Weren’t we supposed to have universal mobile phone charging by now? I think I remember hearing that discussed at various conferences and in position papers about technology standards. But we’re not there yet- Apple’s insistence on the new proprietary Lightning connector starting with the iPhone 5 may have had something to do with that- and so until then, we’ll have to be content with the Digital Treasures ChargeIt! Universal Power Bank. And I certainly am.
The ChargeIt! is a product that leaves me honestly wondering why it wasn’t introduced five years ago. In folded form, it’s the shape and size of a computer mouse. But open it, and you have every major charging connector: Both Lightning and 30-pin for Apple, plus Micro USB. Sporting 3600 mAh of charging power, the ChargeIt! device’s USB connector allows easy access to a computer, to charge the device itself.
The potential applications for this are pretty much endless. Lacking an extra charger for your smartphone at work? Plug the USB from your charger into your computer and the phone- whether it’s Apple or Android- into the charger. Have an iPad that’s 30-pin and phone that’s Lightning? You have an iPhone and your wife has an Android? Charge both at once. Do people in your office have all kinds of different phones? Charge a couple of them at once.
Whatever you’re using it for, the ChargeIt! device has an easy-to-read blinking light system to show how much power is left.
The product retails for $49.95 and is available now.
Digital Treasures ChargeIt! Universal Power Bank