and 10W respectively. If your phone case is less than 5mm thick, you don’t even have to take it off for the device to charge.

The PowerWave protects against both over current and overheating, making it a safer (if slightly pricier) alternative to ultra-cheap wireless chargers. For your other devices, the stand includes two additional USB-A ports on the back. It won’t conceal your cables, but the stand’s footprint is very small with a 3.3 x 2.9-inch base and can fit unobtrusively on a nightstand or desk.

Best Wireless Charging, Apple: Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Stand

Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Stand
What We Like
  • Built-in Apple Watch charger

  • Supports both USB and wireless charging

  • Minimalistic design

What We Don't Like
  • Only one additional USB port

If you have an Apple Watch and an iPhone that’s compatible with wireless charging, the Belkin Boost Up dock can meet all your charging needs with a single device. This minimalistic charging stand looks great set out on a desk or bedside table and has a relatively small footprint at 7.2 x 4 x 4.9 inches. The larger stand provides 7.5W wireless charging (the fastest speed for iPhones) and 5W charging through the smaller magnetic pad. It also has a single USB-A port on the back for charging up an additional device like a tablet or speaker. It won’t do anything to conceal that cable, but it’s an elegant solution for simultaneous wireless charging for your Apple products. 

Best Secure Charger: Apple MagSafe Charger

Apple MagSafe Charger
What We Like
  • Secure snap-on

  • Offers wireless charging for iPhones and Airpods

  • Supports fast charging up to 15W

What We Don't Like
  • USB-C power adapter requires separate purchase

MagSafe is one of the biggest new innovations to come from the release of the iPhone 12. Both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are compatible with the new charger. The charging puck has a magnetic attachment that aligns with the one present on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. You can securely snap your phone onto the charger and rest assured that it's properly aligned and charging. The MagSafe Charger provides fast wireless charging at 15W and requires a 20W USB-C adapter that's sold separately.

The MagSafe Charger's magnetic attachment only works with the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro, but the Qi wireless charging is compatible with the iPhone 8 and later, as well as the AirPods with a wireless charging case.

"The MagSafe Charger provides faster charging speeds than a traditional Qi wireless charger on the iPhone 12." — Andrew Hayward, Product Tester

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

EasyAcc USB Charger Docking Stand
What We Like
  • Looks great

  • Extra storage

  • Hidden power bank compartment

What We Don't Like
  • Flimsy build

  • No included charger

If your desk is covered in cords, power banks, and charging devices, it might be time to invest in the EasyAcc charging station. This is a desk organizer rather than a charging hub, so while it doesn’t have any built-in USB ports, it does give you a place to prop up your devices and conceal that mess of cords. It includes two hidden compartments to stash a power bank and all your extra cables — tuck a charger of your choice into the upper compartment and thread through your existing charging cords.

The EasyAcc station measures 10 x 5.2 x 8.9 inches and has room for two phones and two larger devices like a tablet or laptop. There’s also a built-in pen cup and a second drawer on the bottom that’s perfect for extra cables or loose office supplies. The whole organizer is covered in black faux leather that looks good but is a bit flimsy in terms of construction (about par for the course for this price range). 

"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

Final Verdict

The SIIG 90W Smart Charging Station is the best charging station to get for those with multiple devices. It has plenty of connection ports and a durable, streamlined design. If you want a nice-looking stand to help with cable management, then we’d recommend the GUS Eco Bamboo Multi-Device Charging Station, which combines an attractive design with straightforward cable management options.

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.

A former editor of Lifewire product round-ups, Emmeline Kaser has years of experience researching and writing about the best consumer products out there. She specializes in consumer tech. 


What cables can I use with a wireless charger?
While USB-A (the rectangle) is the most common, more charging stations are adopting the faster and more versatile USB-C connector (the flattened oval). 

Is wireless charging harmful?
You do have to wonder how all that power gets sent to your phone without a cable, but rest assured that wireless charging is completely harmless to humans and other electronic devices. Yes, wireless charging uses electromagnetic radiation, but the fact of the matter is virtually all modern electronics, even sensitive ones like pacemakers are shielded against the relatively low levels of electromagnetic radiation that wireless chargers give off.

How quickly can my device charge with a charging station?
This depends on the type of connection you use as well as the device you're charging, a phone typically won't take as long to top off as a tablet (smaller battery, faster charge). And micro-USB won't charge a device as fast as USB-C or Lightning connections.

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.

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