Elevation Lab Launches New FamilyCharger With Lightning, USB-C and MicroUSB Connectors

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    Elevation Lab, known for its line of popular iPhone charging docks, today released the FamilyCharger, a multi-charging setup designed to allow you to charge all of your devices in one place.

    The FamilyCharger includes three Lightning cables, one microUSB cable, and one USB-C cable for charging iPhones, Android devices, iPads, and more.

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    A thick braided cord keeps all of the individual cords together and delivers 2.4A of power to each connector. With the included silicone mounts, the cable can be routed anywhere, such as a desk, a bookshelf, or another central location in the home. The main cord is nine feet long.

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    According to Elevation Lab, the FamilyCharger was designed to have the smallest footprint of any available multi-charger, and it is an Apple Made for iPhone certified device.

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    The FamilyCharger is powered by an included 65W power supply, though Elevation Lab also sells a cord-only version that lets you use your own five port USB-A power supply if desired.

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    The FamilyCharger can be ordered from the Elevation Lab website for $74.95, or $49.99 for the cord only model.

    Article Link: Elevation Lab Launches New FamilyCharger With Lightning, USB-C and MicroUSB Connectors
     
  2. Azeroth1 macrumors regular

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    I really wish this had a connection to also charge an Apple Watch.
     
  3. fruitpunch.ben macrumors 6502a

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    With an Apple Watch charger I'd be all over this. Now it's basically useless as a family charger. may as well just keep all the cords I've already got if I have to add more anyway.

    I don't understand why they didn't add one
     
  4. TFloyd macrumors newbie

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    This would push the retail price way up.
     
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    I’m not sure how valuable this is without having 18w USB-C power delivery fast charge capability. An Apple Watch charger would be beneficial to
     
  7. Dave-Z macrumors 6502a

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    I bought an Anker charger with their cables. I can mix, match, and change (as devices get replaced) the connections. Makes a lot more sense than hardwiring a fixed number of cable types and it's cheaper.
     
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    While I can see this benefiting those households who don't discipline their kids and allow them android phones, why don't you just get whatever cables you want, and then sleeve them?

    That's what I did for my nightstand, though my reason was to keep my cats from eating the cables (after they ate my Watch cable).
     
  10. KazKam macrumors 6502

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    Was just going to say something similar. I recently built my own travel charging station for all of our devices with a 6-port RAVpower charger, short Anker Lightening cables, and a few of the scores of micro-USB cables laying around the house for $36 total. And that rig allows you to fully customize what configuration of cables you have depending on your use/case, or as device I/O needs change.
     
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    Yeah its the cable - my cat loves my charging cables. Or shoe laces or rope-like stuff in general.
     
  13. CarlJ macrumors 68030

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    Very much this. I have a very nice Anker 10-port desktop charger and a selection of Anker cables, and I plug in what I need. Easier to rebalance (if, for instance, you find you need more Lightning connectors and fewer MicroUSB), and it handles plugging in things like Apple's Watch charger "puck". And I'm not forced to have all the devices within 18 inches of each other (the way this contraption looks).

    Points, though, for the cat paws reaching up to the end table in one of the pictures.
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    Years ago, when my cats were kittens, I was sitting in the living room playing UT2004 (IIRC) and there was some kitten commotion and then the game seemed to half freeze. One of the kittens had chomped down on the (wired) mouse's cord, driving a fang through the cable. My wife exclaimed with pride, "Look! Sylvie got her first mouse!" She was a bit less happy when I pointed out the permanently attached extremely thin cable was nigh on unrepairable and I'd have to buy a new mouse.
     
  14. Blackstick macrumors 6502a

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    Is this thing UL and Made for iPhone approved?
     
  15. TFloyd macrumors newbie

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    YES, it is!
     
  16. eagle33199 macrumors member

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    With an Apple Watch charger, this would be perfect for travelling. Without it, I'll stick with my current setup, a multi-port USB charging hub and a half dozen individual cables. It'd be nice to simplify all of that and make sure I don't forget a cable, but it's not worth the price unless it bundles everything I need :)
     
  17. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3

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    I think I'm going to buy this just for my wife and me traveling... we always end up using random outlets all over the hotel room... we end up with stuff charging in the bathroom, in the kitchenette, everywhere, just because there's never enough outlets at the bed.

    With this, we could charge both our iPhones, her iPad, my Switch, and her portable battery, Kindle, or GoPro... the only devices left that this wouldn't handle are my Dell laptop + my Apple Watch. I'm always worried we'll forget a cable. Now it's just a matter of bringing this, the laptop cable, and the Apple Watch cable.
     
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    https://smile.amazon.com/Alex-Tech-...ds=cable+wrap&qid=1563538967&s=gateway&sr=8-3

    Just toss some heatshrink tubing on the ends to make it purdy.

    Or if you're like me and need cat armor:

    https://smile.amazon.com/Copapa-Pol...ds=cable+wrap&qid=1563539010&s=gateway&sr=8-4
     
  19. Ronlap macrumors regular

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    Agree. This is planned obsolescence. When you move to devices with other charging ports, like USB-C, you have to toss this out. Better to get a multi-port wall charger with USB and USB-C and replace cables as needed.

    As for the Apple Watch charger, just add a Griffin Travel Portable Charger which has a MicroUSB connector on it.
     
  20. Bistroengine macrumors regular

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    Not very practical for a family who actually likes to use their devices while they are charging.
     
  21. Pipper99 macrumors 68020

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    That was my first thought
     
  22. BanditoB macrumors newbie

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    This will very shortly be obsolete if Apple moves to USB-C on the iPhone. Otherwise, it’s a nice idea.

    The main thing that I don’t understand is why a 65W adapter when they’re only delivering about 12.5W. This makes no sense unless they got some kind of amazing deal on the 65W adapters.
     
  23. SkippyThorson macrumors 68000

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    My thoughts exactly! The cables on the end of this snake aren’t long enough to adequately lay a collection of devices flat and arranged; how any self-respecting person would have them. If I wanted my tech thrown in a pile like this, I’d just hand my open computer bag to our kids.
     
  24. jerwin macrumors 68020

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    Is micro usb really dead? I have lots of micro usb devices-- among them a portable keyboard, kindles, a reading light, bluetooth receiver, remote control-- and oh yeah, one of my phones.
     
  25. drumcat macrumors 6502a

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    They give these away as swag....

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    Putting the brick on it doesn't make it worthwhile...
     

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