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Exspect Launches Simple Yet Brilliant Travel Charger

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Exspect Launches Simple Yet Brilliant Travel Charger

This may be about the most simple product news story I've written in five years on TrustedReviews but it is also one of the most welcome...

Taking a long, deep breath from the 'Thank God Someone Got Around to It' jar is Exspect which has launched a gadget no regular jet setter should be without: the 'Triple USB Travel Charger'. It's benefit is obvious in both name and photography: it slaps three USB ports into a single plug and bundles interchangeable ends so it will work anywhere in the world.

Yes, this is a charger that realises everything these days charges over USB (and why on earth hasn't every other travel charger manufacturer?!). Consequently you should save on bulk and unnecessary cables since your phone, MP3 player/PMP, GPS, etc can all happily power up simultaneously from a single device. If we're going to eek out one other benefit: it makes environmental sense too both abroard and in the home. The charger itself also supports the Energy Star rating so once a device(s) have been charged it will drop its energy consumption.

The Exspect Triple USB Travel Charger goes on sale imminently with a £19.99 RRP. Given it's a) three chargers in one and b) something to make life just that little bit easier, I'd suggest that's a price worth paying. I'll certainly be packing one for our trip to IFA next month...

Update: Following user requests, we've had word back from Exspect about the power output. In it's own words:

"If the total power consumption of all three accessories connected to the charger exceeds 1500mA, charging times will be extended. As normal USB devices are under 500mA, a maximum of 1500mA should suit the majority of users."

Link:

Exspect UK

Geoff Richards

August 11, 2009, 7:16 pm

A boon to iPhone owners everywhere I'm sure but please do double-check that your devices can charge over USB; my Nokia 6300, for example, does not. Sadly, I can't charge the batteries on either my Canon 400D nor IXUS 960 with this, and naturally my laptop requires the usual brick. So that's still four AC adapters for me when I travel :(





Maybe readers can post a list below of devices they own that DO charge over USB, for anyone interested in this Exspect adapter.





For anyone like me, my only advice is to pack a 6-way power strip from your native country along with all your power leads - then you only need *one* plug adapter to the local socket, not several :)

Geoff Richards

August 11, 2009, 7:22 pm

It seems I spoke (slightly) too soon. Apparently Nokia owners can buy a cable that has USB A on one end (for this power adapter) and a round Nokia power connector on the other end (to connect to your phone).





It's not quite as universal as charging over mini-USB, but it would mean one less plug in your carry-on bag! :)

xbrumster

August 11, 2009, 7:25 pm

iphone.. the only thing I own charges over usb...

Ben

August 11, 2009, 7:32 pm

How cool, looks very Apple-esque. Lets hope more and more gadgets move to USB for charging.

WyWyWyWy

August 11, 2009, 8:14 pm

Does say whether it outputs 1500mA or 3000mA in total?

rav

August 11, 2009, 9:16 pm

Have actually been using a similar charger for ages, albeit with only one usb port. You can get cables for USB to just about anything on the other end. I normally get mine off ebay or play. Use it for charging my Hero, ipod, SE bluetooth, motorola bluetooth, DS lite and TomTom.





Also got the car charger version. Plugs into the lighter slot and that one has a pass through for the lighter along with four USBs.

LetsGo

August 11, 2009, 9:28 pm

PSP Slim


Sony Media Player

Gordon394

August 11, 2009, 10:18 pm

@WyWyWyWy - checking for you


@ravmania - that's the point. About time someone simply put together multiple USB charger ports.

mrichards

August 12, 2009, 1:19 am

Kensington have been selling a 4-port USB charger for some time. You can get cables to charge a range of devices. I picked up one in Dixons at Heathrow a while ago and use it with my nokia mobile, blackberry, and walkman x.





http://store.apple.com/uk/prod...

Gordon394

August 12, 2009, 1:34 am

@mrichards - I didn't know about that, an excellent spot. My only concern would be that the USB ports could prove a little close together there.

Kanu

August 12, 2009, 1:45 am

Nokia is gradually moving to mini USB connectors anyway. If you have a Nokia E series or N series phone, bought in the past year or so, you probably have a mini USB on it.

Stewart

August 12, 2009, 2:30 am

Been using a travel adapter from Swisss Travel Products which includes a USB charger for a while now. It's a single piece device with retractable plugs to fit most countries, and two 'caps' which fit on the other end. One cap is the USB charger, the other cap accepts plugs of all shapes and sizes. So you've got a multi-plug, to multi-plug device or a multi-plug to single USB charger in a very neat package.


Alas, again, only a single USB plug, but with an inbuilt universal travel adapter it works a treat.





http://www.amazon.co.uk/Swiss-...

rav

August 12, 2009, 2:30 am

@Kanu


Think you mean micro usb.

Gordon394

August 12, 2009, 2:33 am

@Kanu I'm afraid you are wrong on two levels. 1. As ravmania points out it is micro USB the industry is moving towards, not mini USB and 2. This will make no difference because there will still be a standard USB connector on the other end of the cable for connecting to a laptop/charging.

BrendanS

August 12, 2009, 1:08 pm

From experience, please include Blackberry pearl, iPhone 3G, Mophie Juice Pack, HTC TYTN, Holux GPSlim 236 and Creative Zen Stone among the items that charge over USB.





Kensington have a travel adapter with retractable plug pins for worldwide use, which has swappable faceplates: one for standard plug interface and one for USB.





http://us.kensington.com/html/...





I would prefer if the faceplate did not need swapping and if there was more than one USB plug. However, I'll stick with retractable over swappable plug pins.

Neil B

August 12, 2009, 3:34 pm

Most Cowon MP3 players charge over USB, my D2 certainly does although it's slower charging this way instead of the mains.

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