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February 18, 2008

Never lose power with the iGo everywhere85

I may never forgive iGo for forsaking my absolutely favorite peripheral, the Stowaway Bluetooth Keyboard, and I hope they rethink their abandonment or that another company picks it up and perpetuates this great product.

However, that’s not what we’re here to talk about today. So, let’s shift to the newly released iGo everywhere85. I must admit that at first I was confused and just assumed that it was a battery type charger; it soon became apparent that it was not a charger at all but a super-duper power source. I scratched my head and wondered why it wasn’t a charger and why they would bother to produce a power source when every device comes with its own anyway.

Then it dawned on me that this was not your ordinary power source. This little beauty plugs into just about anything that you can grab power from including AC wall outlets in countries all over the world, airplanes, cars, boats, and RVs. About the only source missing is perhaps solar and wind power.

The name of the game is adapters for input and output, and iGo has a panoply of adapters available from its Website. The unit comes with eight popular adapters. You can look up the tips available here: http://www.igo.com/selectorIGOSOL.asp.

I was surprised however, at the narrow range of camera adapters available. Clearly it had many popular brands such as Kodak, Sony, HP, Nikon, and Samsung. But what about Pentax, Olympus, and Cassio, for example. The list is much more comprehensive for Bluetooth devices. I found the list long for PDAs and phones, but with many missing.

If you cannot find the correct tip for your product, let iGo know, and it will attempt to find one that is compatible or add it to their list.

To further recommend this power outputter, it will act as a dual power supply so that you can charge your laptop and PDA, camera, other accessory at the same time, which makes it all the more attractive.

The unit itself measures 4.8 x 2.7 x 0.9 inches and weighs eight ounces. However, by the time you put it together with all the peripherals including tips, cables, and stuffed it in its carrying case, you’ve bumped the weight up to two pounds. A nice zipper black nylon carrying case comes with it by the way.

It seems a bit pricey at $129.99, but I can imagine that there are occasions that you would pay almost anything for the services that this handy power supply offers.

You can grab one from www.igo.com. They must be popular though because I noticed that they were temporarily out of stock when I visited their site a moment ago.

If you are in need of a portable power supply, iGo has that for you as well with its powerXtender battery operated charger that requires two AA batteries for only $15.99. They claim it will give you up to 10 hours of talking, 210 hours of playing, and 28 hours of listening.

Posted by conradb212 at February 18, 2008 09:54 PM