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If a thick rubber cap protects the charging port of a device, like on the Alcatel OT-808 I tried, it can make the fitting awkward. The shape of a device and port location can also be a problem. To charge, it must be a snug fit, as there isn’t much leeway. The tips only work one way round too, so its tough luck if the device is facing away from you when on charge.
Clutter-free and easy to get used to having around
Rather conveniently, there’s no straggling external PSU, as the power supply is housed within the body of the hub. Just plug in a standard 2-pin figure-of-eight mains cable and away you go, which makes it a handy all-round option for travelling. The review unit was the black and shiny model, which is a fingerprint magnet, of course. Other colours are available that don’t show pinkie marks so readily, and iDapt has recently expanded the range of colours for the i4.
Overall, I’m rather impressed with the iDapt i4. The USB port is a welcome addition over previous models and its convenience in removing the need to search for chargers and untangle cables shouldn’t be underestimated. Indeed, the longer you use it, the more dependent you become on it. While it’s not exactly an amazing breakthrough product, its multiple recharging points serve a very useful purpose, and all for a reasonable charge. ®
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"...and all for a reasonable charge."
Yes, very witty, well done.
Actually, it's pretty - but forty quid to charge your various gadgets seems a lot to me, given they all come with a charger in general.
I'd not want ...
... to stand most of my devices up like that. I've seen plenty of device power jacks fail due to movement, straining of the contacts, and cracking of the joints - putting all that strain on the connector by supporting the whole device is just a recipe for failures.
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Nice, but I'd prefer that all my gadgets just use an ITU-T standard charger
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"In tests, the standard pack of tips only covered half of my devices"
Just wondering how many tests you did before working that out?
I'm not sure I want to use the plug (such) as a MicroUSB to keep my phone standing upright. There isn't a back support hiding in there, is there?
I'm good with a powered USB hub and retractable cables. Minimal mess, minimal cost.