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Charge Cell Phone and Small Electronic Batteries via USB - Leave Charging Bricks at Home
FlipIt Plug Less USB Charger - A Small Compact USB Charging Device
Electrical outlets are often in short supply at home, at work and when traveling. When it is possible to relieve the need for even one it is a big deal. The FlipIt USB Charger is a small lightweight gadget that really makes a difference and is worthwhile to carry in your purse, briefcase or bag. In fact, it is worthwhile to have a FlipIt in each bag, one at home and one that stays at work in a desk drawer.
The FlipIt is not another external battery. The FlipIt does not use batteries either. The FlipIt does not provide power but it makes use of an electrical outlet that is already powering another device. How great is it to charge your laptop and your cell phone at the same time from the same outlet?
At first glance the FlipIt's genius is not apparent. In fact you will probably not really know what to do with it. Once you "flip" the blue tab out from behind the white base containing the USB port, you will notice two slits that will slip over the prongs of an electrical cord. Each slit contains a UL recognized charging circuit.
Whether the device is a lamp or a laptop the FlipIt will work the same way. When the FlipIt is slipped over the prongs of a plug and left there when that plug is inserted into an electrical outlet there is 1 amp of charging power transferred to your USB device. That is enough power for any USB device such as a cell phone, MP3 player or camera that charges with a USB connection and that requires less than 10 Watts. Sorry - an iPad is not a candidate for the FlipIt however. I feel your disappointment.
I was glad to learn that the FlipIt can be used either with an electrical outlet in the wall or with an electrical outlet of a surge protector. At most airports you will find electrical outlets located around the base of support columns and the FlipIt will work there too. In fact that is a great place to pull out a FlipIt since there are typically more devices needing charged than there are outlets. Fellow travelers will appreciate that you use the FlipIt which preserves an outlet for their use.