HPM USB Charger Powerboard Model D104PAUSBACWE (review)
HPM USB Charger Powerboard Model D104PAUSBACWE is a 4-port 240V switched power board with a USB-C 5/3A/15W and USB-A 5V/2.3A/12W port.
It is convenient for travellers wanting 240V Power and USB-C/A charging. Well, it is suitable for any computer desk.
It has a long 1.8m power cord and a total power output of 240V/10A/.2400W. It is safe, too, with independent overload protection on the USB circuit and the 240 points.
Australian review: HPM USB Charger Powerboard Model D104PAUSBACWE
|$61.94 but shop around. Note this is the USB-C and USB-A switched model – The D105PAUSBACWE is unswitched.
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|Three-year ACL warranty
|HPM Is an Australian electrical industry icon. It was established in Sydney by Doris and Berthold Herrman in the 1920s. It grew from a button manufacturing company to plastic moulding and electrical components. In 2007 it became part of the Legrand Group.
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We use Fail (below expectations), Pass (meets expectations) and Exceed (surpasses expectations or is the class leader) against many of the items below. We occasionally give a Pass ‘+’ rating to show it is good but does not quite make it to Exceed.
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First impression – Pass+
While I keep harping about adding some spice and colour, this is a power board and generally sits under a desk. It is HPM white and 135 x 365 x 50mm x 650g. It has a surge protection red LED.
I prefer switched 240VC ports if only for safety.
Build – Pass+
I don’t know about you, but I tend to buy 4 port power boards regularly – usually at the dollar shops for under $10. So, I was most curious to see if the HPM product was better.
I can only be subjective, but it looks better and has the all-important C-tick stamp that is missing from the cheapies.
HPM Says where other brands import cheap products from overseas and short-cut compliance testing, it has a large Research & Development team based in Sydney and a fully accredited NATA testing lab. HPM’s technical team participate on the boards of all the key compliance governing bodies.
Features – Exceed
4 x 230V power points total 240V/10A (usual)
- 1 x USB-C 5V/3A
- 1 x USB-A 5V/2.4A
- 1.8 m long lead (convenient)
- Overload protection on both power points and USB ports
- Surge protection
- Wall mountable – horizontal or vertical
Tests – Pass+
- USB-C delivered a rock solid 5V/3A/15W – it will deliver up to 15W depending on your device’s needs
- USB-A delivered a similar 5V/2.4A/12W – ditto
- When both ports are in use, the maximum output is 5A, and it drops the USB-A to 5V/2A/10W
CyberShacks’ view – HPM USB Charger Powerboard is a quality, safe product.
I am sold. HPM quality and USB-C and USB-A charging – what more do you need?