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Friday, June 26, 2015

Product review: The Tower by The Art of Power 30 Inch Standing Power and Charging Station



This power strip is excellent. I found it even more convenient than I imagined - it works so well in cramped areas when reaching the power strip on the floor is difficult.

The tower is 29" tall, it reaches up to the height of my table. The AC outlets are spaced out widely, you can fit 4 large plugs into it. I also like that it has an on/off switch so I can turn it off when it is not in use.

It has an optional cradle for phone/table. My phone fit without falling out and my Nexus 7 tablet fit both in horizontal and vertical orientation.

It looks good, but more significantly it works great. I measured how well it chargers my devices with a current monitor and got excellent results.

To see how well different chargers and external batteries charge my mobile devices I use a Nexus phone and an iPadMini to test each of them. The current drawn on each port depends on each device using the charger. The port rated with a maximum capacity of 2A does not always deliver 2A, what is actually delivered is controlled by the device based on many factors such running apps, level of charge, and so forth. I always use the same two devices and I do my tests with the devices charged to the same level, running the same applications and using the same cables to keep everything the same. This allows me to do a relative comparison of various chargers and identify the ones that do not perform well. Note that these tests are not testing for the maximum current each device can draw on each port.

I am including the details of the tests below for those who like to see the technical details.
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✔ Samsung Galaxy Nexus Phone (the only device charging)
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Port 1: 1.01A/5.01V
Port 2: 1.04A/5.01V
(for comparison the best charging monitor result for this phone is 1.00A/5V)
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✔ iPad Mini (the only device charging)
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Port 1: 1.50A/5.05V
Port 2: 1.63A/5.05V
(for comparison the best charging monitor result for this tablet is 1.70A/5V)
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Excellent power station overall.


You can find it on Amazon by following this link.



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