Main Content

The Tech-Pert: Cut The Cords With The Idapt i3 Charging Station

By Rick.Broida
Saturday March 27, 2010

If your desk/kitchen counter/nightstand is anything like mine, it's covered in messy, always-in-the-way chargers and charging cables. I guess that's the price we pay for our cell phones, MP3 players, Bluetooth headsets, and other power-hungry gear--but I'm tired of looking at that snake's nest!

That's why my new favorite gizmo is the Idapt i3, a compact charging station that eliminates all but a single power cord.

The i3 relies on interchangeable tips for charging up to three gizmos at a time. It comes with six of them--one each for microUSB, miniUSB, iPhone/iPod, Nokia, SonyEricsson, and Samsung. Of course, Idapt also sells tips for a variety of other devices, including the iPod Shuffle, Palm Centro, and even rechargeable AA/AAA batteries.

And here's a nice option: If the stock six-tip bundle doesn't include everything you need, you can instead order the i3 with four tips of your choosing. That was my preference, as we have two iPods and a Palm Centro in the house.

When you order directly from UK-based Idapt, the i3 will cost you 39.95 (GBP), or about $59.95 in U.S. dollars, plus shipping. However, the six-tip version of the Idapt i3 is also available from U.S.-based Abt for $49.99 shipped.

That may seem a little steep, but once you free yourself from the aesthetic nightmare of gadget-charger cords, you'll wonder how you ever lived without the Idapt i3. I'm loving mine.

Save more when you shop outlet items.
This outlet item is not available for purchase online.
For more information or to purchase, please contact an Abt sales specialist: