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.

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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.

Top Rated Comments

yod Avatar
145 months ago
A burglar's dream - a couple grands in iOS devices neatly packed together ready to be taken.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GoCubsGo Avatar
145 months ago
I'd be inclined to buy the letter sized version of something like this:

And stick it on top of something like this:


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.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GoCubsGo Avatar
145 months ago
For that price why not include the short cables like they have pictured?
I also wish they had a 3-device rack.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
capoeirista Avatar
145 months ago
It looks like a toast rack.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hchung Avatar
145 months ago
I'd be inclined to buy the letter sized version of something like this:

And stick it on top of something like this:


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.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mrgraff Avatar
145 months ago
When did MacRumors become the iOS edition of the SkyMall catalog?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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