The prevalence of gadgets and electronics using USB as an interface for power has had us clamoring for an all-in-one charging device for years. But for every USB-powered product, there seems to be a dozen more that utilize some sort of propriety power connection port.
We've seen items like the Powermat that provide a wireless dock to transfer a charge, but the custom outfits you must wrap your gadgets with can get expensive and cumbersome. For these reasons we were intrigued when the Idapt i3 came across our desk.
Though it's not flawless, the Idapt i3 Universal Charging Dock does a good job at simultaneously powering up to three devices, but a few annoyances keep it from being a must-buy.
The Idapt i3 itself is small enough to place on a nightstand or end table, measuring only 1.25 inches high by 6.5 inches wide by 5.25 inches deep. The device is available in a number of colors, all listed on Idapt's Web site.
The product is simple enough: three interchangeable power slots line up in a triangle formation. Each unit comes with four "tips" that protrude a specific interface for charging, with the port's name labeled right below the attachment. When purchased at a retail outlet, six tips come with the package, at which point you'll need to buy additional ones at the Idapt Web site ($10 each). However, when purchased directly from Idapt, you're given the opportunity to pick and choose four tips that will suit your needs.
The six tips we received in our review unit were primarily for cell phones but also included Mini- and Micro-USB, along with an iPhone and iPod dock connection. We were also sent extra tips for our Sony PSP, Nintendo DSi, and DS Lite.