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Like most technology blogs, Android Police is decentralized. Our writers and editors work out of their homes, and occasionally in hotels, bars, or under bridges. We have no traditional office. But if we did, the amazon.com/Yubi-Power-Universal-Protection-Usb-charged/dp/B00HVMJM9U/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1400505599&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=yubi+power+40+port&tag=gizmodoamzn-20&ascsubtag=[type|link[postId|1578397573[asin|B00HVMJM9U[authorId|5722090666816357259">Yubi 40-port USB Power Tower would sit proud in the middle, like some kind of plastic altar to electricity. We would come, bow down to the Tower, offer up our unworthy phones and tablets, and humbly take our blessings of sweet, sweet gadget juice.

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This "40 Port Family Charging Tower Station" does indeed have a total of 40 USB ports for charging pretty much anything, though the fine print in the Amazon listing says that it can only charge 32 1-amp devices (phones) or 15 2-amp devices (tablets) at once. I assume the extra ports are simply there for easy access. Or just symmetry. While I'm sure that someone out there could find 32 USB-powered doohickeys in their home (probably Shawn De Cesari), it makes more sense for bars, offices, airports, or other places with high foot traffic and a shortage of conventional power outlets.

The tower includes surge protection for each grounded port, and the price is pretty reasonable at $55. If you'd like something a few stories shorter, Yubi offers different configurations with different combinations of USB and standard plugs.

Amazon via Gizmodo, 7Gadgets

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • gh0st

    but why do you work from under bridges ?

    • Richard Sobey

      Stop trolling.

  • davidtb

    Imagine that thing fully populated. An off topic question, do devices charge faster where they have DC current?

    • MrHanMan

      Devices are only charged with DC current.

      • David

        I think he means off a wall charger rather than plugged into a computer

        • Jimmy Beaulieu

          They seem to typically charge faster off a wall charger as opposed to a computer port, but that has to do with the amount of power a computer port can provide. Typically, USB ports on computers don't provide a ton of current, so they can charge devices, but not too quickly. Wall chargers, on the other hand, are converting the fairly high power coming from the wall into a DC voltage that devices like to charge at, and they're designed so there is an amp or more at that voltage, so devices will charge fairly fast on those. Hope that helps!

          • hoosiercub88

            Right, my motherboard actually has a specially dedicated power circuit for quick charging with two of the USB ports on my tower, even if the power is off.

          • Jimmy Beaulieu

            That's totally sick

          • Matthew Fry

            Mine too, although when I looked into it I found out i was only for iOS devices.

  • Nick Cannon

    That's a big family

    • Marc Edwards

      i have 8 usb-chargeable devices within arm's reach. not that big.

  • Mayoo

    Good luck with the mother of all clustf*ck of cables that this monster will create.

  • siddude11

    Still less for me. Try this guys.

  • My1

    will there be an european version?

  • Jephri

    Wow, that is impressive.

  • Fred

    What's the point of having 40 ports when you can't even charge 40 1 amp phones at the same time?

    • TrOpAzR

      Per article: "I assume the extra ports are simply there for easy access. Or just symmetry."

    • Mike Reid

      >While I'm sure that someone out there could find 32 USB-powered doohickeys in their home

      Android app testing.

      I have 22 Android phones and 2 tablets. And still never enough due to that fragmentation thing, especially for low level hardware dependent apps.

      I don't think I've ever had more than 16 powered at once, but something like this could make it feasible.

  • http://chrisbachmann.com Chris Bachmann

    It also has a maximum draw of 33.6A. Considering most power circuits are 20A with 16A being safe, I see a lot of breakers tripping. But then US people could go 240v 20A, then it may do it. But in any case, there would need to be a dedicated circuit.

    • g0pher

      The 33.6A draw is listed for the USB ports/devices output, not the AC input. USB uses 5V, so 33.6A @ 5V output is 168 Watts, which is roughly only 1.5A @ 110V AC input, plus a little bit more for conversion efficiency loss.

    • Tissue paper calculator

      5(volts DC)*33.6(amps) = 110 (volts AC) * X = 1.5(amps) (flawed math I know DC-to-AC)

      This thing should be only drawing 2 Amps at the socket.

  • sweenish

    You want altar, not alter.

  • mikewatson021

    Best of luck with the mom off clustf*ck regarding cables that this huge will probably create.
    http://bit.ly/1lZ065B

  • David Li

    They need these at airports! I use an external battery though.

  • Matthew Fry

    I'll wait for the 45 port model. I have needs.

  • AS

    40 Ports? Meh.

  • Jack

    The reviews are not great plus it is not available anymore.