23
Jul
Octofire

Power! Unlimited power! Okay, technically the Skiva PowerFlow Octofire limits us to charging eight devices at once, but in a world of plugging devices into power outlets one at a time, this sounds like a gift from the gods. Users can charge two families' worth of devices (or, for the sake of imagination, half of a college class, every phone in a very small office, or all the handsets that can fit in the pockets contained within a clown car). If the Octofire were a vehicle, it would be the Bugatti Veyron, capable of speeding halfway across a state in the time it takes most drivers to fumble for their EZ Pass.

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The charging hub is newly available at BiteMyApple.co for $79.99. Sure, this is an Apple-centric company (one that focuses on getting Kickstarter products to market), but a USB port is a USB port, and this baby's got eight of them. Each of which is capable of charging up to 2.1A.

For the record, this thing isn't new per se. It began as a Kickstarter project that acquired five times its funding goal earlier this year. Units went out to backers, and that was that.

Now the product is available for direct purchase from those of us who didn't get it on the action the first time around. For the Android purists who scoff at the idea of buying from a site that caters to Apple products, the Octofire is also up on Amazon, though the privilege of buying through it will currently cost an extra twenty bucks.

Skiva PowerFlow Octofire from BiteMyApple.com

Skiva PowerFlow Octofire from Amazon

BiteMyApple Offers the Skiva PowerFlow Octofire USB Charger, a Universal Power Solution that Juices Up Eight Gadgets at Once
Intelligent device detection to charge 8 USB gadgets each at up to 2.1A/5V Power, compatible with all iOS and Android devices

NEW YORK – July 23, 2014 – BiteMyApple.co announces the availability of the Skiva PowerFlow Octofire USB Charger, the first-ever USB charger equipped with eight ports allowing you to charge multiple devices at the same time. It’s a universal power solution for those dealing with device overload.

“Most multi-gadget chargers have up to 4 ports that may only do one amp per port which is not optimal charging capacity. That’s why I was blown away when I first saw the Octofire with double the amount of ports and power,” says Chris Johnson, Founder of BiteMyApple. “This monster charger is perfect for households or businesses that own many devices, and need a single power solution.”

Here are the Octofire’s impressive features:

Power Capacity: charges up 8 USB devices at the same time each at up to 2.1A/5V power.

Smart Device Detection: intelligently detects the device, and provides the required charging. This is how the Octofire can deliver enough power to multiple devices at optimal current simultaneously.

Safety: the AC/DC adapter is UL, CE, FCC, and RoHS Certified so it protects against overcharging, overheating, and over-voltage.

Design: elegantly designed to fit into any décor on or under your desk. The sleek octagonal shape is developed from top-quality polycarbonate ABS material for efficiency and durability.

Compatibility: capable of charging any device with a USB port including smartphones, tablets, GPS and more. The power solution can also be used in any country with its 100-240VAC 47-63Hz power input.

The Skiva PowerFlow Octofire USB Charger is available for $79.99 at bitemyapple.co.

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.

  • Colin Dinelli

    neat

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    I'd call it the Veyron of chargers not because it's fast, but because of its ability to supply a vast quantity of power in a fashion that is arguably major overkill.

    8 2.1A USB ports at 5V is 84W peak output. Most 4 and 5-port hubs have a maximum of maybe 25W - as in they can't even charge 4 or 5 devices at full speed at once. This thing does 8, which is pretty damn tremendous. I've got to imagine it gets hot doing it, though.

    • cy_n_ic

      So its not overpirced or overhyped AND they make money selling them...bughatti could take a lesson from this

  • infiniteh

    Dat G2 Touch running iOS. Mmmmmm.

    • abobobilly

      Thats not iOS. I believe thats the early version of "TouchWiz" (which was released with Galaxy S i9000).

      • infiniteh

        Regardless, the G2 Touch is an HTC phone... Shown running iOS or an "early version of TouchWiz"..

        • abobobilly

          Still an "Android" dude. You know its not an "i" device which sticks to just one launcher.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        No, it is iOS. All the icons + no wallpaper = iOS3

        • abobobilly

          Hm, i may be mistaken.

          [img]http://www.theinquirer.net/IMG/951/109951/galaxy-front-270x437.jpg?1282637911[/img]

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Look at that pic with G1 - the icons for Messages, Contacts, Camera, Photos, Calendar, Notes, Mail, Maps, Diaper, what-I-think-to-be Voice Recorder apps and the folder with the rest of system apps are all from iOS.
            Plus how could that be early TouchWiz? When G1 was around As!sung was still making crappy cell phones most of the time

    • Sigmund

      I didn't noticed that! LOL!!! xD

  • Sorian

    I think I could hold my Android pride in check for a nice single device that could charge 3 phones, 3 tablets, BT headset, 2 battery packs, and a BT GPS unit that I don't know if I really need now (It helped offset the Samsung Moment's GPS issue).

  • Matthew Fry

    Technically a USB port is not just a USB port. There's two ways to indicate that a USB port is a charging port. There's the standard way, by shorting the data lines, and there's the Apple way which uses the data lines to negotiate the transfer rate. This is important as chargers designed for Apple will charge at the maximum power + data rate of 500mA.

    Yes, I've been burned (figuratively) by unlabeled Apple-type chargers.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/pamela-hill/ Pamela Hill

      True. I've been seeing a lot of ports labeled with A and N/A. This puzzles me, because Apple & Android both start with A. ;) On the other hand, when they label them A and S, like you mentioned, the S is an umbrella for all Android (annoying, yes, but at least I know what it means.)

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      Exactly what I came to say. Apple has ruined most chargers, as easily half the ports on them are useless to a non-Apple owner.

      I'm curious about the Anker devices that use the PowerIQ function to supposedly negotiate maximum transfer based on the device. If it works, it definitely solves this problem.

  • abobobilly

    I think i'd happily agree with the choice of words for this device. 8 Devices at once, Bugatti Veyron indeed.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    How much energy will this thing eat if one connects 8 devices at once? lol R.I.P. bill wallet

    • someone755

      I bet my old PC's PSU wouldn't be enough for 8 devices on this monster xD

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        The thing is that the USB output wouldn't be enough for charging even 2 devices at once from this octofire thing, let alone 8. That, or it would take an eternity. I know my N10 and iPad take a VERY long time to charge via USB from my desktop

        • someone755

          My N7 takes 8+ hours from the stock charger but only ~4 hours from the PC! :D
          Ye tho it would be like those old external drives that needed 2 USB ports (a Y-cable) to get enough power to run. Just that this would take ~20 ports xD

  • WhoaManWtF

    I bought one that charges 6 at 2.1 in a much more space efficient manner for 19.99 a few months back... So I guess it would be like a Bugatti in that it is way over priced and weird looking...

  • scorn

    I saw this on KickStarter and never understood the design. Why an octagon with a port on every side? It takes up more room and you have to put it in the middle of a table. I grabbed one of these instead: http://www.amazon.com/Family-Sized-Desktop-Charger-PowerIQ-Technology/dp/B00GTGETFG/

    40W, simultaneous 2.4A per port. Only 5 ports but a much more sensible design, smaller than a pack of cards and it's only $26.

    • someone755

      If you're using those Nokia cables, you're gonna have a bad time with that charger of yours (the things are ~20 cm). But they are one of the most durable things I've ever seen (yes, even the legendary 3310). So annoying yet super-useful.
      Besides the cable lenght issue, I'd say you're right. Both are overkill tho xD

  • David Li

    At this price, you could buy 3x Anker 5 port 40w chargers and a power strip

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