Mobile and PDA: iGo powerXtender battery operated charger

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igo powerxtender fullThe iGo powerXtender battery operated charger is a battery backup unit for providing extra runtime for small handheld electronic devices.  The package contains the iGo powerxtender (measuring 9.4 cm x 4.8 cm x 2.3cm) and two standard AA batteries and a user guide.

igo powerxtender sideIn order to use the powerxtender with individual devices interchangeable power tips specific to each device are required, and these can be ordered separately.  Power tips are available to allow backup power for many popular devices including Bluetooth headsets, smartphones, PDAs, MP3 players (iPods etc), handheld gaming devices (e.g. PSP etc), digital cameras and more.

With just two AA batteries the deivce can give up to a maximum of 10 hours of additional runtime for mobiles, 6 hours for PDAs, 28 hours for MP3 Players and 20 hours for handheld gaming devices.

The batteries are easily inserted into the palstic case of the powerxtender, which simply pulls apart to allow access.  The igo powerxtender opendevice has a small on/off switch with a clear blue LED that illuminates when turned on.  The only slight drawback of the device that we could find is that there is no battery life indicator, so there is no way of knowing when the batteries are goiing to run out.

We think that this is an impressive, yet simple, device that allows easy recharging of devices with only two AA batteries.  Since AA batteries can be purchased virtually anywhere in the world, it makes the iGo powerxtender ideal for use when travelling.