iPhones and Androids, and Kindles and tablets,
My Bluetooth headphones and several smart bracelets,
A portable battery for all the day brings,
I don’t have space to charge all of these things.
So went my nightly refrain as I attempted to charge up an iPhone for each household member, plus our iPad, a portable battery pack if we were heading out the next day (my seven-year-old’s ability to drain phone batteries playing Pokemon Go is as legendary as some of the creatures he’s trying to catch), my smart bracelet, and all the other devices that needed less frequent but occasional charging such as Kindles, Bluetooth headphones, transmitters, and toys. There simply wasn’t enough space for it all.
Enter Syncwire. Syncwire is a charger that plugs into a regular outlet and allows you to charge up to four USB chargeable devices from that single spot. Of the four Syncwire ports, two are 1A and the other two 2.4A, so you might want to give some thought regarding which devices to plug into which slots. I found that all my devices charged quickly through the charger, with no notable difference between charging via Syncwire or via a dedicated outlet.
The Syncwire charger also doubles as a travel adaptor, coming equipped with parts that click together easily and allow you to plug it into British, European, and American style outlets without needing to purchase extras. This is a Godsend in hotel rooms where the number of outlets is often highly limited.
Given recent events in London, house fires are a little more on our minds than usual, and so one of my biggest concerns with using a device like Syncwire was overheating. I made a point of testing the device several times by running it at maximum capability with four devices charging at once. Although Syncwire naturally gained a small amount of warmth, it never became hot or gave me any concerns about overheating to the point of becoming a fire hazard. Of course, to be extra cautious, you may still want to avoid charging things overnight when the outlets will not be supervised for several hours–realistically, however, we all charge our devices overnight and I had no qualms about leaving Syncwire to do its job while I slept. In fact, by using Syncwire I was able to turn part of my living room into a nightly charging station where I could set up whichever devices needed a boost, knowing I wouldn’t run out of space. It has also resolved several arguments during the evenings when a phone has been dying but a tablet or battery pack also needed charging prior to somebody going out.
Syncwire is one of those unexciting, simple, yet hugely helpful items that could really improve one of the daily difficulties of 21st-century life–charging everything that needs charging to be charged simultaneously. First World problems, right? It may not be the most thrilling item you order off Amazon this year, but I’m guessing it will be one of the ones you use the most.
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