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LAS VEGAS: MOBILE PERIPHERAL FIRM Griffin has unveiled the Powerdock5 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, a charger for recharging up to five iOS devices at once.
Griffin calls it "the ultimate space-saving, countertop charging and storage solution", and the Powerdock5 can charge up to five iPads all at the same time in a bid to tackle the inconvenience and clutter of having separate charging cables lying around the house.
Intended for those embedded in the Apple ecosystem, the Powerdock5's five charging bays are large enough to accommodate an iPad that is "encased in even the largest of cases" and when not in use it can keep all the user's device cables tucked away inside, acting as a stow away device until they are needed again.
Being what Griffin says is "ideal for multiple-iPad households and work environments", the Powerdock5 will retail for around £60 when it launches this Spring in the US. There is no word yet from Griffin about when Blighty is likely to see the Powerdock5, or what the retail price will be.
That isn't all Griffin has to offer at CES this year, as it also announced two new chargers for Apple, Samsung, Android and Kindle devices named Powerblock Universal and Powerjolt Universal.
Fitted with the firm's new Chargesensor technology - which provides charging for all USB-chargeable devices and senses the voltage requirements of any device plugged into it - the Powerblock Universal is designed for plugging into power strips and plugs. Once plugged into any AC power source from 100 to 240 volts, Powerblock converts it to safe, efficient 10 watt charging for smartphones, tablets and ereaders.
Powerjolt Universal does the same, but is for use in the car, having a 12 volt accessory outlet and a 10 watt charging circuit to charge mobile devices quickly but safely.
"An LED power indicator glows to signal that the device is ready to charge, and its internal Smartfuse protects against power fluctuations as it charges with a built-in circuit breaker, and no fuses to replace," Griffin said.
Griffin's Chargesensor Powerblock will retail for £20, and the Powerjolt for £25 when they reach the US in the Spring. As with the Powerdock5, no UK release dates are available yet for these chargers. µ
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