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MacNN reviews Kensington PowerBolt Micro Car Charger

updated 07:05 pm EDT, Fri August 13, 2010

Device charges all iOS devices, including iPad

MacNN reviewed the Kensington PowerBolt Micro Car Charger. The charger sits flush on the car power port, with a female USB port capable of powering any mobile device that connects via USB cables. The charger comes with a detachable USB-to-iPod cable that powers iPhones and iPads -- the latter device getting a fast charge from the 2.1 Amp PowerBolt.

The PowerBolt installs easily, but removal is challenging due to its low-profile design. It sells for $25 and is shipping now.

by MacNN Staff



  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969


    LOVE IT!

    This is awesome. The only thing I wish is that they could have jammed 2 USB jacks in there.

    Death to the cig lighter plug.

  1. DiabloConQueso

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Great idea...

    ...but in typical Kensington fashion, what actually ships in the box is different from their stock photography.

    Compare the nice, thin, elegant cable in the top picture to the bloated, thick mess in the box shot below. A thin cable wraps nicely and is flexible, and also isn't as susceptible to retaining bends after being folded for periods of time. A thick cable never routes the way you want it, is inflexible, and you know that the way it was folded in the box is the shape the cable will be for-freaking-ever, bends and all.

    Same thing happened with a Kensington mouse I bought -- the product shot showed and it was advertised as having two, thin plastic strips that fasten the battery door to the mouse itself. Actual product in the box had no such thing, and the battery door was not connected to the mouse in any way at all.

    Kensington makes some nice products, but this inconsistency drives me nuts sometimes. The devil is in the details, and I hate the tagline in the product description that says something to the effect of, "Actual product may differ slightly in appearance than what's depicted in the product shots."

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