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4 1/2* Great Idea, but Size Limits Functionality,
This review is from: Targus Plug-N-Power Charging Station with USB Ports, White (APA21US) (Personal Computers)
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In an age of ubiquitous electronic products, this ingenious but simple device really meets the need for a charger that takes both USB AND conventional 3-prong plugs. My devices seem to run out of juice fairly quickly, so the multi-charging and dual-input capability is very welcomed. In fact, as I write this, it is charing an electric toothbrush and an Ipod.
Besides have recepticals for three conventional 2- and/or 3-pronged plugs, there are two slots for plugging in USB connectors. Besides Apple products (e.g., Ipad, Ipod, Iphone) it will work with Blackberries and ANdroid devices as well. Basically, if you can plug your USB connector into a standard laptop plug, it should fit into this.
THe three AC outlets have 540 joules of surge protection, and the manufacturer touts the "fast charger" (specifications for USB port: 2.1 amps shared, 5 volts, 10.2 watts mximum) of the USB ports. There's a limited one-year warranty; details are available at [...].
Limitations. The charger works just as it should, but there are a few drawbacks. FOr me, the most important one is the sheer size of the thing. It will cover up adjacent wall plugs; on a standard surge protector it covers up three outlets--that's quite a lot to lose. OF course, if you don't need other devices plugged in, this is not a problem. You'll also need a 3-pronged outlet for the charger (or a 3-prong to 2-prong converter--which MAY not be as safe, perhaps someone can comment on this.) However, most outlets have slots for three prongs.
As large as it is, the charger stays securely flushed against a wall--fantastic. (I've seen much lighter devices that won't stay plugged in). Yes, there is a fairly bright green light across the top (ostensibly to assure you that the surge protector is working); honestly, I'm not sure why this is needed. However, as long as you have an outlet outside of your bedroom, it's not an inconvenience. YOu can also use this as a permanent fixture by drilling a hole and screwing it in (a screw is not provided).
Bottom line... A dependable charger with excellent features which will be valued by those with multiple charning needs. The large size might be a drawback (they could have made this smaller by having just two conventional plug-ins and two USB ports, but the company opted for higher simultaneous charging). As stated above, if you have a spare outlet (or one where other electronics can be temporarily unplugged), this is a moot point. Overall, I'm very pleased with the quality and functionality!
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Initial post: Jan 21, 2012 8:40:08 PM PST
Nice review, thanks. Can you tell me if it has just one or 2 plugs in the back that it plugs into the outlet with?
Posted on Mar 30, 2012 3:34:36 PM PDT
P. Breakfield IV says:
The item description says that it has a 15 watt charging rate in one place and a 10 watt charging rate in the fine print. I paid extra for this charger vs several other brands that have 10 watt charging rates for less money thinking it could fast charge my ipads.
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