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SNAKEBYTE'S Charge Tower is available for the XBox ONE and the PS4 but can be used for a 2-socket USB hub for any piece of hardware that requires charging.

 

It comes in a flat pack and is made of reasonably durable plastic that has split metallic sheen/rough sides and top. It takes just a few minutes to clip together and then although at first it looks a little flimsy it is actually a very solid piece of furniture. Small soft "feet-pads" prevent the Charge Tower from scratching whatever you stand it on and are another factor towards keeping it stable.

The shelves are of a slight upward accent that allows the games or BluRays, as long as they are kept in their boxes - this isn't a CD/DVD rack - to be slid in and out without any hassle. The Charge Tower looks light but it is actually reliably substantial and doesn't move when being used, even if it is full or only has one box being manipulated in or out.

 

Most Televisions, Monitors, Computers and Consoles have a preference for black; black cabinets, black frames, black screens, a predominance of black. The Snakebyte Charge Tower fits in neatly with all of these units and at the same time keeps your games safe and in easy reach.   

The Charge Tower has a mini USB input socket that connects through the base to the two front facing USB sockets. If you run a lead from your console, PC or mains to the mini socket then the USBs are ready to charge your controllers, or of course you can use the Charge Tower as a hub for other USB requirements.

 

I plugged the USB lead into the back of the Charge Tower direct from the front of the PS4 and then plugged my controller into one of the Charge Tower's front sockets to charge it. The setting that I usually leave my PS4 on is the standby one so that it "sleeps" but still puts out enough power to charge the controller, so that's what I left it on to charge the controller through the Charge Tower; it didn't work. Plugging the Charge Tower into the mains using a Mains/USB converter and lead allowed the controller to charge so the power runs through it ok. It may just be that my PS4 Pro on standby doesn't give out enough power to support a secondary socket ?

I have my Charge Tower standing on the floor near the PS4 console and next to the Black television stand. It is safer on the floor as long as you don't have crawling babies or curious toddlers. If you like, put it on another piece of furniture as it looks good wherever it sits, but try not to put so high that you struggle to comfortably reach the top game - too high and you may pull the whole lot over onto yourself - again this information isn't in the Instruction Manual. Again obviously, wherever you position your Charge Tower make sure that the power lead is able to safely reach a power source - you don't want to leave hanging leads or potential trip-traps because if someone falls over the lead not only might they hurt themselves they will almost certainly cause the Charge Tower to tumble and spill your games onto the floor, all commonsense but worth remembering. One other thing to remember; it's a Tower so don't walk round it three times blowing a horn !!!

  

The only disappointment I have about the Charge Tower is the Instruction Manual. It is in several languages, which obviously is a good thing, but other than that it is practically useless. It does give you some practical advice though, such as "Do not throw or drop it" but it gives no help or support as to its power capabilities so it was a case of trial and (thankfully no) error for me to discover that using a mains power source is okay. As you can see from my photo (above) I have used one of the BluRay/Game boxes to expand the use of the shelves to allow games not in boxes but in Jewel cases to stack in it. This works, obviously, but it is not as stable (for the games) as using all boxes is. Instead of trying to select a Jewel case (unless it is the top one) take out a stack, choose the one you want and put them back as a stack, and you will find the Charge Tower and the Jewel cases do not slip and fall.

© Chris Baylis 2011-2015