The Universal Gadget Wrist Charger is one of those things that you see it and say, "Why didn't I think of that?" It's handy battery backup that you wear on your wrist, but does it work and is it practical? Well let's put one on and find out.
If you are on the go and you use small electronics, such as a cell phone, smart phone, PDA, iPad, etc. you eventually find yourself needing to recharge your device. For most people this comes at the end of your day and you simply plug it into your charger at home or USB connection to your computer. Those that need to stay on the go might stop and take a break for a couple hours to charge up with an AC adapter they brought with them, plug into their laptop or desktop, or even have brought other battery backups that either charge off AA batteries or work like the Universal Gadget Wrist Charger.
The problems that arise for some of these "on the go" solutions are;
• You aren't on the go anymore, if you stop to plug into an AC adapter.
• Nor are you on the go if you plug into a desktop computer.
• You are taking away precious power from your laptop.
• Many of the other battery backups on the market get really warm or downright hot when used.
So what does the Universal Gadget Wrist Charger bring that rates a review? I'm glad you asked, because there are things I liked and things I disliked.
What I Liked:
• The Universal Gadget Wrist Charger is portable. You can easily wear it on your wrist. It has two snaps on it so it can fit most anyone. I'd say I have an average sized wrist and using the outside snap it fit about the same looseness I like my watch, with the inner snap it was tight but not binding or completely uncomfortable.
• The Universal Gadget Wrist Charger charged up quickly and easily, I'd say roughly a couple hours and it was fully charged after you plug it into any regular USB port.
• It never got warm or hot when charging a device.
• Easy to charge up devices. Plug it in then hold the button until the lights come on, now it's charging your device.
• The Universal Gadget Wrist Charger comes with 14 different adapters. A large enough selection to cover the average gadget geek.
• The cord for charging your device is small and springy so it will stay out of your way while you continue to talk on your phone or play on your portable gaming device of choice.
Things I Disliked:
• While it does come with a large selection of adapters, there will be some people who will have a device that isn't covered by the standard adapters. For example the Zune, of which I am an owner, would require a further purchase of a USB A female to USB A female adapter or a USB A female to mini USB adapter would in order to use.
• The Universal Gadget Wrist Charger's outer shell is made of a vinyl or rubber. Personally this was something I didn't like. I've had watches in the past made of the same stuff which, on a hot day you sweat under and it becomes sticky and bothersome.
• It's not exactly subtle. It is like a chunky, funky watch. If you are dressed for business in a suit and about to go into a meeting, this will stand out like a sore thumb.
Even though I have my dislikes, it is hard not to recommend it from its performance. I ran some of my devices down until they were dead just to see what kind of charge The Universal Gadget Wrist Charger would give them.
My smart phone, a MyTouch 3G Slide, was recharged to 3/4 of the battery indicator. Not bad, about the same as I've gotten out of my regular battery backup, but without the heat that comes with it. My Nintendo DS Lite and my Sony PSP both got full charges, but that was while they were powered down. With the devices on and in use they got about a little better than half to 3/4. The big test was my iPad, with the power off I got about 35% of the battery power. I didn't try it with it on.
If you are on the go, you extra need power, and are not terribly concerned looks or are into funky chunky then the Universal Gadget Wrist Charger is easy to recommend. It does the job and does it well.
The Universal Gadget Wrist Charger is available now at ThinkGeek.com. For more information see their web site.