IDAPT i3 Universal Desktop Charger Review

overview2The wonders of technology quickly pale when you realize that your life has become a sea of power bricks. Anyone with more than two digital devices like cell phones or portable video game systems is entangled in the web of power cables and chargers for those devices.

IDAPT’s Universal Desktop Charger is one solution to the plague of electron tethers. A simple, easily configured power station designed around plug-in modules for many of the most common portable devices on the market today.


The IDAPT i3 is a three device base that comes with interchangeable tips to mate with different devices. Included in the review unit Gaming Today received were six adapter tips that included mini and microUSB and a charging interface common to Bluetooth headsets, some tips for commercial cellphones, and a tip for an iPod/iPhone. There are also tips for Nintendo DSi and Sony PSP gaming systems.

Changing the tips is a very simple affair, the modules only insert one way into the charging base and are removed by pressing down on the silver plastic. Once a module it released it’s a matter of simply pulling it out of the base and storing it.

The IDAPT i3 is a lightweight unit. I expected it to have more weight, in fact when I placed it on a cluttered table for testing my cat was able to push it aside easily while exploring. This unit is not the right choice for someone who has a busy cluttered house unless it’s safely tucked out of sight.

1gThe tip modules were also made mostly of plastic but didn’t leave me with the impression that they would easily wear over time and after repeated removal and replacement.

Functionally there are no lights or indicators on the device itself to indicate it is powered on. The i3 connects to a wall via a simple power cord and uses a flip on/off switch on the rear of the unit to push power to devices. Open module ports have no exposed metal contacts so it’s unlikely that you would accidentally electrocute yourself when a module is missing.

The PSP and DSi XL designs both led to a bit of a logistical issue when charging them simultaneously. The tip used to charge the PSP is a thin spike and the unit rests on it precariously. The directions mention that to charge the PSP you should place the module in the rear left position with the PSP running across the IDAPT itself for support. The DSi XL using its tip necessitated a perpendicular alignment to the PSP. Luckily the interchangeable modules made this a non-issue.

Over the course of two days I tested the i3 with multiple devices in multiple configurations and the unit worked perfectly. Devices charged and were kept out-of-the-way. Gone was the tangle of adapter cords and converters that typically liter my countertop. As someone who has a lot of portable devices each with their own unique adapter the IDAPT was a good solution.

The IDAPT i3 retails for $50 and before purchasing buyers should take a look at the list of tips and supported devices available. Add-on tips are also available for around $10 a piece. Visit the IDAPT website to find out more about the IDAPT i3 desktop charging system .

PROS:
Interchangeable tips
Low profile design
Futureproof expandability

CONS:
Base is lightweight
Feels a little fragile

Score: Buy it

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