We now live in a world where personal electronics are now a necessity, and we use more than one of these devices on a daily basis. Charging these can become an issue, as you desk or where your charge these devices, such as a Smartphone, media player or Bluetooth headset will soon become overcrowded with wires and charging adapters.
However, there are a few solutions on the market and we were lucky enough to be sent the IDAPT Universal Charger, which there is said to be no better solution when it comes to charging stations; so lets find out shall we. The packaging is nice and clear, and you will see that it comes with 6 tips included, which are used for charging different devices.
Included in the box is the charging station itself, those 6 tips, power cable and an illustrator guide. The device is capable of charging 4 different devices at once, 3 on top and one on the right hand-side via a USB cable. You will notice just how light it is, and that does not matter in anyway, because once you have set it in place, chances are you will not be moving it around again. The finish is like looking at one of those glossy black Samsung TVs with a very thin clear bezel.
When handling the device you will think that something inside is loose, but they are just the retaining clips that hold the different charging adapters in place; once they are clipped in place the universal charger sounds more solid. Placing a clip in is very easy, as you just make certain that you have the charger facing towards you (so the power lead needs to be at the rear) and then take a clip with the writing towards you and just push it down until you hear a click.
Removing them requires you to press the two buttons on either side, keep a finger on the clip though or it will pop out and could hit your computer screen. Once you have your desired clips in you can then place your products on charge, you can see in one of these images that I had an iPhone 4 at the top and a Sony Bloggie Touch on the side.
When you turn the device on those that are charging will show a red LED, while those that are fully charged or have nothing charging will be green. You can stop the charging at any time by pressing the power button at the top of the station. Just to let you know the 6 tips are as follows: Small Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, miniUSB, microUSB, and an iPod/iPhone one.
Now we mentioned that you get a USB port on the right-hand side, this can be used for many devices, such as an iPad; someone did suggest using the same tip as the iPhone and charge it on top, but I did not feel safe having the tablet being held up by its connectors.
It is always hard to offer an unbiased opinion on hands-on reviews, but I was impressed with the IDAPT 4, not only with its looks but its functionality as well. However, the one issue is with the clips themselves, as they can only go on one way, so some devices will not have their displays pointing towards you.
The IDAPT 4 will cost you just under £40, and for the price is very reasonable indeed. The company has said that this universal charger is future proof, as they are committed to updating the adapters as and when needed.
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