Powerstrips are great for expaning the amount of AC outlets in your house or office, but with so many different devices taking up space, it is difficult to have the right combination of ports to charge your iPhone, Apple Watch, FitBit, tablet, Nintendo Switch and so on. The Anker PowerPort Strip PD 2 mini is equipped with 2 outlets and 3 USB ports for powering a variety of different devices at once. It is great for expanding your charging options at home or for trips away from home such as vacations, cruises and in dorm rooms.
Whether you are camping in the backcountry, traveling abroad or domestically, or even just at work or home, a power bank is almost a must-have convenience. The tech has come a long way in the past ten years, with most quality devices offering several full fast charges for even the most power hungry iPhones, while remaining portable. With a power bank you won't have to worry about finding electrical outlets when you are away from home, and when you are home you can charge your phone at your side rather than leaving it out of reach because the wall outlet is too far away.
Wireless charging is quick and convenient, with no Lightning cable required. Apple's latest devices all support the Qi wireless charging standard, which means there are many choices when it comes to charging pads, stands and other products. Even AirPods with a wireless charging case can be placed on a wireless charger, just like an iPhone. And iPhones can be charged wirelessly without removing a case.
Charging bricks disappear. Often. Kids lose them, suitcases and hotel rooms eat them, your co-workers steal them. The cheap replacements you buy at the gas station on the way home break after a few weeks and charge at a glacial pace.
And Lightning cables? Mostly the same story. Unless they wear out before they have time to disappear. Third-party replacements never seem to last long. They break, the jackets slip off the port adapters, or they just stop working. Even the authentic Apple brand cables have a bad habit of failing right where the cable meets the Lightning adapter.
The iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X will all be capable of fast charging, a feature that Apple claims will allow you to charge your handset to 50% or more within 30 minutes. Unfortunately, you will need some hardware that doesn't come in the box to achieve this.