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Exspect Triple USB Travel Charger reviewed


Article by: Mike Barrett
Date: 30 Sep 2009

pocketgpsworld.comThe Exspect Triple USB Travel Charger is the answer to a lot of techno geeks prayers. Quite simply it does what it says on the box. It is a compact charger providing 3 USB ports having interchangeable plugs to cater for just about anywhere in the world.

The Exspect Triple USB Travel Charger is available for £20 from Amazon.co.uk and other gadget retailers.

So what did I think of it? Continue reading to find out:

My review sample turned up days before I had a trip to the USA with a detour to Berlin via Gatwick on my way home. My intention was to travel as light as possible with hand luggage only for the Gatwick to Berlin section of the trip. I would be taking my T-Mobile Android phone, my iPod Touch and my iPhone along with my netbook and huge Sony HDV-V1 camera. In the USA I also had my TomTom 720 which made for a range of devices that I needed to charge. As I was travelling to 3 different countries I also needed to take 3 different power plugs with me, though I cheated and used the US one in Gatwick whilst waiting for my flight…

As you can see from the pictures the charger has 4 interchangeable plugs allowing Australia, Europe, UK, and USA stye plugs. It can cope with a voltage range of 100-240V at 50 or 60Hz as you would expect from a travel charger. Changing the plugs is simply a matter of pressing in the latching mechanism and pulling one plug off and then clicking the new one on. The construction is very sturdy and gives you the feeling of a solid quality product.

The Exspect triple USB travel charger

If through some misfortune you should manage to misplace one of your plugs then don't worry as the connector in the charger is a standard figure of eight style socket and will (has) accepted a normal power cable. This makes the charger very versatile and also quite idiot proof…

In action the charger has managed to power all the devices that I have connected to it. In particular it charges both my iPhone 3GS and my wife's iPhone 3G at the same time as my Android G2, TomTom GPS, Garmin Edge or Garmin Oregon. Though only 3 a a time…

The Exspect triple USB travel charger   The Exspect triple USB travel charger

There is not much else to say about this. It works well and is ideal for use when travelling (or at home) when you need a number of USB charge ports in a small light device. At £20.00 it is a little expensive, but worth every penny to keep clutter down while on the move. The Exspect Triple USB Travel Charger is available from Amazon.co.uk and other gadget retailers.
Comments
Posted by Kritou on Fri Oct 02, 2009 10:35 am Reply with quote

Would be neat if it could also accept and convert 12v to 5v DC


 
Posted by GerryC on Fri Oct 02, 2009 10:53 am Reply with quote

If you are talking about charging devices in a car, there are many lighter-to-usb adapters including some that have more than one usb socket.

Here's page 1 of Amazon UK search for "car usb".


Gerry
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Posted by Darren on Fri Oct 02, 2009 11:31 am Reply with quote

Kritou Wrote:
Would be neat if it could also accept and convert 12v to 5v DC

Clearly it can as the USB output is 5v DC?


Darren Griffin - Editor

 
Posted by GerryC on Fri Oct 02, 2009 12:07 pm Reply with quote

Darren Wrote:
Kritou Wrote:
Would be neat if it could also accept and convert 12v to 5v DC

Clearly it can as the USB output is 5v DC?

But the input is 100-240v AC - he wants a 12v input.


Gerry
TomTom730T
Cameralert for Android
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Posted by Darren on Fri Oct 02, 2009 12:09 pm Reply with quote

GerryC Wrote:
Darren Wrote:
Kritou Wrote:
Would be neat if it could also accept and convert 12v to 5v DC

Clearly it can as the USB output is 5v DC?

But the input is 100-240v AC - he wants a 12v input.

Ah yes, sorry, misunderstood. Embarassed


Darren Griffin - Editor

 
Posted by fabster on Fri Oct 02, 2009 12:13 pm Reply with quote

you can get two port usb chargers from HK for approx £5


 
Posted by Darren on Fri Oct 02, 2009 12:15 pm Reply with quote

fabster Wrote:
you can get two port usb chargers from HK for approx £5

With a range of international socket adapters?


Darren Griffin - Editor

 
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