I remember, pretty well actually, when all chargers were a single unit. It was the wall piece and the wire to plug into the device, and that was all.
That being said, I’m extremely thankful for the invention of USB chargers and their widespread use. A generic wall piece means a lot more convenience, and the ability to charge a lot more devices (even with different charging ports) more easily.
If one thing is clear, it’s that (as with most technologies) this new creation has developed an entire market of supplementary products. From USB car chargers, to multi-port chargers, to multi-port USB car chargers, it seems like everything had been done, improved, and combined.
Not only are new technologies being created, but for each type of technology there are tons of companies producing them, with countless designs.
The specific device I’m reviewing today is the Volmate 8-port charger. If there’s one thing I’ve come to realize about this device, it’s that it does everything it should, but there’s probably a better or more efficient way to do it.
The first problem I had was the design. Again, it’s not that there’s anything wrong with the way it’s designed per say, but rather that it’s made in a way that causes the wires you plug in to become tangled. It’s comprised of 8 USB ports stacked above each other, unless you turn it on its side (which I’ve begun to do) in which case it’s a horizontal line of USB’s. It’s not the biggest problem, but it does tend to make your cords look like a tangled mess, and I’ve found other designs that seem to handle that issue pretty well.
Then there’s the charge speed. I’m not going to go crazy about this aspect because it’s very common with these types of products, so it isn’t as if it’s the only one in the market doing this. You should know, however, that if you’re going to be charging 8 devices at once, you’re probably going to notice a longer charge time.
Finally, there’s the one part that really made my mind up about this charger – the price. If this product was somewhere between $25-$35 I would probably have let most of these complaints go. I’ve even found a 32-port charger in that price range, but I haven’t tried it, and it seems unnecessary to me for most circumstances, so I’m not going to compare them.
If it was a more reasonable price I honestly probably wouldn’t have much bad to say, but for what they’re charging you would expect a bit more out of it.
You can find it for sale on Amazon here.
This charger was provided for free in return for an unbiased review.