Some products are evolutionary and others are revolutionary. Some products are neither but once you know about them, you feel you have to have them anyway. That’s how we feel about the iClever BoostCube 4.
iClever BoostCube 4 – Unboxing
The iClever BoostCube 4 (Model # TCO4) is a 4-port USB wall charger. The product is pretty basic and so is the packaging. In the box is the iClever BoostCube 4, a small User Guide with warranty details and a booklet from a company called Hisgadget. Hisgadget appears to be a Union City, CA based company that distributes accessory products within the small electronics market, under several brand names including iClever.
The iClever BoostCube 4 measures 2.45” square x 1.12” wide and is made of a hard white plastic similar to Apple’s iPad charger which measures 3.5” x 2.5” x 1.2”. Also like the Apple iPad charger, the iClever BoostCude 4 has standard U.S. AC plug prongs which fold into the charger making it very easy to drop it in your bag or pocket for easy transport. Both the Apple iPad charger and the iClever BoostCuve 4 weigh in at a mere 3.2 oz. That’s pretty much where the similarities end.
The iClever BoostCube 4 is a 40 watt/8 amp charger with four (4) USB Type-A connectors built in to the edge of the charger and outputs a full 2.4 amps to each of them, at the same time. Most multiport charges we have seen in the past have been two (“2”) ports, only one of which has been rated at 2.4 amps. While the other has been rated at 1.0 amps.
The iClever BoostCube 4 has “SmartID Technology” that recognizes the electrical requirements of the device plugged into each connection and delivers only the power needed for the most efficient charging. It also has what iClever calls, “Safe Guarantee” to protect against Over-current, short-circuit and over-temperature conditions.
That said, we do want to point out that the BosstCube 4 does not carry the official “Made for iPhone” certification.
iClever BoostCube 4 – Test Results
When it comes to accessories like cables, battery packs and wall chargers there really isn’t much to test as they usually work or they don’t. We have been testing the iClever BoostCube 4 for several weeks and have found it to work well.
We like the ability to charge multiple items at once and have found that doing so does not seem to shorten the charging time of any of the items. We were able to charge our iPhone 7, iPad (2nd Generation) and Fitbit Flex module (read our review here) without any noticeable difference in charging times.
When the iClever BoostCube 4 is plugged into an AC outlet, the USB ports give off a soft blue glow from the internal LED. This not only is a positive indicator that the charger is working correctly but also aids in locating an open outlet when lighting is less than optimal.
The Bottom Line
Overall, we like the iClever BoostCube 4 for the convenience factor. Anyone who is a road warrior, or even the occasional traveler knows that whether in an airport or a hotel, AC outlets always seem to be at a premium. The iClever BoostCube 4 is a great way to make the most out of limited power outlets with the ability to charge 4 devices at the same time. Coupled with one or more Paracable Ligtning Cables (read our review here), you should have a much easier time finding a place to recharge. You might even make some new friends when they see you have some extra USB ports available.
The iClever BoostCube has an MSRP of $19.99 which is reasonable even if it only charged one item at a time. With four USB ports that can all be used at the same time, this seems like a “must have” accessory.
The iClever BoostCube 4 comes with a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee and an 18 Month Replacement Warranty. There is also Lifetime Support offered on the iClever web site.
You can get the iClever BoostCube 4 at Amazon.
We wish to thank the folks at iClever for providing a BoostCube 4 for evaluation.
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