The 8 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."
"Wouldn’t look out of place at a hip cafe and conveniently tucks away all your excess cables."
"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."
"Features so many sneaky compartments for additional storage that you’ll practically be able to toss your filing cabinet."
"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 for Wireless Charging for 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 Fast Wireless Charging:
RAVPower Wireless Charging Stand at Amazon
"This charging stand can juice iOS and Android devices at between 7.5W to 10W and includes a QC 3.0 adapter."

The best charging stations should give you the option of charging one or more device wired or wirelessly. In multi-device households or offices, a charging stand can offer a good way to keep phones, tablets, wearables, and other devices topped up. Some of the charging stands on this list mostly act as platforms and cable organizers, but others come packed with features like wireless charging pads, fast-charging capabilities, and additional compartments for unused cables.

For charging stations that don’t come with their own cords, you can check out our recommendations for the best Android and iPhone charging cables. Otherwise, read on below to see the list of the best charging stations.

Best Overall: 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

Runner-Up, Best Overall: G.U.S. Eco Bamboo Multi-Device Charging Station

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 for Mobile Devices: Satechi 7-Port USB Charging Dock

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

What We Like
  • Includes a variety of charging cables

  • Automatic adjusts for optimal power output

What We Don't Like
  • No wireless charging pad

  • Can heat up

This charging station from Simicore has a compact 7.3 x 5.1-inch footprint that can instantly consolidate a mess of charging cables and plugs. It features six USB ports that support simultaneous charging and have internal “smart” circuitry that automatically adjusts to your device’s optimal amperage. The best part: this charging station actually comes with its own cables. Many comparable charging stations have USB ports but leave it up to you to use your existing cables (that are probably much longer than they need to be) or to buy new, shorter cables that fit the station. The Simicore actually has the right-sized cables in the box, including three Apple Lightning cables, a Type-C cable for Android, and three micro-USB cables to support all the wireless and mobile devices in your home.

The station has six 0.75-inch device slots with clear plastic dividers that illuminate to show you the charging status of the connected device. Each slot has a silicone base to prevent slipping and scratches. 

"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 for Desks: EasyAcc Multi-Device Organizer 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

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 for Wireless Charging for Apple: Belkin Boost Up Wirelesss 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 Fast Wireless Charging: RAVPower Wireless Charging Stand

What We Like
  • Fast wireless charging

  • Included QC 3.0 adapter

  • Safety measures for temperature and overcharging

What We Don't Like
  • Somewhat on the pricier end

The RAVPower Wireless Charge Stand is one of the fastest wireless charging options on the market. Like Anker, RAVPower is a company that's focused on selling high-quality accessories for reasonable prices and this charging stand is no exception. It uses RAVPower's "HyperAir" technology to boost wireless charging speed to 7.5W to the iPhone X, 8, and 8 Plus, and 10W for the Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, S8, and Note 8. This is more than twice as fast as most wireless chargers that usually range between 3.5W to 5W.

Included with the charging stand is a Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 power adapter to ensure you get the speeds you need. The charging stand has a dual coil design, meaning you can charge your phone in landscape or portrait orientation. That typically results in more heat, but the charger has temperature controls and protections against overcharging, over-current, over-voltage, and overheating all built-in.

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 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.