If there is one thing I like it's elegantly combining two related gadgets into one useful device. Griffin has managed to do that with their Powerblock and Powerjolt Reserves.
The Powerblock is an AC charger that can power-up any USB rechargeable device—including your iPhone or iPod Touch. But the interesting part is that it also features a removable battery pack that delivers backup power when you need it (the reserve pack only works with iPods and iPhones). There is also a car charger version, the PowerJolt Reserve, that functions in the same way.
Griffin's PowerBlock Reserve and PowerJolt Reserve are $US39.99 each. They can also be purchased together as the PowerDuo Reserve for $US59.99.
New USB Car and AC Chargers Offer Removable Reserve Battery for iPod and iPhone
NASHVILLE, TN - May 12, 2009 -Griffin Technology Inc., creator of all things iPod and iPhone, today announced the availability of both the PowerBlock Reserve and PowerJolt Reserve. Also available is PowerDuo Reserve, a bundle packaging of both PowerBlock Reserve and PowerJolt Reserve. These products offer the reliability of Griffin's popular power solutions with the added feature of a detachable battery pack.
PowerBlock Reserve and PowerJolt Reserve charge any USB-rechargeable device, including iPhone, iPod and most MP3 players. PowerBlock Reserve is an AC charger with a detachable, rechargeable battery pack; PowerJolt Reserve plugs directly into the car's cigarette lighter or 12 V DC power outlet and also features a portable battery. Users with a need for both home and car solutions may purchase PowerDuo Reserve, a bundle packaging that contains both PowerBlock Reserve and PowerJolt Reserve at a price lower than purchasing both independently.
The detachable battery for each product, Griffin Reserve Battery Pack, is rechargeable and snaps easily into the dock connector of the iPod or iPhone. For added play time and convenience, the Reserve Battery Pack is interchangeable between PowerBlock Reserve and PowerJolt Reserve for easy recharging on the go. Individually packaged Reserve battery packs will soon be available for purchase directly from Griffin Technology.
"The new PowerBlock Reserve, PowerJolt Reserve, and PowerDuo Reserve offer users a charging solution for the home, in the car and on-the-go," said Mark Rowan, Director of Product Development at Griffin Technology. "With the convenience of the removable battery pack, iPod and iPhone users will never have to find themselves without power again."
* Charges iPhone, iPod, most MP3 players and other USB-chargeable devices
* Removable Reserve Battery Pack provides additional hours of use time for iPod and iPhone
* Removable Griffin Reserve Battery Pack is interchangeable between the PowerJolt Reserve and PowerBlock Reserve
* Additional Reserve Battery Packs, available late Spring, 2009, provide added freedom and flexibility
* Lighted meter on Reserve Battery Pack indicates remaining power
Pricing and Availability
Griffin's PowerBlock Reserve and PowerJolt Reserve are each $39.99, and PowerDuo Reserve is $59.99. PowerJolt Reserve and PowerDuo Reserve are now shipping and available through Apple; all models in Griffin's Reserve product line are coming soon to www.griffintechnology.com and other major retailers nationwide.