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Review: Kensington PowerBolt Micro Charger

This is a pretty neat little car charger if you want to charge your devices while on the go. Best of all it chargers a multitude of idevices (as you can see below) including the iPad and the new iPhone 4. I think that adds value.

In my test, I used my iPod Touch and iPad. I had no issues providing power to them from my car. With the purchase, you get the micro plug and a black cable. The cable looks and feels heavy duty, thicker than the standard cable that comes from Apple. I did compare the length of this to my Apple cable, and it’s a little over 6 inches shorter. I am not sure if that really matters to anyone but I figured I would share that. The cable was long enough for me to set the iPad on my passenger seat. I also used my iPad from the drivers’ seat (while I was not driving).

 

In my car, I have the cigarette lighter and then a power plug right under that. I did have a hard time removing the micro plug from the cigarette lighter, due to where/how Hyundai placed it. It was a tight fit with the fingers. There were no issues in the power plug right under that because there was more open space. While this is not a problem of the actual device, it’s suggestion to see if your power location would be a potential problem for you.

This charger/cable also does not take up a lot of room, should you want to take it with you when you travel, if you are going to have a rental car. So, if you are in need of a car charger for one of your devices, take a look at the below link. I think you would be very satisified with this unit.

 

Features

-Now 2.1 Amps ready to provide quick iPad charging

-Detachable USB cable lets you charge and sync your iPad, iPhone or iPod

-Ultra-small size

-LED power indicator

-Blends into any vehicle's interior

 

Specifications

-Compatible with iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPhone, iPod touch, iPod Nano (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th gen), iPod classic, iPod mini, iPod (1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th gen) excluding 3rd Generation iPod

-Input: 10 V – 18 V DC

-Output (USB): 5 V DC - 2.1 A

-Output (30 Pin): 5 V DC - 2.1 A

 

Warranty

-PowerBolt™ Micro Car Charger is backed by the Kensington 2-Year warranty.

 

Kensington Product Page

http://us.kensington.com/html/17727.html

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Louis Senecal has been a mobile enthusiast since 2001 with the release of the HP Jornada Series Pocket PC. He reviews products for BostonPocketPC.com. He uses mobile tech to make his life more organized and entertaining. In addition to being a dad and a husband, Louis has a career in the Loss Prevention industry. He has been a volunteer firefighter for more than a decade and supports his community in various volunteer capacities.