Idapt has a product that seeks to eliminate desk clutter and excessive wires. The I3 is a universal charging station that allows users to charge multiple devices at once with the use of interchangeable tips.
The idea is innovative because its power supply allows all connected devices to receive a charge simultaneously, as it can operate on 85-240 VAC and has DC output of 10.5W.
DESIGN & BUILD
The charging station measures 4.3 x 6.6 x 1.2 inches, so while it will sit on a desk, if you are low on space it may not be so useful. You can choose from 10 colors, which include some more obscure ones such as gold, orange, and yellow.
Each station comes equipped with six tips for the iPhone/iPod, micro USB, mini USB, and some for the newest models of Sony Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung phones.
On the station, there are three ports: two on top and one on the bottom to allow room for larger devices. To change tips all you have to do is press the two raised pressure buttons on either side of one to lift it up, and snap in a new one.
The station plugs directly into any wall outlet, and has a power switch on the back to turn it off and on. This was done to address the problem of vampire power as part of a green initiative. While there is nothing to indicate when the power is on, such as an LED light, Idapt said they are addressing this issue and will have it fixed by the time the next generation is released.
While in pictures the I3 seems sleek and sturdy, in reality the unit is made out of matte plastic and feels somewhat flimsy and cheap. Since devices are held up solely by their connectors, it does not offer support for larger gadgets such as an iPad or GPS, so think twice if you were buying this device in hopes of using it with Apple's tablet computer.
On a positive note, you can keep buying tips as technology improves. In fact, if you purchase your Idapt I3 online, you are given the option to purchase four tips instead of six, and you may choose the specific ones you want.
The six and 10 packs of tips come in specific sets and may not be customized. Individual tips may also be purchased online for around $10 each, and the Idapt online store boasts an impressive selection that covers most devices. There's even a tip that allows AA/AAA batteries to be recharged, which can save you a lot of money and hassle.
One complaint I have is that the charging station does not come equipped with a standard USB tip for added versatility. Although one can be purchased at the online store, it would be nice if it were included in the set, as many devices use it.
On the other hand, the I3 works with many 3G phone models, while a lot of other charging stations do not yet have that capability.
The Idapt I3 charges basically any device as well as its original charger would, which is what makes it so convenient.
One problem, however, is that many larger phones, like the Blackberry Tour, are not vertical while they are being charged, which makes it impossible to charge the two devices at once.
Also, the generic set provides the user with a strange mix of tips, half of which they wont ever use unless they have four different phones in their home.
It is important to note that this particular accessory is not a charging dock, but rather a universal charging station. This means that while the I3 can charge virtually anything, it does not have the capacity to sync.
As far as juice is concerned, the I3 performed well. After charging a Blackberry, iPod, and GPS at the same time, all three gadgets held their charge as long as they would normally, if not even slightly better.
While the Idapt I3 is deceptively cheap and a bit clunky, it is actually a useful tool to have either at home or the office.
Compared to the Callpod Chargepod, which is a charging station that allows for up to six adapters to be connected, the Idapt is cheaper, more energy efficient, and provides devices with a better charge.
While in the future it would be nice to see the station come equipped with an LED power light and a standard USB tip, for $49.99 it is hard to go wrong with the I3.
Bottom Line: While not without its flaws, the Idapt I3 charge dock is useful enough to recommend to those suffering from cord clutter.