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Griffin PowerDock 2 Charging Station
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What's hot: Charge multiple iPods and iPhones from one power outlet.
What's not: No indication of charging status.
Reviewed August 2009 by Jennifer Shelamer
If your family has multiple iPods and/or iPhones, it can be difficult to find chargers and outlets for all of them, especially when everyone wants (needs!) to charge their iPod at the same time. The Griffin PowerDock, which charges up to 2 (or 4, if you purchase the PowerDock 4) iPods at the same time, makes this considerably more convenient.
The PowerDock has an attractive design, with a brushed aluminum surface and rounded corners, so you can place it in a central location and leave it there (no more hunting for chargers!). The rubberized base resists slipping on almost any surface. The AC adapter is slim, so it only takes up one plug of a standard household electrical outlet.
It comes with adapters to securely hold most iPods (see compatibility list below), but we found that it’s not necessary to exactly match the iPod to the adapter; we selected a couple that would fit all of our iPods and didn’t worry about changing them.
It works just as advertised, charging the iPods and iPhones quickly with either one or two iPods in the dock. The only thing I would change would be to add a light to indicate the charging state of each iPod.
iPhone 3G/iPhone 3GS (not all units in retail stores will have these adapters, but you can get them for $1.99 from Griffin)
1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th gen. iPod Nano
1st and 2nd gen. iPod Touch
iPod Classic 80GB, 120GB, 160GB
iPod with Video 30GB, 60GB, 80 GB
iPod Photo 20GB, 30GB, 40GB, 60GB
iPod (click wheel) 20GB, 40GB
Price: PowerDock 2- $39.99
Price: PowerDock 4- $69.99
Web site: www.griffintechnology.com
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