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Duracell myGrid Starter Kit for Apple iPhone

Duracell myGrid Starter Kit for Apple Iphone

Duracell myGrid Starter Kit for Apple iPhone

  • Works with Iphone 3G/3Gs
  • Includes one Duracell myGrid charge pad and one Duracell myGrid Power Sleeve
  • Look for extra Duracell myGrid components to demand much more products.

With Duracell myGrid you can demand up to 4 units at a single time. Just spot your myGrid enabled units anyplace on myGrid’s surface and they commence charging. It truly is Charging Produced Simple.

Checklist Price: $ 121.forty one

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  1. PhotoGraphics
    1,201 of 1,229 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    A product that is just plain dumb, November 28, 2009
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    PhotoGraphics (Arizona) –
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    The Duracell myGrid charging device is a product you want to like. Imagine the possibilities, you come home and toss your phone, iPod or other device on the pad and walk away. No wires to plug and unplug, no more having several chargers plugged in the wall outlet. A wireless home power grid, truly the wave of the future.

    In reality, though, this is truly a product that is far from being ready for prime time and is not the “wave of the future” powergrid you would think it is. More accurately it is an “extension cord” that transfers power via contacts in a totally traditional way.

    It ships with 3 tips that fit an infinitesimally small number of phone models. Unfortunately, not MY Blackberry nor MY cell phone. The design of the power tips prevent them from being used on any other device than the exact model specified.

    There are two glaring problems that Duracell should have considered and abandoned the whole concept of a power grid. One is that the location of the charging receptacle varies from phone to phone. On mine it was impossible to fit it in and have it connect to the included charging adapter.

    The other problem is the charging adapter itself. It is a fairly large disc that you have to glue to the back of your phone with double-stick tape. Whaaat? Are you kidding me? So to make it line up with the little charging tip it is probably 90% likely to have to be glued over the phone’s camera, flash or rear speaker. That’s just plain dumb!

    Not to mention, now you have a cell phone that you bought to be as small and convenient as possible, that you can slip into your pocket or purse or nice leather carrying case … but no more! With a fragile adapter sticking out of the side or bottom of your phone, plus the clunky odd-shaped stick-on disc, your phone no longer fits easily into pocket, purse or case and has to be handled with extreme care so the extra pieces don’t break off and get lost. Plus, with many phones that use a mini-USB connector, that same connector may be used for headphones, car speaker accessories or data access. So you have to remove the power tip each time. How is that more convenient than simply plugging the phone into a charging cord?

    You can also get an optional overpriced “powersleeve” for a miniscule few devices which is a rubber boot that fits over the device with an awkward hump on the back and bottom of the device. Maybe a slightly better concept than the glue-on disc but so far I have seen them for only one model of iPod and one model of Blackberry.

    Another major failing of this products is that if you travel a lot you probably have to take a charging adapter with you. You certainly won’t take the power grid. That means removing the power tip each time and reassembling it to use with the grid at home. That would get very old after the first time.

    I fail to see the slightest advantage to the entire product; it’s like a bad April Fools joke. Someday someone will come up with a way to transfer electric power without wires; I understand that technology already exists. When Duracell or someone else comes out with a power grid that doesn’t need ill-conceived adapters I’ll be interested.

    As far as the “instruction manual” goes, it is almost non-existent. For a product like this that most people have never used before, it is severely lacking.
    Sorry Duracell, I can’t give this more than one star for “interesting idea”.

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  2. Trevor Goodchild
    235 of 241 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Failure on all levels simultaneously., June 22, 2010
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    Trevor Goodchild (The City of Angels) –
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    This review is from: Duracell myGrid Starter Kit for Apple iPhone (Wireless Phone Accessory)
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    This product is meant to be mistaken for an inductive charging system and has 3 major problems:

    1. The box says it charges up to 4 devices– well, two iPhones would just barely fit on it… so you’ll not be charging 4 of those. The power supply that comes with this is a 1A power supply, and the iPhone itself needs more or less an amp to charge at full speed… so you can’t charge 2 iPhones at full speed.

    2. When your product requires your customer to use a special case… Make sure said case is not a ill-fitting and unattractive.

    3. The case must be removed to sync, or charge off a normal charger.

    If you are willing to accept these limitations, all you win is the ease of not plugging in your iPhone when you get home… Is it really that hard to do?

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  3. D. Hardaway "dhardawa"
    210 of 224 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Two Big Drawbacks, June 22, 2010
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    D. Hardaway “dhardawa” (Louisville, KY United States) –
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    This review is from: Duracell myGrid Starter Kit for Apple iPhone (Wireless Phone Accessory)
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    I was very excited to get this item because between the kids and me we have an iPhone and two iPod Touch units. I was thrilled to see I could buy skins to fit the iPod Touch units and use them on this charger (as opposed to it just being for the iPhone) and thought this would make charging much easier than trying to plug one unit in for awhile and remembering to come back later to switch over to another one.

    The setup couldn’t be easier. You simply place the skin over the phone, plug the charger into the wall, and lay the phone on the charger. It immediately connected and started charging. The phone charged quickly and fully with no problems at all. I have no complaints at all with the functionality of the charger.

    So, the two big drawbacks… I have an iFrogz case that I love as do both the kids (we actually know which iPod Touch belongs to which child based on the iFrogz color). To use the charger, you have to remove any existing case and use the Duracel skin instead. The second drawback is that to synch your phone, you have to remove the skin to be able to plug in the cord to connect to the computer.

    If you are okay with using the Duracel skin all the time and the synch issue doesn’t bother you, this would be a great device. It works perfect and does everything it claims to do. But, those two usability issues will bother a lot of people.

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