Herald Sun - Switched On - - GADGETS -


There are few things bet­ter than a sim­ple idea well ex­e­cuted.

The Bluelounge Sanctuary4 fits this bill per­fectly — a desk­top charg­ing sta­tion for up to four gad­gets.

In the wrong hands, it could have been a frus­trat­ing cre­ation, cov­ered in cords and pro­vid­ing a trickle of elec­tric­ity. Bluelounge’s at­ten­tion to de­tail en­sures a smoother ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Sanc­tu­ary 4 ar­rives in two pieces — a 22cm square base that plugs into a power point and of­fers four USB ports, and a lid that cov­ers th­ese and pro­vides space for phones, bat­tery packs, and even a tablet com­puter.

The USB hub in the base de­liv­ers four amps of power, in­clud­ing two high-volt­age ports ca­pa­ble of charg­ing tablet com­put­ers, and two more of­fer­ing typ­i­cal USB power.

One short, braided Mi­cro USB ca­ble is in­cluded with the sta­tion, but any cord can be con­nected in­side this hub and guided to stick out of its base or out of the hole be­neath its tablet stand.

That stand can be an­gled to your favourite po­si­tion, and the lid fea­tures a rub­berised fin­ish to en­sure gad­gets don’t slip.

The Sanctuary4 doesn’t of­fer wire­less charg­ing, but it is a truly handy de­vice and an ex­cel­lent way to avoid a tan­gle of cords on your desk or bed­side ta­ble. / JEN­NIFER DUD­LEY-NI­CHOL­SON


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