When the German company Inateck contacted me to offer me material tests, I confess that I did not know these products. We can’t know everything…
After visiting their site, I spotted a few products that might interest the RaspiNautes that we are.
This USB charger is the first equipment they sent me for tests.
The 40W – 5ports USB – UC5002 USB loader
The UC5002 of Inateck charger comes in a box of good quality, it is far from the packaging of some items from the Asian countries.
After removing the blindfold surrounding the box, it opens and shows the proper charger, well protected by a rigid cardboard and a vacuum device that makes it immune to a possible crash of the box.
The following out of the packaging: one is in possession of a USB charger, a sector in European format plug fitted with a cord of approximately 1.20 m and a printed manual.
The frame is alloy of aluminium, coated in smooth black rubber and resilient, decreasing the risk that the charger doesn’t slip.
The input voltage range is from 110V to 240V, which allows to use the charger in European countries but also to Japan or to the StatesUnited.
- The total available power is 40 Watts, with 5V / 2.4 A (max) distributed on each port, the charger USB Inateck power/load quickly and simultaneously 5 devices.
- It’s a smart charger: the technology of Smart Charging, it first identifies the needs of the unit, then it delivers the best current for a quick charge.
- Designed according to industry standards, the charger is protected against overcurrent, overvoltage and short circuit (certified, FCC, ROHS and ETL).
- It is compatible with all devices of consuming 1 A to 2.4 A: iPad, iPhone, iPod, Samsung, HTC, Blackberry, MP3 Players, digital cameras, PDAs, etc.
For testing I chose to connect the charger two devices supplied with 5V through a USB port tester (I has only two testers).
Also good Raspberry Pi smartphone functioned quite normally.
For the topic that interests us here, the Raspberry Pi 2 was that consuming 200mA in this configuration and the voltage of power supply under these conditions was 5, 24V.
When he transferred to the smartphone (Samsung Galaxy 4) with a current of 1.25 and the power supply for this current was 5, 19V which is quite OK for a power supply of USB port.
I used this charger a couple of days before writing this article and he played his role of charger for different smartphone and tablets but also supply for my RasPi without complaining and without flinching…
After almost two weeks of use, the charger showed no sign of failure. Whether to charge a smartphone or a Tablet (tested with Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4, S2 9.7 and iPhone Tablet) or to power one or two Raspberry Pi (tested with Raspberry Pi 2 and B +). Tests have been made with sometimes four devices simultaneously.
It allows for 5 Sockets USB that can each supply 5V / A 2.4 for twenty euros (€22 exactly), to be compared with the price of the same number of individual power supplies.
For the supply of several Raspberry Pi (I think a cluster) this charger/power is in my opinion a solution that greatly facilitates implementing (a single outlet for 5 power supply USB outputs).
The advantage is the possibility to supply or load up to 5 devices from a single power outlet (who doesn’t have his sector power strip to charge smartphones of the House, as well as tablets?). The proliferation of these devices has only just begun.
A regret anyway is that this charger… will be a charger and is not coupled with a USB hub.But well, I don’t know how the different devices (smartphones and RasPi) who would happily plugged into a hub of this type would react…
The Inateck company distributes directly its products. If you are interested in this charger, it will go through Amazon. (and no, I don’t touch either of commission on sales! CA)
As always this sponsored article is marked as such. Sponsorship (patronage) is limited to only supplying the product excluding any financial advantage;).
I may have the opportunity to test other brand devices, you will find tests on framboise314.
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