Having too many devices to charge is a uniquely modern conundrum. It’s a reality that all too many of us have to deal with. Enter the Jelly USB charging station. Able to charge at maximum speed on each port, it essentially satisfies all the charging demands a power user could possibly have. The Apple device that it was meant for labels each port. Three 1A ports are dedicated for iPod/iPhone devices and one 2.1A pod is dedicated to iPads and the like. If cross compatibility is a concern, the Jelly also works with most USB devices including Android. At USD$38, there is plenty to like about the Jelly.
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The enticing bright pink box resembles that made for a toy. There is an actual size image of the charging station without its sleeve on the back, providing a good sense of the Jelly’s compact size. It’s an eye-catching package that is coherent and leaves a professional impression on potential consumers.
BUILD AND DESIGN
Out of the box, the charging hub is nicely fitted into its silicone sleeve/stand with a coiled extension cable in the empty compartment at the base of the stand. This design allows customers to elegantly hide excess wire, freeing up desk space and reducing tangling. However, it is the size and weight of the Jelly that is truly impressive, coming in at no larger than two Apple iPad chargers placed side by side and weighing only 128g without the silicone sleeve. The extension cable comes in at 1.2m and features good stress relief/ durability. In addition, it can be wrapped around the middle section of the device for ease of travel.
The ports themselves are a little stiff; my USB cables don’t slide in and out as smoothly as with the original Apple chargers. The iPad port is also slightly misaligned. Overall, the port installation doesn’t impress. Nevertheless, what makes this a great desk charging station is its stand. For all you aesthetically minded individuals, the silicone sleeve is nice to touch and looks great. Its wide base and tight fit for the charger gives it ample support and prevents it from toppling over. Best feature? You can see the face of the ports when it’s standing up so inserting cables is a piece of cake.
But does it charge well? For the most part, yes. The iPhone 6s drew 1A from each iPhone port when it was at about 20% battery capacity, identical to the stock charger for iPhone. It is interesting to note that it fluctuates between 1-1.2A when connected to the iPad port, which technically means it charges faster. I test charged my iPhone 6s with the iPad Air original Apple charger, which garnered similar results; and since Apple says the that iPhone is compatible witht he iPad charger, charging an iPhone with the iPad port on the Jelly should not result in any noticeable differences. The iPad port easily supplied a steady 2.1A output to the iPad Air. Next, I connected the Jelly to an iPhone 6s, a 10400mAh Xiaomi power bank, an iPhone 5s and an iPad Air (iPad Air was connected to iPad port). Outstandingly, it lived up to the company’s claim about being able to charge at maximum speed on all ports simultaneously. The 6s and iPad Air maintained its 1A and 2.1A charging speed despite the active use of all the ports. The charging speed for the iPhone gradually declined after about 60% battery capacity. Batteries tend to charge slower as the approach full capacity. The iPhone was drawing about 0.65-0.7A at about 80% and less than 0.05A after reaching 100% capacity. At this point the Jelly stopped charging the iPhone. It’s nice to note that devices can be safely left alone overnight.
Sadly for Android users, there is no Qualcomm fast charging. Fast charging is a technology used in many devices such as Samsung S7, HTC 10, LG G5, etc, and is only triggered when both the device and charger have the Qualcomm fast charge circuitry. When activated, they communicate with each other to draw the optimal amount of power in order to charge the device most efficiently, so that less excess power is lost as heat. If you connect such a device to the iPad port of the Jelly, it will benefit from the higher amperage output and charge faster than conventional chargers but it will not be as efficient as a certified fast charger. Many Android phones have large battery size near 3000mAh that charges at speeds around 2A; The Samsung S7 has a 3000mAh battery size, LG G5 at 2800mAh, Nexus 5X at 2700mAh and Nexus 6p at a whopping 3450mAh. The iPhone 6 and 6s have 1810mAh and 1715mAh while the 6 Plus and 6s Plus has 2915mAh and 2750mAh respectively. Suffice to say, iPhone’s battery capacity are efficient enough that the stock Apple chargers still charges at 1A. If you decide to use an Android device with the iPhone/iPod ports of the Jelly, you may find that your device charges slower than usual.
The Jelly is a small but uncompromising USB charging hub. For Apple product users, there is little to complain about; it’s significantly cheaper than buying four Apple chargers and a whole lot tidier. For Android users, it’s still a high quality, safe, and affordable charger. If you’ve got too many USB devices to charge, the Jelly will not disappoint.