Targus PowerTip for the iBook

by Volker Weber


Targus has some interesting power supplies. You buy one device and can use it to charge a number of gizmos, notebooks, phones, pda etc. I have one universal auto/air adapter with plugs for a small number of devices. So far I have only used the plug for Charlie, the StinkPad.

As I am planning to travel next month, I was looking for Snoopy. Talked to Targus Friday afternoon. Saturday morning PowerTip #91 was in the mail. Thank you, Targus!

This is a clever design. You can keep your peripherals as you switch machines.


very cool. I this would dramatically reduce the powerthings I have to pack when travelling...

Nico, 2003-12-21

Be careful though. You may have to get up in the middle of the night if you want to charge more than one battery. :-)

Volker Weber, 2003-12-21

I've had a similar device from iGo for over a year. I now carry only one adapter for everything, though a number of different cables -- AC & DC input, DC output, and a separate output cord for my cell phone.

Nick, 2003-12-21

That is even better. Mine has only DC input so it can only be used in a car, on a boat or in flight.

Volker Weber, 2003-12-21

I have a version of this from APC, which I use primarily for the two laptops (I really need to follow your example and name the devices, though, Volker) and the Toshiba, although it would work for some other devices, including phones as well. While it works on planes, regular outlets, and autos, you may have seen from my PowerGods postings that I'm not always so successful finding planes with working power ports for its use. In any case, the other annoying bit that I'm wondering if yours does too -- when using this power device, my PDA only powers when my laptop is also plugged into the device *and* booted up. Don't ask me what the deal is, but that's how it seems to work.

Libby Schwarz, 2003-12-22

No idea. My device can only charge one at a time. I have actually used mine more often in a car than in an airplane.

Volker Weber, 2003-12-22

There's a whole bunch of these gizmos. In fact, I had Daniel Dern (whom some of you may remember from byte.com) write up an overview of them for InformIT.

Esther Schindler, 2003-12-23

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