First off, I’m a bit confused by the way this unit is named. On the box, it says, “PowerPort 1 PD with 1PD and 4PIQ,” whereas the Power User description says, “PowerPort Speed 5 Ports.” Oh well. LOL…
Regardless of what it is called, I’ve put the model number in the title.
I’ll try to make this review short and sweet.
- 1 USB-C with Power Delivery which outputs 30W of power
- 4 PowerIQ which outputs 2.4A per port
- Provides Surge Protection as well as Temperature Control
- Measures : 4.1 x 3.1 x 1.1"
- Weight : 7.5oz
- Matte Finish
- PowerPort Wall Charger …all ports are blue
- Power Plug
- Charger Installation Adhesive Strip …which seems a bit too permanent
- Extra cable velcro wrap … one already wrapped around power plug
- Anker Welcome Guide
- Happy? Not Happy card
1 unit for 5 device charging simultaneously… priceless. No more lugging around power bricks from your devices. All you need is your USB cables.
Using only 1 outlet plug to charge 5 devices. This is especially great when you don’t have that many plugs. Also great for traveling. You know those hotels have very limited if not awkward outlet locations. Who wants to charge their phone in the bathroom or behind the bed? LOL…
Power Delivery (PD) enables faster charging for items like MacBooks
Blue LED light indicates unit is powered and ready … fresh look to traditional
Small enough where it doesn’t take much room … I can see me taking this on my trips
Blue Ports doesn’t mean it’s USB 3.0 … it’s just for looks
Bottom of unit is somewhat curved so if you’re trying to set it on a table, it can tip over. I guess that’s why the adhesive is included.
Adhesive Strip seems a bit too permanent. I’d rather set it down on a table so if I have to travel with it, I don’t have to go pulling off the adhesive.
Although I don’t have any devices that utilizes the Power Delivery technology YET, with 30W of power output, it packs a punch. This is great for people who have USB-C type devices that can benefit from the faster charging capabilities. With more and more devices getting into the faster charging technology, it will become a standard in the near future. And this is the perfect unit to prepare for it. Even if one is not able to use the Power Delivery technology yet, the other 4 PowerIQ ports provide fast charging. I found that I am able to charge my GoPro Hero5 faster using this unit then thru my iMac. And my Apple devices (Apple Watch, iPad Mini2, and iPhone 6s) charges faster then when I’m using the little power brick that came with those devices. Being able to charge all these devices at once has saved me a lot of time. And of course with Anker’s PowerIQ technology, I have the peace of mind knowing that it’s smart enough to know how much output my individual devices need to charge at it’s optimal pace.
What improvement would I like to see?
It would be nice to have a ON/OFF switch. I like to keep this unit plugged in at all times. But when I’m using it, I would like to be able to switch off the power without having to pull the plug.
Flatter bottom so unit doesn’t have to be attached via adhesive strip nor leaned against something to stay upright. Sure, I could lay it down on it’s side but I like the look of it standing up.
Would I recommend this unit? YES! Especially if you have devices that can utilize the Power Delivery technology. And even if you don’t, the other 4 ports allows you to charge your other devices with the peace of mind of safely topping it off at the rate it needs. Power surge protection is always a plus too. At $55.99, I think it’s worth the price. You can pick one up either thru the Anker Store or Amazon.
Sorry, the rotation seems wonky. Again, the curve of the bottom of the unit makes it hard to stand it up straight.