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Elago 3-in-1 charging hub is virtually unbreakable, a steal at just $30 [Review]

A decent all-in-one charging hub that can top-up your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods simultaneously doesn’t have to break the bank. Elago’s is insanely practical, virtually unbreakable, and a steal at just $30.

It’s ideal not only for desks and bedside tables, but also those who frequently travel. It supports all iPhone and Apple Watch models, and it’s available in a number of smart and subtle color options.

Elago’s 3-in-1 charging hub isn’t for you if you’re after something fancy. That’s not what it aims to be. Instead, it’s a wonderfully affordable, no-frills solution that, for the majority of Apple fans, does its job brilliantly well.

The hub is made entirely out of sturdy silicone so it’s immensely robust. It securely holds your favorite Apple devices, and it won’t fall over easily or slide off shiny tables. For the price, you won’t get much better.

Elago’s 3-in-1 charging hub is the simple solution

Unboxing Elago’s hub reveals the hub itself and … nothing else. You provide your own cables, which helps keep the product’s price low. Installing the cables is simple, though you might need to use a little force to slide them into place.

Cable channels on the back of the hub keep all three cords tidy and prevent them from getting tangled. Be aware that only official Apple cables are guaranteed to fit; third-party options with thicker connectors may not work.

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Cables are kept tidy so they don’t get in the way.
Photo: Adel Neal/Cult of Mac

Once the hub is all set up, charging your devices is as easy as placing them onto their connectors. Because this isn’t a wireless charging hub, you’ll enjoy the fastest possible charge (so long as you’re using the right power adapters).

The 3-in-1 hub supports any iPhone or Apple Watch model, and both first- and second-generation AirPods — with and without cases. AirPods Pro do not fit in the AirPods holder, though you can charge them using the iPhone’s connector instead.

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The hubs holds devices with or without cases.
Photo: Adel Neal/Cult of Mac

Strong and practical

Because the cables are tightly secured in place, you shouldn’t have any issues with them sliding too far into the hub. I’ve been using my review unit for several months at this point, and I haven’t once had to put a cable back in place yet.

One thing we really like about Elago’s hub, aside from its affordable price tag, is its silicone design. Because it’s so tough, it’s great for travel; you can wrap your cables around it, throw it in a bag or case, and you don’t have to worry about it.

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You never have to worry about it breaking.
Photo: Adel Neal/Cult of Mac

The only real downside to the hub is that unlike more expensive options, it requires either three power adapters for each of your devices, or a multi-port plug that all three can be connected to.

Order your Elago hub for just $30

I’ve been nicely surprised by the Elago hub since I started using it. It does exactly what you need it to do, it won’t break if you’re heavy-handed, and it charges your devices faster than any wireless option.

At just $30, the Elago hub is perfect for buyers on a budget. Order yours today in black, dark gray, jean indigo, or classic white from the Cult of Mac Store before the price goes back up.

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Looks good, quality feels good as well.

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Unfortunately, the leather is beginning crack and the color is coming off with the cracking.
I have only had this watch band a short time, so I feel this should not be happening.

Good morning, Thank you for your feedback, and I apologize that you are not satisfied with your item, but it sounds like the item you received, maybe defective. If you are able to send me an image of the item we can get this issue resolved for you. My email is adel@cultofmac.com
Many thanks, Adel.

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