Sep 3, 2014
Unfortunately, for all of the wondrous computing power of our smartphones, there is one major setback and that is, has been, and likely always will be, battery performance. Heading over to a friend or relative’s house for a few hours or nights usually involves packing a phone charger before anything else. Regardless of what those Samsung commercials tell you, all smartphone batteries are not doing so hot after a full work-day of use. The standardization of micro-USB charging ports has been a godsend for the smartphone industry, but that does not solve the responsibility of having to keep track of both the cord and the wall adapter.
This week we shine the spotlight on a great new KickStarter campaign that makes traveling with a smartphone just a bit easier. The Pocket Dock-It is, in its simplest definition, a wall plug that has a charging port built right in. The micro-USB, or Lightning connector for iPhone users, flips up and rests at an angle which allows the phone to rest against the wall that the outlet is attached to. My first reaction is that this did not seem very practical for most uses because a lot of people have their phones plugged into wall outlets that reside behind furniture or on extension lines. This is all true, but it is not what the Pocket Dock-It is for. When traveling, just grabbing this little guy out of the drawer is much easier than fumbling behind the bed-side table for the USB cable and wall connector which then has to be reconnected upon returning from the trip.
Another use for the Pocket Dock-It is for places where your phone could use a charging, but the surface may not be present or is not suitable for a delicate smartphone. I know that in my kitchen by the sink there is an outlet on the wall and I could definitely see myself using this product as a way to keep my phone visible, but out of harms way at the same time. Another such location would be the garage work bench which can get dirty in a hurry and is not a place where I would want to leave a piece of tech that costs nearly $800.
The Pocket Dock-It can be ordered at the discounted price of a $30 donation, but this package is only available in limited quantities and there are already over 980 of the 1000 spots taken. I encourage a visit to their KickStarter page to see if the Pocket Dock-It is a product that, while not revolutionary, is deserving of being funded successfully.