Review: Tripp Lite 10-device desktop charging station handles protection and power

Review: Tripp Lite 10-device desktop charging station handles protection and power

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 workstations just a few years ago.

And there aren’t too many disadvantages when 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 Desktop Charging Station 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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How the Tripp Lite Charging Station Provides Safety and Security

The devices to be charged are placed in slots, their cords exiting the back of the station. These cords then plug into one of 10 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.

Devices are fully protected against surges while charging, thanks to Tripp Lite surge protection technology. In fact, if an exceptionally powerful power surge hits the station, it will automatically shut off power to devices to protect them from damage.

A charging station with strong anti-theft measures

Tripp Lite has added some physical security features to the charging station.

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 station lid lock, which opens with a key, the cable uses a combination lock.

The Tripp Lite 10-Device Desktop Charging Station offers a sleek and safe way for an entire office to quickly charge mobile devices. It’s easy to use, convenient, and provides surge and theft protection.

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Security features help protect your investments

The Tripp Lite Desktop Charging Station for 10 Devices fills a definite need in most offices. By providing a universal space where devices can be easily charged at any time, it allows a mobile workforce to stay 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 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, I installed a power meter and an oscilloscope inside the charging station.

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Surge tests prove the protection is working

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

As I did, the surge protection was able to compensate. Although I did register a few power anomalies in the station, they were minor and did not approach a level that would have damaged the devices inside.

When I sent surges, one of two things happened: with 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 my testing that devices charged in the Tripp Lite 10-Device Desktop Charging Station are as safe as possible against unexpected power spikes and surges.


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

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