The 10 Best Charging Stations of 2020

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The Rundown

Best Overall: SIIG Smart 10-Port USB Charging Station at Amazon

"The power is distributed evenly across all devices, which is essential when buying a charging station."

Best Overall, Runner-Up: Satechi 7-Port USB Charging Dock at Amazon

"Easily one of the best charging stations available."

Best for Big Households: Simicore USB Charging Station Dock at Amazon

"A series of dividers ensure minimal clutter, letting you line up devices without having them scratch or touch."

Best Bamboo: G.U.S. Multi-Device Charging Station Dock & Organizer at Amazon

"Wouldn’t look out of place at a hip cafe and conveniently tucks away all your excess cables."

Best With a Drawer: Organize It All Cardinal Recharge Station at Amazon

"A great option if you’re planning on putting your charging station in plain view."

Best for Desks: EasyAcc USB Charger Docking Stand at Amazon

"Features so many sneaky compartments for additional storage that you’ll practically be able to toss your filing cabinet."

Best with Speaker: Richsound Research Bluetooth Speaker with Charging Dock at Amazon

"The product is well worth the money, especially when you consider its many uses."

Best Wireless: Nomad Wireless Hub at Amazon

"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 (with Watch Holder) at Amazon

"A must-have accessory for anyone invested in Apple's ecosystem."

Best for Quick Charge: RAVPower 6-Port Fast Charger at Amazon

"Features built-in safeguards against hazards like short circuits, overcharging and overheating."

Best Overall: SIIG Smart 10-Port USB Charging Station

4
What We Like
  • Even power distribution under load

  • Added charging deck

What We Don't Like
  • Slots may not fit every phone

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.

Best Overall, Runner-Up: 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 Charging Station Dock & Organizer

3.8
What We Like
  • Lit dividers avoid clutter

What We Don't Like
  • Limited at just 4 slots

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.

Best Bamboo: G.U.S. Multi-Device Charging Station Dock & Organizer

3.5
What We Like
  • Slick aesthetic

  • Elastic loops help with cable management

What We Don't Like
  • A bit expensive

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.

Best With a Drawer: Organize It All Cardinal Recharge Station

3.3
What We Like
  • Solid construction

  • Added drawer helps avoid clutter

What We Don't Like
  • A bit large for most desks

  • No included charger

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.

Best for Desks: EasyAcc USB Charger Docking Stand

2.8
What We Like
  • Attractive design

  • Added drawer for stashing extra cables

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. 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.

Best with Speaker: Richsound Research Bluetooth Speaker with Charging Dock

What We Like
  • Integrated speaker

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

Pass the time as your phone charges with a good old-fashioned dance party. The Richsound Research Wireless Charger is a multipurpose device — equal parts fun and function. First, it features two 3W speakers for enhanced audio quality and is compatible with all your Bluetooth-enabled devices. It also includes a built-in FM radio with 20 preset stations and a remote control. Second, it’s a wireless charging dock, capable of charging Qi-compatible iPhones and Samsung devices. For non-compatible phones, the Richsound includes a USB port for additional charging capability.

The Richsound Research Speaker measures 11 x 9.5 x 4.2 inches, fitting nicely on a desk or bedside table. Play music to speed up a slow work day, or charge your phone through the night and set an alarm for the morning. It might be a bit pricey compared to other devices, but the quality of the product is well worth the money, especially when you consider its many uses.

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.

Best for Quick Charge: RAVPower 6-Port Fast Charger

What We Like
  • 1.5m long AC power cord for more convenience

  • Compact design

What We Don't Like
  • No USB Type-C port

In today's fast-paced world, no one has the time or patience to sit around and wait for their mobile devices to get charged. If that includes you, get RAVPower's 6-Port Fast Charger. Despite its small footprint, this charging station packs 60W of total power output, delivered through a total of six USB Type-A ports. One port even supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 standard, ensuring charging speeds that are up to four times faster than those possible with conventional chargers. All the ports feature RAVPower's iSmart 2.0 technology, which automatically detects the connected devices and adjusts the current to ensure the fastest charging speeds.

The charger works with all smartphones, or just about any mobile device that charges over USB. RAVPower 6-Port Fast Charger includes an LED indicator that lets you know the charging status, and also features built-in safeguards against hazards like short circuits, overcharging and overheating.

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.

Test Results: SIIG Smart 10-Port USB Charging Station (Best Overall)

4
What We Like
  • Versatile

  • Works well charging smaller devices

  • Non-slip deck

What We Don't Like
  • Slower speed when charging 10 devices

  • Big

SIIG Smart 10-Port USB Charging Station
SIIG Smart USB Charging Station
SIIG Smart Charging Station
SIIG Smart Charging Station
SIIG Smart 10-Port USB

One of our testers loved that this charging station held each of their devices securely. “I thought the iPad Pro would be weird because it’s pretty large,” she explained, “but I still felt like it was secure.” However, one reviewer noted that this device's charging speed decreased when powering 10 devices at once: "It has the juice to provide fast charging to up to seven devices at once, or slower charging to up to 10," he explained. One tester also disliked the charger's large size but felt it wasn’t a total drawback: “This device is a little bigger than I initially thought it’d be, but it's handy to have a place to charge all of my devices.”

Test Results: Simicore USB Charging Station Dock & Organizer (Best for Big Households)

3.8
What We Like
  • Sleek design

  • Only room for four devices

  • Smart circuitry

  • Includes some short USB cables

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

  • No UL certification

Simicore USB Charging Station Dock & Organizer
Lifewire / Jeremy Laukkonen
Simicore USB Charging Station Dock & Organizer
Lifewire / Jeremy Laukkonen 
Simicore USB Charging Station Dock & Organizer
Lifewire / Jeremy Laukkonen
Simicore USB Charging Station Dock & Organizer
 Lifewire / Jeremy Laukkonen

“This charging stand is nice and compact,” reported our tester. “It only charges four devices at once, but there's no wasted space and it doesn't take up a lot of room.” He also liked that it included some short USB cables but wished it included USB-C cables, too. Plus, although he thought its lighted dividers were a nice touch, he didn’t like that the rearmost divider stayed lit all the time: “This may lead to some confusion as to whether a device has finished charging,” he explained. “The always-on light can also be a problem when using this charger on a bedside table.”

Test Results: G.U.S. Multi-Device Charging Station Dock & Organizer (Best Bamboo)

3.5
What We Like
  • Cool bamboo design

  • Room for three phones

  • Rear slots fit tablets and small laptops

What We Don't Like
  • No charger included

  • Doesn’t fit entirely flush against a wall

  • Lack of additional storage

G.U.S. Multi-Device Charging Station Dock & Organizer
Lifewire / Jeremy Laukkonen 
G.U.S. Multi-Device Charging Station Dock & Organizer
Lifewire / Jeremy Laukkonen 
G.U.S. Multi-Device Charging Station Dock & Organizer
Lifewire / Jeremy Laukkonen 
G.U.S. Multi-Device Charging Station Dock & Organizer
Lifewire / Jeremy Laukkonen 

Our tester liked this product’s bamboo construction: “It feels solid, looks attractive, and utilizes a renewable resource,” he said. He also liked that it had elastic straps to help hold cords in place. In terms of negatives, he felt that the compartment designed to hold chargers could have been a little deeper: “It’s shallow enough that most USB cables bottom out,” he explained, “which prevents phones from seating firmly on the charging stand.”

Test Results: Organize It All Cardinal Recharge Station (Best With a Drawer)

3.3
What We Like
  • Solid construction

  • Lots of additional storage

  • Four large holes for charging cables

What We Don't Like
  • Too big for many desks

  • Doesn’t come with charger

  • Power cord slot too thin for surge protector

Organize It All Cardinal Recharge Station
 Lifewire / Jeremy Laukkonen
Organize It All Cardinal Recharge Station
Lifewire / Jeremy Laukkonen 
Organize It All Cardinal Recharge Station
Lifewire / Jeremy Laukkonen
Organize It All Cardinal Recharge Station
 Lifewire / Jeremy Laukkonen

“This charging stand is built to last,” said our tester. “Even though it’s made of a composite wood product instead of real wood, it just feels solid.” He also loved its amount of storage space: “The compartment on the back is big enough to conceal a wide variety of chargers, and the front drawer is also very large and useful.” On the other hand, he pointed out that it didn’t include a charger, noting that “similarly-priced charging stands do have built-in chargers.” Also, he reported that even though the platforms are “nice and roomy, there's no way to prop phones up for easy viewing during charging.”

Test Results: EasyAcc USB Charger Docking Stand (Best for Desks)

2.8
What We Like
  • Attractive, unique design

  • Includes storage drawer for extra cables

  • Good amount of space in hidden compartment

What We Don't Like
  • Not high-quality construction

  • Doesn’t come with charger

EasyAcc USB Charger Docking Stand
 Lifewire / Jeremy Laukkonen
EasyAcc USB Charger Docking Stand
Lifewire / Jeremy Laukkonen 
EasyAcc USB Charger Docking Stand
Lifewire / Jeremy Laukkonen
EasyAcc USB Charger Docking Stand
 Lifewire / Jeremy Laukkonen

This charging station impressed our tester with its “unique” look and amount of storage space: “There’s a hidden compartment for chargers, a drawer for cables and other small items, and even a place for pens, scissors, and other things you want to keep handy,” he explained. “It also has room for a decent number of devices, including two phones and multiple tablets.” The downsides? While he admired its design, he felt its construction could have been better: “While the faux leather creates a striking impression, it covers lightweight fiberboard that's less impressive.” He also noted that it doesn’t include a charger.