ELEC­TRONIC PROD­UCTS

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In the dark­est cor­ners of your boat, there is an un­spo­ken place—maybe at the chart ta­ble, pos­si­bly in the gal­ley—where a spaghetti-tan­gle of USB cords teth­ers your phones, tablets, cam­era bat­ter­ies, and as­sorted elec­tron­ics to a power source. It may be un­seemly, but it’s to­day’s re­al­ity. Wire­less charg­ing de­vices are still un­com­mon, though there are rum­blings that the up­com­ing iPhone 8 will ven­ture down the cord-cut­ting path. Un­til then, we have a few com­pa­nies like Scanstrut, who have de­vel­oped the ROKK Charge+, a su­per­fast dual-port USB charger that is wa­ter­proof, spaghetti-proof, and cor­ro­sion-resistant. Over 3X faster than stan­dard wall-socket USB Type-A charg­ers, the Charge+ fea­tures a click-and-lock lid, through which can be fed two USB cords. With one or both cords plugged in and the stain­less hinge snapped shut, the port re­mains wa­ter­proof. This is an ex­tra-use­ful trick for cen­ter con­sole or ten­der in­stal­la­tions, or on a cruiser’s fly­bridge or cock­pit that is sub­jected to in­creased amounts of salt spray or just salty marine air. Though un­re­lated, we also use durable USB cords made by Anker, such as the Pow­er­Line+ se­ries, avail­able in a va­ri­ety of lengths and snazzy col­ors; these ca­bles are built with in­creased strength at their flex points.

$40 More info: www.scanstrut.com

Above: The Rokk Charge+ in its closed, locked, and wa­ter­tight po­si­tion. Two power cords can thread through the bot­tom and are pro­tected from wa­ter ingress by rub­ber seals.

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