With a trip planned in the near future I was looking for a way to connect multiple devices to one power outlet to save taking multiple chargers in my luggage and also due to past experiences in hotel rooms with next to no power outlets. This is when I came across the Cygnett GroovePower+ Dual USB Charger.
The Cygnett charger unit itself is a similar size to the genuine iPad charger, but has two USB ports situated on the bottom the the unit and an LED light on the back. First impressions of the charger were great as the plastic felt solid and not cheap like some other cheaper accessories I have tested in the past.
The Cygnett comes with a 30 pin USB lead included, this also feels of good quality and apart from it having a Cygnett logo on the connector you would think the cable is a genuine Apple 30 pin connector. It would be nice however if the Cygnett was also shipped with the newer Apple Lightning Connector and a Micro USB cable, but these are cheap enough on eBay if you do need these.
When the charger is in use it only gets a little warm (certainly not hot) but this is no different to other chargers on the market I have used. When charging the Cygnett has enough power to charge two iPhones simultaneously, however it doesn’t supply enough power to charge an iPhone and iPad together which is a bit of a shame. It will however charge an iPad when nothing else is connected to the second USB port.
The charger should charge any device that charges via a USB connection which makes it a really handy accessory, espicially if you have limited plug sockets in your home or when traveling.
The only slight niggle I have with this product is the LED, once the charger is plugged in and switched on the LED constantly stays on. I personally think it would be better if once the device/devices connected are charged the LED light turns off otherwise the LED does not really serve any purpose.
Overall I think the 2 port USB charger is very handy to have around the house and for traveling, and will definatly be taking it with me on my next holiday.
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