Universal Wrist Gadget Charger Arms Electronics With Extra Life

In the age of smartphones, MP3 players, tablet PCs and high-quality handheld gaming devices, people need all the electricity they can get their hands on, even if they have to strap it onto their bodies to carry it around.

Now there's an idea...

And where there are nifty gadget ideas, online retailer ThinkGeek is generally not far behind. From the company that brought us My First Bacon and Canned Unicorn Meat comes the Universal Wrist Gadget Charger, a bulky black rubber portable device charger for gadget hounds not afraid to wear their geek at the very edge of their sleeves.

The Basics

The Universal Wrist Gadget Charger is a thick rubber bracelet that hides a powerful secret: A rechargeable rechargeable 5.5 volt, 1500mAH lithium ion battery. Once charged via USB cable the bracelet can be connected to countless power-hungry electronic devices. A series of four lights on the bracelet indicate how much charge remains. The package includes connectors for the iPhone, Nintendo DS Lite, 3DS and Sony PSP, Nokia (I and II), LG, Samsung i900 and Sony Ericsson phones, plus a mini USB connector to handle just about everything else.

What We Liked

A Little Bit Cyberpunk: When there's a blocky hunk of rubber wrapped around your wrist glowing with the light of four LEDs, and a coiled wire snaking from its interface port to your gaming system, smart phone, or MP3 player, you can't help but feel just the tiniest bit like you come from the future, and a rather cool future at that.

Playing with Power: The Universal Wrist Gadget Charger does what it's supposed to do, providing enough extra juice to keep your phone alive when it should be dead, or keep your game going until you get to the next save point. How much power you gain is highly dependent on how much power your device sucks up, however. After a full bracelet charge my dead Nintendo DS Lite played for nearly two hours. My LG Quantum Windows Phone 7 gained a quarter bar of battery life from a full charge, while the much greedier Nintendo 3DS (with networking turned off) ran for a half hour off of the bracelet and died minutes after the final charge LED blinked off. It's in the way that you use it.

What We Didn't Like

Uncomfortable as Charged: As many a fetish model will tell you, black rubber might look sexy, but it doesn't breathe very well. Beneath the thick bracelet my admittedly gigantic wrist was sweating on even the coolest of days. The underside tends to heat up slightly when actively charging, which only adds to the discomfort. This is not a device I would wear every day.

The Bottom Line

From a purely gaming standpoint, the Universal Wrist Gadget Charger's value depends on how you plan on using it. With the latest gaming technology from Nintendo sucking down power like nobody's business, picking up one of these expecting to significantly prolong your 3DS play time is a losing proposition.

Still, 30 minutes is 30 minutes, and when you take into consideration all of the other devices the bracelet works with it could be a worthy addition to your gadget collection, as long as you can stay cool when the rubber meets your wrist.

The Universal Wrist Gadget Charger was designed and manufactured by ThinkGeek. Released in March 2011. Retails for $US39.99. A unit was given to us by the manufacturer for review purposes.

The Universal Wrist Gadget Charger comes packed with easy-to-lose pieces of plastic. Keep a baggy handy.

My wrist is absolutely huge.

With my Universal Wrist Gadget Charger and my Windows Phone 7, I am cyberpunk.

Turn off the lights, and my wrist glows.


Comments

    I have only one question.

    Why isn't this solar powered?

      I could just imagine something like lunar knights. You raise you arm up in the air like a badass and big rays of light absorb into your armband... "SUN POWERS ACTIVATE!!!"

      But that's just me...

    If it had a watch on it I'd use it.

    10 points to you for reference to fetish models.

    $40 US isn't too bad although the small amount of extra charge it gives is questionable.

    I'm sorta considering getting one for those 'oh crap' moments when I realize my HTC phone is almost out of juice and I'm on the road (as rare as that is for a nerd like me).

    Ok, now you've snuck in just a tiny edge of your 8-bit tattoo there, we must see the rest, lest you be labelled a filthy tease :P

    Also, cool gadget, maybe a bit of lining glued to the inside to make the heat not so bad, or perhaps taking it off and keeping it in a bag instead of wrist-wearing?

    I've owned one for nearly a year now, and I agree that it's a little too uncomfortable for daily wear. It's definitely more for long trips, or maybe if you haven't charged your devices before you run out the door.
    However having said that, if you're not wearing it on your wrist it's size and shape make it difficult to keep in a pocket. I'm currently looking for an affordable "card" type portable charger in the hopes of doing a comparison.

    Wouldn't a belt make more sense? Then you could plug something in, put it in your pocket and let it charge off the belt while you walk around. Thanks to the increased size you'd also be able to store a few adaptors on it. The only real issue I can think of is that sitting on a thick belt can be a pain, but you could always just make it so there's an output on either side (for pocket charging) and the majority of it is housed in those and the buckle.

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