August 22, 2014

RAVPower BOLT 4-Port USB Charging Station review

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Overall Score

4.33

Design

Performance

Price

This charging station offers a decently priced alternative to the standard extension cord.
RAVPower BOLT 4-Port USB Charging Station review Reviewed by on . Rating: 4.5

If you find yourself constantly running out of charging cables or using way too many extension cords, you may want to take a look at this charging station. With 4 ports available, you can plug your devices in without having to mess around with limited power outlets or the length of your charging cords. Let’s take a look at how it performs, and whether you should consider this for your desk.

Design

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In the box, comes the charging station, a power adapter, and an instruction manual. There are no power cables included, though that shouldn’t be a problem for most people. The power adapter that’s included is a bit less than 4 feet long, so you’d need to have an outlet nearby your desk or table.

The charging brick is small and plastic, with a matted finish. Though our black model picks up fingerprints very easily, it still remains sleek and attractive. The brick has four feet at the bottom to ensure it stays in place, which is a very nice touch. There are two 2.1A and two 1A outputs, allowing devices of all sizes to charge simultaneously. It also features a bright blue LED light to the right of the ports, which brings us to our one big gripe of the product.

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The LED light is way too bright – so much that you wouldn’t be able to sleep if it was sitting next to your bed. Putting a piece of tape over the LED light is a must in order to have it in the bedroom. It’s distracting, and there’s no way to turn it off. A small piece of electrical tape blends in perfectly with the black version, though, so there is a workaround.

In all, the design is great, if you don’t mind using a bit of tape.

Performance

The performance of this charger is great. It does what it’s supposed to do, and we haven’t experienced any problems with the outputs at all. The 2.1A outputs are great for charging tablets or phones very quickly, and the 1A outputs are great for charging phones or smartphones.

Should you buy?

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If you’re sick of using countless power outlets and extension cords, you should buy this. Though we had some gripes with the LED light, the design is otherwise great and the performance is spot-on. If you’re interested, you can pick up this charging station from Amazon for $19.99 in white or black.

It’s lightweight, small, and does what it needs to. For $20, it’s a steal!