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Palm Treo Battery Charger Review

Best Treo Battery ChargerFollowing 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.

Palm Treo Battery Charger

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. 

Palm Treo Battery Charger

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.

Palm Treo Battery Charger

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).

Palm Treo Battery Charger

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

Posted by Andrew on April 9, 2007 at 09:56 AM

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by BenJoe | Apr 9, 2007 10:02:17 AM

For people on the go and don't want to take their cradle with them, this new little charger could be perfect.

by Chris | Apr 9, 2007 11:51:36 AM

Since Seidio will never get any more money from me for their crappy products (and even less helpful customer service), I guess there's only one choice left! :)

by allie | Apr 11, 2007 1:17:30 AM

Finally. Exactly what I was hoping for. Thanks Palm. Looks like the perfect solution.

by Jeff Bonas | Apr 13, 2007 1:47:39 PM

"it works with _all_ Treo batteries."

Does this include the Seidio 3200mHh battery?

by Whitey809 | Jul 30, 2007 5:09:08 PM

Has anyone had problems with this unit. I ordered mine a couple of months ago, but didn't open it until last week when I went to mexico. I tried to charge my spare battery once I got there and realized the charger input was too small for my Treo AC cord. Is my unit just defective or has anyone else had this problem?

by arizona bankruptcy attorney | Apr 15, 2009 11:40:56 PM

There is a movement to standardize chargers and I hope it succeeds.

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