Ever find yourself wanting to charge up your iPod or iPhone, but you don’t want to bother with booting up your computer to get a powered USB port? What if you have more than one item that needs to be charged? Thanks to handy devices like the appropriately named Mophie Dual USB Wall Charger, you don’t have to worry about these kinds of scenarios anymore.
If you’re looking for something particularly groundbreaking in this arena, you probably won’t be terribly impressed with what this product has to offer. At the same time, the Mophie Dual USB Wall Charger can become an indispensable accessory for gadget geeks on the go. Just find a wall outlet and you can charge any two USB devices at once.
To keep things as simple as possible, Mophie includes absolutely nothing with the Dual USB Wall Charger. You won’t find any extra iPod cables or instructional booklets, so you’ll need to supply your USB cables on your own. This may be a point of frustration for some users, but it helps to keep the costs as low as possible.
The Mophie Dual USB Wall Charger is designed to be remarkably slim. This makes it easy to slot into just about any backpack, briefcase, or jacket pocket. Frequent travelers will appreciate that much.
Since the two USB ports are placed side-by-side, as shown above, this does create a problem for people who are using surge protectors and other power strips. The Mophie product is wider than a single power outlet, so you will be blocking ports when you are using this product. That’s the price you pay for slim, I suppose.
To keep up with the slim profile and slender design, you’ll notice that the power prongs on the Dual USB Wall Charger are designed to flip into the body when not in use. The rectangular block is easy to stow in your bag, since the prongs don’t get in the way.
From what I understand, the Mophie Dual USB Wall Charger outputs a total of 1.0 amps of power, so bear that in mind when you are thinking about the devices that need charging. Some products require a full amp, whereas others only need half an amp. If you’re charging the former, the second USB port may not be available to you.
For the sake of comparison, here is the Mophie Dual USB Wall Charger next to the Griffin PowerBlock Dual AC Charger. These two products offer basically the same functionality, converting a regular wall outlet into a couple of powered USB ports.
The difference is that the Griffin product is definitely “chunkier” than its Mophie counterpart, but the Griffin product will not block neighboring power outlets on a power bar. It’s up to you whether you value the slimness of the Mophie charger over the “non-blocking” design of the Griffin charger.
The Mophie Dual Port USB Wall Charger is listed at just $19.95, so that’s a pretty small investment for the added convenience that you can have both at home and on the road. It doesn’t floor anybody with groundbreaking innovation, but it’s one of the more useful little gadgets that you can carry in your bag.
Overall Rating: 7.5/10