I never followed these posts carefully. I always read them, but I wasn't that focused on the subject so I probably don't remember much that was written.
But now I'm looking at small ways to make my one big trip to the mainland each year a little easier. My main issue is charging. I'm not concerned about a battery pack, but rather the standard USB charging system where I plug into a wall socket.
I normally expect to need to charge an iPhone, iPad, and Apple watch. I would like to have separate cables for each that I can plug into, I guess, one small hub.
One issue in the past has been having the lightning cables long enough to reach wherever I need them to reach, but I've decided to take a different approach. I'd like a 3-4 port hub, but I think I'll use very short cables (less tangling and less space needed). I've seen something like 4 inch cables from "Amazon Essentials". Are they okay?
But I also need to decide on the hub. Ideally I'd like to charge things fast rather than slow so how much a hub can put out makes a difference. I can get by with slow if there is no better option though.
The biggest difficulty is finding a short cable for the Apple Watch! I saw one on Amazon that was listed as an Apple product (about 1 foot, I think), but reading the reviews, it seems it is fake (why can't Amazon block these?) as a number of reviews have said they get messages when they tried it that say it isn't compatible. So, while it got a lot of good reviews, I don't trust them. I've never seen a short Apple Watch cable in their store. I know, supposedly, there is an Apple approval system - no doubt many lie about - but don't know if there are any for the watch.