Learn more about Chargers
In the 21st century, almost everyone reading this already owns a good smartphone and some electronic gadgets. While some devices might be running on direct power through a wall outlet, most gadgets today now come with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery to make them portable. These batteries need to be charged once they have been depleted during usage. And to charge them, we need chargers.
Today, a single phone charger can charge several devices – right from smartphones to high-end laptops. With the USB Type-C and its related technologies – including the Thunderbolt 3 and USB Power Delivery – we can use a single charger and cable for charging multiple devices. Sure, with a single cable and charger, we might not be able to charge them all at once – but knowing that it can get the job done reduces the load of carrying multiple chargers.
What are the different types of cell phone chargers?
Earlier, there used to be just one type of cell phone charger. However, as technology advances, we have seen several advancements in cell phone chargers as well. Other than the basic wall chargers, we now have Portable Phone Chargers – also known as Power Bank, Wireless Chargers, Power Strips, and USB Hubs.
All of these can be used for charging – and the only main equipment that would be common for these would be a cable. And yes, even wireless chargers require a cable – even though the overall setup is way more convenient. Let’s go through all the types of these chargers – one by one.
Wireless Charging is one of the newest pieces of technology – when it comes to charging technologies. Sure, advancements are going on within different chargers, but this was the latest addition to those types. And for some, it is the most convenient piece of technology – while for some, they won’t prefer it over wired charging.
While the wireless charging technology is progressing quickly, the wireless chargers still have cables attached to them. Whether it is a Qi wireless charging pad or a MagSafe wireless charging stand, all of them still have cables – as that’s an essential part of the entire bundle.
Wireless Chargers have their own sets of Pros and Cons – just like every other technology. While some might feel that they are slower than wired charging, some prefer it for convenience. And hey, the charging speeds on the wireless chargers are constantly improving and getting closer to the wired charging.
As smartphones keep getting more innovative, the overall battery life ended up taking a hit. People felt the need for portable phone chargers – which is when the Power Banks came into existence. Today, Power Banks are pretty commonly seen and used by people to charge various devices on the go - as they offer great portability. Also, they are available with different charging capacities – so you can select one based on your needs.
Power banks usually have a lithium battery which we would need to charge beforehand. Once that is charged, we can carry that along with a relevant USB Cable. Most power banks have a USB-A and USB-C port that can be used to charge other devices. The second end of the cable will be dependent on the device you want to charge.
Most of the newer devices can charge through their USB-C ports – but iPhones will still need a lightning cable. So, make sure you carry the correct cable alongside a power bank.
While the Power Strips play a vital role in the category of charging accessories, you won’t be able to charge your devices directly through a power strip – unless the Power Strip itself comes with a USB-A port. Even if your Power Strip doesn’t have USB-A Ports, you can still plug in a wall charger with multiple USB ports to charge multiple smartphones – by just using one of the power sockets.
Power Strips usually comes with multiple wall outlets – that can be used to plug in numerous chargers and juice up multiple devices at once. This is especially helpful in the office environment when we try to reduce the clutter on the desk and hide all those cables under the desk by using Power Strips.
Also, using a Power Strip will help you convert a single port at a location into multiple ports – and that can be useful while working in limited spaces. If you are looking to buy one, the PowerPort Strip PD 6 by Anker is worth looking into.
Even for the USB Hubs, there are two types. One of them is mainly built for laptops where you can plug in the USB Hub to your laptop, and it will give you access to several different ports. You can use one of those USB ports to charge another device as well. This type of USB Hub can be beneficial for those laptops that come with limited ports.
The second type of USB Hubs will have a wall adapter on one end, while the other side will have multiple USB-A or USB-C ports to charge various devices. By plugging such USB Hubs into a Power Strip, you can quickly charge several devices at once. Just note that these USB Hubs might not give the fast charging to every port as it distributes the power to all the attached devices.
Like the Anker PowerPort 5, some USB Hubs come with a couple of fast charging ports alongside the regular ones. This can be really helpful when you want to charge some devices quicker than others.
Unlike a power bank with limited charging capacity and recharge cycles, the wall chargers can last you for years. With the wall chargers, you don’t need to worry about recharging them every once in a while, as you would do with a power bank. Also, the wall chargers will be the fastest way of charging any device as those are capable of delivering higher charging speeds.
The wall chargers are also differentiated with their charging speeds. Not all chargers can provide you with fast charging speeds on your tablet or a laptop. To ensure having faster speeds, you will need to take a look at the rated capacity of the laptop and the charger – before making a purchase decision. Also, make sure that the device you are buying the charger for is compatible with such chargers.
You will need to have a compatible fast charging cable to get fast charging speeds along with a compatible wall charger. So, don’t forget to buy one while purchasing a fast wall charger. Having a complete and compatible fast charging bundle will help you achieve the best results.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
We have a huge variety of phone chargers at different price points. And selecting one of them might not be the easiest thing as you might have questions about certain products. Here, we are answering some of the most frequently asked questions about the phone chargers – and we hope this helps you out.
I have the latest iPhone device that comes with MagSafe. Do you have a wireless charger that supports MagSafe?
We carry the wireless MagSafe chargers by Belkin in our store. You will be able to purchase it in two options – one that can charge two devices or the one that can charge three devices. It is essential to note that if you want the one that can charge Apple Watch and your iPhone, you will likely have to go with the one that can charge three devices.
Unlike the official MagSafe charging puck, what we offer through Belkin is a wireless charging stand – which would look great on your desk. You will love using it – all thanks to the convenience this offers.
I want to charge multiple devices at once. Do you have a phone charger for that?
Yes, we do.
If you want to charge multiple smartphones, you can go with one of our USB Hubs – like the Anker PowerPort 5. Also, if you want to charge multiple phones wirelessly, we have a wireless charging pad – like the Catch 2 by Courant. However, if you're going to charge numerous electronic items directly through a wall adapter, you should go with the PowerPort Strip PD 6 by Anker.
Last but not least, if you want to charge multiple gadgets while being on the move, you should get the Omni20+ by Omnicharge. With so many offerings, you will be easily able to charge multiple devices at once. Select one based on your needs, and you would be good to go.
What can I use the Power Strips for?
One can mainly use Power Strips to supply power to multiple electronic gadgets at once. It doesn’t matter if you are powering the devices requiring a continuous power supply to run or charge some battery-operated devices – like cameras, smartphones, laptops, etc. The power strips will be able to power all those gadgets at once – with ease.
I want to use fast charging on my device. Do you have fast charging USB cables?
Yes, we carry fast-charging USB cables.
We carry brands like Anker, Nomad, Tether Tools, and Zendure in our store, which offers a wide variety of fast charging USB cables. You will be easily able to get a compatible fast charging cable for your device from our store.
I want to charge my devices on the go. Do you carry high-capacity power banks?
We totally understand your needs. So, we have some tremendous high-capacity power banks in our store. These power banks have a higher rating for the charging speeds and battery capacity while also offering several unique features. Omni 20+ by Omnicharge and SuperTank by Zendure are the ones you should look for – along with the PowerCore+ by Anker.
I need a USB Hub for my laptop. Does your store carry any kind of USB Hubs?
Yes, we carry USB Hubs for laptops.
As creatives, we know the importance of different ports. So, we carry the USB Hubs for laptops which offers a vast range of port selection – while also having the SD Card reader slot – which is missing from several laptops today.
If you have a MacBook released after 2018, you should look into PowerExpand Direct 7-in-2 USB-C Adapter by Anker. It adds a total of 7 ports to your laptop – without creating clutter – which some of the hubs can do.
Do you have battery cases for the latest iPhone devices?
Unfortunately, we don’t make battery cases for the latest iPhone devices. The last iPhone devices that we supported with the battery cases were the 7 and 8 Series. After that, the importance of battery cases drastically reduced as slim and powerful power banks came into existence.
Do you have a car charger in your store?
While several cars today come with built-in USB ports and wireless charging pads, we still understand the importance of car chargers for several people. With car chargers, one can get substantially faster charging speeds. This is why we still carry the PowerDrive PD II Car Charger by Anker – which offers outputs of up to 30W.
Which phone charger should I buy?
The answer to this will totally depend on your needs. First, you will have to select the type of charger you need. Once you have finalized that, you will need to decide whether you want to use the charger to charge multiple devices at once – or to charge devices individually. After answering these two questions to yourself, you should look for the charger that best fits your needs – and provides you with faster-charging speeds.
By going through so much information in this article and covering most of the frequently asked questions here, we hope that you will be able to make a purchase decision. However, if you still face any issues in selecting a phone charger for yourself, you can reach out to one of our Gear Guides. Let them know about your needs, and they’ll help you select a phone charger that will best fit your needs.