Ventev Wall Charginghub 200 REVIEW Eliminate the need to carry an extra adapter
I do not know how our people lived without the internet. I absolutely love to learn, to review history and to have readily available answers to my questions. The history of electricity and the technology to harness that power is simply amazing. We all learned about Edison and the controversial invention of the lightbulb in school. Originally, electricity provided power to street lights only in NY and London and was actually DC current. Since this power could not be transmitted over long distances, a different type of power was created. Tesla invented the AC current and made affordable home power a possibility. Thanks to the design by Phillip Labre, patented in 1924, we have access to power by the type B (3-prong) wall outlet. There have been some minor changes over time, but the overall tech remains roughly the same. Learn more about the history of electricity at Illumin.usc.edu.
With our houses becoming smarter, it is odd that the outlet remains relatively antiquated. There are multiple companies that provide plug-in accessories to upgrade standard wall sockets. Again, the outlet itself has remained relatively unchanged since GFI technology. Some of the plug-in accessory devices serve to control the on/off status of the plug, to evaluate the power usage, to serve as Bluetooth or WiFi hubs etc. For the average tech lover, we have a few outlets in our home that are used more frequently than others. If I am going to use a dongle or a device in one of the prime locations, it needs to serve a role and not block any other outlets.
Ventev provides a type B style plug, named the Wall Charginghub 200. The device is a single pieced, gray rectangular wall outlet, measuring 2 3/16″ long by 1 13/16″ wide by 1 1/4″ thick. On the back of the device, you will find a standard 3 prong outlet. On the front, you will notice that there is a pass-through 120V 15A outlet and a USB-A outlet with a 2.4A output. Plugging my Drok USB power tester into the USB outlet and subsequently an iPad Mini 4 into the output port 2 (power only), a current of 1.64A with 4.91V was realized. My iPhone 7 plus charged at 1.25A/4.95V through the same port. Plugging a lamp into the wall socket did not make any impact in the iPhone charging. Plugging my vacuum into the outlet also made no noticeable difference in my phone charging. It does not matter what device you have, the internal auto-detecting circuitry helps to protect your device.
Whether you are in a college dorm, a home/work office setting, you will likely need to charge devices via USB. This plug is much smaller than many of the standard USB charging bricks and does not use up the outlet. It allows you to have full access to the outlet for other needs, which is rather convenient. Additionally, this will not clog up your desk real estate. I have tested a variety of USB hubs, which provide anywhere from 3–8 USB A ports (and some now with USB C). Typically the devices completely use the outlet and limit the user to a single wall outlet, unless using surge protectors. I really wish that this device had smart functions to include power monitoring or remote on/off and or Apple Home Kit integration. Additionally, it would be highly beneficial if it had some surge protection capability. If you are looking for a plug to eliminate the need to carry additional USB A adaptors, this device will suit you well.
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Originally published at macsources.com on January 26, 2017.