September 28, 2022

Review: Tripp Lite 10-Device Desktop AC Charging Station Manages Protection and Power

Federal agency computers once required rooms full of equipment, but today much of that computing power has shifted to desktops, laptops and even smaller devices. Smartphones and tablets now have as many capabilities as desktops just a few years ago. And there aren’t too many downsides to using mobile devices for work-related tasks.

In fact, the biggest issue is usually battery life. Many portable devices are power hungry, especially when running at full capacity. The Tripp Lite 10-Device AC Desktop Charging Station with Surge Protection is designed to be a power oasis for all those hard-working devices. It’s set up like a filing cabinet, with vertical plastic dividers keeping each device in its own cubbyhole. Dividers can be removed to fit larger devices, although this will reduce the maximum capacity to 10 devices.

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Safety and security made easy for you

Devices to be charged are placed in a slot with their cords exiting the back of the station. These cords then plug into one of 10 power outlets on the back of the device, spaced so that each outlet can fit. This keeps the main storage bay clean and accessible, without annoying cable bundles.

While charging, devices are fully protected against power surges with Tripp Lite surge protection technology. In fact, if an exceptionally powerful surge happens to hit the station, it will automatically shut off power to the devices to protect them from damage. While devices charged inside an agency building are likely safe, Tripp Lite has added a few physical security features to the charging station.

Strong anti-theft measures for peace of mind

First, there’s a transparent plastic cover that can be closed on the devices and locked with a key. The lid remains open at the bottom for ventilation, but it would be impossible to take the devices out of the station with the lid closed. To prevent the dock itself from being stolen, as well as any units that charge inside, Tripp Lite has included a Kensington-style security cable. One end of the cable is attached to the charging station and then wrapped around a table leg or other anchored item. Unlike the lock on the station lid, which opens with a key, the cable uses a combination lock.

Protect all your eggs in one basket

The Tripp Lite 10-Device AC Desktop Charging Station with Surge Protection fills a definite need in most offices. By providing a universal space where devices can be easily charged at any time, it keeps a mobile workforce on the move.

Workers do not need to look for a free outlet; they simply head to the station whenever they have a free moment to reload their gear.

One potential problem is that using a charging station this way puts a lot of eggs in one basket, so Tripp Lite has fitted the station with two locks to protect it from theft. It also has robust surge protection, as you would expect from a Tripp Lite product.

Although physical locks are easy to see and test, surge protection is not. To evaluate this functionality, we installed a power meter and an oscilloscope inside the charging station.

Surge tests prove the protection is working

The station’s power cable ran through a battery-powered electrical test device, which in turn was plugged into a standard power outlet. This allowed us to play with the quality of power flowing through the charging station while sending small surges through the line.

As we manipulated the quality of the power entering the station, the surge protection was able to compensate. Although we recorded some power anomalies in the station, they were minor and did not approach the level that would have damaged the devices inside.

When we sent surges, one of two things happened: for small surges, the station was able to compensate, keeping almost completely clean power flowing to the devices being charged. With a larger surge, the station instead shut down power outlets completely, protecting devices from any spikes that might have exceeded the normal protection level.

It was clear in our testing that devices that charge in the Tripp Lite 10-Device AC Desktop Charging Station are about as safe as possible against unexpected power spikes and surges.

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Features

ABILITY: 10 devices, up to 10.5 inches each (with lid closed)
MAX. RUNNING: 15 amps
CABLE LENGTH: 6 feet
SECURITY: Kensington type cable with combination lock
DIMENSIONS: 13.5 by 8.9 by 16.5 inches