While we hate to admit it, a universal charger doesn't seem to be something that's going to happen any time soon for the mobile phone industry. And while we don't expect anything from the other personal gadget manufacturers, it's pretty ridiculous that we usually need to buy a new charger when we get a new phone. Making a standard seems to be the obvious thing to do, but hey, what do we know? Then again, if we had a universal rule of thumb for charging our phones, we wouldn't get cool devices like this.
There's a pretty big list here, so let's get right down to it:
- Nokia 2.06mm (or 2mm)
- Nokia 3.5mm
- Sony PSP
- Motorola (V3 series) & HTC and other phones using USB Mini 5 pin as a charging port
- Micro USB (for Motorola V8...)
- Samsung (20P (s))
- Samsung (20P (M))
- Sony Ericsson Fast Port
- iPhone / iPod (for charging and Data HotSync
The only bad thing? You can't charge more than one device at a time, so if you've got a lot to charge, it'll be a pretty long day. But if you forget your standard charger, and your device is yelling at you for a top-off, then this is probably a pretty essential thing to carry along for the ride. The other thing to note is that this particular charging device won't work to sync data, unless it's an iPod Touch/iPhone. It's designed simply for charging. Thankfully though it's up for sale now, and it's only going for $9.99. That's quite a steal.