In my review of the awesome Varidesk ProPlus 30 Electric sit-stand converter, I noted the company includes one of their PowerHubs with the purchase. (Read my review.) It gives you three AC outlets and two USB ports. I also noted that the Varidesk PowerHub, which is also available as a standalone product for $50, deserves its own review. Here’s why.
Despite the growing presence of wireless charging in current devices we still need access to AC outlets and USB ports. Sure, there are plenty of options available but the most common approach, AC power strips, remain largely unchanged. They get the job done, and there are new versions available that include USB ports and, in some case, even work with Alexa or Google Assistant, but power strips remain a cumbersome solution. One question, of course, is where you put the power strip. If you place it on the floor it, in too many cases, adds to the clutter of wire that sits under many of our desks. Or you can, as I often choose to do, find a way to secure it beneath your desk, but accessing the power strip when you do quickly becomes an inconvenience. The PowerHub is a power strip that solves these issues.
The PowerHub has three AC outlets and two USB-A ports.
What makes the PowerHub stand out is the clamp that allows you to secure it to your desk. No tools are required to secure it to the edge of your desk, and it can be repositioned within seconds.
As the company explains:
POWER WHERE YOU NEED IT: You can stop hunting for outlets and dragging cords to your desk. The PowerHub is a simple way to charge all your devices and power on all your electronics in one place. Plug the PowerHub into a grounded outlet, clamp it to the edge of your desk or table, tighten, and you’re ready to work. Cords, cables, and desktops stay organized by having everything plugged into one place and you can easily plug in your phone, laptop, tablet, speakers, and other electronics so everything is right where you need it.
As noted, the PowerHub has three AC outlets and two USB ports that each deliver 1.5 Amps. Also, the PowerHub includes a surge protector so your valuable devices won’t get fried if there is a power surge.
I plugged the PowerHub’s 12’ power cord into my wall and then secured the PowerHub’s clamp to my desk. I tried several different positions for the PowerHub and determined the best position was the middle of the right side of my desk. I plugged a cable with a Lightning connector into one of the USB ports and a USC-C cable into the other. Since I rarely need access to them, devices such as my iMac, my printer and my scanner are still plugged into a traditional power strip beneath my desk. That leaves the PowerHub’s AC outlets free, and within easy reach the next time I need to plug something in for a few minutes.
- Easily clamps to desk
- 3 AC outlets and 2 USB ports (1.5 Amp)
- 12′ (365.5 cm) power cord
- Includes a surge protector to safeguard your devices
- No tools required
The VARIDESK PowerHub is a simple accessory that puts three AC outlets and two USB ports within easy reach. The clamping system allows it to be secured to most desktops as well place it in a variety of other locations. The inclusion of the USB ports means you don’t need additional USB power adapters. Sadly, each of the USB ports only delivers 1.4 Amps, but for low power devices, the USB ports are a terrific addition. I have the PowerHub that came with the VARIDESK ProPlus 36 Electric next to it at work and a second one on the left side of the desk in my home office. In both locations, this simple accessory has already come in handy numerous times. Check it out here.
Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample of the Varidesk PowerHub
What I Like: Has long, 12’ cable so you can place it pretty much anywhere; Includes three AC outlets and two USB ports; Includes surge protection; Clamp mounting system lets you attach it along the front, sides or back surface of most desktops
What Needs Improvement: USB ports only devices 1.4 Amps of power