Callpod Chargepod Bundle Pack with 6 Adapters - Silver
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- Charges up to 6 devices at the same time
- Includes six (6) popular adapters to charge your electronic gadgets and mobile devices
- Eliminates the clutter from having multiple chargers
- Compatible with thousands of mobile devices such as iPods, cell phones, Bluetooth headsets, PDAs, digital cameras, navigation units, mp3 players, digital readers and portable gaming systems
- Chargepod is compatible with all foreign 120/240 V adapter wall plugs; no additional power supply is necessary
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Chargepod Bundle Pack, Six Devices on One Outlet, Six popular adapters included. Can charge Blackberry and Apple devices.
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This neat little system really cleaned things up. Now we have one cable instead of a bunch, and the unit itself is quite attractive, with blue LED lights softly glowing. Although it has a travel case, I don't think I will bring it on travel. It comes with a set of tips for different devices. The only downside is that I still had to go and buy a couple of tips separately, at around $10 each. This can add up over time, but I have the same problem with my iGo travel charger and don't see any way around it. Overall a clever solution to clean up clutter.
None were used in a mobile environment; mine sits on my desk, my wife's on her desk at work, and my step-daughter's on her desk at college, where they are not subjected to stress or abuse.
Then the adapters started to fail. The first two iPod adapters split longitudinally along the plastic housing and died. The 3rd iPod adapter just croaked, period. And therein lies the story of the next two-and-a-half years, failure after failure: Two generic USB adapters (CHUA-0011), one mini-USB (MUSB-0001), one Plantronics (PLNA-00001) and two others. What is the problem?
I'm convinced it's poor and shoddy manufacturing. Most of these adapters arrive out-of-the-box with the two ends out of sync, forcing the user to twist them in order for the charger hub and device-to-be charged to lie flat together. No matter how little force you exert, it is still too much for the obviously flimsy wiring connections inside the connector housings.
I also noticed, as I replaced them, different wire lengths between the two connectors, especially on the iPod unit (they have also now changed the housing on that adapter, obviously due to the shell-splitting problem I mentioned above). That's another sign that whoever is producing these is not adhering to a specification, or Callpod changed suppliers, or both.
Remember, all of this was just from simple desktop use, never detaching the adapters. I cannot imagine the failure rate if one were to utilize this system in a mobile application, where the adapters would be subjected to constant attachment/detachment cycles from the hub. The tines on the herkin' AC adapter do not fold into the housing, and, astonishingly, the tines on the optional "mobile" AC adapter don't either, so both are pretty much useless for travel, unless you want to damage items inside your case, or the case itself.
I'm sick and tired of returning and replacing these adapters. I'm going to sell all three of the chargers and revert to outlet strips and multiple chargers. I strongly suggest you avoid this product... it was a great concept, but ownership is an absolute annoyance.
September 2010 update: iPod adapter #4 R.I.P. Oy friggin' vey, I really hate this thing.
I'm looking for this kind of setup without the additonal cost or requirement of adapters. So far, I haven't found it yet.
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Original purchase of call pod had voucher for three adapters of your choice.