Belkin Dual USB Power Adapter

The Good Charges two USB devices simultaneously; compact design; easy to carry; includes iPod and standard mini-USB cables.

The Bad Two ports are great, but more would've been even better; distractingly bright LED indicator light.

The Bottom Line The Belkin Dual USB Power Adapter is a great accessory for those with numerous USB-powered devices.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 9.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
8.3 Overall

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Review

Belkin Dual USB Power Adapter

Editors' Note: Those interested in this product should check out the Belkin Dual Rotating Charger (similar product, but with a rotating power plug) and the Belkin Mini Travel Surge Protector (which is larger, but includes three surge-protected AC outlets and two USB charge ports).

Despite the dream of an "ultimate handheld," it's really hard to get down to fewer than two portable devices. A Treo may do it all, but you still want an iPod; an iPhone is great, but you still need a BlackBerry for work; you like to listen to your iPod while playing your PSP or DS; and so on. Even those who do manage to get down to one super smartphone often have a Bluetooth headset to go along with it. And traveling with two devices means taking two power adapters along. Or at least it did--until the Belkin Dual USB Power Adapter came along.

Like a gaggle of other brands (Apple included), Belkin makes an iPod power adapter--basically just an AC transformer with a USB port on it. The company's Dual USB Power Adapter is essentially the same thing, but with a second USB port. As such, it can charge two USB-powered devices simultaneously. Belkin throws in an iPod-charging cable (with the standard 30-pin connector) as well as a second cable that terminates with a mini-USB jack. The latter one will work with a large range of smartphones--including most BlackBerry models--and other devices. For instance, we had no problems charging an iPod Nano along with a BlackBerry Pearl, Sprint Mogul, and Motorola H500 Bluetooth headset using both of Belkin's cables. Any 5-volt USB-powered device should work just as well, but it's up to you to provide your own cables if it doesn't have a mini-USB input. We were able to charge a Sprint VM-A680, Palm Treo 650, Sony PSP, and Nintendo DS Lite--two at a time--with a variety of third-party cables.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $30
  • Brand Belkin
  • Product Type power adapter
  • Type 3 years warranty
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