You dock with udoq

by Volker Weber

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This was a nice find at IFA in Berlin. Udoq is a universal dock for all your gadgets that charge with Apple 30-pin, Lighting, MicroUSB or USB Type C. It comes in different lengths from 25 to 70 cm. And you customize it to your liking. Notice the little details: Aluminium never touches your device or your table. There is always a bit a soft material in between.

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Udoq sells you the cables you need, you open the ends of the dock, slide them in and then hide the excess cable within the dock. Then you close it all up, connect the cables to your charger and you have a nice clean solution to check your devices in. Udoq sent me a sample, bit they did not have the multi-port charger yet that belongs on the back of the dock. Instead I used a Tizi 4 port USB-charger.

ZZ43DB45BD This thing is very customizable. You can run the cables out of either end, the top or the bottom. You don't have to run all cables out of the same port. On the 40 cm dock, you can easily fit five smartphones, or four with an iPad. You can also adjust the height of each of the plugs by up to 8 millimeters to accommodate protective sleeves around your devices.

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This is a keeper. Editor-refuses-to-give-it-back award, big time. Udoq just started a Kickstarter campaign with a significant discount.

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Comments

This looks great. Sturdy. Strong. Well designed.

For us, a 4 iPhone and 4 iPad family = super expensive. Maybe I'll wait for my daughters to leave home and then buy a small model.

Ian Bradbury, 2016-09-15 17:21

Well, yes and no. I would get the 70cm from Kickstarter for 89 €. Then a five port USB charger, and a couple of Lightning cables. Maybe 4. Even at full price for those you'd end up with 1xx € for five hot docks. Which I find reasonable. That are not eight stations. But I am fine with just two Lightning and one USB. And I have more devices than your family. :-)

Volker Weber, 2016-09-15 17:55

Or with an 8 port charger you'd have those 4+1 Lightning, plus all the other adapters in the box.

Volker Weber, 2016-09-15 17:57

Looks like a really good product. I was waiting for a dock like this.
Just "ordered" a 40cm dock on Kickstarter.
Great recommendation! vowe is a good mother.

Manfred Wiktorin, 2016-09-15 20:26

Super Tipp, gleich zugeschlagen. Vielen Dank dafür!

Holger Kempke, 2016-09-15 21:36

Bei uns ist die Verteilung der Gasgets zu viel zu unorganisiert, als dass sich so etwas lohnen würde. Ich gebe aber zu, fürs Wohnzimmer wär's ganz praktisch

Johannes Matzke, 2016-09-16 06:45

I hope that udoq reaches the 50.000€ goal.
If everyone pays just the minimum price for the rewards, udoq is far away from 50.000€.
(100x50€ + 100x65€ + 100x80€ + 100x89€ +10x500€ < 50.000€)

So the 50% discount is just theory.

Manfred Wiktorin, 2016-09-16 09:13

Marcus Kuchler wants this to succeed. And he made a mistake with the cable sets. He didn't know that you can only pledge for one item.

I am pretty sure he is going to add more dock units once they run out.

Volker Weber, 2016-09-16 09:18

And he forgot one market crazy enough to pay the high prices associated with Apple-y designed stuff: Switzerland. we would have swooped up that project like pudding. Hoping that will change soon. (Marcus, You are reading this right?)

chris frei, 2016-09-16 15:47

Hm, sadly there are so many fast charge standards: Qualcomm quick charge 2.0, 3.0, Samsung, Dash charging etc. I would love a dock which supports ALL these standards.

Christian Just, 2016-09-16 22:09

This one does. It's completely passive. You bring the charger.

Volker Weber, 2016-09-16 22:16

Looks very nice. I'm in. Too bad we don't get to freely pick which cables we want - I don't have any use for the (almost legacy) 30-pin connector.

Jochen Schug, 2016-09-16 22:41

Chris, Switzerland is now supported as well.

Jochen Schug , 2016-09-17 12:49

No Australia:( Have backed anyway and will need to get it sent to a U.K. or European friend for delivery on next conference.

Adam Brown, 2016-09-18 08:09

Also hoping we can purchase additional cables and swap out maybe what we don't want. That might get difficult at volume I guess. As long as we can add cables I am happy.

Adam Brown, 2016-09-18 08:14

Adam - just add the amount for the cables (they are listed on the Kickstarter page) to your pledge and you should be good to go.

I showed this to my wife and she was "YES - BUY IMMEDIATELY". I can attest for a high WAF ;)

Jens-Christian Fischer, 2016-09-18 09:58

Sehr schick, ich überlege nur noch ob 400 oder 550... Auf den Fotos ist das 400er zu sehen?

Daniel Meyer, 2016-09-18 12:31

Ja, das ist das 400er.

Volker Weber, 2016-09-18 12:49

In Australia this thing is called "bopn".

Thomas Langel, 2016-09-19 16:19

ROFLMAO. Literally. :-)

Volker Weber, 2016-09-19 16:20

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