|Arctic USB Charger PRO 4 Rev.2|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Accessories|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Friday, 07 December 2012|
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USB Charger PRO 4 Conclusion
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As of December 2012 the Arctic USB Charger PRO 4 Rev.2 was available from several online merchants: $29.90 at Arctic eStore, $30.78 at Amazon, £14.52 at Amazon.UK, and elsewhere online. This price fits into the standard cost for products of this genre. Arctic Cooling offers a two-year warranty on the USB Charger PRO 4 Rev 2 kit, model PSAEQ-AC01301-BL.
By most accounts, the Arctic USB Charger PRO 4 Rev.2 is a good-looking gadget. The softly rounded shoulders and accented curves maintain a degree of elegance, all while being modestly technical. Arctic Cooling includes a velvet carry bag for the charger and power plugs, which leaves some room for USB charge cables.
Built and designed for travelers, the USB Charger PRO 4 is extremely durable. There are no weak points that might break under impact or pressure, which is a concern for anyone who checks luggage during airline travel. For users who will utilize the USA power plug, the prongs fold down and allow the Arctic USB Charger PRO 4 to assume a compact profile.
Not all smartphones and portable electronics can take advantage of the top two (orange) powered-USB 'Fast Charge' ports, since compatible devices are still considered cutting edge. Most all modern Apple devices, such as the iPad and iPhone, are Fast Charge compatible, but many Blackberry and Nokia smartphones are not. The extra amperage may push some batteries to failure, so the standard (lower) USB ports are ideal. Functionally, the Arctic USB Charger PRO 4 Rev.2 offers two high-power USB ports with two additional max-power Fast Charge ports. Most of today's devices are best charged on the regular (black) ports to avoid problems.
Overall I find the Arctic USB Charger PRO 4 R2 to be a useful tool for mobile travelers who may need to charge multiple devices at once. It's a cutting-edge forward-thinking charger that fits most power receptacles around the globe. For around $30, this could save some space in the travel bag!
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