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Boxwave Versacharger Pro Hands-on Review
Posted on 29-Sep-2006 14:52 by Tony Hughes. | Tags Filed under: Reviews.


The Boxwave Versacharger Pro is a two in one 12/24v car charger and 100/240v travel charger, in a compact design, with the travel charger prongs folding away. This form factor helps prevent the prongs damaging other items in your gadget-bag.

Its output is to a standard USB port, and it can deliver between 400mA and 1A to power even quite thirsty devices, and with the arrival of a new baby in the family (That’s my HTC Apache – the baby isn’t due till 31st Jan), the delivery was very timely.



The previous model had a huge list of devices it would not charge, so I’m picking the new Pro version has an increased output current, which makes it infinitely more useful as a multi-talented charger.

I even asked in the new Boxwave customer support forum if it was okay to connect a USB hub to the charger… the answer is yes you can (though too much current draw will probably prevent some devices charging).



I have charged many different devices with it, as anything with a USB charger supplied will simply plug in and start charging. I use it mainly in my car, combined with a Boxwave Minisync mini-USB cable, as a charger for my Apache, and various Bluetooth headphones and audio dongles I am using at the moment.

The travel charger function would be very useful if I was prepared to carry around an adapter for our New Zealand plugs, but as it stands, you can order either an European or US style plug, so for out-of-the-car charging situations, I generally carry my Socket Mobile Power Pack. For kiwis, the adapter required to plug into our wall sockets probably negates the value of this nifty little dual charger, but for the US and UK/Europe markets, a very handy little device.

As for the mini-sync cable – these things are awesome. I have several retractable cables, but the Boxwave one is the only one standing up to the abuse I dish out. I plan on buying a few more – a spare ipod connector, and a spare mini-usb, to keep around for charging emergencies…

Pros
  • Small and light
  • Charges virtually any USB device
  • Can be used indoors, or in auto
  • Uprated output up to 1A
  • Bright LED to indicate incoming power is connected


    Cons
  • 90 degree facing USB port is not intuitive when using in auto



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