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Anker 40W 5-Port Family-Sized Desktop USB Charger with PowerIQ Technology for smartphones, tablets and other USB-charged devices (Black)
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Max 2.4A per port or 8A total. Uses a standard unpolarized C7 ("figure 8") power cord if you want to use something other than what is included. Accepts 100-240v, 50/60Hz input so this can go worldwide and be used with foreign power cords. Included power cord is (eyeballing it here...) about 6 feet long allowing you plenty of flexibility as to where you can set up. The cord also includes an attached Velcro strap for bundling slack or packing for transport. No LEDs to interfere with dark environments.

Cons: Can slide around on a smooth surface, if you intend to permanently have it set up in one way (say, accessible on a desktop) you might want to invest in a few little rubber feet to keep it better in place. While I listed "no LEDs" as a pro, at the same time it is a drawback that you don't get confirmation that the charger is energized. If Anker were to make any design changes my only one would be to add a "soft glow" LED somewhere inside that maybe could glow through the plastic or behind the ports.

Other Thoughts: I've got a USB voltage/amperage meter I've used to test with. I've seen my devices easily draw 1.5A through the Anker which is what the tested devices are spec'd to draw for fast charge. Am using with quality USB cables and when possible the originals from the devices. My list of gear I have charged with no problems on the Anker:
* Motorola Droid Razr MAXX HD XT926M (stock Kitkat 4.4.2 ROM)
* Sero 7 Pro (DOPA Kitkat 4.4.4 ROM)
* 1st gen Kindle Fire (stock ROM and PAC-ROM Kitkat 4.4.4)
* Asus Transformer Boot T100 (Windows 8.1)
* Blackberry Torch
* iPhone 5C
* Garmin Forerunner 305
* Sandisk Sansa Clip Zip (Rockbox)

I'm pretty confident this would charge anything I threw at it.

Evercool BOX-MK-BK New Molding 5.25
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs Works great... but the screws... 06/20/2014

This review is from: Evercool BOX-MK-BK New Molding 5.25" Storage Box

Pros: Perfect way to get extra use out of the spare bay in my PC case. When closed the sides of the drawer are close to the solid top of the shell so if you transport your case with goodies inside it isn't likely that they'll slip out or jam up the drawer.

Cons: Designed to have coarse screws tap directly into plastic. If you've got a case like mine (old AOpen A600 that I will take with me to my grave) that uses custom screws for toolless insertion/removal of drives you'll need to be careful getting them threaded. As other reviewers noted I would expect even the supplied screws to be difficult to get threaded for the first time. The only reason for 4 eggs instead of 5 was the screw issue.

Other Thoughts: This went into my case without much issue. When I realized I was going to need to use different screws than the ones provided I approached handling this carefully. I had to use the fine thread screws like you would use on an optical drive to get this mounted in my case due to the "shoulder bolts" that my case is designed to accept. The first screw was difficult to start but did go in eventually. For the later screws I first used the center point of a spade drill bit (probably about a 25° angle point) to slightly taper the insertion side of the holes BY HAND. I only wanted to remove just enough material to help the screw threads get their initial bite, using a power drill likely would have been difficult to control. This helped the last 3 screws go in a lot easier. For those using the supplied screws this would probably help as well, just be careful with how much plastic you remove as if you remove too much you can't go back. If Evercool wanted to take this to the next level I'd recommend either molding in threaded metal inserts for the screws (in standard 5-1/4" optical drive screw size/thread) or switching to at least either having the bottom portion of the tray be metal or run a tap through the current plastic holes during manufacturing. If I had a tap in the size that I needed that is what I would have used instead of brute-forcing the screws to thread.

I may see about finding a short and lightweight spring (1" diameter probably) to glue to the back of either the drawer or shell. This would help to give the drawer a little more push on open. The current push from the spring loaded retaining clip is pretty good but a little more would be nice.

The gloss black matches my case perfectly but yeah it won't be for everyone. No less of a fingerprint magnet than the rest of my case. :)

Now I'm going to check to see if they've got a 3-1/2" version!

CyberPower Intelligent LCD Series CP1500AVRLCD 1500VA 900W 8 Outlets UPS
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great UPS for the last 2+ years and counting! 06/13/2014

This review is from: CyberPower Intelligent LCD Series CP1500AVRLCD 1500VA 900W 8 Outlets UPS

Pros: LCD display for quick check of status even when not being used with a PC.

LCD display is only lit when you check it so it isn't constantly shining.

Green options that power off secondary devices when the main device is in low power (standby, hibernate) mode.

Cons: Uh, requires you have an available outlet to plug it in? Doesn't come with cake? Seriously though, only minor things I could think of that don't even bother me.

If you'd rather have the LCD constantly on, guess that would be a con as I'm not aware of a way to force it. Could be a plus if it was allowed to be modified via the software. Example, set it so it is always on and maybe cycles through the multiple readouts at X second intervals.

Blue "power on" light may be a bit bright for some.

Other Thoughts: The "PowerPanel Personal Edition" (PPPE) software that is listed (I think included on CD? Can get it from the CyberPower website) for this unit is acceptable although with the majority of users being on Windows PCs they can plug the UPS right in and have Windows interact with it the same as it would on a laptop with a battery. Even Linux has some native support (I'm using Ubuntu 14.04) but I suspect if you're running Linux you're probably also going to be interested in power-user type control. The PPPE software does allow you to see more information in the UPS that the OS itself wouldn't report though. Compared to the Belkin Bulldog software for Windows that had come with the Belkin UPSes I used to love (and are no longer manufactured) the PPPE software is lacking some features. An important one for me was network notification if you were supporting multiple PCs on the single UPS.

That said, the "PowerPanel Business Edition" software (again, available on the CyberPower website) is compatible with this unit. Way overkill for your basic user but very nice for someone who has multiple computers on the one UPS.

Have used 3 of these for 2+ years with zero issues. I read the current "most useful negative review" re: simulated vs pure sine wave, and while I understand the problem it isn't a guaranteed issue. I've recently run a battery test of my CP1500AVRLCD via the 2 PCs attached to it and neither had a problem. I don't recall if at the time both PCs had Corsair CX430 or CS450M PSUs, but either way both PSU models are Active PFC and did not have an issue. Will test again later though as I just learned of the potential issue today and want to ensure I'm OK with this UPS and the CS450Ms.


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