I am willing to bet that most people that read this website have lots of portable electronic devices. This includes cell phones, gaming devices, organizers and much more. If you have a significant other, than you have all their devices as well. Since each device comes with its own charging cable it is really easy for them to get lost, tangled, and become a big mess. So how do you deal with this? Consolidate. Callpod has a new device called the Chargepod that might just help you do that.
- Charges up to 6 devices at the same time
- Small, portable and lightweight
- Eliminates the clutter from having multiple chargers
- Compatible with thousands of mobile devices such as iPods, cell phones, Bluetooth headsets, PDAs, digital cameras, navigation units, mp3 players, digital readers and portable gaming systems
- Chargepod is compatible with all foreign 120/240 V adapter wall plugs; no additional power supply is necessary
The base unit of the Chargepod is very small and circular. There are 6 knobs on the base and each one has a plug that you can insert an adapter into.
The Chargepod is compatible with thousands of devices and this is made possible by using the adapters I mentioned above. The Chargepod has about 50 adapters and each one is compatible with many different devices. Luckly the Callpod website has an easy to use search that will help to identify the correct connector for each device.
As I said earlier the base is small and circular. The dimensions of the base are 2.75″ W x 2.70″ L x 0.72″ H and it weights 1.12 oz. The entire device is gray with the top having a clear plastic cover that protects the power and charging lights.
When the Chargepod is plugged in there is a small green light that comes on. This light indicates that the Chargepod has power. There are also lights on the individual charging ports. These are blue lights and they only turn on when an adapter is plugged in, whether or not a device is also attached. It would be nice if the lights would only turn on when charging something and turn off when done. This would give users a quick way to see which devices were ready to be used.
The biggest problem I found with the design is how much space it takes up. Because of the circular design each device will be spread out. With each adapter being about 4″ long, the minimum amount of space you need is about 10″, and that is without any devices. When you start adding devices you have to take there length into account. If the adapters were longer and more flexible it would be possible to stack the devices and save on space.
Trying to keep track of all the adapters, the base and the AC adapter could be a big pain and it would be easy to lose something. Fortunately, the Chargepod comes with a carrying bag, which is just the right size for everything.
There is not much to testing a charger, plug something in and watch it charge. As you can see from the picture, I plugged in an MP3 player that uses a USB port to charge and a Nintendo DS that has its own proprietary plug. Both devices charged just fine without any trouble.
The Chargepod comes with a 1 year warranty. This is very lame, I keep hoping that companies will do a better job covering and supporting their products.
The chargepod works great, and it has a lot of potential. With some minor design tweaks and a longer warranty, the Chargepod would be a “must have” item. Cost can also be a problem, the Chargeoid costs $39.95 and each adapter is $9.95. The cost can add up really fast if you need lots of adapters. For example, If you were to buy the Chargepod and 6 adapters it would cost about $100. To help save customers a little money Callpod has created a Bundle Pack which includes the base, 6 adapters, and a car adapter, all for $79.95 ($120 if purchased separately). However, after looking around a little I found a better deal on Amazon. If you have lots of devices that need to be charged this could be a very useful item, if Callpod can redesign it to take up less space, it would make me much happier.
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