One Charger to Rule Them All

If you're anything like me, your nightstand is full of electronic devices that need to be charged regularly. Every night I have:

  • Nexus 7 tablet.

  • Cell phone.

  • Kindle Paperwhite.

  • iPad Air.

  • Fitbit.

Granted they don't all need a daily charge, but the two tablets and cell phone certainly do. Although many of you are probably tsk'ing me for buying an iPad, for this purpose, it's a fine example of a device that is finicky about being charged. Many tablets, the iPad especially, require a lot of amperage to charge properly. Enter the Anker 40W, five-port USB charger.

Before buying the Anker, I had to get a power strip in order to plug in all the wall-warts required to charge my devices. Two of those devices (the Fitbit and Kindle) didn't even come with power adapters, just USB cables to plug in to a computer for charging. With the Anker USB charger, I'm able to use a single, regular-sized power cord to charge all my devices. Because it's designed specifically to charge, it has some great features as well:

  • Dynamic, intelligently assigned amperage, up to 2.4 amps per port (8 amps max for all ports combined).

  • Compact size (about the size of a deck of playing cards).

  • Supports Apple, Android and other USB-based charging.

I've been using the Anker charger for several weeks and absolutely love it. There also is a 25 watt version if you don't need the full 40 watts, but I highly recommend getting the larger version, just in case you need more power in the future.

I purchased the charger on Amazon for $26, and although that's more than I'd normally pay for a USB charger, it's more like getting five chargers in one. Check it out at


Shawn is Associate Editor here at Linux Journal, and has been around Linux since the beginning. He has a passion for open source, and he loves to teach. He also drinks too much coffee, which often shows in his writing.