Inateck sent me a 5 port USB charging station to review. I think they wanted to compete against Bolse. And truthfully, they’ve done a good job. Except for the massive labeling, this Inateck 5 port USB charging station works well.
Price and portability
Inateck’s charging station retails on Amazon for about $20. That’s a really good price point for these types of devices, especially considering that the Bolse charger costs about $15 more for five more watts and two more USB ports.
This charging station also feels much lighter than Bolse’s charger. However, the plastic body and lightness also make it feel much flimsier, especially around the USB ports. I’m very concerned about the durability of the device while constantly removing and plugging in USB cables.
You can also see that two of the ports are designated as “super chargers.”
The instructions say that these are for tablets or newer phones, specifically 2.1A capable devices. In theory, these “super ports” regulate charging better to provide a faster charge. In reality, I don’t think these work any faster than a standard USB plug. I should admit that I think the noticeable difference is that the 2.1A port seems to charge my Nexus 5 as quickly as a standard wall outlet, while the 1A ports charge like a desktop USB port.
I’ll leave it to you to debate the merits of “super ports” and prove me wrong.
The on/off button
I hate leaving my electronics running when they’re not in use. I also hate that there are so few mobile device accessories that feature on/off buttons to help conserve energy.
Have no fear my environmental brothers (and sisters), this 5 port USB charger has you covered.
Inateck added an on/off button when you’re not using the charger.
Bang for the buck?
Overall, Inateck has a great USB charging port. The light profile gives you the ability to carry this wherever you travel, and move as you need.
Perhaps the biggest drawback of this device is the power cable that’s the size of the station itself.
I’m going to replace my previous charging station with this one. If you’re looking for a way to consolidate cables, this is a good buy. Ultimately, I’m still concerned about durability, but I think with care you can keep steady.