Following my earlier review of the Pocket
PC Techs Lil' Sync Penguin Charger, now I want to follow-up with a review of
some accessories you can use with Pocket PC Techs' handy charger, to make the
traveling experience an even better one.
While the Lil' Sync Penguin Charger is just a charger, Pocket PC Techs has some
fine accessories in program which can be used with its charger. This includes
the Lil Sync Airline Power Adapter as well as the Lil' Sync Pro Retractable
Sync-N-Charge Cable and the Lil' Sync Pro Duo Mini-5 Adapter.
The Lil Sync Airline Power Adapter (which is best used with the Lil' Sync
Penguin Charger but also works with any other car charger) can be used to charge
your mobile device from the 12V EmPower Airline Power port available on many
airlines. EmPower is still the most widely installed in-seat power system in the
skies today. Over 125,000 seats on 40 airlines feature this type of port.
EmPower features 15V DC power at up to 75 watts per outlet and if you want to
plug in your device, you'll need an adapter that is compatible with EmPower.
The Lil Sync Airline Power Adapter is attached to the Lil' Sync Penguin
Charger on one side and connected to the EmPower port on the other side:
With the Lil Sync Airline Power Adapter you can continuously use you mobile
device during your flight as well, for instance to watch your latest TV
recordings, DVDs or just to listen some of your own music. Unfortunately, the
EmPower Airline port is mostly available in the Business and First Class. To
check if your preferred airline supports the EmPower system, I recommend to
visit SeatGuru! next time
you plan a flight.
Now, after you found the right charger and connector, you have to connect
your charger with your mobile device. While most of the original sync cables
also charge the mobile device through the USB port, it can becomes handy to save
some additional space by replacing the original USB cable with Pocket PC Techs'
Lil' Sync Pro Retractable Sync-N-Charge Cable which is perfect for anyone on the
go. At less than 7 inches (17.8 cm) long when retracted, our cables conveniently
extends up to 50 inches (127 cm). The new, USB 2.0 compatible, Lil' Sync
Pro weighs only a couple of grams and connected to a compatible charger, it acts
as a bridge between the charger and your mobile device:
However, since it is fully USB 2.0 compatible, it also syncs and charges your
unit simultaneously, if connected to your PC or Notebook.
Beside the stand-alone Lil' Sync Pro Cable, Pocket PC Techs also offers a Lil'
Sync Pro Cable/DUO Adapter bundle which includes an additional Y-kind of cable
which lets you "fast charge" your device, when plugged into a AC/DC source.
Additionally, a second USB port is tailed onto the adapter which allows you to
conveniently charge a second accessory, such as a headset or Bluetooth GPS
receiver simultaneously from any AC/DC USB power source:
Pocket PC Techs offers different Duo Adapters to support a wide range of
devices, including a Motorola and a Jabra Duo Adapter.
All the accessories above are a clever addition to get even more out of your
Lil' Sync Penguin Charger. While I'm not flying too often with airlines which
offers in-seat power in the Economy Class (next time I better use SeatGuru! as
well), I know many of you do and therefore Lil Sync Airline Power Adapter
definitely a great addition to keep your mobile device up and running.
Otherwise, you might run out of battery with the result that you don't have the
hotel address anymore as soon as you've arrived at your final destination (which
happened once for me when I watched all my TV recordings on my Pocket PC some
The Lil Sync Airline Power Adapter costs US$ 14.99 only.
Retractable sync and charge cables aren't new anymore, we have them in the
market for some years now but many of the cheap copies features USB 1.1 only.
Not so the Lil' Sync Pro Retractable Sync-N-Charge Cable which supports USB 2.0
and therefore provides faster sync while charging the device the same time. Or
you can use it stand-alone, with the Lil' Sync Penguin Charger only, to recharge
your mobile device at home, in the office or while traveling.
The Lil' Sync Pro Retractable Sync-N-Charge Cable costs US$ 19.99.
Last but not least the Lil' Sync Pro Cable/DUO Adapter bundle which includes
the Lil' Sync Pro Retractable Sync-N-Charge Cable as well as a second adapter.
This comes definitely handy while traveling since you have to carry one charger
only to charge two devices. This keeps your luggage light "without playing the
DJ" to get all your devices charged.
Lil' Sync Pro Cable/DUO Adapter costs US$ 24.99.
All together, with the accessories above you can make your Lil' Sync Penguin
Charger even more useful and a handy companion.
Cheers ~ Arne