August 01, 2018 Technology

Product Note: udoq Multi-Device Charging Station

By Nicole Black

Lawyers love their mobile devices. We rely on them day in and day out to keep us connected to both our work and families. They’re a constant in our daily lives, and for many of us, the idea of trying to function without our smartphones can be an alarming one.

That’s why keeping mobile devices charged is so important. It’s never a good day when you’re on the go and you receive a notification that your phone’s battery is running low.

One way to avoid this issue is to set up a charging station in your home or office that is conveniently located and easily accessible. That way you’ll always remember to dock and charge your mobile devices when you walk in the door, helping you to avoid encountering a “low power” notification when you’re on the road.

There are lots of charging options available, and some work better than others. It may seem like a fairly basic concept, but choosing the right charging station isn’t always easy. It’s sometimes hard to find a single option that works for all your particular needs. This is especially the case when you own a variety of devices from different brands.

If you’re facing this issue and are in the market for a single charging station for multiple devices, a udoq multi-device charging station may be just what you need. I received a complimentary charging station from udoq—the udoq 400 Starter Kit—for the purposes of this review, and I am happy to report that it’s definitely a good option to consider, especially if you use devices from different brands, such as an iPhone and a Kindle tablet.

The charging station was fairly easy to set up. The instructions consisted mostly of illustrated images, which were not always easy to make sense of. Fortunately, there are also installation videos available on their website, which helped fill in the gaps and provided additional information regarding the setup process.

My udoq included a combination of Apple connector cables and other types as well. In most cases, you’ll find that udoq provides a cable that will work with your devices. It offers four different types of connector cables: L (Apple Lightning), T (Apple 30-Pin), M (Micro-USB-B 2.0), and C (USB-C 3.1).

You can install the cables you selected when you purchased your udoq in whatever order you choose. The height of each individual connector can be adjusted to make room for your particular device’s case or bumper, and I found that there was sufficient width between the connector and the back of the dock to accommodate both my iPhone’s case and my Kindle’s case. It was a simple matter to slide my device onto the connector and then leave it on the dock to charge.

Once set up, the charging station has clean lines and is streamlined and unobtrusive. One of its best features is that the charging cord wires are neatly tucked away and out of sight. And because the devices are upright while on the dock and charging, it takes up a minimal amount of space, all things considered.

I did find, however, that the docking station was only appealing to some members of my family. My teenage children didn’t seem to want to use it because they aren’t great at ensuring that their devices are charged throughout the day, and instead turn to a charger when their iPhone’s battery is nearly dead. They tend to want to use their iPhone with its charging cord plugged into an outlet, rather than leaving it behind on a charging dock. So, for them, this wasn’t the ideal charging device. Bur for my husband and I, it worked out great.

All in all, it’s a good charging dock. It’s easy to use, it’s attractive, and if you think you’ll use it often, the cost is reasonable, all things considered. Pricing begins around $100, and you can customize your own udoq charging station depending on your needs and the types of devices that you own. So, if you and your family own many different devices and you’re in the market for an unobtrusive, attractive, and flexible charging station, the udoq might be the choice for you.

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Nicole Black is a Rochester, New York, attorney, author, journalist, and the Legal Technology Evangelist at MyCase legal practice management software. She is the nationally recognized author of Cloud Computing for Lawyers (2012) and co-authored Social Media for Lawyers: The Next Frontier (2010), both published by the American Bar Association. She also co-authored “Criminal Law in New York,” a Thomson West treatise. She writes regular columns for Above the Law, ABA Journal, and The Daily Record, has authored hundreds of articles for other publications, and regularly speaks at conferences regarding the intersection of law and emerging technologies. She is an ABA Legal Rebel and is listed on the Fastcase 50 and ABA LTRC Women in Legal Tech. She can be contacted at niki.black@mycase.com.