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