CES 2013: Griffin PowerDock 5 Charges and Organizes Up to 5 iOS Devices

Griffin yesterday announced (via Engadget) the forthcoming launch of its PowerDock 5, a $99.99 charging station that organizes up to five iOS devices in the space otherwise taken up by one iPad laid flat.
PowerDock 5 is the ultimate space-saving, countertop charging and storage solution for up to 5 iPads. Designed for convenience and efficiency, PowerDock 5 contains five charging bays large enough to accommodate an iPad encased in even the largest of cases, including Griffin's own Survivor case. When not in use, PowerDock 5 keeps all the users' device cables tucked away and organized, ready for use at any time.
The PowerDock 5 will launch later this spring.


Griffin PowerDock 5

Griffin is also introducing several other charging accessories at CES, including the PowerBlock wall charger ($29.99) and PowerJolt car charger ($24.99). Both devices include Griffin's new "ChargeSensor" technology that automatically senses a device's power profile and charges the device accordingly.
All mobile devices have specific charging profiles that dictate how much, and how quickly, they can charge. Most chargers are designed with a one-size-fits-all approach which typically does not support the requirements of each individual device. Griffin's new ChargeSensor technology senses the requirements of any device plugged into it, providing optimal charging for all USB-chargeable devices.
Both the PowerBlock and PowerJolt will also be launching in the spring.

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Posted: 23 months ago
A burglar's dream - a couple grands in iOS devices neatly packed together ready to be taken.
Rating: 21 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago
I'd be inclined to buy the letter sized version of something like this:
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And stick it on top of something like this:
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There are plastic versions of the letter holder, I used to have one at work. You can find a nice USB hub for < $30 easy. This is basically what they're selling us for $99. If it provided some sort of actual power and cables, I would probably see the point of the price.
Rating: 10 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago
It looks like a toast rack.
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago
For that price why not include the short cables like they have pictured?
I also wish they had a 3-device rack.
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago
And since few cables are 3 inches in length, this setup will look messy REAL fast (that photo is deceiving). As if Griffin would offer cables...(and an array of Lighting/Dock Connector cables to boot)...

P.S. My wife is already flabbergasted that I have a 'cable box' in the first place. At least that's hidden away under the bed.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago
Hmm..$100 for what is in effect a 5-port power-only USB hub?

Nope, no such thing as an :apple: tax ;)
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago

I'd be inclined to buy the letter sized version of something like this:
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And stick it on top of something like this:
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There are plastic versions of the letter holder, I used to have one at work. You can find a nice USB hub for < $30 easy. This is basically what they're selling us for $99. If it provided some sort of actual power and cables, I would probably see the point of the price.


USB hubs typically won't provide more than 500mA to each port. So if it charges, it'll charge your stuff slowly. (there's the other problem in that some devices don't like to charge from a hub which has no computer attached to the other end)

That said, there's no way I'm paying $99 for a couple of USB chargers.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago
When did MacRumors become the iOS edition of the SkyMall catalog?
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Posted: 23 months ago

I am sure you can find a USB hub that will provide the appropriate power.

Maybe, but I doubt it. Not consumer level models, just the 16-port or higher "carts" for schools or whatever. You made me curious enough to search a little, let's see:

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[*]Newer Tech (http://www.newertech.com/products/7_port_powered_usb2_hub.php). Claims 2.1a capability, but actually only one port supports a 10" tab.
[*]This one (http://cambrionix.com/cambrionix_news/cambrionix-8-port-u8-usb3-0-chargesync-component/) is 8 ports, so I was slightly off. But I can't seem to find a date. Betting it is more $$$ than the Griffin, as it appears to fall in the more industrial-level "cart" group.
[*]Here is one (http://www.ipadinstyle.com/qmadix-usb-dual-mobile-charging-hub-21-and-21-amp/5A47A9306.htm) for 2 devices in a car. That's a start. But one review claims it can't even handle charging one Galaxy Tab when the Tab is on. I'll bet it's not actually better than my dual-car-charger that only claims to provide for one large tablet. Unless it's one of those designed-for-Apple issues and is only providing the Samsung .5a. You'd think there would be a home version, maybe I missed it.
[*]I have some no name wall-wart-style charger with 4 USBs from Amazon, which claims to handle 2 iPads, but reviews say it burns out charging 2 iPads or 4 phones. I've only used it for up to 3 smaller devices to avoid burning it out. (didn't bother with a link)
[*]I've looked through a few wall receptacles, too. But they all seem to stop at 2.1a total rating, not each port. Example (http://www.amazon.com/Leviton-T5630-W-125-Volt-Tamper-Resistant-Receptacle/dp/B008O11IEY/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1345230750&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=leviton+t5630).
[*]Here's a power strip (http://www.amazon.com/Macally-Portable-Power-Charger-Unistrip/dp/B005JZD2JC) with 4 USB. Still only one 2.1a.
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I would love to see one, don't get me wrong. But all these companies have pretty clearly relied on the standard USB spec of .5a. Remember when PCs were shipping with ports that couldn't even supply that? And people couldn't charge their smartphones well. I think the Griffin is the first.

For the Griffin that is the topic, I'd be interested if it was about $60 max, with some cables. Even if the cables weren't exactly what I needed, at least they'd be trying.

For my house, we've gotten the kids 7" tabs, so I don't really need 2.1a for every slot in a multi-port charger, but the typical .5a isn't really enough, either.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago
There was something similar on Lifehacker the other week:

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