A couple of weeks ago, we ran a post about the release of the XtremeMac InCharge Home USB charger (US$29.99) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Now the device is available in the wild, and one was sent to the sprawling TUAW Labs for hands-on testing. Read on for a detailed look at this ultra-portable charger for your favorite iOS device.
Let's face it -- if you try to put one of Apple's little power cubes into a pocket, you're likely to be asked "is that a charger in your pocket or are you not too happy to see me?" Yep, they make an awkward little bump in your pocket, with the iPad's charger being a little larger and even more obtrusive.
XtremeMac managed to put a full 10W, 2.1A charger into an exceedingly thin package. The InCharge Home USB charger, which features a glossy black front to match your favorite iOS device screen, is just under a half of an inch thick (12.7 mm). It's also extremely light, weighing in at just 1.6 ounces (45 grams). By comparison, Apple's standard iPad charger is an inch thick (25.4 mm) and weighs 2.3 ounces (65 grams). XtremeMac has out-Appled Apple on the design of this charger. It even looks better than Apple's little white box.
As you'd expect, the InCharge Home USB charger features a set of fold-out plugs to maintain that slim profile. Note that the existing model works only with the standard twin-blade NEMA sockets used in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and parts of Asia including Japan, so many of our European readers are out of luck unless they wish to carry a clunky plug adapter with them.