Hooked Up - Chargepod

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posted 11/27/2009 by Dan Keener
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Welcome to Hooked Up, the Gaming Nexus series that puts the spotlight on gaming related products that impact the Video Game experience. This week we take a look at Callpod’s Chargepod power solution.

 
Product Quic Reference
Company:       Callpod
Product:          Chargepod Bundle Pack
Price:               $79.99 (MSRP)
Website:         http://www.callpod.com
 

What is it?
The Chargepod is an innovative charging solution that allows you to charge up to six separate devices from a central hub at a single time. It boasts over 50 adapters (available for approximately $9.95 each) in addition to the six that come in the package.

Impressions
The folks over at Callpod sent us a complimentary Chargepod Bundle Pack (as well as four adapters) to take a look at and I was not disappointed based on the potential this product brings to the table. After cracking open the Chargepod Bundle Pack, I found that not only did it include the Chargepod Hub, but six of the most common adapters, a car-plug, AC Adapter and a bag to store it all in.
 

Hooking up the Chargepod isn’t rocket science, and it easily accommodated all my gear including a Sony PSP, HTC Mogul, Nintendo DS Light, iPod Touch and an iPod Nano. I was going to throw another phone on there, but it seemed overkill at that point. Once the proper adapter is chosen (it comes with a standard USB adapter, which covers many products not from Apple), you simply plug it into your device, the other end into the Chargepod, and then the Chargepod hub into the wall or cigarette lighter in your vehicle. Each connection shows a blue light during charging, so you will know what the status is.

The one thing that I had a bit of a concern about was the construction of the Chargepod hub itself. While mini-usb ports seem fine, the hub is made of sturdy plastic that possibly could break under duress or abuse. I know most people will treat their product nicely, but sometime you can’t help that something falls on your bag or you drop things. In any case, I don’t believe it is a huge issue, but something that should be mentioned.



Pros
-Excellent charging solution
-Bundle is a great value
-Charges quickly and neatly
-Easy to hook up and use
 

Cons
-A bit pricey for adapters
-The Chargepod Hub feels a bit cheap
-The Bag is a touch to small for all the gear
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