If you own several gadgets, one of the most aggravating things to deal with is figuring out what to do with all those unsightly wires and cords when it is time to recharge your devices. Sometimes, you may even end up with a device that’s not fully recharged because you’ve accidentally pulled its plug partly out-of-the-way when you’ve needed to move all those cords to make room for something else. Wouldn’t it be great if someone would invent a device charger that eliminates the mess and the hassle of recharging all of our tech gear?
Thing Charger is a new device charger that seeks to solve these common problems. To help you decide if it might be the best option for you, we’ve compiled this short list of its advantages and disadvantages .
How a Device Charger Like “Thing Charger” Works
The main feature of the Thing Charger is that its design eliminates the need for charging cords and cables. Users simply plug the charger directly into the electrical outlet on the wall, and then plug their devices directly into the top of the charger. Not only does this eliminate the visual mess of a jumble of cords, it makes charging your gadgets more safe, as you no longer have to worry about tripping over an exposed wire. Pets and small children are also less attracted to “investigate” the “missing” noticeable wires and cords as well.
Thing Charger is available in white and is about the same size as an existing wall outlet. Its most noticeable difference is that its just slightly thicker than most existing wall plates. When it’s viewed directly from the front, it’s virtually invisible.
The unit contains several interchangeable tips that make the charger compatible with nearly every current USB device on the market, and it leaves the two electrical outlets in the wall plate free to use. This feature comes in handy in the kitchen or living room when you might have other appliances that need constant access to the same outlet. When not in use, the extra tips store in the back of the charger, so that you are less likely to lose them. The tips are even Apple lightning compatible and made with the Apple authorized chip so that you don’t have to worry about the compatibility issue that plagues the makers of other device chargers.
These device chargers are also stackable, so if you have several devices that you need to charge, just plug two or three chargers into one another, plug the stacked units into the wall outlet, and then plug your devices directly into the top of the chargers. Each charger also has two USB connections underneath the device, that way, if you still really want to attach a device to the charger by it’s cord you can. A prime example of when this feature would come in handy is those times you still need to use your cell phone to make a call, but it’s battery is dead. Just plug your cell phone into the device with its USB cable and you can talk while it charges.
The charger only uses a maximum of 1/2 of an amp load when in use on a standard 110 volt electrical wall outlet, so it uses very little power. Unlike other chargers and electronic devices, users can turn the device off, but leave it plugged in so that the charger doesn’t silently draw power when not in use. The charger will also be ETL certified, so that users can be assured of the device’s safety when its in use.
Main Drawbacks to “Thing Charger”
Thing Charger just recently completed a public crowd sourced campaign for its funding. So, it’s not actually available yet, but it’s expected to start shipping in either the second or third quarter of 2015.
Users can preorder the charger now, but a single unit’s current price tag of $39.90 is a bit pricey when compared to other device chargers. For a limited time, users can preorder the units and get one for free when they order 3, or two free when they order 5.
If a user has several devices to charge at one time, and one or more of the devices is a bit large, such as a tablet, the larger device really should be attached closest to an inside wall for additional support. Depending on the layout, this might be a minor inconvenience for some users, or a major drawback.
Packing for a trip is easier with the Thing Charger, as the device contains everything that a user might need and there aren’t any separate cords to pack and keep up with as the user travels. However, since it fits into a standard 110 volt wall outlet, it’s unclear if the charger could be safely paired with a voltage adapter for use in other countries with a different standard.
What do you think about the new Thing Charger? A wireless charging pad is a significant departure from other device chargers that we’ve reviewed in the past. Is the possibility of eliminating the clutter and distraction of all of those USB cables enough to tempt you to give it a try? Or is the speed of your charger a greater concern? What device charger do you currently use, and what do you love and hate about it most? We value your opinions! Be certain to share your feedback in the comments section below.
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