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Idapt i4 Multi-Device Charging System review

Gordon Kelly



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Idapt i4 Multi-Device Charging System


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Christmas has come, hopefully you are the proud owner of some of our favourite devices of 2010, and now you need an elegant solution to charge them all. Step forward iDapt...

The i4 is the company's latest evolution of its i3 and i2 multi-device charging platform and - as the name suggests - it can support simultaneous charging of up to four devices. So what, there are many products on the market which can do that. The big news, however, is in a sector dominated by poorly designed tat, the i4 gets pretty much everything right - for a price.

Where iDapt succeeds right from the off is where most multi-chargers fail: design. Whereas most solutions employ as many wires as the chargers they are meant to replace, the i4 uses a dock with interchangeable tips. This means there is just one cable (to the wall socket) and the tips lock into the dock in any arrangement desired. They lock in with a solid and satisfying click too and only come out when both buttons either side of each tip are pressed - the release being strong enough that the tips actually leap a good 3-4 inches out their slot. In practice it is a wonderfully simple, flexible and extremely robust system.

Three of the four charging points work in this manner - their uneven distribution (two at the top, one at the bottom) allows larger devices the extra room to charge. Meanwhile the fourth charging port is a powered USB slot on the right hand side, simple and practical.

In the box iDapt bundles tips for a dock connector (Apple iPods, iPhones and iPad), micro and mini USB, as well as tips for Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson mobile phones. Other tips can be purchased separately with the selection currently including ones for Nintendo DSi and DS-L, a DC output and a neat double AA/AAA battery charger. All retail for £6 each, except for the AA/AAA tip which is £12. With the i4 itself retailing for £39.99 costs can quickly mount and it is almost certain that - depending on your manufacturer allegiance - you'll probably need more than one dock connector or micro USB tip.

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December 25, 2010, 1:32 pm

I have the previous version of this device - less glitzy, but same concept.

There is a serious flaw with this product - all devices being charged have zero support to stand up apart from their charging sockets - this is NOT the strongest point of any device. Absolutely any movement sideways will bugger up the charging socket.

Additionally, it is rubbish for a device where the charging socket is not in the middle e.g. Blackberry. You have to manually balance the device (using pieces of paper / cardboard). They appear to have carried over this design 'feature' to this version as well.

Excellent concept - rubbish implementation. Save your money.


December 25, 2010, 3:31 pm

Reminds me of the last great steam engines before they were replaced. Good though it may be, perhaps good enough for a last hurrah, solutions like this need to be gracefully retired by wireless charging.


December 25, 2010, 3:47 pm

@Prem - I had no problem with this. In fact I charged an iPhone 4, Kindle 3G and TomTom on it without any hassle.

@Greg - yes, in theory - but see our recent review of Powermat to see how theory and reality can be very different.

PS Merry Christmas everyone!


December 26, 2010, 4:53 am

@Gordon, agreed, my lovely wife bought me a powermat for xmas. My initial delight was quickly extinguished when I realised I would have to shell out for receiver covers. Guess what though, it would appear that the current best selling phone series HTC Desire & Desire HD are NOT supported....WTF. Waste of money, will be returned and promptly replaced with one of these i4's.

Tony Walker

December 27, 2010, 5:04 pm


Totally agree. How the heck something without support can be regarded as great design is beyond me. Apple in particular are notoriously difficult over dock connector damage.


December 28, 2010, 4:36 am

@Tony Walker - did you see my reply to Prem Tony? There were no stability issues at all with the i4.


December 30, 2010, 5:54 pm

I received mine today and I can confirm there are no stability issues. Very impressed with this!


December 31, 2010, 11:58 pm

Looks interesting, but all I want is standards for phone and laptop chargers so they all work with each other. I mean they're all charged by electricity anyway.

I'm no electrician, but we need regulation for this, surely?


February 15, 2014, 10:18 am

I've had the pink version for the past 18 month the idea of this is great but the little connections often don't work in fact 2 didn't work when I got it a further 2 broke within the first month due to the instability caused by the weight of the device being charged (galaxy note 2) does not charge the ipad on the tips even if you do provide support, it seems there is not enough power. Now I've bought iPhones with lightning connectors but won't be getting the tips for connecting, they are too expensive to keep replacing.

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