I’ve used a lot of different charging docks over the years, but none have done what I’ve wanted. Most are basically glorified stands with a hole in the bottom, and that’s it.
They make the charging experience frustrating, requiring that cables be moved every time you need to plug in a device. There has to be a better way… Oh wait, there is one, the Udoq.
Currently funding on Kickstarter, the Udoq is a premium charging dock that gets things right. It utilizes a metal design which is sturdy, good looking, and very functional. The larger model I have can handle about six devices, less if you include tablets. However, what really sets it apart?
Rather than simply hiding cables within it, the Udoq turns an ordinary cable into a stand for your device, allowing the charging port to be the point where the device connects to the dock. It works great, and proves to be surprisingly strong as well.
To secure the charging cables in place, the Udoq uses a special cable holder which slides in and out of the dock with a fairly tight fit. The cable itself fits into these connectors and holds tight to keep your device in place.
Unfortunately, to get this to work, Udoq has to use specially designed cables. That means you’ll need to buy them directly from Udoq. Luckily, you can choose the ones you want when you order. The company offers microUSB, Lighting, 30-pin, and even USB C connectors, and you can mix and match as you like.
The cables feed through the back of the Udoq to full size USB ports. I’d personally suggest pairing these with a multi-port charger, but you can also connect them to the adapters included with your device.
Udoq will eventually retail for about $100 for the smaller 250mm variant (1 tablet and 1 phone) which prices going up for the 400mm, 550mm, and 700mm variants.
If you want to grab a discount on the product, it’s still available on Kickstarter for the next few days for up to 50% off. If you’ve been looking for the perfect charging solution, this might just be it…Udoq on Kickstarter