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Buying a laptop was a necessity, and so was that phone. Maybe you need didn't need the tablet, but you took a chance on it anyway, and it's been pretty fun. The e-reader was a tad pricy, but it's since made reading so much less of a hassle. All of those devices have crappy speakers, though, so a set of portable Bluetooth speakers was a must. We understand. We also understand how much of a pain it can be charging all those devices, and sometimes there simply aren't enough outlets within walking distance. That's why Bestek's wall charging station is a bit of a dream come true. This beast of a surge protector comes with six outlets, four USB ports, an iPod/iPhone dock, a location on top to store a device while it's charging, and a freaking night light.

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This is great for low outlets, particular those tucked behind desks that can hide the wired mess that will inevitably result. This isn't about organizing cables, it's about finding enough juice, and it gets the job done. Though, with a degree of self-control and moderation, it can still look quite nice.

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Here's two photos of Artem's unit, which he's owned for six blissful months.

To top things off, the Bestek wall charging station is completely affordable. It only costs $19.99 on Amazon, which is around the same price as picking up any old surge protector from the local store. This offers all the same protections, but with USB ports included. And did we mention it has a night light?

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Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    "OMG that's such a random gadget post"....was my first thought, then it was..."Ordering now..."

    Damn you AP!!

  • Herman

    For a Dutchman, that product name is funny. Because it's so random.

  • fonix232

    EU version maybe?

  • Suhas Vemuri

    Damn u AP.. I suddenly feel the need to have this.. ordering..

  • kdietze3

    Reminds me of an old school GameBoy

  • David Margolin

    yeah but 30 pin crapple thingy... how unholo of ap to do this...

    • Keith I Myers

      Agreed, this is the biggest turn off for me on this product. Had this been something STANDARD like a Micro USB Port (HINT HINT), I would buy 2 of them right now

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Unfortunately, I haven't seen that variant. But you should still buy it. It's awesome. There are 4 USB ports, just get a short cable if you want to stick something there.

      • Samsung Fanboy

        why would you need micro USB ports? seriouisly !! you charge your device with a standard USB port not micro. the micro end goes into your phone !

        • abby725

          as Amber implied I am impressed that you able to profit $8628 in one month on the internet. did you look at this web page w­w­w.K­E­P­2.c­o­m

    • whiteyonenh

      While I agree that the whole apple-oriented accessory charging on the top is a bit annoying, the truth of the matter is that there's no standardized location for where a charging port on an android device actually is. Some are on the top, or on the sides, or even on the bottom, so you can't really design a docking charger that will fit all android devices. I would like the option to retract the apple 30-pin connector so i can run a usb cord in and just have my phone sit in the top, even if it's not properly docked.

      • Casey Kline

        Not to mention that some manufacturers use different orientations. Let's say HTC and Samsung decided independently to always put the charging port in the center of the bottom. They would still mis-match because they put the ports backwards of each other.

  • Ben Enos

    Looks pretty nice, especially for twenty bucks.

  • FirefighterMatt56

    What is that thing on top? Is that... NOOOOOOO!!!!!! Still a good deal for $20 though... Must resist... Resis... Ordered.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      No point resisting. I got this thing 6 months ago, and I love it to death.

      • FirefighterMatt56

        All hail hypnotoad!

      • HopelesslyFaithful

        just now reporting it.....shesh.....(tried to think of something funny but got nothing)

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          I was... erm... testing it ever so thoroughly.

          • HopelesslyFaithful

            and yet you didn't write the article....hummmmmmm.....balderdash!

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            I gave pics and initiated it :-]

    • ins0mn1a

      iSore

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I've been using this for the last 6 months, ever since I got kicked out of my office and had to make a new office in the dining room. I got a big desk and so many gadgets I needed to plug in, I was thinking, I wish there was a compact way to utilize this low-hanging outlet that nobody would ever see behind the desk.

    Then I found this (the photos above are from my unit). 10 devices from a single outlet. Take that, gadgets!

    Seriously, this thing's freaking awesome. You won't regret it.

    It even has a dual-brightness night light. I mean, come on. The only thing it's missing is a coffee brewer.

    • Samsung Fanboy

      surge protection?

      • http://papped.webatu.com papped

        It has surge protection.

  • razagula

    an iPod/iphone dock? Sorry!! Definitely a deal breaker

    • Samsung Fanboy

      its just for charging. it has 4 USB ports for Android devices.

    • Elias

      Good thing, you can charge your friend's phone if he's an iDiot.

  • Pattmyn

    A word of warning though - they did have a recalled batch of these things a while back for blowing capacitors right and left. Luckily I was using it in my workshop so there wasn't anything that could of caught fire but I'd try to keep this away from things like curtains or furniture for at least the first week (as they typically blew within the first week, as I found out later). But again - THAT BATCH WAS RECALLED FOR A REASON. A perfect example of "Don't let the exception become the rule".

  • Babs Oyed

    iPhone dock, but none for Android? Sorry, not for me.

    • Samsung Fanboy

      I thought the same thing but that dock is only for charging. there are 4 USB ports on it dude !!

  • Bo

    So what kind of output do the 4 usbs have? 1A? 2A?.5A?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      You can see them in the photo. 2x 1A and 2x 2.1A.

      • Shitiz Garg

        What are those?

        • Christopher Lee

          Amperage outputs. Two of them are at 1A (enough to charge most phones and small utilities) and 2.1A (usually used for tablets).

          • Shitiz Garg

            lol, I know that. I meant to reply to the above post of Artem where he linked to the small droids

  • Zak Taccardi

    Do the USB ports charge in USB or A.C. mode?

    Do you have any idea of the charging speed of those ports?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Sorry, I don't know. I use these guys instead: http://i.imgur.com/xSDzi.jpg

      • andrulover

        Andru FTW!!! I ordered two of these little guys, one for me, one for a present. The one I left at the office was so cute I had to take the other one for home ;) So long for the present.

  • Christopher Lee

    These guys are pretty useful, but I will say that mine doesn't fit all that securely in the wall outlets I have available, which is a bit annoying (it can pull out a bit and lose power). And it gets sillier when I'm at college, because the outlets are upside-down!

    I also kind of wish that I could charge my iPad here on the 30-pin, but there's no way to do that with the provided slot, and it's not a huge deal anyway. It's useful though. I charge my iPad, an Android tablet, a miscellaneous micro-USB device (usually my old phone), and my Pebble from the ports.

    • Dan

      If it falls out of the wall outlet, you're doin' it wrong. Look on the front of the Bestek. See that little screw that sticks all the way through the device? Now look at your outlet. See the little screw between the outlets that holds the cover plate on?
      1) Remove the little screw holding the cover plate on your wall outlet.
      2) Plug in the Bestek and screw it into the hole in the middle of your outlet
      Done. Now it can't fall out of the wall outlet.

      • Christopher Lee

        Wish I could. Our house is pretty old and we've only got solid plate between the two outlets, and in a college dorm, if the hole's not already there, I certainly can't use it. Believe me, I would if it were an option.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      You can easily flip the sockets with a screw driver and about 2 minutes of work. Just turn off the circuit breaker first and gloves.

      • Christopher Lee

        Not an option in a dorm, unfortunately. Facilities Management is surprisingly watchful about such things.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Seriously? They'd notice if the outlet was right side up all of a sudden?

          • adam

            Fixed for you Artem:
            Seriously? They'd notice if the outlet was facing the correct way all of a sudden?

          • Christopher Lee

            For the life of me I don't know why they were installed upside down.

            Nor can I figure out why student rooms are wired with 10/100 ports when the access points in every hallway are fitted to a proper gigabit port.

          • Andrew Wilson

            I can't speak to the power outlets, but I used to work in University networking and the reason the rooms have 10/100 ports and the halls have gigabit probably boils down to a cost benefit issue. We put 10/100 in our residence halls when they were built, and when we upgraded the overall network to gigabit we changed the backbones in most of the buildings, but to swap the CAT5 for CAT6 (which you need for stability over a long run at higher bandwidth) to every room was going to cost, to paraphrase our boss at the time, "a goddamn fortune."

          • Christopher Lee

            I should have clarified: I'm not surprised that my first-year dorms were wired with 10/100 (they were constructed many decades ago), but in my second year I lived in essentially newly-erected buildings that had only recently had been completed.

            Granted, from my perspective (student helpdesk manager, spend most of my time though doing anything but), the campus network has much bigger problems than 10/100 in the dorms. Not to mention the one pipeline we have servicing the city that slows down when it rains.

          • Christopher Lee

            They noticed I'd used toothpaste to fill a pinprick in the wall-- that yes, predated my tenancy. It's mildly absurd, but it happens.

  • ElfirBFG

    The iPhone connector shouldn't be a deal breaker. I have friends with iPhones. If they have a dying phone and no charger, I can't help the same as someone with mUSB. I could with this.

    • Shawn

      Unless they have an iPhone 5.

    • Samsung Fanboy

      you need new friends

  • Anthony Tran

    I can't believe people are crying over a single iPhone dock. There are 4 USB ports... The only downfall was that guy putting his lips right against the damn mic. Has he never heard of a pop filter? But really, seems like a great product. I might get one eventually. I love that the USB ports are labeled with their respective amperages :)

  • TJay229

    Wow.. This looks great.

  • Mastermind

    Purchased.................................... in bulk.

  • matt2298

    is this UL listed?

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