Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - —NIDHI SIN­GAL

Charg­ing smart­phones from lap­tops is nor­mal. But try charg­ing an iPad from a PC and you will see a ‘not charg­ing’ no­ti­fi­ca­tion. If you are ex­as­per­ated by this prob­lem, thank Portronics for its USB juicer—Charge It. This is com­pact de­vice, which hardly weighs 10 gm, has been de­signed to work with An­droid and iOS de­vices (tablets as well as smart­phones). There is an LED that lights up blue for charg­ing An­droid and red for iOS de­vices. There is also a cir­cu­lar but­ton placed on the Charge It to help switch be­tween the oper­at­ing sys­tems.

Plug the Charge It to the lap­top’s USB port and con­nect the de­vice you want to charge. Portronics claims it can charge an iPhone in just two hours and we got the im­pres­sion that the An­droid phone charged quicker than when we used the wall charger. While older lap­tops don’t charge de­vices on sleep mode, this USB juicer con­tin­ues to draw power.

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