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Kensington AbsolutePower Laptop, Phone, and Tablet Charger

The good news for powering your various portable devices is that most smaller devices now use standard microUSB and USB interfaces for power as well as data, from tiny Bluetooth headsets to smartphones and tablets (see earlier post). So you can power them from your computer while you're transferring data, or use USB AC wall adapters. Unfortunately, it's not quite that easy, as not all USB power connections are the same -- so you need to use the appropriate more sophisticated adapters for the iPad and other more complex devices.

The last outpost of custom power connectors is laptops, so any universal charging solution still needs to come with a collection of tips for different manufacturers.

The Kensington AbsolutePower Laptop, Phone, and Tablet Charger is particularly light and flexible, at 4.3 x 2.75 x 0.73 inches and only 8 ounces. The flexibility comes from the included tips to power laptops from ten different manufacturers. You can also switch between 19 and 16 volts, depending on the needs of your devices.

Plus, it includes two built-in USB power ports, one USB and one microUSB, which supply 2.1 Amps to charge tablets and phones, including the iPad & iPhone.

The AbsolutePower unit puts out 100 watts peak, which can support triple charging a (not too demanding) laptop plus two additional USB devices.

This is a surprisingly light universal laptop charger with the bonus simultaneous USB ports, with the right juice for the iPhone and iPad. It's built with a textured scratch-resistant finish, and is available for around $106.

See my Portable Power Accessories Gallery for more on portable chargers

And see my Holiday Gadgets 2011: Portable and Wireless feature for more on these and other holiday goodies.

Find the Kensington AbsolutePower Charger on Amazon.com

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This entry posted on November 13, 2011.

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