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  Reply # 1123585 7-Sep-2014 11:58
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Oh and just a heads up. Saw this Anker charger for only $19.99 and free shipping to NZ! Make sure you choose the one that says $19.99 and click on Available from these sellers. I just went right to checkout and final amount says $19.99 USD and free shipping to my Auckland address. Also says limited offer so be quick! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NB2PWJS/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AHT5TYOTDHV6&tag=geekzone-20






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  Reply # 1123590 7-Sep-2014 12:09
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sonyxperiageek: What's that gadget that your +port is connected into? Looks like a charging meter?


Yup shows current and voltage. I got it from Amazon, Biddle got one from DX/Aliexpress.

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  Reply # 1123592 7-Sep-2014 12:09
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Nice spotting. Any other way to find these deals? Wonder if it's shipping from the us or Asia tho.




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  Reply # 1123594 7-Sep-2014 12:10
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sonyxperiageek: Oh and just a heads up. Saw this Anker charger for only $19.99 and free shipping to NZ! Make sure you choose the one that says $19.99 and click on Available from these sellers. I just went right to checkout and final amount says $19.99 USD and free shipping to my Auckland address. Also says limited offer so be quick! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NB2PWJS/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AHT5TYOTDHV6&tag=geekzone-20


Nice! My only concern is the legitimacy of them.

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  Reply # 1123595 7-Sep-2014 12:16
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sbiddle: Who ever has 7 USB devices they need to charge at full speed?!


*cough* well....

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  Reply # 1123597 7-Sep-2014 12:20
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richms: Nice spotting. Any other way to find these deals? Wonder if it's shipping from the us or Asia tho.


I was just writing up a review on this so I went back to the Amazon page for info. I just happened to see it there. smile




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  Reply # 1123598 7-Sep-2014 12:20
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sonyxperiageek: Oh and just a heads up. Saw this Anker charger for only $19.99 and free shipping to NZ! Make sure you choose the one that says $19.99 and click on Available from these sellers. I just went right to checkout and final amount says $19.99 USD and free shipping to my Auckland address. Also says limited offer so be quick! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NB2PWJS/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AHT5TYOTDHV6&tag=geekzone-20


Nice! My only concern is the legitimacy of them.


That's what I was wondering too when I first saw it.




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  Reply # 1123599 7-Sep-2014 12:21
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sbiddle: Who ever has 7 USB devices they need to charge at full speed?!


We have 3 ipod touches, 2 ipads, 2 iphones, Sony camera , sony walkman thingy, plus a few other miscellaneous gadgets like the remote control helicopter , Moto G cellphone, work  cellphone etc. 5 ports doesn't cut it on the odd occasion.

It is not necessarily about charging everything at full speed --  but price, form factor, build quality, performance and reliability. Going on holiday with one charger to rule them all suits me. 

But , everyone has different requirements .

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  Reply # 1123700 7-Sep-2014 17:17
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I have many USB things. Speakers, headphones, powerbanks, phones, tablets, remote controls, game controllers, travel routers, e-book thinggie, bluetooth kit for the car etc.

While I dont take most traveling, multiport chargers that dont suck mean clearing up the pile of 4 and 6 way powerstrips under the bedside table with a whole lot of individual chargers in it.

I have ordered 3 of the amazon deal chargers for myself at home, and will probably get one for my desk at work too.




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scottjpalmer:
sonyxperiageek: What's that gadget that your +port is connected into? Looks like a charging meter?


Yup shows current and voltage. I got it from Amazon, Biddle got one from DX/Aliexpress.


Can you share the link or make/model etc please

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nathan:
scottjpalmer:
sonyxperiageek: What's that gadget that your +port is connected into? Looks like a charging meter?


Yup shows current and voltage. I got it from Amazon, Biddle got one from DX/Aliexpress.


Can you share the link or make/model etc please


Looks like this one: http://www.amazon.com/PortaPow-Monitor-Multimeter-Ammeter-Chargers/dp/B00DF2485S/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1410068629&sr=8-2&keywords=usb+power+meter






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  Reply # 1123743 7-Sep-2014 18:06
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nathan:
scottjpalmer:
sonyxperiageek: What's that gadget that your +port is connected into? Looks like a charging meter?


Yup shows current and voltage. I got it from Amazon, Biddle got one from DX/Aliexpress.


Can you share the link or make/model etc please


Looks like this one: http://www.amazon.com/PortaPow-Monitor-Multimeter-Ammeter-Chargers/dp/B00DF2485S/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1410068629&sr=8-2&keywords=usb+power+meter


That's it.

Biddle's one is pretty nice from Aliexpress.

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  Reply # 1123758 7-Sep-2014 18:45
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Im still looking at one that can log the output of my usb powerbanks and not lose the mAh when it finally gets flat enough to shut down.




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  Reply # 1135354 24-Sep-2014 10:27
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Hi folks,

I have been meaning to update this thread for a week or so and Scott Palmer handily reminded me.

On August 26 I got an email from Anker as below. Ironically shortly after this thread started I noticed a dead port on one of the four chargers I have here. I contacted Anker and after supplying the serial number they said they couldn't ship me a new one as I was outside the US.

However they provided a full refund which was great.

They have also confirmed that all the chargers selling on Amazon are upgraded units so hopefully the batch that shipped are upgraded models. The email they sent me on the 11th September confirmed this.

I have found the Anker service excellent.

Cheers, Matt.
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Hi, Thanks for purchasing an Anker 40W 5-Port Desktop Charger!

Some customers are experiencing an issue with this product, and we want to tell you about it and how to avoid it.

The simple explanation

If your device or cable malfunctions, a charging port may become "dead" or unusable. This does not pose any safety risk to you or your devices. The details As this charger has an industry-high charge output designed into an ultra-compact profile, we've taken extensive measures to ensure complete safety for you and your devices, including meeting the UL certificate requirements. One of these measures is a built-in fuse on each charging port that trips when a connected device draws more than 3 amps of current. As no current popular devices require such a high amperage, this happens only when the cable or device is malfunctioning (usually a major or micro short circuit). The tripped fuse prevents your device and cable from sustaining damage, but because it can't be reset, results in a "dead port" that is no longer usable. Our product development team has upgraded the circuitry to a current limiting switch that also limits the current output to under 3 amps but automatically resets afterwards.

How to avoid this issue

Remember to only use quality cables: To ensure complete safety and best performance, we strongly recommend using your device's original cable or a third-party certified one (such as MFI).
Avoid charging in a confined spaces:
To ensure against overheating, avoid using the charger in confined spaces or in higher than room temperature environments.

What should I do if my charger has a "dead port"?

If your charger has a "dead port" that doesn't charge or any concern, please contact Anker customer support with 1) the product SN number (found on the side of the product) and 2) your current shipping address and we'll send you an upgraded replacement right away.
Thanks! The Anker Service Team




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