Dual Dock Charging Station from RichardSolo.com Review

Dual Dock Charging Station from RichardSolo.com Review

It wasn’t long ago that I was completely perplexed by the concept of a dual iPod charger. Unless a couple each had an iPhone who needs one? Fast forward a bit and the answer is… ME. Yup, with my iPhone, iPod Touch and nano (for when I want to go super-light), I am the poster-child for why someone might need a dual charger.

Fortunately the new Dual Dock Charging Station from RichardSolo has me covered.

Let’s take a look.

The Hype-

Dual Dock Charging Station from RichardSolo.com Review“This is an easy solution for all the iPhone and iPod devices that need a place to recharge every night, or during the day. Two identical docks in one compact-sized accessory that plugs into your wall. Fits every iPhone and iPod (except shuffle), and comes with all the Apple cradles so you can customize it if you want, or just use the larger size for everything.

Easy to use and easy to love, this is a great little product.” —Richard

The Reality-

The Dexim Dual Dock Charger for iPhone 3G + iPod is a light, simple piece of gear that serves its purpose well. Aesthetically it is a mixed bag.

What’s In The Box-

The Dual charger base

Six Apple cradles— one each: iPhone 3G, iPhone 2G, iPod touch, iPod Classic, iPod nano, 5G/U2 iPod

Wall adapter/ Power Cord

Dual Dock Charging Station from RichardSolo.com ReviewThe Dual Dock is a low profile, rather unobtrusive unit. It holds two iPods/iPhones securely, and thanks to the universal cradle and inserts makes it easy to put in and remove the items.

Dual Dock Charging Station from RichardSolo.com Review
The shiny black plastic is nice-looking enough but is, unsurprisingly, a fingerprint magnet. The base of the unit itself, as well as the ring around each of the cradle adapters, is a light blue plastic. Depending upon your aesthetic sensibilities it is either a nice feature or an unnecessary add-on.

Dual Dock Charging Station from RichardSolo.com Review

The reason for the blue trim is that, with the flip of a switch, the blue plastic trim glows. This glow will only turn on if there is an iPod in one of the two cradles. Moreover, regardless of whether there is one iPod or two cradled the intensity of the light remains the same.

Dual Dock Charging Station from RichardSolo.com ReviewWhile I didn’t find it unpleasant, I wasn’t overly impressed with the blue glow of the light. It wasn’t BAD, but it just wasn’t something that would sway me one way or the other.

What I do like though, is that I can stick any of my three Apple devices into the charger and they… get recharged! (Each dock gets a full 500mA charge.)

And that is the sole purpose of this unit. The dock isn’t for syncing with iTunes. It isn’t for audio out. It is first and last, about safely and easily charging two dock-connector-sporting iPods at a time. And it does it just fine at a reasonable price.

The Dual Dock Charger is exclusively sold through RichardSolo.com.

MSRP: $45.00

What I Like: Low profile unit; Simple and uncomplicated; Charges two iPods at a time

What I’m Neutral On: The glowing blue trim that works only when an iPod is in a dock and the switch is turned on

What Needs Improvement: Glossy black looks nice but is a fingerprint magnet; Blue trim may not be your aesthetic choice


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About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.