When my wife and I go out of town, I seem to pack enough chargers to fill a small suitcase.
There's the chargers for two iPods, two cell phones and two PDAs.
The new chargepod, from Chicago-based Callpod Inc., fulfills the American Transcendalist call to "simplify, simplify." (Somehow, I suspect that if Henry David Thoreau were alive today, he wouldn't have schlepped an iPod to his cabin on Walden Pond.)
Chargepod will enable you to throw (thoreau?) away, or at least leave behind, that nest of cords that clog your duffel and clutter your world.
The $50 charger accommodates six devices that plug into a base unit, which resembles a gas cap from a Ferrari, that itself plugs into the wall.
For the past few years, I have used an iGo, which charged two devices at a time. Early on in the iGo era, my iPod's screen burned to a crisp. IGo denied it was their fault, I still have some lingering doubts. In any case, my video iPod has charged incident so far on the iGo.
Chargepod avoids the crisping issue with "smart" adapters that detect and deliver just the right amount juice required for each gadget. Plus, the chargepod's base unit reassuringly remains cool while iGo's heats up.
Chargepod smart adapters go for $10 each.
There is a $100 bundled product with six popular adapters covering Nokia, Motorola/mini-USB, iPod, Samsung, Palm and Sony PSP along with a wall charger and car charger and carrying case.
Check out the chargepod and the spiffy new dragon Bluetooth headsets, which can pair up as a walkie-talkie, from Callpod at callpod.com.
Move beyond chaos into electronics order with chargepod.