Motorola and Radio Shack have each invested $5 million in Mobility Electronics, the company that makes the iGo power adapters. iGo adaptors are a universal power supply for rechargeable electronics that use "itip" customized plugs in order to provide power for specific devices such as laptops, cell phones, PDAs and game devices. itips are available for most popular models of all these devices. With this investment Mobility Electronics will spin off the division responsible for the iGo with the intention of expanding distribution and reducing the price of each itip product.
Considering the jillions of handheld and portable devices we all have, this could be a very good idea. One plug always in the outlet, just change the tips for the device- my Nokia, my friend's Motorola, another friend's Game Boy, and another's laptop computer. SAme with a car charger- just swap the adapter to fit the device. If this takes off well, it could be a HUGE relief to the average person and their bird's nest of tangled cords.
I-Go is huge. There are already plans for some Verizon and Sprint phones to come with the appropriate tip included in the box. The toughest part is the few handsets that there are no tips for. The Moto's for Cingular and the Samsungs for T-Mo.
Sound great. Is Great. BUT the average user will lose any and all of the "extra" tips. Lets face it. Now if there was some way to hold the tips in the units base or attached via some short tether or such. I also have concerns about using the wron... (continues)
We sell them here at my kiosk, and these things are awesome! It makes life so much easier for us, we don't have to worry as much about not having the car charger (or wall charger), and the other big thing is that we can carry a heck of a lot more for ... (continues)
...at RadioShack. Perhaps Motorola's involvement is a new development. I use one for my car and it's great except, ironically, that the Motorola two-prong tip is incredibly flimsy.
Still no Treo 650 tip, though; also no V180/220 tip. Hopefully Motorola's involvement will at least change that. Also needed is compatability with many pdas that are as of yet unsupported. And of course, the PSP.