CES 2013: PowerDock 5 – the Multi-Device Charger

PowerDock 5

PowerDock 5

PowerBlock Universal

PowerJolt
Griffin just came out with a new docking station that can charge up to 5 mobile devices at once. The company also introduced 2 other small chargers that uses smart charging technology so that your mobile devices will always stay fully charged.
CES 2013 is just about to open and Griffin unveiled the PowerDock 5 which includes five separate bays, each with its own USB port (cables not included). On the bottom part of the PowerDock 5 is an AC power plugs as well as 2 knobs for wrapping the AC cable.
According to Griffin the PowerDock 5 has several features:
  • Store and charge 5 iPad tablets simultaneously
  • Space-saving design
  • Illuminated power status light
  • 10 watts (5 volts DC @ 2.1 amps) for each charging bay
  • Accommodates iPad and other tablets in their cases as well as mobile phone
The PowerDock 5 can charge apple devices and other devices (as long as they use USB charging). Along with the PowerDock Griffin also released the PowerBlock Universal as well as the PowerJolt Universal. Both accessories work using ChargeSensor technology which knows how much power the connected  device plugged into it requires and provides optimal charging.
The PowerBlock Universal features a low profile design for plugging into power strips and plugs. Plugged into any AC power source from 100 to 240 volts, PowerBlock converts it to efficient 10 watt charging for smartphones, tablets and any other .
The PowerDock 5 should be available in spring 2013 with a retail price of about $100. The PowerJolt car charger will cost you about $15 and the PowerBlock will cost you about $30.
More information can be found on the Griffin website.

TFOT has also covered many other chargers in the past including the powerFUZE by Scosche Industries, the Datexx SuperBattery, a hand cranked universal USB charger, and the Kinesis K3, a portable charger that utilizes”green” energy, using the wind and the sun. Other related TFOT stories include Freeloader, a USB multi-charger that utilizes solar power, and one covering the USBCell battery, a rechargeable battery with a USB plug.