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Droidax PortaCharge Gadget Charger – Review

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The ability to charge two gadgets at once helps the Droidax PortaCharge stand out from the crowd.

It seems the more powerful our smartphones, tablets and other gadgets become, the less likely they are to make it through the day without a recharge. This is where the Droidax PortaCharge can come to the rescue, as it’s a portable battery with connectors for recharging your various gadgets while you’re on the go.

You can charge up the PortaCharge’s built-in battery via its micro-USB port, either from a power point or a USB port on your computer (it’s faster to charge from a power point using the supplied AC adaptor). The PortaCharge contains a 5400 mAh battery, so it holds more juice than most portable chargers of this size.

Once the PortaCharge is fully charged you can slip it back in its carry case and drop it in your travel bag. Now when your smartphone needs a top up, you can use the supplied 10-in-1 USB adaptor to plug your phone into the PortaCharge. You should be able to recharge your smartphone at least three times before the PortaCharge needs a recharge. An LED readout on the front tells you the percentage of battery life remaining so you’ll have some warning when the PortaCharge is running low.

There are plenty of portable gadget chargers on the market, some of them specifically designed for gadgets such as iPhones, but the PortaCharge stands out for several reasons. Firstly the 10-in-1 adaptor is compatible with Apple gadgets as well as a wide range of other devices thanks to mini- and micro-USB. This is handy if you’re travelling and need to charge up a wide range of gadgets such as smartphones, tablets, e-book readers, MP3 players, handheld games consoles and Wi-Fi hotspots.

Regardless of whether you’re an Apple or Android fan, the PortaCharge should meet your needs. If your device isn’t compatible with the 10-in-1 connector, you can just throw the device’s USB cable in your bag and charge its straight from the USB port on the PortaCharge.

Another of the PortaCharge’s strengths is that it features two USB ports for charging two devices at once, once again handy if you’re trying to support a wide range of gadgets while you’re on the road. The second USB port offers 2 Amps rather than 1 Amp to support more power-hungry devices such as the iPad.

The PortaCharge only weighs 168 grams and its flat design means it could easily slip into a jacket pocket. Unfortunately the 10-in-1 USB adaptor is a little awkward, but thankfully you’re not wedded to it. The days when you’re only looking to charge one device, such as an iPhone, it might make sense to leave the 10-in-1 USB adaptor at home and just slip a retractable iPhone cable in your pocket.

The PortaCharge’s final strength is its pocket-friendly price tag. Considering that competing chargers tend to cost a lot more and do a lot less, the Droidax PortaCharge is pretty hard to beat.

The Droidax PortaCharge sells for $49.95 (with free shipping). For more details visit www.droidax.com


Does Apple's latest iPod update offer enough?

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Late last week, Apple unveiled its latest update to its wildly popular iPod line, with new models of the iPod Shuffle, Nano and Touch versions. The iPod “Classic”, based around the same kind of form factor that the original iPod had nine years ago, didn’t get a refresh, but it didn’t get removed from the product lineup either. That’s probably just a matter of time, though — and it’s been a long time since Apple particularly seemed to care about the Classic.

Then again, it’s debatable that Apple’s not that interested in the low-end iPod market either. Sure, they’d still like your cash, that being the basis of any successful business, and there’s still a market for entry level players. But whether the new iPods are particularly worth chasing up, especially if you’re upgrading from an existing iPod is an interesting question. Let’s look at the iPod lines as they now stand.

I’ve never quite seen the point of the iPod Shuffle. Yes, I do understand that it plays music and works with iTunes. It’s just that, iPod branding aside, it’s never done much that other flash based players without screens didn’t do much cheaper. The new Shuffle returns buttons to the face of the player, but that’s something that Apple only got rid of with the revision before the last one!

Then there’s the Nano. The new screens look kind of cute, i’ll grant you, but this is a real tradeoff of functionality. In return for the new looks-like-an-iPhone style screen display, Apple’s ripped out the camera and the ability to play back video on the Nano completely. It’s just a music player, starting at $199, which isn’t that much cheaper than the entry level Touch.

The Touch, I will admit, has had a very nice looking makeover, grabbing the screen that makes the iPhone 4 look so good along with simple cameras on both sides, giving it access to Apple’s FaceTime video calling capability and HD video recording at 720P. It’s a nice bit of kit, but it’s not Apple’s entry level any more. It’s also rather carefully priced against the iPhone 4, which it shares a lot of functionality with.

It seems pretty clear to me that the Touch is the market that Apple wants to shift consumers towards. There’s more money to be made for Apple that way, as it gets a fixed percentage of the App sales for everything that goes onto an iPod Touch, whereas it only gets a percentage of the music sales on an iPod Shuffle or Nano if you buy your music through iTunes. Rip your own CDs — a perfectly legal activity in Australia — and Apple gets nothing.

What do you think? Are the new models enough to get you to upgrade, or will that wait until your existing player dies?


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