Targus Slims Down Charger Lineup, Gives Good Idea To Everyone Else - HotHardware
Targus Slims Down Charger Lineup, Gives Good Idea To Everyone Else

Targus Slims Down Charger Lineup, Gives Good Idea To Everyone Else

What could the world use more of these days? Well, that's a loaded question now that we think about it, but still, it's tough to deny that longer lasting batteries could be an excellent answer. In lieu of that, we suppose newer, smaller chargers will have to suffice. This week, Targus is announcing their lightest, most compact chargers for laptops, netbooks and other mobile devices such as smartphones, cell phones, iPads, iPods, MP3 players, and portable game players. They're marketed at travelers and those who prefer to roll with carry-ons alone, but frankly, just about any mobile computer user could benefit from what's being offered up.

With the Tips from Targus program, the chargers can be upgraded to work with other mobile devices in the household, or new laptops purchased in the future at no charge. In addition, the product has been designed with next generation technology to dramatically reduce the size and provide a flexible, modular platform for different types of usage modes and charging needs. The elimination of the AC cord, for example, not only reduces bulk when traveling, but also allows the power adapter to be out of the way when being used at home or the office. The product also requires 60% less materials to build and package than current adapters, and combined with its ability to upgrade, makes it the most eco friendly power adapter on the market today. Couldn't tell that Earth Day was this week, could you?

Exact pricing and model details are below, and if there's no charger listed for the product you need, you probably need to question what exactly you're after.

Targus Compact Laptop Charger (AC) - APA69CA

The Compact Laptop Charger is half the size and weight of a typical AC charger and it provides simultaneous charging of most laptop brands and a low-power devices. The APA69CA is compatible with most  HP, Dell, Sony, Lenovo, IBM, Panasonic, Compaq, Acer, Asus, Gateway and Fujitsu laptops. This charger includes a mini-USB tip for low-power devices like a BlackBerry and has an iPad/iPhone/iTouch/iPod connector available for shipping and handling fees.  The Compact Laptop Charger measures 2.73 x 0.78 x 4.5 inches, weighs 11.6 ounces and is available for an MSRP of $99.99.

Targus Netbook Charger (AC) - APA70CA

The most versatile netbook charger on the market today, Targus' new Netbook Charger supports a wide array of leading netbook brands plus charges one additional low power device at the same time. The AC charger is compatible with netbooks by leading manufacturers such as Acer, Asus, Compaq, Dell, HP, IBM, Lenovo, MSI and Samsung. It measures 2.73 x 0.78 x 4.5 inches, weighs 11.5 ounces and is available for an MSRP of $89.99. The unique design also allows the charger to simultaneously charge a low power device including a smartphone, iPad/iPhone/iTouch/iPod or other low-power device.

Targus Mobile Laptop Charger (DC) - APD80CA

Ideal for travel, the new Mobile Laptop Charger is the lightest and most compact DC charger on the market today. The charger can be used as an additional charger when you're working in the car or on an extended flight or train ride. The DC charger includes eight laptop tips and one mini-USB tip. It conveniently lets you charge more with less clutter so you can leave all your other chargers at home. It measures just 3 1/2 inches long, weighs 6.9 ounces and is available at an MSRP of $89.99.

All of Targus' new chargers can power or charge two devices simultaneously. The AC Chargers all have a rotating integrated AC plug that allows you to plug the charger vertically into a power strip without blocking other outlets.


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That's not really going to be practical if you have an APC with the sockets lined up sideways like me? If you can rotate the plugs then I would understand.

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Animatortam,

the plug does swivel so you can stand it straight-up like the pictures above, or pulg it into a socket in standard wall wart style (hanging down). On my APC the plugs face outward, so, if I plug this into the last socket, it does cover the next socket over, but I put up with it knowing how much of a life saver it is when I travel or spend all day away from home most people.hotels just have the standard strips or I'm plugging straight into the wall (when this works best).

T.G.

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OK,...Yeah I should have said Swivel Rotate!

 

I know it swivels close, but that was my point is that it still must be aligned in one direction. I have many Targus products and they have served me well. My current Targus universal adaptor has the standard three prong plug and I have never had a problem with plugging it in without worrying about what is on either side. That was not an attack on Targus or how cool this new product is. It was just a constructive concern about functional ergonomics. I have found these things to be invaluable when doing computer repair, and it would be nice to not have to run into any plug issues when on the go.

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