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Quick Look Review

Kensington Charging Dock with Mini Battery Pack for iPhone and iPod

Kensington never fails to live up to my expectations and the Charging Dock with Mini Battery Pack for iPhone and iPod is another winner.

 

The Charging Dock with Mini Battery Pack is compact and efficient and will fit easily in luggage, backpacks, or computer cases. It is approximately 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches by 1 inch at its thickest point. Plus make room for the USB wall adapter if you are traveling. That’s another 3 inches by 1.75 inches by 1 inch.

What it actually does is quite simple. It has two docking points. The one in front recharges your iPhone (including the 3Gs), iPod touch, or iPod. The one in back recharges a mini battery pack. The package also includes a USB charging and syncing cable and the USB wall adapter mentioned above.

I tested it in the normal way, making sure it recharged my phone quickly and efficiently. It did, and it was very nice to have the USB port on my MacBook freed up for other uses.

The Mini Battery Pack has a light system that lets you know that it is on and the charge status.

My next test was to let the battery in my phone (iPhone 3GS) run almost all the way down. Then I plugged in the fully charged Mini Battery Pack which is 2.5 inches by 2 inches by less than .5 inch. Not only did my phone continue to work well, the Mini Battery Pack recharged the battery in my iPhone.  Not 100 percent; about 75 percent, but all the time it was doing this, I used my phone to make calls and play games -- things that use up the iPhone battery quickly.

The Bottom Line

I recommend this product for anyone who travels or uses up the battery on their phone through constant use. Work in an environment where you have to use a PC? Plug this in at work and your phone is always ready to go even though there is no Mac handy for recharging. 

Just The Facts

Pros:

Compact, light weight, and efficient way to recharge your iPhone, iPod, or iPod Touch and it travels with you if needed.

Cons:

According to the specs, the Mini Battery Pack will have a power loss over time and recharge time will be reduced.

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mattiebessie said:

Sorry guys, what is USB? I’ve searched in acronymserach and I found out that USB can be Universal Serial Bus, Upper SideBand, Usage Sensitive Billing, Universal Silly Bus [joke]. Which one do you mean?

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