USB charging stations for your desk are, frankly, dull. Most of them, while functional, are black or white boxes with a row of USB ports and not much pizazz. That’s what makes the Jelly Comb Charging Station stand out. This 5-port USB station for your desktop has a unique design that makes it easy to plug in your accessories while not looking like a slap of plastic on your desk. It supports Quick Charge 3.0 technology and has a blue LED light to let you know when it is powered on. It’s a different take on what is usually a utilitarian accessory for most of us.
The team over at Jelly Comb sent me the charging station a few weeks back to test and review. It is the first product from the China-based company I have reviewed and for its unique look and technology supported, the $14.99 price tag is hard to beat. Here’s my review.
Design of the Jelly Comb Charging Station
The station is constructed of fire-resistant ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene ) and Polypropylene plastics. The outer shell is white with the front facing USB ports in black. A the back of the station you will find a hole where the blue LED comfort light is located which lights up the ring of the hole. Overall the Jelly Comb Charging Station measures 55 x 98 x 115 mm or 2.165 x 3.85 x 4.53 inches in old money. It weights 235 g or 8.3 ounces.
The front face of the station is flat and where you will find the 5 USB-A ports for charing your devices. Each port can put out a maximum of 5V and 2.4A so it can easily charge any phone or tablet you may have including Android devices and iOS devices. One of the ports, the lower one outlined in red, is Quick Charge 3.0 compatible and supports 5V-3A, 9V-2A, and 12V-1.5A output. This means it will work with any QC 3.0 device.
The AC electrical cord is built into the station so there is no additional plugging in required. Internally, it supports 120/220V natively so you can use it almost anywhere in the world with a plug adapter. No transformer is required.
Jelly Comb’s Smart Identification Technology
One of the elements of this Charging station that should not be overlooked is the tech built into it. This isn’t a dumb charger. Jelly Comb has built-in their own Smart Identification technology into each of the ports. What this does is identify the connected device through information gathered through the connection and delivers the correct amount of power to match the device’s needs. This technology is all part of the effort by the company to assure that your devices get charged efficiently but it does not overcharge them which can damage the device.
Jelly Comb Charging Station Performance
Having used the Charging Station the past couple of weeks as my primary charging hub for my devices, I have to say I’m impressed with it. I have had no problem using all five of the ports at the same time to load test it while my day-to-day usually sees three items plugged into it. I use the Quick Charge 3.0 port to charge my Google Pixel while I use two of the other ports to charge my 2017 iPad and my Google Nexus 6P.
The Quick Charge port works well and gives me the same charging performance that the included charger for my Pixel provides. At no time, with any of the ports, have I experienced poor charging performance or overcharging (i.e. a warm device).
Conclusion & Recommendation
With so many USB charging stations on the market, it is hard to stand out of the crowd. Jelly Comb has done that both from a design and performance perspective. Their charging station provides excellent and steady charging of devices while not looking good doing it. Having used this product for the past few weeks, I’m not sure if I could go back to the standard black box look of many desktop charger.
It is the first accessory I have reviewed in 2017 that has received 5 stars.
The Jelly Comb Charging Station is available from their storefront on Amazon for $14.99. It is backed by a one year warranty.