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Idapt i4 Multi-Device Charging System
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.