One of the hardest parts of owning my Motorola Droid has been keeping a battery that is charged in the device. But while on the go there is not always a charger that is easily accessible, so I had to explore some other options. After deciding on a spare battery, I began using it and quickly came to realize my next issue, how do I charge both batteries at the same time, with only one device? So let's take a look after the jump at the Motorola Spare Battery Charger, which is the option that was most fitting.
During my hunt for the perfect spare battery charger there were a few requirements that needed to be met, and while it may seem as though it is rather picky, having the perfect accessory for your needs is way more important then many realize. The first requirement was compatibility, not only with my device, but also other Android devices, seeing as I have many friends with Android devices who are in the same position as me. This charger was not only compatible with the Droid 1 and Droid 2, but also the Devour, Cliq, Cliq XT, and the i1, which is quite a few devices, so this need has been met.
Since this charger met the first piece of criteria, it was on to the second, which was the ease of travel with the accessory. The first thing I noticed is that there are no attachments for the various battery types, instead the charger is actually double-sided, giving each battery its own section to fit in. This means no lugging around extra attachments with the risk of one being broken or lost during travels, and also helps keep this unit nice and slim. In addition to the slim design, this charger has the option to be used with a micro-usb charger as well as a mini-usb charger, which is great because it always seems as though the opposite of what you need is what you have at hand. Having this flexibility was key because I don't always have a microUSB with me, but it always seems as though I have a ton of mini cables around.
The final piece I was looking at was overall construction as well as any key features that it offered that could be found useful or important. The key one that I saw right away was that this charger actually has an IC chip in it which won't allow the battery to overcharge or overheat, and that is very important to me. I tend to put the device / battery on the charger at night, and not take it off until the morning, which definitely isn't the best thing for it, but coming from a BlackBerry background it's what I am used to. In addition to this feature, there is also a status LED that switches colors once the battery is fully charged, which is great for those times I am waiting for it to charge so I can head out.
Overall, this battery charger met every need that I had for it, and it was certainly not a piggy bank breaker either. While the charger had a lot of good to it, the one thing I didn't care for was the lack of any USB cable being provided with it, even though it works with any of the ones I currently have, not everyone will have the same selection, and they may want an extra that they can travel with. Aside from this minor flaw, the $14.95 spent on this charger was worth every penny, and if you are looking for a similar option yourself, I strongly recommend picking one of these up from the Android Central Store.
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