Charge 5 iOS Devices At Once With Griffin's $100 PowerDock 5

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Griffin has started shipping its $100 PowerDock 5 iOS charging station, originally introduced at CES earlier this year.

    The dock contains USB ports and organizing separators to allow easy charging of up to five devices at once. The company is aiming the solution at families with many devices or small businesses. Each USB port provides 10 watts of power, allowing for maximum charging speed on newer iPads.

    The PowerDock 5 is available from Griffin's website for $100.

    Article Link: Charge 5 iOS Devices At Once With Griffin's $100 PowerDock 5
  2. macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2009
  3. macrumors 68020

    Feb 22, 2009
    I looked into this a while back and:
    1. It's bring your own device cable and
    2. It's 10 watt power where the iPad 4 comes with a 12 watt power adapter so it will charge slower on this strip.
  4. macrumors 68030

    Mar 30, 2004
    What am I missing here. A powered 5-port USB hub with plexiglass separators for $75 price premium?
  5. macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2009
    So what exactly makes this an "iOS" device charger? Couldn't I just plug in Android mini usb cables there? It doesn't even come with lightning cables..
  6. macrumors 68030


    For this price, we might at least expect the right wattage :(

    I don't know about the $50, but you're right! TOO EXPENSIVE, for a plastic cradle with 5 USB ports, that are underpowered for the latest iPad.
  7. macrumors member

    George Zip

    Jan 2, 2011
    True, but I've not come across an actual 5-port USB power station in any configuration. 4 ports, yeah.

    Roll your own -- use a regular power strip ("horizontal" plugs work best) and a bunch of Apple power adapters (5, 10, & 12 watt). Not as pretty but gets the job done. Free, arguably, since one'll likely have multiple power adapters and there's always an extra power strip around. You could also get one of those newer strips that (finally) include a couple of lower-power USB ports on it.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2007
    This would be great if it was (somehow) actual dock connectors and you could just drop devices in *click* but all I'm seeing is some transparent props to hold things up.
  9. macrumors member

    May 16, 2013
    North Carolina
    Ummm No thanks!!! $100 plus and additional $20 for each cable you don't have.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 6, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    The advertising
  11. macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2007
    Hope that isn't more likely to cause this to happen.

    Not a convenient design either - I like to see what my notifications are when it's charging - they should've made it circular.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2013
    Agreed - You can see the cables tucked behind the devices in the photo. In real usage, this charging stand is going to look pretty messy with all of these stray cables hanging everywhere. A real dock with actual connectors would be far more elegant.

    Even if you DO have the cables already, you're going to want to buy 5x much shorter ones for the reasons I mentioned above. So yep, agreed here too that the end cost is going to be much higher than the initial cost ($100).
  13. macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2006
    i.sound has been making these for years and they work great.

    not sure if the griffin one is portable but the i.sound docks let me charge 4 devices while camping for example, and are cheaper...

    why is it that only huge companies that have close relationships with apple get publicity for products that have been in the marketplace for a while now?

    like tile, there have been gps trackers with apps that do exactly what tile does for a long time, but just because they have a pretty video with a pretty girl and turn to kickstarter instead of financeers they get publicity and the others don't?

    sorry to vent, more curious than anything else.
  14. macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2012
    The Shire
    You would already have the cable that came with the device. And if you own 5 iDevices, I doubt that $100 is that much to you.
  15. macrumors 65816

    Jun 18, 2010
    Don't use it in the shower and you should be OK.
  16. macrumors 68020

    Jan 22, 2009
    Um, really?

    I do not read anywhere it is a USB hub, just a charging port.


    Specs say:
    "10 watts (5 volts DC @ 2.1 amps) for each charging bay"
    Should be 10.5 watts, or 11 with rounding.


    I own 5 iDevices, and $100 is more then I am willing to pay.
  17. macrumors 68000


    Oct 2, 2007
    I had a Griffin ipod/iphone charger and multi-card reader all in one.
    it broke within the year. that was a $50 device.

    no thanks on this overpriced power block. :rolleyes:
  18. macrumors 68030

    Mar 30, 2004

    Well, it's not a hub per say, since it cannot be connected to PC or Mac for USB sync. But a good powered USB hub can be used to charge iOS devices, such as D-Link's $25 7-port powered USB hub and Plugable's $20 4-port powered USB hub.
  19. macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2010
    If anyone can show me a 5 port charger with 2.1 amps on EACH port, I'd love to see it.

    The i.Sound 4-port charger that someone referred to before appears to have 2.1 amps TOTAL and their user manual specifically states that if an iPad is charged on the high-power port, none of the other ports can be used at that time.

    Is this overpriced? Probably, but it does appear to fill a niche that is not currently being filled in the consumer iOS device space - single AC outlet to multiple high-power charging ports.

    There are industrial/commercial solutions that can do this - but they are many times more expensive and/or begin at a higher number of ports.

    Personally, I've been waiting for this to come along since it was announced in January. It has a great value for me in our home.

    If you compare it to the cost of good quality 2.1 amp power adapters, it is still not that expensive as they generally cost at least $10 - 15 each. I do already have the original adapters, but this solution allows me to keep those where I'd rather - in my travel bag or on my night stand. This gives us a central charging station in the kitchen in a tidy package.

    Would I like it to be cheaper? Sure, but I plan to pick one up as soon as I can.
  20. macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2006
    really? it looks much bigger... Maybe the surface area on a table it takes up is the same surface area a ipad takes up if lying flat... but you could stack like 10 iPads before it was as tall as this thing. Additionally, an Ipad can be set on a table held upright without one of these, making it take up far less room that this charging dock...

    and yes, what makes this so much more expensive than a standard powered dock? which you could easily build a stand on top of...
  21. macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    What exactly makes this overpriced thing an 'iOS only' product?
  22. macrumors 68020

    Jun 29, 2012
    Colorado Springs USA for now
    The cost of the charger is a joke and even people with a lot of money don't like to waste it.... One if the reasons they have it lol. You go buy it and support their silly priceing, seems most here so far won't so there should be plenty.
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 12, 2009
    For every person (like me) who thinks things like this are obscenely overpriced simply because they're Apple user-targeted, there's 2-3 more who "can't wait to get one", so it's a losing battle.

    Actually, it's not a losing battle at all now that I think of it-the companies make money hand-over-fist, and the people who buy them think they're getting something awesome.

    Just goes to show me I obviously need to start churning out i<things> on Kickstarter. It seems that in these cases, if you build it they definitely will come.
  24. macrumors 6502


    May 18, 2007
    Yay more overpriced plastic simply because it's for Apple users. If this was made for Android, it would be what...$20?
  25. macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2011
    New York
    Don't you get yours free by working at Griffin?

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