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Whose InCharge Here?

Whose InCharge Here?
by Gary Woods

Everybody I know who has an iPhone or iPad has at least 2 iOS devices and probably a lot more. In our house we have 2 iPhones, 2 iPads, an iPod Touch, an iPod Nano and a 3rd Generation iPod. That's a lot of devices and a lot or chargers. It seems like every room I go into there's one or more of those adorable little white cubes hanging out of a socket and in the kitchen and bathroom it looks like a charger explosion.

That's why when I came across XtremeMac's InCharge X5 that can charge up to five iPads I had to check it out. Instead of a lot of wall chargers and USB-to-dock-connector cables there is a single space-saving accessory that can handle the 2 iPhones, 2 iPads and the iPod Touch without breaking a sweat.

Along the edge of the X5 is a row of five tiny LEDs with each of them corresponding to one of the dock's cradles. If there's no light it means there's no device docked, if the light is amber it means a docked device is charging and a green light means a docked device is fully charged.

The InCharge X5 uses the 30-pin dock connector which should work just fine for us for a few years but when we do move on to some newer devices with the new Lightning Connectors both of Apple's Lightning to 30-pin adapters will work. The small no cable adapter works particularly well and the one with the 7.5 inch cable between the ends also functioned appropriately.

If you've got a bunch of devices cluttering up the drain boards in your kitchen and bathrooms it could be time to check out XtremeMac's InChargeX5. It retails for $149.99 on the website but I found it for about $100 on Amazon.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc