Palm Treo Battery Charger Review
Following my review of the Seidio Treo battery charger last week, I am absolutely delighted to now also be able to review the first ever portable Palm Treo Battery Charger to have been designed by Palm.
I have to admit that I am very impressed by what the Treo accessory design team at Palm has been able to deliver. This new Treo battery charger is actually one of the smallest and most elegant solutions that I have come across for any consumer electronics device.
It is barely larger than an original Treo battery (about 2” x 2” x 0.5”), extremely light and portable, has a folding protective cover which transforms it into a convenient carrying case and it works with _all_ Treo batteries.
Even better is the fact that the Treo battery charger uses the standard Treo power tips and you can therefore choose to use either a Treo wall charger, USB charging cable (I highly recommend the S&C Treo USB Tips) or car charger. Having said this however, I have to admit that I am extremely disappointed that Palm has chosen not to bundle the same small USB charging cable that Seidio did with its Multi-Function battery charger (below right).
Now that two Treo battery chargers are available, deciding which one to choose is not immediately obvious and I haven’t quite made up my mind yet. There is no doubt that the cheaper Palm Treo Battery Charger is the smallest, lightest, compact and thus most portable of the two making it an extremely attractive solution. On the other hand, although the Seidio battery charger is larger and heavier it offers a more integrated solution with a built-in wall charger that provides the ability to simultaneously power both the battery and your Treo (perfect for overnight charging from a single outlet).
Overall, if you are specifically looking for the solution that will allow you to carry the fewest number of accessories while travelling then I would recommend the Seidio battery charger. If on the other hand you are looking for an everyday battery charger to have at home or at the office then this latest Palm Treo battery charger will undoubtedly prove ideal.
Treonauts always find the ideal solutions…