THE MACSOURCES REVIEW: SUPERDANNY POWER STRIP TOWER
CHARGE YOUR DEVICES VIA USB-A, AC, OR WIRELESS.
It is rather frustrating to find certain outlets overburdened, when some outlets and even some rooms remain underutilized. This became my reality throughout my college dorm room days and progressed to both my home and work offices. I regularly felt like I was playing a losing game of power cord Tetris. I utilized extension cords, surge protectors, power strips, and battery backups to try to keep all of my gear powered up. Unfortunately, it seemed that just a few outlets did all of the charging. For those instances, a multi-port charging device like that from Superdanny tipped the balance in my favor .
The Superdanny USB Power Strip Tower with Wireless Charger 10 AC outlets and 4 USB ports arrived in a classy 6 1/4 inches square by 10 1/16 inches tall retail package. The front and back panels displayed a large turquoise rectangle with the product title in the negative space and a 5 inches tall by 2 1/2 inches wide ink-outline drawing of the charging device. The ink outline detailed the triple tower design, stacked Type B outlets, and lower USB-A output section. To further draw attention to the design, the company added a sunburst pattern around the tower. Each of the turquoise side panels provided eight product feature icons. The left side panel provided a list of the specifications: 1. 110-240V 50-60Hz 13Aa AC input, 110-240V 50-60Hz 13A 1430-3120W AC output, 5V/3.4A total and up to 2.4A per port USB Output, Plastic PC +ABS Cabale Core Purer Copper materials, 900J Rating, 6.5Ft cable length, 16AWG wire gauge, 10W wireless charging. Along the bottom of the panel, you will find a warranty paragraph, www.aracky.com website address, firstname.lastname@example.org email address, and the Made in China label. The opposite side panel provided a white circle to show the product color and eight additional icons: Overload Protection, Surge Protection, Fire-Retardant Materials, Wireless Charging, and images of a tablet, instapot, monitor, and a camera. Along the bottom of the panel, you will find a warning to keep the box away from babies, and an SKU barcode.
I lifted the top flap, the white plastic carry handle, removed the internal cardboard, and lifted out the large Ivory Tower surge protector/power strip. Beneath the main device, you will find an eight-panel instruction manual and an Aracky VIP member card (QR code, VIP privilege, and comments/contact information). Turning to the instruction manual, I was quite pleased with the layout and overall design. The first panel provided a labeled diagram of the tower charger, the layers, and ports. The second panel listed the product specifications (above) and applications, while the third and fourth panels reviewed a few warnings, and the setup/operation. Lastly the manual showed how to wirelessly charge a device and provided information about the product waranty and Troubleshooting.
The 28.9-ounce (1 lb 12.9 oz) device had a 5 5/8 inches square base with rounded corners that measured approximately 2 inches tall. The 9 3/4 inches tall tower tapered in by about an inch at the base and measured 3 3/4 inches square with rounded edges. If you look at the top of the base tier, you will notice the “Superdanny” name across fro the pull-out extension cord. The tower was set up into three rows. The lower row had two dual 2400mA USB-A ports and two Type B wall plugs arranged on each face. The middle and top tiers had four type-B wall outlets arranged such that the grounding pins faced each other. Each tier had a press-button power switch located between the USB-A ports on the bottom tier and the type B outlets above. Just above each of the power buttons, you will find an LED indicator, which was designed to show the status of each tier. Atop the upper tier, you will find a 3 5/16 inches square by 1/2 inches tall wireless charging layer with a 2 1/8 inches diameter 10W charger. The 6.5ft retractable Type B plug was easily found jutting from the rear of the base tier. To remove the cable, grab the neck segment, pull outward, and watch the tower pin counterclockwise. If you rotate the tower clockwise, the cable will respool.
To use the charger, I gripped the plastic wall plug cover, set it aside, and pulled the cable outward. I was pleased with the ability to retract/extend the cable and that I was not forced to deal with excess, redundant cable. I plugged the Type B wall plug into a standard wall outlet and placed my iPhone 12 Pro Max plus Catalyst Total Protection Case atop the device. When all of the power buttons were in the off position, the wireless charger was deactivated. You can press the power button to the on position for each layer that you wish to activate. For the wireless functionality to work, you will need to make sure that the lowest tier power button i in the on position. I depressed the button, placed my phone atop the tower, and waited for the device to charge. At 810PM, my phone was at 46% power. By 2025, my phone was at 55% power.
While simultaneously charging my iPhone 12 Pro Max, I decided to charge my iPad Pro 11″ and my wife’s iPhone 12. I plugged a Klein Tool Multimeter into the USB-A port, a USB-A to USB-C cable into the multimeter, and then into the iPad Pro. I plugged a DROK USB A multimeter into the other USB-A port and monitored the charging rates. The iPad started at 63% at 20:30 and the multimeter displayed 5.03V/1.42A. By 20:44 the iPad was at 63%, by 21:01 the iPad was at 66%, by 21:20 it was up to 71%, by 21:45 it was at 78%, by 21:58 it was at 82% and by 2300 the iPad was at 100%. Although this was not an ideal rate of charge, it showed that the USB-A output could charge the iPad Pro 11″. The DROK multimeter displayed 4.96V/1.35A-1.49A with my wife’s iPhone 12 plugged into it. At 2030 the phone was at 60%. By 20:44 it was at 65%, by 21:01 it was at 73%, by 21:20 it was at 83%, by 21:45 it was at 94%, by 21:58 (4.98V/0.47A) it was at 97%, by 22:11 it was at 98% and by 22:30 it was at 100%. Throughout these tests, my iPhone 12 Pro Max charged wirelessly. At 20:44 my iPhone 12 Pro max was at 59%, by 21:01 67%, by 21:20 73%, by 21:45 80%, by 21:58 85%, by 22:48 87%, by 23:10 92%, by 23:30 98%, by 00:00 I was fully charged at 100%.
If you are looking for a unique appearing surge protector, look no further than the SuperDanny. I liked the AC adapter layout and the inclusion of the quad USB-A ports but would have loved at least one USB-C output. In fact, I would have liked for two of the AC ports to have been swapped out for a more USB charging options. I believe removal of two to four of the AC ports would allow for a more robust USB presence. Perhaps in the SuperDanny version 2.0, they will include PD USB-C ports or QC 3.0 USB ports. I loved the wireless charging feature, the tower design, and the retractable cord. Each of the AC outlets will allow you to plug in a charging brick, which would then allow for USB-A, USB-C (PD), etc. The Type B grounded wall plug was easy to insert into a standard wall outlet and did not block the other outlet. If I had to pick a favorite feature, it would have to be the retractable cable management system. If needing a shorter cable, spin the tower clockwise until you reach the desired length. The wide base was perfect for the cable, but not so large that the device felt bulky or cumbersome. With USB-C and a few more USB-A ports, the device likely would have received a solid 10/10. However, in the current configuration, I would give the device a respectable 9-9.5/10.
If white is a little too sterile for your interest, you can choose among black/gold, black/blue, black/grey, black, soft wooden pattern with black outlet ports, orange/black, white/blue, white/grey, or white/steel blue.
This article is written by Jon Walters, view original site: https://macsources.com/superdanny-power-strip-tower-review/