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Chuwi Hi-Dock: Quick impressions of a useful charging hub for your desk as well as your trips
If you’re like me and have multiple smartphones or devices on you at any time, you know charging all of them at once is a pain if you have limited power outlets or adapters.
To solve this common issue, there are several charging hubs out there in the market. Chuwi, the Chinese smart devices OEM, recently launched one which is pretty good for your desk or bedside as well as to lug it around in your bag when you’re travelling.
The Chuwi Hi-Dock is a quite handy and compact charging hub that offers four USB ports that are hidden under flaps. Three of these ports output at 5V/2.4A each while one of them supports the latest Quick Charge 3.0 technology. This port, marked in orange, supports 3.6-6.5V/3A, 6.5V-9V/2A, and 9V-12V/1.5A power rates. The Hi-Dock is powered by the included power cable that you’d need to plug into a power outlet.
If you have one of the latest smartphones that support QC 3.0 standard, this hub is a good fit. Of course, Chuwi could’ve supported quick charging on all or at least two of the ports, but that would’ve bumped up the cost.
The Chuwi Hi-Dock is not just a charging hub, but also a mobile stand. The flaps that cover the USB ports also double as stands for smartphone and tablets. However, one, you’d mostly be able to support them in landscape mode else they’ll topple over. And secondly, don’t expect to fit four smartphones at one time, especially with the tangle of wires.
While Hi-Dock’s design is otherwise very smart and quite practical, the mobile stand bit is only an added convenience and should not be your primary consideration. Apart from the chic design, the build quality too is top notch.
The Chuwi Hi-Dock eliminates the need for multiple wall chargers, and is a useful and ingenious accessory that is a must have if you juggle multiple devices. At less than $25, it’s quite affordable as well.