Ventev

 

Before heading out to CES, Phil hopped on the ZenAndTech podcast to discuss the method to his madness in how he properly prepares himself and his electronics before heading out the door. This discussion made me realize that I am always hunting for power, and that most of the time I am looking for an extra place to plug in a device that charges via micro-usb. With this in mind I went out looking for a simple, small, compact solution and that is when I found the Ventev Dual USB wall charger. After reading about it and realizing that it could not only charge my phones, but also tablets and even my fiance's Apple devices I knew this was what I needed. Let's hit the break to check it out.

When packing it is very important that things be small enough to pack, but not tiny enough to lose, and the Ventev is just that. Upon receiving the charger the first thing I noticed was that it was in a small package and I was a bit skeptical that I may have ordered the wrong thing at first. The package opens from the bottom and out slides the micro-USB cable and then the charger. That is all that comes included, just two simple pieces, and you add your own second USB cable.

The charger itself is rather basic, it has a flip down prongs which plug into the wall, and the fact that they aren't stationary helps make it even smaller. On the bottom side of the charger is where you will find the two slots where you are able to plug in your USB cables. Whether you want to just use one, or both it is very easy to insert and remove the USB cable, they don't fit extremely close together so you won't accidentally unplug them both. On the front of the charger there is a big white circle, once the charger is plugged into the wall and has power this will glow a bright white letting you know that it is indeed working.

Overall the concept is quite simple, it helps you keep charged on the go, the big thing here is that it can charge two devices with one outlet and in the size of just a single charger. Whether you will be traveling in the coming months or you just want to consolidate at the office or your home, this is a great addition to any geeks bag.

Pick up your very own Ventev Dual USB Charger from ShopAndroid.com.

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Ventev Dual USB Wall Charger [Accessory Review]

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Specifications:

Input: 100V-240V / 60Hz
Outputs: 5.0V / 2.1A

Nope...The Prime is out too.

Will it charge 2- iPads at once? Or even an iPad and a phone? Doesn't the iPad want 2 amps by itself?

$9.70 at Amazon. In stock too.

Jeeze, I'd like to shop at the AC ShopAndroid store, but not at OVER TWICE the price. Does ShopAndroid realize how many sales they scare away by not even being CLOSE? Pretty soon, people just get in the habit of not even bothering to look there.

There are a bunch of similar items. Been using one like this for years from...um...some other company. Not very much marking on it at all to figure out the brand. 5v/2.0a output to 1, 1.0a output each to two.

deleted post because reading further i am not sure if the one in the article supplies the full 2.1A to each port or shared between the two

Boo on the white light wasting electricity(assuming they sell 10k of them that's a lot of waste), and why no mention as to IF it is one of the new chargers that doesn't waste money when you leave it plugged in, that info would be helpful since idiots still make them....I don't have the required info to want to make a purchase.

Tonight I am leaving all of my lights on and driving around aimlessly in my Jeep Wrangler to waste gas just for you.

Be sure to leave on your tower computer with 500w power supply. And turn off any energy efficiency settings.

Oh give me a break. The led consumes nothing (you could run it for a year for a penny), and it alerts you to UNPLUG the device when not in use, which SAVES electricity.

Further it clues you to take it with you when you check out of the hotel.

Another case of being penny wise while wasting dollars. Get off your fake environmental high horse and learn something about electronic devices.

most important question to me:

when an android phone is plugged into this device, does it show "ac charging" or "usb charging"? i want a multi-outlet plug, but don't want one that is restricted to "usb" mode, which is a lower (500mA) current charge mode.

If it's like mine, it's AC-level.

If only one thing is plugged in, it's 2A. (And, frankly, my Droid 3 acts kinda funny if you try to use it plugged in with that much power going in. Taps aren't registered in the right places, a simple flick to change home screens goes 3 screens, etc.)

If 2 things are plugged in, each gets 1A. So still above USB 500mA range.

I can use mine and play some battery-draining game (e.g. Robo Defense) and never lose ground.

just to clarify: you are saying that the phone actually indicates AC? i ask because i have a couple chargers that are rated to put out a full amp (or even two), but since android phones do not follow apple's charging protocol (which third party manufacturers always adhere to), they see the charging port as a USB port and only charge at 500mA.

if you have verified that your devices report an AC charge, can you provide a link here to exactly what model you have? it would be greatly appreciated.

re: the touch screen being buggy, i have encountered that with a couple moto phones in the past. i think it has to do with inadequate filtering/emi inside the phone, since my other phones always seem to work fine with the same chargers that made my moto phones freak out.