We’re living in a multi-device world and thanks to the very common micro USB standard, there’s a good chance most of your devices can be charged using the same micro USB cable. But what if you have only a single charger and 1 USB cable? You’d have to wait for your phone to charge before plugging in your smartwatch, headphones, or Bluetooth speaker — not good.
Although there are plenty of options when it comes to chargers with multiple USB ports, for a single USB cable solution, your options are far more limited. Sure you can find 3-in-1 USB cables just about anywhere, but for the most part, the connectors are made to support multiple devices (an iPhone 4s, iPhone 5s, etc.. For whatever reason, finding a single USB cable that can split into nothing but multiple micro USB connectors is much less commonplace.
Samsung knows this, which is why — given their vast product portfolio of devices featuring micro USB ports — they’ve introduced their “Multi-Charging Wall Charger.” Because there’s nothing fun about our devices fighting over a single USB charger, the cable allows for 3 devices micro USB devices to connect to a single port charger. Pretty nifty if you don’t feel like carrying around multiple USB cables or find yourself somewhere with only a single port charger available (like an airport or someone’s house where it’s built into the wall socket).
Speaking of the charger, the wall wart portion only outputs at 2A and distributes the power flow evenly between connected devices. This means with 2 devices, each will only receive 1A (or 667mA for 3 devices). It’s this, in addition to the steep $40 asking price, that will likely be a deal breaker for some. Especially considering multi-port USB chargers, although much more bulky, offer just as much value (and for much less).