February 15, 2009
Proporta has long been one of my favorite gadget and accessory providers. They have great stuff, no matter what your personal preference in mobile tech. They have cases for everything from iPhones to Blackberries, Palms to Nokias. They have laptop bags, gadget bags, and every other conceivable accessory. And being a terribly British company, you get a cup of tea with every order.
Proporta advertises its Universal Emergency Charger as having “an impressive 2500 mAh” of power. I’m not convinced that 2500 mAh is really all that impressive, but it is more power than you get to start on any Palm Treo, iPhone, Razr, Nokia, or Blackberry. As a matter of fact, 2500 mAh is almost twice what you get with some phones, so maybe it is a little impressive. But the neat thing about this little gadget is that it can charge any of the phones I just listed. Take a look at the photo below. The charger comes with 6 interchangeable connector heads to power most any gadget you’ve got: 1 x Nokia Slim, 1 x Sony Ericsson, 1 x iPod, 1 x Micro USB, 1 x Samsung, 1 x PSP. With more manufacturers turning to Micro USB, it may be the only connector you need. (And if you need more, Proporta offers a large selection of additional connectors.)
Of course, since the charger takes standard usb input, you may not want to use a charger tip at all. Every gadget I currently have lying around came with a usb charger, so I can plug them straight into the Proporta charger. It is nice to have the retractable cord, though. So if you don’t want to carry your full length cord with you, using a matching connector head might save you room.
Saving room is a concern for most of us, and this charger doesn’t take much. It is the same size as a credit card, and less than 1/2 inch thick.
But remember the old adage about big things coming in small packages, because this charger gives you a 5v, 800mA output, which should satisfy the needs of most of your mobile gadgets from cell phones, to personal gaming systems, to digital cameras.
An led on the top of the charger lets you know when it has completed charging, and you can press the charge indicator to see just how much charge is left. There are indicators for Full, Half, and Charge me! Although Proporta states that it may take up to 10 hours to charge via usb, mine indicated a full charge in half that time. By using a usb to ac adaptor, you should be able to charge in as little as 2 hours.
The Universal Emergency Charger is £ 30.39, which is around $43, excluding shipping. Not exactly cheap, but how much does your peace of mind cost?
Visit Proporta online, and see what else they have to offer.