There’s really no good charging solution for those of us who test phones for a living, so here’s something I hacked together.
Very clean from the front. Top rack is a MODO modular desk organizer that I backed on Kickstarter, and the bottom is a $15 cup of bulk LEGOS.
Powered by one 3-outlet power strip [Amazon], three 2-port USB plugs [Amazon], and six retractable USB cables [Amazon]. The USB plugs are only 750mA, but slow charging isn’t a problem since this is designed to have phones plugged in most of the day. (Not pictured, I’m also using this retractable Lightning cable with good results.)
Pick a phone and the cable comes with. You can either use plugged in or unplug and let the cable dangle. When you’re done, plug back in and extend the cable all the way to retract it, then set the phone back in the slot.
Total cost: about $90. Not cheap, but in the same ballpark as many less functional “charging valet” stations.