Universal Chargers

All Charged Up

Mobile devices give us untethered access to our family, friends, apps, entertainment… until it’s time for a charge. Then we’re stuck with an unsightly mess of tangled cables and power bricks, each fighting for an outlet.

That’s just the scenario Jacques Giribet Guadamillas set out to resolve with the IDAPT i4 universal charging station. The i4 can charge up to four devices simultaneously, without any cables. It’s compatible with more than 4,500 mobile electronic devices, including mobile phones, MP3 players,
e-readers, gaming devices, cameras, and tablets. This uber-connectivity is possible because the i4 has a modular design that works with a series of interchangeable connector tips. Simply plug the tips that work with your devices into the charging bays and you’re good to go. (The unit ships with six commonly used charging tips (two micro USB tips and one each for the iPhone/iPad, mini USB, Samsung, and Nokia), and you can swap in other tips as needed. LED indicators make it easy to tell when a device charge is complete. Plus, there’s an easy on/off switch so you can avoid draining power when the ports aren’t charging.

Jacques founded IDAPT to create products that simplify life for mobile technology users, and with the IDAPT i4 charging station, he hit a clutter-clearing home run. We won’t miss that unsightly mess of tangled cords.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Jim

    I’ve always been very passionate about technology and an early adopter of all kinds of gadgets. However, something bothered me a lot while using my devices: the charging process was very inconvenient and I was forced to wrestle with wires to keep them charged. I’m sure this is a problem many of you experience every day at home or in the office. I wanted to explain to you how the IDAPT i4 could help you keep all your devices charged without tangled wires and in a stylish way. I am here to answer any questions you might have.

  • Chris Byrnes
    Chris Byrnes
    3/22/2012 1:54 PM

    Like many of the couples I know, my wife and I have two iPads and two iPhones. How can we support this configuration with your device?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/22/2012 2:13 PM

    @Chris Byrnes: You would want to buy an additional tip to have two iPhone tips. You will have to share the USB port, though, and charge each iPad separately.

  • Jim
    Jim – Special Guest
    3/22/2012 2:43 PM

    @Chris Byrnes: The i4 will only charge one iPad at a time using the USB port on the side with your USB cable. iPad require much more power (current) than most devices. Most USB ports don't have the power to even charge one iPad, IDAPT does. Thanks you!

  • Elizabeth
    3/22/2012 2:19 PM

    What kind of tip will charge a Kindle? Micro USB?

  • Jim
    Jim – Special Guest
    3/22/2012 2:43 PM

    @Elizabeth: It is best to use the USB cable that came with the Kindle and plug it into the USB port on the side of the i4. The Kindle is more bulky than a smartphone and it would be better to use on the side of the i4 like with most tablets. Thank!

  • mary
    3/22/2012 2:27 PM

    you should sell to hotels!

  • Jim
    Jim – Special Guest
    3/22/2012 2:44 PM

    @mary: Thank you, you are right! Hospitality is a big part of our business. We have placed the i4 in many 4&5 Star hotels guest rooms, lobbies, and business centers globally. We just did a 5 Star hotel in Maui,HI. One thing that all of us in the great big world have in common, we all have stuff that needs to be charged!

  • Tom Steele
    Tom Steele
    3/22/2012 3:54 PM

    For me this product suffers from the same shortcomings as most of the other similar products out there. It tries to be too many things.mi don't have anything that needs charging with microusb, but I have half a dozen I-devices that need charging. I have to pay another $40-$50 to modify the charger to fit my needs.

    I would buy one if I could specify which adapters it came with. I'd love to be able to plug several iPads and iPhones into one charger each night.

  • Jim
    Jim – Special Guest
    3/22/2012 5:00 PM

    @Tom Steele: I understand where you are coming from, but with the 27 different interchangeable tips and covering almost 5,000 different devices, we are trying to do one thing only, simplify your charging needs. If you are an iPhone user, the box comes with one iPhone Tip already and for about $20 more for two more Tips, you can charge two more iPhone and use your USB cable with the high output USB port to charge one more iPhone/iPad neatly. Please remember, the IDAPT chargers at the OEM Rate, meaning unlike many chargers on the market, it will not charge your device slowly. More importantly, it will not over charge your devices. I am not aware of another charger on the market can do all that currently for three of four iPhones that is under $150. Cheers

  • Tom Steele
    Tom Steele
    3/23/2012 12:19 PM

    @Jim Hunter: I am not aware of another one that does it either. That is my lament. :-( Please don't think that I'm beating you up, just passing along information that might be of use to you. I'm sure that I am not alone in wishing for a charger that I could throw several i-devices at each night.

    And I'm NOT an apple fanboy. Every computer I have in my house (and I think that is about 5 or 6 now, including laptops) is a Windows PC and I've never warmed up to Macs. But Apple hit it out of the park with the iPhone and iPad, and if you throw in the iPod Touches out there, I'm sure there are lots of families who have needs similar to mine.

    I'd pay $99 for a device that could charge 3 ipads and 3 iphones every night.

    Just passing it along, not trying to trash your product. It looks very nice for people with lots of different devices that need charging. It is just that the only things that really need charging EVERY DAY tend to be phones and tablets. I can let a video camera or camera sit for a while between chargings because I don't use them every day. I use my iPhones and iPads to almost 0% every day. :-0


  • Anita Charney
    Anita Charney
    3/22/2012 5:06 PM

    I would happily purchase this if you told me I also could re-charge my Kindle w one of your tips!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/22/2012 5:10 PM

    @Anita Charney: You can actually charge it using the USB cable that came with your Kindle.

  • Jim
    Jim – Special Guest
    3/22/2012 5:40 PM

    @Anita Charney: The i4 would charge a Kindle with the included microUSB tip.Just that the Kindle is a little top heavy, so we suggest the USB port. Thankyou!

  • Debs
    3/22/2012 5:29 PM

    It's a great idea and I'm going to buy one. What would be even more helpful is if you allowed the customer to choose which tips came with the base unit. I would prefer to have two micro usb tips since my husband and I, plus two kids all have the same type phone. None of us will ever have an Iphone, Ipad, Iwhatever. I love that there are tips for the Nintendo DS and a usb port and that it can be turned off when not in use. This is a fantastic idea.

  • Jim
    Jim – Special Guest
    3/22/2012 5:39 PM

    @Debs: Hi Debs, you are in luck, because the i4 comes with two (2) MicroUSB Tips, so you are covered!

    The i4 has 6 Tips Included: iPod-iPhone, Two microUSB, miniUSB, Nokia2 & Samsung4. This offers you compatibility with 2,500 different devices in one box. About 98% compatibility with the most common devices in world.

    My family loves the IDAPT as well. Thanks for the kind words and thank you!


  • Hilaria
    3/22/2012 5:31 PM

    Will it charge my Acer a500 tablet with one of your tips? Would buy if it does.

  • Jim
    Jim – Special Guest
    3/22/2012 5:47 PM

    @Hilaria: Charging tha Acer with the tips might be pushing it because of the weight of the Acer and the top heaviness of the tablet. I would use the high output USB port on the side and a standard microUSB cable you may have laying around the house. This still make things streamline and less plugs in the wall.


  • Janee
    3/23/2012 10:35 PM

    Would you ever consider doing a non-I unit? In addition to 6 desktop boxes and 5 laptops, this geek couple has two Droids, two blue-tooth earphones, and a Kindle all of which take USB and micro-USB connections. As someone else said above, if I could select my connections, I'd buy one. Blessings.

  • Jim Hunter
    Jim Hunter
    3/25/2012 7:30 PM

    @Janee: Boy I wish we could do custom pack Tip products here in the US, but this too costly on a product that should be selling for about $99. On your laptops, these are high power products and these can only be charged with a dedicated laptop charger.

    But you mentioned that you use a lot of MicroUSB connectors for your Droids, Bluetooth and other devices. This i4 already comes with two MicroUSB Tips and only three Tips can be used at the same time, so all you need is an extra MicroUSB Tips for about $10 and you are covered. Then use one of your extra MicroUSB cables you have laying around the house and plug it into the high output USB port on the side of the i4 and now you are charger 4 MicroUSB devices with one plug to the wall for under $70.00.

  •  Pete
    7/13/2012 5:08 AM


    I have a Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-s5830, and it charges only with original Samsung micro-usb tips/charges. I am wondering if IDAP is compatible with my phone?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    7/13/2012 10:35 AM

    @ Pete: Should work with your Samsung phone. Thank you for your interest.

  • Darleen
    8/30/2012 2:25 PM

    Does it work with IPod touch?

  • Jim
    Jim – Special Guest
    9/5/2012 6:18 AM

    Hi Darleen, YES the IDAPT works great with APPLE iPod using the included iPhone/iPod Tip that comes with the i4 charger. It also works with all other APPLE mobile devices as well and you have the high output USB port to charge just about anything else with your own USB cable.

    Thanks, Jim

  •  Cindy R
    Cindy R
    10/7/2012 5:22 PM

    I will have the new Kindle HD and I have a Zune player. Would I be able to have them both charging? My Zune is always left on the charger, but my Kindle goes with me. This sounds like the perfect thing to end my clutter!

  • Jim Hunter
    Jim Hunter
    10/10/2012 11:09 PM

    @ Cindy R

    Hi Emily,

    The Kindle HD uses the MicroUSB connection and the i4 comes with two of these Tips, so you should be covered there. You can use the high output USB port on the side to charge about any other USB powered device as well with your USB cable. On the Zune Player, this is a great products, but has a special connector and the product is not in that high of demand right now, so it’s not one of our 30 dedicated tips that we currently offer…sorry! We might make one later on for the Zune, but there has been a lot of change in the Zune family of products. But you can use the Zune USB cable and charge the Zune via the high output USB port on the side of the i4 charger. So the i4 will charge the Zune and help de-clutter the space at the same time.

  •  Lisa Pond
    Lisa Pond
    10/9/2012 3:19 PM

    Will you have a port for the new iphone 5 soon?

  • Jim Hunter
    Jim Hunter
    10/10/2012 11:16 PM

    @ Lisa Pond

    Hi Lisa,

    On the iPhone 5 Tips, still there is no one other than Apple that has these connectors and Apple is short on them as well, so it may be Q1 before Apple allows anyone to buy the connectors. Right now if you bought an iPhone 5 from Apple, you couldn’t buy a second Lightning cable if you wanted to. The only iPhone 5 cable (Lightning) currently available in the world are the one sold in the box with the phone. So saying that, currently no Lightning are available to anyone in the world. But IDAPT is working with Apple to buy these when Apple has their stock leave up and all their backorders filled.

    But you can still charge the iPhone 5 with the IDAPT i4 chargers. You just use your iPhone 5 Lightning USB cable in the IDAPT high output USB port on the side of the i4 and you now have one less charger plugged into the wall.

    Thank you for your support!

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