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HUB IT Sync & Charge Station with Qi Wireless Charging

HUB IT Sync & Charge Station with Qi Wireless Charging

The HUB IT is a unique charging station that has several features and can even go the extra distance as a wireless charging station using Qi wireless charging.

Ease of Use, Performance:  3/5
Look & Feel:  5/5
Features:  5/5
How much I enjoy:  5/5

Recommendation:  5/5 Stars

Eggtronic is an Italian company that sells a unique product called HUB IT that allows you to connect and charge most of your electronics. The HUB IT uses removable cartridges inside its trapezoid shape to make sure you have the charge and sync cables your devices need.

The three USB 3.0 connections allow you to connect devices like external drives using a USB cable while the USB micro cable connects your device to one computer to use as a transfer point. The cartridges can be either a cable with connector like the Lightning or 30 pin Apple connections or a Qi charger but they are not interchangeable in the slots of the charger.

HUB IT Sync & Charge Station
HUB IT Sync & Charge Station

Eggtronic has 13 cartridges for the wide variety of devices while the Qi charger cartridge uses a devices Qi receiver to wirelessly charge your device. The package you order with the HUB IT Sync & Charge Station comes with the charge station, AC adapter, four cable cartridges and an instruction booklet.

The Qi charger is also available separately or as a set with the charge station which you can use with a receiver already built in some devices or with a receiver you install in your device. You can even use a receiver that has a smaller USB connection to wirelessly charge devices that are not QI ready if you like which works well on my 1st generation Nexus 7.

Whats in the Box
Whats in the Box

I did have a few problems with the Hub-It which shows more about the quality of the device which I will explain along with how the charge station is designed. The cartridges plug into the base of the HUB IT under the top cover which is easy to pop off and put on.

There are nine places for cartridges but two different kinds of plugins that cannot be used in the other slots because of the placement of the connector. The four corner spots and the middle spot has the connector closer to the center while the four middle cartridges have the connector closer to the edge of the square.

HUB IT Cartridges
HUB IT Cartridges

The four retractable cartridges I received only go in the four middle spots while the Qi cartridge can go in any of the other five slots. I’m not sure why you would want more Qi chargers as I can only see being able to fit two smaller phones on the charger at one time using the Qi charger.

The Qi Charger did not work all that well until I opened the cartridge to see how it was built and discovered the foam piece inside the plastic case did not hold the wire disc near the top. I added some fiberglass insulation and got the wire circle that is the heart of the charger near the top of the cartridge and the charger did much better at charging my phone.

HUB IT w/ Galaxy S4 Qi Charger
HUB IT w/ Galaxy S4 Qi Charger

I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 that was in an OtterBox Defender case and when I first tried it with the HUB IT it would not charge but I did find a smaller case that would charge my phone. I then opened up the charger and altered the position of the coil and the charger then worked on my phone with all the cases I have.

Eggtronic did send me a Qi receiver for my phone along with the HUB IT and the Qi charger cartridge that worked just fine in my phone. I also purchased the Samsung Galaxy Qi receiver cover for my S4 which also worked well with my phone even in a protective case.

HUB IT w/ 1st Gen Nexus 7 & Qi Receiver
HUB IT w/ 1st Gen Nexus 7 & Qi Receiver

The HUB IT not only charges phones but can transfer data using the same charge connections but not at a very fast pace but no slower than the same drive connected directly to the computer. Transfer speeds were about the same between my pc and a USB thumb drive and through the HUB IT station so the station does not slow down transfers.

I like the idea of keeping down the amount of cables lying around and having the ability to use the Qi wireless charger means less wear and tear on my charge port. I really like the HUB IT and the only downside I found was the Qi charger not being filled with enough insulation to keep the charger coil at the very top of the cartridge.

The Hub-it sync and charge station works well and is an easy recommendation to keep your charging area neat and under control as well as being able to easily charge and sync your devices.

Hub-It @ Eggtronic

Hub-It @ Amazon

Pros
Charge and sync devices
Can also charge with Qi wireless
Removable cartridges for many USB types
Retractable cords keep clutter down

Cons
Qi Wireless cartridge needed a mod

RAVPower Luster External Battery Pack

RAVPower Luster External Battery Pack

The RAVPower Luster External Battery Pack is a 6000 mAh smartphone and device charger that connects using USB that includes a handy coiled USB cable and a carry pouch.

Ease of Use, Performance:  5/5
Look & Feel:  5/5
Features:  4/5
How much I enjoy:  5/5

Recommendation:  5/5 Stars

RAVPower Luster External Battery Pack

The RAVPower Luster External Battery Pack is a 6000 mAh USB charger with 2.1 amps of power that includes the handy coiled USB cable and a carry pouch. The RAVPower Luster has enough power to charge a smartphone or other mobile device several times with enough amperage to charge higher draw devices like the iPad.

The RAVPower Luster is about 3.67 by 1.61 by .85 inches and has the power button on one side while the connections are on the end. The micro USB connection is for charging your devices while the male USB connection is for charging the external battery pack.

The RAVPower Luster also has an LED light on the end for help in finding your way in the dark that turns on and off using the power button. To charge your devices you simply connect them to the male USB connection and press the power button but you do have to remember to press the power button.

Whats in the Box

You do need to power the pack on in order to charge your devices and you can use the four blue LED lights under the silver band to tell how much power the pack has. The four blue led lights are not very bright and in full sunlight may be a bit difficult to see but it works well enough for an indicator.

The LED lights do give you some idea of the charge of the external battery pack and the 6000 mAh charge can last for a really long time. According to RAVPower the 6000 mAh Luster will run your iPhone for 15 hours plus 40 hours of extra talk time and an additional 150 hours of music play.

The Luster External Battery Pack also has short circuit, overload and over current protection for a safer device as well as a handy one. I have had the RAVPower Luster for a month and had no problems charging my numerous mobile devices including a Samsung smartphone, Nexus 7 tablet and my BlackBerry Playbook.

Luster Connections

The only thing I had any concern with was remembering to press the power button to start charging my device which is common on some of the external battery packs. The RAVPower External Battery Pack is a great pack that has plenty of power to charge your mobile devices several times and is handy in a compact size.

The RAVPower Luster comes in four colors, costs about $30 and is available from Amazon, Newegg and other websites as well as RAVPower. I highly recommend the RAVPower Luster 6000 mAh as a powerful external battery pack that works well and is a very handy size for pocket or briefcase.

RAVPower Luster Website

RAVPower Luster @ Amazon

Pros
Power to charge iPad and other high draw devices
Convenient size
Easy to use

Cons
You have to press power button to begin charging

RAVPower WiFi Disk Review

RAVPower WiFi Disk Review

The RAVPower WiFi Disk or Wireless Filehub Media Drive is a device that does several things for mobile devices like tablets and smartphones including transfers of files and charging.

Ease of Use, Performance:  4/5
Look & Feel:  5/5
Features:  5/5
How much I enjoy:  5/5

Recommendation:  5/5 Stars

RAVPower WiFi Disk

The RAVPower WiFi Disk is a handy little device no larger than a 2.5 inch hard drive that powers smartphones or tablets as well as transfers data wirelessly. You can not only transfer files between devices and computers but also use the WiFi Disk as a hotspot and a network file server.

The RAVPower WiFi Disk charges mobile devices with its internal 3000 mAh battery and allows you to save or copy files from an SD or Mini SD Card in the SC Card slot. The RAVPower WiFi Disk has a power button and reset button along with indicators and a USB connection to connect a hard drive to it.

Indicators & SD Card Slot

The WiFi Disk comes with a USB to micro USB cable and an instruction book that will come in handy for connecting and setting up your network and WiFi connection. You charge devices just by plugging them into the USB connection while you can charge the WiFi Disk using the micro USB connection.

Using the device as a hotspot for other devices like a phone or tablet to connect to the internet is easy and does not take long to set up. You can use the WiFi Disk easily to transfer data to and from an SD card or from a connected hard drive that plugs into the USB connection.

RAVPower Power Connection & Button

The WiFi Disk is compatible with both android and iOS devices so you can use it to easily transfer from a MAC PC or Apple tablets and Windows or Android devices. To use an Android or Apple device like smartphones you need to use an app which is available from iTunes or Google Play.

The AirStor app I have been using with my Nexus 7 works very well and I have had no problems moving files and images from my tablets and smartphone to my computers. I can easily use an SD card and takes pictures with my DSLR camera and then right on the spot upload them to my tablet using the WiFi Disk.

AirStor App

Other uses like streaming videos works most of the time but for longer videos you may not want to go wireless as there is just too much data in large video files. I tried watching a full length movie and a few times during playback it would skip but for shorter videos it works just fine.

Transferring files and streaming as well as using the disk for a hotspot to connect multiple devices all worked just fine and I had no problems with the WiFi Disk other than what to try next. To connect the WiFi Disk to an internet network you simply pair your device whether it’s a smartphone or tablet to it and use the app to connect the WiFi disk to the network.

WiFi Disk from PC

You then have free reign to connect the tablet or smartphone to the internet or use the WiFi Disk as a storage or transfer device between your devices. Being able to connect a hard drive to the WiFi Disk while also charging it makes a great time saver as I could easily see working on files and wanting to keep the disk topped off.

I had no problems using the WiFi Disk and can easily recommend it as a way to connect devices wirelessly and transfer files as well as charge them. I highly recommend the RAVPower WiFi Disk as a great portable charger and network adapter to transfer files and connect to the internet.

WiFi Disk @ RAVPower

WiFi Disk @ Amazon

Pros
Coonects up to five devices
Charges using 300 mAh battery
Wireless mobile storage
WiFi WLAN Hotspot
NAS File Server

Cons
Needs Apps to transfer files

iBattz Mojo Vogue Battstation Review

iBattz Mojo Vogue Battstation Review

The Mojo Vogue Battstation is a handy pocket sized charger for smartphones and other devices with 5,600 mAh of power for charging smaller handheld devices.

Ease of Use, Performance:  4/5
Look & Feel:  5/5
Features:  4/5
How much I enjoy:  4/5

Recommendation:  4/5 Stars

iBattz Mojo Vogue Battstation

The iBattz Mojo Vogue Battstation is a 5,600 mAh battery for charging your mobile devices like smartphones and tablets but does not quite have the juice to charge larger tablets. The 5,600 mAh battery has a USB mini B connection for charging the Battstation and a USB A for charging up your devices.

The 5,600 mAh battery has enough power to charge devices like tablets and smartphones but only has 1 amp of power at the output for your device. The iBattz Mojo Vogue can charge a Nexus 7 and Playbook tablet easily along with a variety of smartphones but just does not have the power needed for higher draw devices.

Mojo Vogue Battstation

The iPad requires 2.1 amps while the Mojo Vogue only puts out 1 amp so it will only charge an iPad if it is off and it will charge it slowly. It takes about 6 hours to charge the iBattz Mojo Vogue fully and has an indicator to show charge status using a single LED indicator.

The LED light on the battery shows a flashing blue for 67 to 100 percent charge and green for 34 to 66 percent with a red for 0 to 33 percent. Double pressing the side button turns the white LED light on and off while pressing it once shows the battery level and starts charging devices.

Mojo Vogue Connections

The white LED can be used as a flashlight but is not very bright but can be used in case of emergency or when you really need a little bit of light. The iBattz Mojo Vogue Battstation comes with a USB mini B cable but no charger so you need to either use a PC or MAC connection to charge the battery or use another USB charger.

The iBattz Mojo Vogue Battstation also comes with a soft cloth case, a 30 pin Apple adapter and a Galaxy Tab adapter with a quick user guide. The Mojo Vogue is a nice size at about 4 inches by 2 inches by one or so and comes in three colors for a nice variety.

Mojo Vogue Charging Smartphone

I had no problem charging up a smartphone twice with a full charge on the Mojo Vogue as well as fully charging either my Nexus 7 or Playbook once. The 5,600 mAh has enough power to charge most handheld devices and can charge a cellphone twice from a full charge.

I used the device a few times at craft shows to keep my smartphone charged so we could use the phone to accept credit cards. The Mojo Vogue Battstation fits nicely in a cash box, purse or back pocket but would be a bit bulky for a front pants pocket.

I had no problems with the Mojo Vogue Battstation and can highly recommend it as a fantastic charger for mobile devices in a convenient size.

Mojo Vogue Battstation @ iBattz

Mojo Vogue Battstation @ Amazon

Pros
Handy convenient size with 5,600 mAh
Can charge cell phone twice from full charge
Can charge variety of handheld devices

Cons
LED light not very bright