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Jan 7, 2013, 10:58 AM
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Griffin yesterday announced (via Engadget (http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/06/griffin-powerdock-powerblock/)) the forthcoming launch of its PowerDock 5 (http://store.griffintechnology.com/ces-2013/powerdock-5-device-charger), a $99.99 charging station that organizes up to five iOS devices in the space otherwise taken up by one iPad laid flat.PowerDock 5 is the ultimate space-saving, countertop charging and storage solution for up to 5 iPads. Designed for convenience and efficiency, PowerDock 5 contains five charging bays large enough to accommodate an iPad encased in even the largest of cases, including Griffin's own Survivor case. When not in use, PowerDock 5 keeps all the users' device cables tucked away and organized, ready for use at any time.The PowerDock 5 will launch later this spring.

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/01/griffin_powerdock_5.jpg
Griffin PowerDock 5
Griffin is also introducing several other charging accessories at CES, including the PowerBlock wall charger (http://store.griffintechnology.com/ces-2013/powerblock-universal-wall-charger-with-charge-sensor) ($29.99) and PowerJolt car charger (http://store.griffintechnology.com/ces-2013/powerjolt-universal-car-charger-with-charge-sensor) ($24.99). Both devices include Griffin's new "ChargeSensor" technology that automatically senses a device's power profile and charges the device accordingly.All mobile devices have specific charging profiles that dictate how much, and how quickly, they can charge. Most chargers are designed with a one-size-fits-all approach which typically does not support the requirements of each individual device. Griffin's new ChargeSensor technology senses the requirements of any device plugged into it, providing optimal charging for all USB-chargeable devices.Both the PowerBlock and PowerJolt will also be launching in the spring.

Article Link: CES 2013: Griffin PowerDock 5 Charges and Organizes Up to 5 iOS Devices (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/07/ces-2013-griffin-powerdock-5-charges-and-organizes-up-to-5-ios-devices/)



capoeirista
Jan 7, 2013, 11:08 AM
It looks like a toast rack.

mrxak
Jan 7, 2013, 11:10 AM
That's more iDevices than I have, but if they made one in a 3 model, that might be perfect.

I do notice on their website, cables not included.

mac1984user
Jan 7, 2013, 11:13 AM
And since few cables are 3 inches in length, this setup will look messy REAL fast (that photo is deceiving). As if Griffin would offer cables...(and an array of Lighting/Dock Connector cables to boot)...

P.S. My wife is already flabbergasted that I have a 'cable box' in the first place. At least that's hidden away under the bed.

GoCubsGo
Jan 7, 2013, 11:15 AM
For that price why not include the short cables like they have pictured?
I also wish they had a 3-device rack.

Hakone
Jan 7, 2013, 11:19 AM
First world problem: filling in all 5 slots :eek:

nep61
Jan 7, 2013, 11:20 AM
$99 is a bit steep, but this is perfect for a family with 3 iPhones, 2 iPads, and a couple of older generation iPods.
Griffin's products have been pretty reliable in the past -- in my experience anyway. Might give this a shot.

yod
Jan 7, 2013, 11:29 AM
A burglar's dream - a couple grands in iOS devices neatly packed together ready to be taken.

snebes
Jan 7, 2013, 11:29 AM
For that price why not include the short cables like they have pictured?
I also wish they had a 3-device rack.

Because they aren't showing short cables. The cables (probably not even real cables) are tucked behind the devices. In real life, this thing probably looks like a cluster**** if you have 5 devices in there.

Seeing the empty picture, I was hoping the devices could sit upright connecting directly into a lightning or 30-pin connector. That would be a great 5- or 3-device dock.

notjustjay
Jan 7, 2013, 11:34 AM
If it's just USB ports, there's no reason why you couldn't also use this to charge Android phones, Windows phones, mp3 players, cameras, Kindles, etc. It's not just for iOS devices. And that's going to make it pretty handy.

Would have been nice if short cables were included.

technopimp
Jan 7, 2013, 11:36 AM
Hmm..$100 for what is in effect a 5-port power-only USB hub?

Nope, no such thing as an :apple: tax ;)

ALMF
Jan 7, 2013, 11:43 AM
total fail.

this is just a fancy looking USB multiplier. does not come with short cables. when i clicked on the article i was hoping it was something like: http://www.xtrememac.com/en-US/products/chargers/incharge-series/incharge-x5-docking-station/

Elvin77
Jan 7, 2013, 11:43 AM
So what's the difference between this and a 5 port powered USB hub other than the plastic little dividers and the $100 price tag?:confused:

mrgraff
Jan 7, 2013, 11:44 AM
When did MacRumors become the iOS edition of the SkyMall catalog?

Rocketman
Jan 7, 2013, 11:47 AM
So it doesn't pass through internet at all?

nep61
Jan 7, 2013, 11:50 AM
total fail.

this is just a fancy looking USB multiplier. does not come with short cables. when i clicked on the article i was hoping it was something like: http://www.xtrememac.com/en-US/products/chargers/incharge-series/incharge-x5-docking-station/

Yes but, that's $50 more and can only hold iOS devices with 30-pin connectors...
Even having to supply your own cables, Griffin's product is more versatile than the XtremeMac version you describe. The Cables, however could be a nuisance.

Blomkvist
Jan 7, 2013, 11:53 AM
We have a family of five and there are 8 iOS devices between us, so this dock could be a nice way to easily charge many devices at once. But jeez, for that sticker price, I would expect either:
A. Include short cables to help keep the station clutter free and ease ability to pull one device out of many.

B. Even easier, incorporate some slots in the dividers that allow you to wrap cables around to keep them up and out of the way.

I'll wait for actual reviews on this one and see when the price drops.

GoCubsGo
Jan 7, 2013, 11:53 AM
I'd be inclined to buy the letter sized version of something like this:
http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Staples/s0028491_sc7?$splssku$
And stick it on top of something like this:
http://www.nerve.com/CS/blogs/modernmaterialist/2009/03/USB%20Hub.jpg

There are plastic versions of the letter holder, I used to have one at work. You can find a nice USB hub for < $30 easy. This is basically what they're selling us for $99. If it provided some sort of actual power and cables, I would probably see the point of the price.

ALMF
Jan 7, 2013, 11:53 AM
Yes but, that's $50 more and can only hold iOS devices with 30-pin connectors...
Even having to supply your own cables, Griffin's product is more versatile than the XtremeMac version you describe. The Cables, however could be a nuisance.


That's why "hoping" hoping that it was lightning. But I do see what u mean by versatile since u could power droids or anything USB.

kipj77
Jan 7, 2013, 11:53 AM
For that price why not include the short cables like they have pictured?
I also wish they had a 3-device rack.

Because they in fact are long cables that have been nicely tucked behind each device.

ALMF
Jan 7, 2013, 11:55 AM
I'd be inclined to buy the letter sized version of something like this:
http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Staples/s0028491_sc7?$splssku$
And stick it on top of something like this:
http://www.nerve.com/CS/blogs/modernmaterialist/2009/03/USB%20Hub.jpg

There are plastic versions of the letter holder, I used to have one at work. You can find a nice USB hub for < $30 easy. This is basically what they're selling us for $99. If it provided some sort of actual power and cables, I would probably see the point of the price.

I can make ur version in my office tomorrow n save $99 lol

notjustjay
Jan 7, 2013, 11:59 AM
That's actually pretty brilliant! You could hide the USB hub behind the last divider and it would look pretty clean.

GoCubsGo
Jan 7, 2013, 12:12 PM
That's also a great idea.

Lukkee24
Jan 7, 2013, 12:18 PM
If it's just USB ports, there's no reason why you couldn't also use this to charge Android phones, Windows phones, mp3 players, cameras, Kindles, etc. It's not just for iOS devices. And that's going to make it pretty handy.

Would have been nice if short cables were included.

You've started your post with exactly why the cables are not included, because it's not just aimed at iOS products but any product that charges via USB, which means many different cables can be used - even if it was iOS, it's still lightning or 30-pin, which would they give you?

hchung
Jan 7, 2013, 12:22 PM
I'd be inclined to buy the letter sized version of something like this:
http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Staples/s0028491_sc7?$splssku$
And stick it on top of something like this:
http://www.nerve.com/CS/blogs/modernmaterialist/2009/03/USB%20Hub.jpg

There are plastic versions of the letter holder, I used to have one at work. You can find a nice USB hub for < $30 easy. This is basically what they're selling us for $99. If it provided some sort of actual power and cables, I would probably see the point of the price.

USB hubs typically won't provide more than 500mA to each port. So if it charges, it'll charge your stuff slowly. (there's the other problem in that some devices don't like to charge from a hub which has no computer attached to the other end)

That said, there's no way I'm paying $99 for a couple of USB chargers.

JAT
Jan 7, 2013, 12:33 PM
For that price why not include the short cables like they have pictured?
I also wish they had a 3-device rack.

Absolutely. Silly marketing choice.

But for your other post, this is the key difference, from the specs:
10 watts (5 volts DC @ 2.1 amps) for each charging bay

mrsir2009
Jan 7, 2013, 01:09 PM
A burglar's dream - a couple grands in iOS devices neatly packed together ready to be taken.

And with the included USB to lightning cables, the theif can be restorin’ your iDevices moments after he gets home :cool:

notjustjay
Jan 7, 2013, 01:14 PM
You've started your post with exactly why the cables are not included, because it's not just aimed at iOS products but any product that charges via USB, which means many different cables can be used - even if it was iOS, it's still lightning or 30-pin, which would they give you?

Well, if they're marketing it specifically as an iOS device charging bay, which they seem to be doing, then it would be nice if they would include short iOS style cables to get you started. Agreed about lightning vs 30-pin though. They'd have to pick one. The price point could be higher to reflect the additional cost, and it would be justifiable.

Since they don't include the cables, they shouldn't be advertising it as an iOS device charger. And it should be cheaper.

GoCubsGo
Jan 7, 2013, 01:43 PM
Absolutely. Silly marketing choice.

But for your other post, this is the key difference, from the specs:

I am sure you can find a USB hub that will provide the appropriate power.

needfx
Jan 7, 2013, 02:03 PM
iToasted

JAT
Jan 7, 2013, 02:38 PM
I am sure you can find a USB hub that will provide the appropriate power.
Maybe, but I doubt it. Not consumer level models, just the 16-port or higher "carts" for schools or whatever. You made me curious enough to search a little, let's see:


Newer Tech (http://www.newertech.com/products/7_port_powered_usb2_hub.php). Claims 2.1a capability, but actually only one port supports a 10" tab.
This one (http://cambrionix.com/cambrionix_news/cambrionix-8-port-u8-usb3-0-chargesync-component/) is 8 ports, so I was slightly off. But I can't seem to find a date. Betting it is more $$$ than the Griffin, as it appears to fall in the more industrial-level "cart" group.
Here is one (http://www.ipadinstyle.com/qmadix-usb-dual-mobile-charging-hub-21-and-21-amp/5A47A9306.htm) for 2 devices in a car. That's a start. But one review claims it can't even handle charging one Galaxy Tab when the Tab is on. I'll bet it's not actually better than my dual-car-charger that only claims to provide for one large tablet. Unless it's one of those designed-for-Apple issues and is only providing the Samsung .5a. You'd think there would be a home version, maybe I missed it.
I have some no name wall-wart-style charger with 4 USBs from Amazon, which claims to handle 2 iPads, but reviews say it burns out charging 2 iPads or 4 phones. I've only used it for up to 3 smaller devices to avoid burning it out. (didn't bother with a link)
I've looked through a few wall receptacles, too. But they all seem to stop at 2.1a total rating, not each port. Example (http://www.amazon.com/Leviton-T5630-W-125-Volt-Tamper-Resistant-Receptacle/dp/B008O11IEY/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1345230750&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=leviton+t5630).
Here's a power strip (http://www.amazon.com/Macally-Portable-Power-Charger-Unistrip/dp/B005JZD2JC) with 4 USB. Still only one 2.1a.


I would love to see one, don't get me wrong. But all these companies have pretty clearly relied on the standard USB spec of .5a. Remember when PCs were shipping with ports that couldn't even supply that? And people couldn't charge their smartphones well. I think the Griffin is the first.

For the Griffin that is the topic, I'd be interested if it was about $60 max, with some cables. Even if the cables weren't exactly what I needed, at least they'd be trying.

For my house, we've gotten the kids 7" tabs, so I don't really need 2.1a for every slot in a multi-port charger, but the typical .5a isn't really enough, either.

Mike Oxard
Jan 7, 2013, 03:04 PM
There was something similar on Lifehacker the other week:

http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/189cs39o20wzvjpg/original.jpg

snebes
Jan 7, 2013, 03:08 PM
total fail.

this is just a fancy looking USB multiplier. does not come with short cables. when i clicked on the article i was hoping it was something like: http://www.xtrememac.com/en-US/products/chargers/incharge-series/incharge-x5-docking-station/

I didn't know this thing existed. And in a 3-device version... tempting....

Lukkee24
Jan 7, 2013, 03:14 PM
Well, if they're marketing it specifically as an iOS device charging bay, which they seem to be doing, then it would be nice if they would include short iOS style cables to get you started. Agreed about lightning vs 30-pin though. They'd have to pick one. The price point could be higher to reflect the additional cost, and it would be justifiable.

Since they don't include the cables, they shouldn't be advertising it as an iOS device charger. And it should be cheaper.

Yeah I wasn't sure what they were marketing it as. The short cables would definitely be great though, but $99 still seems a lot.

unplugme71
Jan 7, 2013, 03:17 PM
I have a power strip with 3 USB chargers that came with my iPhone, iPod, and iPad. I didn't spend any extra money to accomplish this 'feat'.

Sorry but $99, another overpriced item.

What's with people making such high priced items? And what's with people buying these?

Stop giving in. I'm sure most are putting it on your credit cards adding to your debt. What a waste!

olowott
Jan 7, 2013, 03:26 PM
So :cool:
so bloddy Xpensive :mad:


it cud charge anything but then you knew android users wont pay such money:rolleyes:

centauratlas
Jan 7, 2013, 05:04 PM
For a large number of devices one would need a bunch of really short cables to avoid a huge tangled mess. ;-)

OrangeSVTguy
Jan 7, 2013, 06:01 PM
Build a modular dock with adapters for Lightning and 30pin and micro SD etc. Make it out of aluminum so it can be heavy for one hand docking/removal. Then charge $99 + $29 for each additional add-on dock.

macs4nw
Jan 8, 2013, 03:30 AM
A burglar's dream - a couple grands in iOS devices neatly packed together ready to be taken.

Precisely; forget about heading for the jewelry in the bedroom, head for the charger in the kitchen. LOL

Gemütlichkeit
Jan 8, 2013, 09:10 AM
A lot of haters on this forum lol.

Susannelet
Jul 21, 2013, 11:41 AM
424103Well being a house of 4 iPhones and an iPad I thought this was an answer to my prayers…
I liked the USB option so it could grow with our future upgrades as Apple seems to be into change charging ports… Also could charge my Jawbra car speaker..my Kindle.. my camera… versitle.. I liked the options...Looked good to me…
Well just received mine yesterday (mind you I also secured a $15 disc and free shipping so not much more than other multi charging stations out there)….
Lets just say that the photos are much more tidy than the reality…. You really need the 6″ cables instead of the standard issue charging cables…. Gets all tangled with extra cord lengths… They don’t stay in the slots by themselves. The plastic dividers pop out from time to time due to the extra cords being jammed in w phones. The charge cord has a heavy box/converter that the fine cord plugs into that the picture does not show…. Better design would have made the power box/converter to hide beneath the stand… Nope.. Have to put on counter and put unit in front if it.. Bulky and again messy presentation compared to how it is pictured.
So good idea… Needs more development in design and needs short cords included if promoting for iPhone use or at least come with a starter pack and sell additional.
Wait for Version 2 is my suggestion…

otismotive77
Jul 21, 2013, 03:55 PM
no wires? that high price? really? too hard for me to buy this thing.