While we tend to think of USB hubs as computer accessories that help us connect more gear to the limited ports on our computers, they're equally as effective at replacing overpriced USB wall chargers and provide juice for more gadgets.
Lifehacker reader jcrashmiller001 thought it was ridiculous to pay almost as much for a single-cord USB charger as you'd pay for a brand new USB hub.
Rather than pay upwards of $US15.00 for a USB Wall charger for my phone or iPod, I use a $US20 powered USB hub. I can charge more at once for a lot less per port, and I use less outlets on the wall. Caveat—make sure it's a USB 2.0 hub or some newer devices might not charge properly.
While it might be unconventional to use a USB hub away from your computer it makes a lot of sense if you have multiple gadgets with a USB charging port. A USB hub just sitting on the floor or kitchen counter is a bit of an eyesore, so you'll definitely want to check out some of the charging stations we've highlighted to help hide the hub and cables. Check out this wall-mounted model or this simple leather box turned charging station.Thanks jcrashmiller001!