Before Apple popularized the MagSafe Power adapter, we’re pretty sure you and everyone we know destroyed at least one laptop power adapter running out the door to a last minute meeting. In fact, it’s kind of funny to see a laptop without this tech installed. And while the Powermat, and those products alike sort of resolved this issue when it comes to charging our portable gadgets, the bulkiness, at least in our opinion, is just too much of caveat to justify the convenience.
The Zip USB multi-charging station is effectively a MagSafe charging pad compatible with all micro-USB and mini-USB products. You just plug the compatible ZipTails into your smartphone and place it near the charging pad. And like that the magnetic connector is magically sucked into place and charging commences. Now we know what you’re thinking; “what’s the point?” Consider this: your charging your phone with a good old AC adapter when a call rings on your handset. Your natural response is to pick it up, and in turn you end up ripping, as in breaking, the the power connection. Honestly, how many of you have wonky micro-USB connections as a result of this? With the Zip USB the connection breaks free without damaging the charging port.
Joy Division, the maker of the Zip USB, says that no power loss occurs with their product. The pad has 2100mA, so it can charge up to 3 smartphones, or possibly more depending on their power demands.
Included in the starter kit, which costs $79.95, are one mini USB and two micro USB receivers. Unfortunately, they don’t currently sell an iPhone version, which is just a crying shame, but perhaps they didn’t want to incur the exuberant licensing fees and the possibility that the next iPhone will make their tech obsolete.