>> Let me guess, you've got a bunch of portable gadgets,
but all the chargers that go with them are overcrowding
your power outlets. I'm John Falcone from CNET with a
quick tip that will help you juice up most of your
portable devices, at home or on the road, with just a
single charger. The secret here is USB. Most, but not
all, portable phones and music players can be charged
from a standard USB port. But that port doesn't have to
be on your computer. A USB hub will work just as well.
You can pick up a USB hub for under $30. Pretty much
any model should do the job, so long as it includes its
own power adapter. Then all you need is a matching USB
cable for you devices. Now not every product with a USB
port or docking cable will work. Be sure to check the
product manual to be sure. That said, all current iPod
and iPhones should be compatible, as well as all recent
Blackberry models, and many other cell phones. The one
caveat. You might have to invest in a special
charging-only cable as we did with our iPod. We were
also able to find special USB cables that worked with
the Nintendo DS Light and the Sony PSP for around 10
dollars a piece. Once you verify the product's
capability with USB charging and you've got the proper
cable, you're good to go. It's just plug and play. The
only downside is you still have a lot of wires, but you
can cut down from several AC adapters to just one. And
that's a worthwhile victory over gadget clutter in our
book. I'm John Falcone for cnet.com. See you next
Valley of the Boom clip makes a risky investment in the internet...
Star Trek: Discovery’s Sonequa Martin-Green plays the word association...
CES 2019: Run-DMC gives their perspective on the current tech...
Top 5 reasons why the DCEU will not die
How does Star Trek: Discovery’s Spock compare to the original...
Star Trek: Discovery cast on the one tech they could beam away
What Star Trek character would you like to see on Discovery?
Faith plays a key role in Star Trek: Discovery
Hellboy trailer injects reboot with fun
How to save money on nearly everything you buy online