Alternative power: 10 awesome USB charger replacements

Alternative power: 10 awesome USB charger replacements
Remember when pretty much every phone maker had its own, proprietary wall charger and charging connector? Remember how frustrating this was? The lack of a unified charging standard made it impossible to recharge a phone unless you had its specific charger on hand – you couldn't recharge a Samsung phone with an LG charger or vice versa. 

Thankfully, the process of recharging a phone makes much more sense today. The great majority of modern phones can be recharged from any wall charger with a USB output, and when there's no such charger lying around, a computer's USB port can be used instead. And if you ever need a spare USB charger, there are dozens of options to pick from. Accessory makers have come up with chargers of all shapes and sizes – some can charge several devices at the same time, while others come in the form of beautiful desktop stands. Check out some of these alternative USB chargers in the slideshow below and tell us which one you'd replace your stock charger with!

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7 Comments

1. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Expensive. But #3 and #6 looks nice.

2. iKamalkandel

Posts: 30; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

Are those price are for REAL?

4. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Probably..you could get a new device for the price of that multidock..if not 2. #6 and #9 look good

3. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

I have the Anker 5 port charger and it works exactly as it should. It really pumps out 2.1A per port and at $25.99 from Amazon with free prime shipping, it's a great deal. I own 2 of them and we use up almost all the ports (4 tablets and 5 phones).

5. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Here, all chargers have a minimum of 2.1 amp.. My phones have shipped with 1 amp charger except for GS5.. Higher amp would charge the phone faster and would that be safe for the battery's durability?

6. WEEEE

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 25, 2014

I just have a cheap $6 one from walmart. It doesnt do anything fancy, except it can charge 4 devices at a time.

7. Tracyx21

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

I have a 6 port USB charger from Vority it's really convenient to have it. It has 2.4A/12W which really good charging an iPad iPad Air/4.

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