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Kensington AbsolutePower Dual USB Wall Charger

December 19th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

4 Stars

Kensington AbsolutePower Dual USB Wall Charger

Smartphones, tablets, MP3 players, and many more portable devices can now be charged via USB. And chances are, you own at least two or more of those types of devices. The Kensington AbsolutePower Dual USB Wall Charger puts two USB charging ports on a single adapter so you can charge two devices simultaneously.

PROS

  • Dual 2.1 Amp USB charging ports
  • Charges two tablets simultaneously
  • Removable AC plug
  • Reasonably priced

CONS

  • May block the use of second wall outlet

Kensington Dual USB wall charger - box

IN THE BOX

The Kensington AbsolutePower Dual USB wall charger comes with two USB adapter cables. The adapter cables are intended to be used with tablets and are labeled as “1″ and “2.”

Kensington Dual USB wall charger - contents

DESIGN & FEATURES

The wall charger itself isn’t very big. It’s about 2 inches wide and just under 2 inches high. Depth is about 1.25 inches with the AC plug removed. The AC plug can be removed during travel to take up less space.

Kensington Dual USB wall charger - side

The front of the charger has an interesting design. Instead of the glossy black plastic around the rest of the charger, it has a matte finish with vertical grooves. I don’t think it has a functional purpose, but it’s an interesting design that will make it easier to notice in a bag full of other adapters.

Kensington Dual USB wall charger - front

The USB charging ports are on the top of the adapter, but the adapter can be plugged in upside down as well. Each USB charging port is rated at 2.1 Amps at 5 volts, which should charge most tablets, not to mention most smartphones and other devices that charge over USB.

Kensington Dual USB wall charger - top

COMPATIBILITY
When USB charging first came about, small devices didn’t require as much power to charge them. Then people began to plug their smartphones and tablets into those old USB chargers and they didn’t work. Even when manufacturers started making chargers that were advertised with larger Amp ratings, they were usually divided between the available USB ports. This meant that you could potentially charge two smartphones at the same time, but not a tablet and a smartphone. The Kensington AbsolutePower Dual USB charger has a 2.1 Amp output on both USB ports, which means you can charge two tablets at the same time.

The charger had no problems charging a Kindle Fire tablet and a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, simultaneously. For the Galaxy Tab, however, I had to use one of the USB adapter cables. At first, I didn’t realize that they were even necessary. I thought they were included just to provide strain relief on the USB ports.

The only issue with the charger is that it could potentially block access to another outlet. Though the charger only takes up one wall outlet, a second charger or AC adapter would have a hard time fitting around the Kensington charger. However, simple plugs, like those on a lamp or fan, should plug in easily.

Kensington Dual USB wall charger plugged in

CONCLUSION
The Kensington AbsolutePower Dual USB charger is a very convenient charger that can charge multiple devices at the same time. Its dual 2.1 Amp charging ports even allow two tablets to charge simultaneously. For households with several devices that require frequent charging, the Kensington charger is a nice solution. And at a reasonable street price, you can afford to get a few to place around your home. I highly recommend it.

Available from Amazon.com.

* Review sample provided by Kensington

Ed Rhee

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ed is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He reviews new gadgets at Techdad Review and his tech tutorials can be found online at Lifehacker, CNET, and eHow.


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