Keeping track of your own chargers can be a task enough, but when you throw a family into the mix, there are issues like borrowing to steal the cables of each other, not enough chargers where and when you need them, and more. Join the Family Charger of ElevationLab that can power up to five devices with one sturdy built-in cable at once. Read on for our full review of this fantastic MFi family (or business) charging solution that provides Lightning, USB-C, and microUSB devices with power.
When you’re thinking of charging a house full of mobile devices, it’s easy for things to get messy quickly as it often involves lots of brick charging and lots of cables. With a five cable-in – one braided nylon design, FamilyCharger provides a clean and simple solution.
This wired charge solution is not only a lifesaver for families, but it can also be a killer addition to business or office spaces.
- MFi (Made for iPhone, iPad, iPod) certified
- Connectors: 3 Lightning, 1 MicroUSB, 1 USB-C.
- Power supply: 52W
- Input: 100-240v – 50/60Hz, 1.5A
- Plug: US 2-prong power cord to C7 connector on power supply. Other options available for international customers.
- Each connector gets up to 12W power. MicroUSB supports QuickCharge 3.0 up to 18W.
Material and build
There’s no surprise here. Over the years, we have reviewed a good deal of Apple accessories from ElevationLab and FamilyCharger continues the company’s ethos of creating products with great shape and function.
The main cable consists of a robust braided black and silver nylon for a pleasant aesthetic to go along with the durability that stands up to the use of the entire family. There are also two silicon cable management mounts in ElevationLab so you can install it practically anywhere.
Another nice aspect of the design of FamilyCharger is that the 52W of total power output and the ability to charge five devices at a time only takes up one plug on an outlet or power strip.
More thoughtfulness, the charger can be bought with or without the USB power adapter, so no worries if you already have one or need to replace it in the future.
Keep in mind that this will not be the cable you want to use if you want to continue to use your device while charging. You can, it’s just that it’s not built for that use case to be a 5-in-1 charger.
ElevationLab includes with FamilyCharger a one-year warranty and a return policy of 30 days.
This is one of those items that really enhance everyday life. I think a lot of people had a reaction like the character of Peter Dinklage in Elf while thinking about great ideas when it was first released.
There’s not much to say here other than FamilyCharger is a very well built and executed product providing the kind of functionality that makes everyday life smoother. But from my study, here are a few more thoughts.
I love you have nearly 10 feet to deal with, including cable management, and it provides 2.4A 12W charging for each device (up to 18W for microUSB cable).
Besides using a FamilyCharger as a power-up hub for your fam, this is a great addition to any office or business that is very appropriate for most devices, whether Apple or not.
Another thing I’ve realized, although it’s a beefy5-in-1 cable, it can be handy to grab for traveling as you only have one item to remember that it takes care of almost all your charging needs (ElevationLab notes that you can trickle a MacBook but recommend using a dedicated charger for regular use).
I give it two big thumbs after spending several weeks with the FamilyCharger to deliver exactly what the company claims with premium construction and remove cord clutter and squabbling over cables.
Because wireless charging hasn’t reached devices like iPad and other tablets, and many younger users in your family may have older iPhones or other smartphones without wireless charging, it’s a great buy.
With the power adapter or without the power adapter for $55, you can pick up FamilyCharger for $75. You can purchase it from both Elevation Lab and Amazon directly.