IDAPT i2+ Universal Charger Review
In this day and age, we’ve got a plethora of electronic devices that we need to keep charged. To this end, we’ve got AC adapters, USB cords, car chargers, and more. This can turn into a real hassle if you’re trying to keep your phone, iPod, iPad, DS, PSP or whatever else topped off.
The IDAPT i2+ is a universal charger that aims to address the mad tangle of cords that are inevitable when you’re charging multiple devices. Instead of multiple USB ports or a powerstrip, the IDAPT uses a proprietary system of interchangeable quick-release tips. Tips are available to charge just about every device in existence, from an iPhone to a PSP to AA/AAA batteries.
Each tip snaps securely into a base, allowing you to plug the device in right on top. At first glance, this seems a little iffy, as my HTC EVO was standing straight up in the air, seemingly begging to be knocked about. In practice, it’s a lot more secure than it looks. Each charging tip has a little play in it, rocking back and forth to account for an accidental bump to the device. It’s much more difficult to unseat the phone than it looks.
Depending on the model you choose, you can have two or three tips in use simultaneously. Also available on the side of the unit is a USB port, just in case you need to charge one more thing while all your tips are in use. Changing out tips is as simple as pressing the buttons on either side of the port, which pops out the tip that’s in use, and allows you to snap in a new one.
The i2+ unit that we reviewed included six tips, a standard package that included a microUSB and miniUSB, as well as tips for Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Nokia, and Apple phones. This is a decent mix of tips, but the odds are that you’ll only use 2 or 3 of these six. A much better option is to order the device directly from the IDAPT website, which gives you the option of selecting four tips of your choice, guaranteeing that you’ll get use out of all of them.
The IDAPT i2+ did help remove a lot of the charging cords I normally keep lying around my desk, and it’s been a useful little device so far. It’s sharp looking, with a piano black surface and a matte black base. The only big downside I’ve seen is the cost of expansion. When you buy the device (as mentioned above) you can pick four tips to go with it. Need to pick up a couple more? They’re going to run you $9.99 each. With a $39.99 price tag on the i2+ (or $59.99 for the i4), you could be looking at a substantial investment to replace those cords.
All in all, the IDAPT 2+ does exactly what it says it will. It eliminates the need for a multitude of chargers, cords, and power bricks. It’s nice to look at, small enough to not take up too much room, and it’s very adaptable. If you have a lot of things to charge, and don’t like a lot of cords, you should definitely give the IDAPT i2+ a look. Just make sure you bring your wallet along for the ride.