Cool gifts for geeks, 2011: Smartphones and accessories

Presenting the gems that will enhance your smartphones during the holidays.

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i1Eco universal charger, by IDAPT

Unlike the desktop charging stations offered by IDAPT and PowerSlice, the i1Eco universal charger by IDAPT is aimed to be a more portable device for users, allowing them to recharge their gadgets while on the go, either in the car or when traveling. The unit is a very small handheld unit that includes a small port for the different charging tips, which include the adapters for use. The system we tried came with three tips, one for iPhone/iPod, a microUSB and miniUSB port (other ports are sold separately). The unit also comes with two power cords - one that attaches to normal wall power outlets, and another one that connects to a car charging adapter (it feels weird to say cigarette lighter). A USB charging port is also included, so you can recharge two devices at the same time (as long as you have the right USB charging cable with you). The USB port couldn't recharge my iPad 2, but I could recharge it through the adapter tip (kind of a weird quirk of the iPad charging abilities/requirements). One other small complaint - the cord for the wall charger is too small - it's convenient for travel purposes, but not long enough if you want to recharge something on a desktop.

Cool Yule rating: 4 stars
Price: $25 for adapter (with three tips), each adapter tip costs $10 each
Reviewed by Keith Shaw

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