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Old 08-19-2014, 11:57 AM   #1
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What do you think of this prototype feature?

It's a 4 port USB charging station, with a small net to keep things out of the way.

You don't have to use the net...cord will reach to the dinette top or cup holders behind the sofa.

Just in testing phase right now.
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Old 08-19-2014, 12:06 PM   #2
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I'd like one. We're always charging something using a mess of 12 plugs & adapters.
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Old 08-19-2014, 12:31 PM   #3
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I did something similar.Only bad thing I've found,is that it takes forever to charge the Ipad on the 5 watt USB.Takes no time on a 110v plug in with the adapter.
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Old 08-19-2014, 12:36 PM   #4
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The issue is amperage.

iPhone uses 5 volts, 1 amp
iPad needs 5 volts, 2.1 amps.

we struggled with a lot of USB chargers because if there are (2) ports it is 2 amps combined. So (1) iPad you are good. Plug in (2) phones you are good. (1) iPad and (1) phone. No good.

This 4 port charging station we found (and decided would be most user friendly) has all (4) USB ports rated at 2.1 amps.
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Old 08-19-2014, 12:41 PM   #5
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We're thinking if this works, we can get rid of most of the 12V power ports. (other than what is on the chassis).

Most people are not using a "dedicated" 12V car charger. I have a little 12V car charger plug that has (2) USB ports built in. Seems like all the new ones come that way.
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Old 08-19-2014, 01:08 PM   #6
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By the master bed would be better. Often use the phone or tablet as a kindle at night then let it charge.
By the entertainment center would be good too since it is fairly central.
The net does not look too classy; maybe in black or brown to go with the decor would blend better.
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Old 08-19-2014, 01:26 PM   #7
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We would still like to get something by the beds...but our main buyer is families. Up by the dinette/sofa means everyone can use it. Looking for single USB ports or a combo USB/100V for night stands.

Right now, the wall is tan, the net is tan. I didn't want the net to stand out, just blend in. I have asked for tan mounting tabs...I want it to not stand out.
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You're correct, the tabs are the problem.
Is the net big enough/strong enough for an iPad?
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yes. We sized it for an iPad specifically.
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yes. We sized it for an iPad specifically.

Good thinking to what looks like a great idea. Should have the same setup in the bedroom and living areas, for flexibility.
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