I think I have found the year’s best Secret Santa for nerds – the HPM 4 outlet powerboard with USB-C and USB-A charge ports and its $33 at Bunnings or wherever HPM is sold.
Why do I like HPM 4 outlet powerboard with USB-C and USB-A charge? The USB-C port has 5V/3A (15W), and the USB-A port has 5V/2.4A (12W). No, it predates USB-PD – but it will deliver up to the stated amperage so you can use it safely on any micro-USB, mini-USB or USB-A device.
We set out to see what the HPM 4 outlet powerboard with USB-C and USB-A charge ports is like. Spoiler alert: It is great and saves you buying two additional USB chargers.
Who is HPM?
An Aussie company established in the 1930s started life as a
plastic button moulding company. They branched out to plastic utensils like
salad servers and shoehorns, radio set knobs and later power points and power
accessories. Since 2007 it is a member of the global Legrand Group.
HPM 4 outlet powerboard with USB-C and USB-A charge ports Model D105PAUSBACWE
Price $TBA. I can only find it online at Amazon for $30.47 plus delivery.
Bunnings have the more expensive switched version D104PAUSBACWE for $45.75.
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 it 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.
Overload protection on both power points and USB
Wall mountable – horizontal or vertical
Tests – Pass
We were able to draw the full 3A from the USB-C
port – PASS
Ditto 2.4A from the USB-A port
Combined use of both ports if 5A but you will
never have an issue connecting two large draw devices
The HPM 4 outlet powerboard with USB-C and USB-A is ideal for – Nerds and USB users
If you look under my bench you will find power boards chockers
with power cords, adapters and USB chargers – many of the latter are overly large
or have cords coming out of inconvenient places like the side so you can’t use
the adjacent port.
Don’t think of this as a 4 outlet – it is really a 6 outlet.