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GELID ZenTree Docking Station Review

GELID ZenTree USB Charging Station Review

Smartphones and tablets are now so ubiquitous that most families own multiple devices. Charging them becomes a real problem. More so if you also own smartwatches or smartbands. You either use multiple chargers, or recharge them in turns. This is where USB charging stations come in. They allow multiple devices to be recharged at once.

Most are just glorified USB hubs that are used to supply power. But once in a while, you come across a really unique USB charging station that is not only functional and aesthetic pleasing, but also designed to quick charge your devices. We present the GELID ZenTree USB charging station!

 

GELID ZenTree Specifications

SpecificationsGELID ZenTree
Number of USB ports4
Maximum Output Current2.4 A per port
Maximum Power Output12 W per port
48 W total
Power Conversion Efficiency> 87%
Idle Power Consumption0.04 W
Dimensions224 mm wide x 159 mm deep x 95 mm high
Weight590 grams
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Unboxing The GELID ZenTree

The GELID ZenTree USB charging station comes in an attractive white retail box with a handle for easy transport. Be sure to check the bottom of the box for the plug type. GELID offers a choice of four different plug heads. This video takes you through our unboxing process.

Once you remove everything from the box, you should find the following items :
  • One GELID ZenTree USB charging station
  • One GELID ZenTree installation instruction sheet
  • Two cable holders (with double-sided tape applied)
  • Four micro USB cables (40 cm long)
  • One power cord (four plug type options)

Now, let’s take a closer look at the GELID ZenTree and check out how well it works!

Next Page > The GELID ZenTree, Fast & Smart Charging, 3D Tree Array

 

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The GELID ZenTree USB Charging Station

The GELID ZenTree USB charging station is made up of a base unit that contains the USB charging ports, and a unique 3D tree array lid with with a removable silicone rubber cover. The lid is secured by two locks that allow for quick access to the USB ports inside.

The four micro USB cables (provided in the package) allow you to charge up to four devices simultaneously. If you have Apple devices though, you will need to use your own Lightning cables, as the GELID ZenTree does not come with any Lightning cable. This video shows you how to install and use the GELID ZenTree USB charging station.

Now, the GELID ZenTree is not just a fancy powered USB hub. Let’s take a closer look at the GELID ZenTree’s key features.

 

Fast & Smart Charging

The four USB ports in the GELID ZenTree are not ordinary USB 2.0 ports. They can deliver up to 2.4 A of current simultaneously. Standard USB 2.0 ports can only deliver up to 1.5 A of current. This means the ZenTree can potentially recharge your mobile devices 60% faster than if you used an ordinary USB 2.0 port.

Of course, that high output is only part of the story. The ZenTree has a smart chip that automatically negotiates the best charging current for the device. This ensures the most efficient charging speed, while helping to extend the lifespan of the device’s battery. The GELID ZenTree is about 87% efficient in converting power from an AC source into the DC power for the USB ports.

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3D Tree Array

The 3D tree array is not only aesthetically-pleasing, it accommodates devices of all sizes in any position. You can also loop the cables around the “trees”.

The 3D tree array is covered with a layer of green silicone rubber. This soft anti-slip layer not only protects your smartphones and tablets from being scratched, it also prevents your devices from slipping off. This silicone rubber layer even peels off for easy cleaning.

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Space Saving

The first thing we realised after using it was how much desktop space it saved us. Take a look at these before and after photos we took of our mobile lab.

In the first picture, you can see five devices – the Samsung Galaxy S6, the ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser, the ASUS ZenFone Zoom, the honor 5X and the ASUS ZenPad 7.0. That is how we used to arrange them, and they take turns sharing two USB cables running off two separate chargers.

Once we mounted those devices on the GELID ZenTree, they took up far less space. In fact, when we stacked the ZenTree on top of our KVM switch, that really freed up a lot of desktop space!

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Our Verdict

The GELID ZenTree USB charging station is really useful for those who have many mobile devices. It gives us four high-current USB charging ports in a very unique design. You will either love the bright green colour and organic design, or you won’t. But you will definitely appreciate the convenience of being able to charge four devices simultaneously.

It is also important to point out that the ZenTree uses a Smart IC to automatically control the charging current. This is important because it ensures fast and safe charging, as well as better battery lifespan. It really pays to invest in quality USB chargers.

We like the click-lock design which allows for quick access to the USB ports, as well as the removable silicone rubber cover. It speaks of attention to detail, something which is lacking in many other products. In fact, we like the GELID ZenTree so much, we think it deserves our Reviewer’s Choice Award. Congratulations, GELID!

 

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GELID Rev. 4 Tranquillo CPU Cooler Launched

HONG KONG, 19 May 2016 – Thermal Solutions specialist GELID Solutions unveils the latest version of the multi-award winner Tranquillo. The Rev. 4 Tranquillo is a product of GELID Solution SILENT product line.

 

GELID Rev. 4 Tranquillo

The engineers of GELID Solutions have improved the last Rev. 3 Tranquillo in almost every aspect. Like the original design the Rev. 4 Tranquillo uses 4 power heat pipes and a unique heat pipe constellation but also comes with a number of new technologies implemented to achieve higher cooling performance. The Rev. 4 Tranquillo features the Heatpipe Direct Touch Technology, a direct thermal connection between CPU core and heat pipes.

The new heatsink is also improved with the Unique Heatsink Shape Technology, the result of precise software simulations and calculations which makes the air flow resistance of the new heatsink much lower. The Stacked Soldered Heatpipe and Fin Technology provides the best quality of soldered joints between heatpipe to fins and ensures the most efficient heat transfer inside the new heatsink.
An improved 120mm fan with the intelligent GELID PWM (Pulse Width Module) control compliments the heatsink. The new Double Layer Blade technology is applied to distribute air flow efficiently at low speed. The redesigned PWM IC eliminates any clicking noise. The intelligent GELID PWM curve operates the fan in speed range from 750 RPM to 1600 RPM, it constantly keeps the fan silent but accelerates speed whenever additional cooling is needed.

With the 2 sets of fan mounts, a second fan can be installed to improve the cooler performance even further. Additionally, the multi-award winning high performance GC Pro thermal compound is already included in the package. Mounting clips for multiple AMD CPU sockets AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2 and for Intel CPU LGA 775, 1366, 1155, 1156, 1150, 1151 sockets, as well as back plates for AMD and Intel mainboards are all included too.

 

Availability & Pricing

The Rev. 4 Tranquillo is available now and has a MSRP of USD 39 or Euro 29. Get the lowest price here!

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GELID Silent Pro-14 PWM Case Fan Launched

HONG KONG, 9 March 2016 – Thermal solution specialist GELID Solutions unveiled the Silent Pro 14, a 140mm fan with Pro-grade features and ultra-silent operation.

The GELID Silent Pro 14 is crafted for picky silent enthusiasts. It comes with precisely optimized fan blades featuring high air flow and high static pressure but ultra-silent operation. The newly designed PWM IC, a core part of Silent Pro 14, eliminates any clicking noise of the fan.

[adrotate banner=”4″]Additionally, the intelligent GELID PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) control unit drives the fan at an extended speed range from 450 RPM to 1500 RPM, it keeps the fan silent but accelerates the fan speed whenever higher air flow is needed. The Silent Pro 14 uses the same mounting hole form factor as 120mm fans.

Therefore it fits most PC Cases and CPU Coolers on the market. The Silent Pro 14 also comes with a set of special fan mounts made of high quality, temperature resistant, extra long-lasting rubber which helps to stop vibrations of the fan frame from dispersing into your PC case.

The fan is RoHS and WEEE conform and carries a 5 year warranty.

“When you make a selection for a Pro-grade fan you don’t want to compromise between high quality, high performance and silent operation. The GELID Silent Pro 14 is a good mix of all of them”, said Gebhard Scherrer, Sales Director of GELID Solutions Ltd.

 

Silent Pro-14 Availability

The Silent Pro 14 is available now and has a MSRP of USD 13 or Euro 9.25.

 

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