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With the sheer amount of devices we have in every home or office and all of them hungry for power, it’s no wonder that power points are often being fought over. Even when we buy extension boards, the individual power points get used up so fast that one is still left looking for a place to plug in. This is where power adapters with dual USB ports come in handy, as you can charge two devices from a single charger. It also helps households with multi-platform devices, such as Apple and Android users in the same house. All you need to do is buy one of these and attach a lightning cable, and a USB C cable and any member of the house can use the same power outlet. Finally, when travelling, these are a boon, because instead of carrying multiple devices with multiple chargers, each one of these has you covered for two devices each!
Portronics is well known for its accessories, especially power adapters. This model is made in India, and the company claims it is made with India and our unique quirks in mind. By this we mean it has overheating protection because let’s face it, some parts of the country can really sizzle! It also has over current protection, so your devices are protected through power surges or power cuts. Over-charging protection is important for smart devices, and the power adapter is smart enough to stop charging when the battery is full. The power adapter is BIS certified and supports basic fast charge with an output of 5v/2.4 amperes or 12 watts.
This is a stylish-looking power adapter from Anker, a company well-known for its power adapters and charging devices. While this adapter does not support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge proprietary standard, it can offer 12 watts on each port (24 watts total) to use other quick charging standards such as PowerIQ and VoltageBoost. Weighing a mere 50g, you could carry this dual power adapter around and not even notice it.
The BS Power high speed 2.1-ampere power adapter has two USB ports and comes with one USB A to micro-USB cable bundled. The company claims to be able to charge two tablets simultaneously. BS Power claims to have incorporated smart technology in this adapter, so your devices are protected from surges. It will also detect the right charging current required by your device and provide the appropriate power. It’s compatible with input voltages ranging from 110 to 280 volts, which means you can use it anywhere in the world, in terms of voltage. You’d still need a plug adapter for the country you’re visiting.
For those of us who charge our phones overnight, we often get nervous, leaving our phones connected to a power source. While all modern devices from reputable brands have overcharge protection and shut off the charger after the battery is full, there are still plenty of dumb devices that one might own. Also, for those of us worried about our contribution to environmental damage, it’s nice to have a power adapter that has the option to shut off as if you had turned the power switch off. The timer has six settings, one for a continuous charge, and the other 5 for the range of 1 to 5 hours of charging. It features protection such as overheating, overcharging and overvoltage and surge protection, so your devices will always be safe. It has a folding mechanism to fold the plug into the body so that you can pack it more easily into a bag when travelling. With 12 watts per port, this should be all you need to charge up to two devices at a time.