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Idapt i4 Multi-Device Charging System - Build Quality, Charging & Verdict

Gordon Kelly

By Gordon Kelly


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Idapt i4 Multi-Device Charging System


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The good news is that while your wallet may feel the strain it is apparent that your hard earned cash not only went on smart design, but also excellent build quality. The dock is rock solid with not a creak or squeak to be heard and the tips are durable and don't wobble in place. At 169 x 135 x 32mm the dock could be smaller, but it is deceptively light at 300g and will happily survive being thrown in a suitcase. For the gaudily fashion conscious iDapt provides the dock in 11 different finishes - black, white, silver, light blue, scarlet, lime green, pink, orange, matte black, metallic blue and gold - though it is worth noting tips only come in black.

So the design is good, the price a little on the high side, but compensated by top notch build quality. Happily iDapt doesn't blow it at the last minute when it comes to the actual charging.

For a start all four charge points run independently with self regulating power supplies. iDapt doesn't supply idle power usage (we're chasing it), but it does mean consumption decreases both when a point is idle and when the device it is charging is fully charged. Charging doesn't take long either, even when all four ports are employed as DC output is up to 13W. You certainly won't notice any significant increase in charge times compared to dedicated individual wall chargers.

That said we do have a complaint. Each charge point has its own LED to indicate charge status. When idle the LED is green and when charging it turns red. Once a device is fully charged the LED flashes green and red which is quite distracting. Yes the bonus of having individual LEDS on each charge point outweighs this, but a simple red (idle), amber (charging), green (charged) implementation would surely make more sense.

All in all though, it is hard to pick faults with a product that is so simple and works so well. We've seen countless multi-device chargers over the years, yet until now we've largely stuck to dedicated cables or USB ports. Fancy induction charging products like the Powermat may well be the future of charging, but until industry standards are sorted out and manufacturers all on the same page (2020?) the i4 remains a far more practical product day-to-day.


It is a well known fact that many of the best ideas are the simplest and iDapt's i4 is a shining example of this. We finally have a multi-device charger which lives up to its promise and if you've enjoyed a gadget filled Christmas there can be few smarter buys to make come Boxing Day...

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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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