But the ReCharge4 isn’t just a great solution for on-the-move recharging and power, it also makes a good case for itself as a travelling companion. If, like me, you travel with all sorts of gadgets and gizmos, having a single device that can recharge them all is definitely preferable to carrying multiple chargers. Ultimately, the only charger you’ll need to carry is the one for the ReCharge4 – and you can charge a device while the ReCharge4 itself is also charging up. The only real downside with using the ReCharge4 to keep all your devices powered up while you’re away is that you can only charge one device at a time, and sometimes that just won’t be convenient. I generally leave all my kit charging overnight when I’m away for business, safe in the knowledge that everything will be at full power in the morning, but that’s not an option using the ReCharge4.
For me the ideal solution to not carrying loads of chargers with you on a business trip or holiday is making sure that every portable device charges over a USB port. With this scenario you can charge pretty much everything from your notebook, so the only power supply you need to carry with you is your notebook power brick. I’ve managed to equip myself with USB charging cables for most of my mobile devices now, so when I do travel all I need is a notebook and a USB hub to keep everything charging overnight.
Of course my USB charging nirvana still doesn’t help you when you’re stuck on that long haul flight, and this is where the ReCharge4 really does come into its own. And as someone who seems to find himself on long haul flights all too often, the benefits of a product like this are obvious.
With a retail price of £39.99 the ReCharge4 isn’t exactly cheap, but it doesn’t seem particularly overpriced either. The only issue with the pricing is that there is no word about how much the separate cable packs will cost yet. What I’d really like to see is the battery and charger available without any cables, and then you could pick and choose the connection options that you actually need, rather than paying for cables that you’ll never use. Obviously this would make the sales process a little more complicated for Exspect, but I feel that the end user would be getting a better and more tailored solution.
The ReCharge4 is a great little portable power plant. It’s light enough not to weigh your bag or pocket down, it’s well designed and just does what it’s supposed to. Ultimately though, I’d like to be able to buy one with just the connectors I need, rather than a whole bundle.