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# 207740 11-Jan-2017 21:18
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Like most people I have all kinds of USB powered gadgets around the house - phones of course, IR remote controls, baby monitor, etc. I got a couple of the Dynamix USB chargers, and they work, but they make a really annoying high pitched noise which makes them basically useless. My Belkin chargers are silent, at about 5 times the price.

 

Can anyone recommend a cheap, safe USB charger that meets NZ standards? One key thing is that it shouldn't need an adapter from another plug type.

 

PBTech have this Jackson for $17 that has a decent output, or cheaper lower powered ones. Anyone tried it? I can't see much else around that's cheap and decent quality.


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  # 1701698 11-Jan-2017 21:22
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Have you thought about getting actual wall sockets with the USB charger built it?

 

I was looking for some good wall-warts myself, but then realised I'd broken enough phones at work recently that I have a huge supply :/

 

 

 

 

 

Edit: I did buy a good double USB 2A off ebay a couple of years ago, but the damn LED is so bright I use it as a night light in the lounge.

 

 


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  # 1701707 11-Jan-2017 21:34
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I chucked in a deta 4 USB outlet wall plate thing to charge game controllers and other low power tat off around the TV. Seems fine for that. Lacks any quick charge and its actually 2 pairs of outlets, each pair on its own charger board - I guess to maintain a sensible current limit across all ports.

 

I got a 12 outlet one off 1day or similar. Hopeless device. single 15A 5v supply connected to all the outlets with no over current protection at all per port, so if you have a stuffed device you can look foward to your USB cable going up in smoke possibly making a fire. The ports are labled with various current ratings but that is just the resistors attached to the data pins for iDevices, so do not actually mean anything at all.





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  # 1701710 11-Jan-2017 21:36
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Plug in units are easier, needs and locations change and they're cheaper. Standards charge too

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  # 1701716 11-Jan-2017 21:43
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i have a couple of single port ones and also some 4 and 6 port multi boards with dual usb ports on them, all jackson ones. haven't had any noise from them.

 

They are only rated at 1A though


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  # 1701718 11-Jan-2017 21:53
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@sbiddle's tells me that Anker is coming to NZ soon. From everything I've heard, and seen of youshopped ones, they're excellent.

 

Until such time as they actually arrive however, I have a few of these Orico ones from PB Tech (as well as some older non-smart Orico ones). They're periodically on sale for around $17 or $18. They do make a tiny bit of noise when nothing is plugged in, but you'd have to be listening hard to hear it




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  # 1701719 11-Jan-2017 21:58
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Anker are great for charging phones and high current devices, but if they're quiet those Jackson look good for general purpose "I need USB there but not a bunch of power" type applications. Thanks all :)


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I have 5x of the PT1USB3A. When drawing 800mA (0.8A) I couldn't hear a buzz until I had my ear touching the unit.


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  # 1701740 11-Jan-2017 22:51
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I bought an mbeat 5port from pbtech before going to SouthEast Asia - It hasn't missed a beat.  I reguarly charge an ipad and windows phone through it, and it quite often gets to charge my wifes iphone, a kindle and a speaker without issues.

 

I can detect a faint amount of noise coming from it, but it doesn't keep me awake.

 

It does have quite a bright blue led built in - I have it currently on the floor next to my bed ...

 

That Jackson one I think I bought from Bunnings once and the USB charging failed on me - I have a similar HPM one that lacks the LED that was working well in the bedroom (It swapped with the mbeat for less stuff coming out of the wall.

 

HTH.

 

 

 

 


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