Our udoq arrived, and our first impression was an incredibly over-engineered piece of work. It’s a keeper.
GadgetGuy covered the udoq in detail (article here), so we won’t repeat a lot of that.
What is a udoq?
It is a charging system for any device. It uses an aluminium rail system to house a mix of charging connectors including
Apple Lightning (from iPhone 5 onwards)
Apple 30-pin (older iPhones )
And a Qi charging pad option or an Apple Watch option
Each cable is 1.5m, and the connector fits into a height adjustable slide connector. The other end is USB-A and is threaded to come out the rear of the dock and connect to a charger (not supplied).
The cables, like the udoq, are well made. I am sure that udoq will produce any new connector formats that are released. When you order it may be useful to buy a couple of different connectors as spares!
The rail comes in 250, 400, 550 and 700mm lengths. We received the 400 version that can fit four to five typical 80mm wide smartphones side by side or a mix of tablets. The only catch 22 is that the connector is on the bottom of a device.
Or you could fit an iPad (width varies from 135 to 220mm) or any combination of tablets and phones.
The rail has two removable end caps to facilitate the slider placements. A wall mount kit is available.
Our only disappointment was that it did not come with a totally over-engineered USB charger supplied. udoq do that on purpose as each device is different.
For example, some use fast charging (either more wattage like Apple) or 5/9/12/19/20V and associated amperage like Qualcomm Quick Charge.
To be fair udqo have two alternatives on its website. A four-port 5V/2.4A and 1 x Qualcomm quick charge port and six-port 5V/2.4A.
In total it provides 60W that can be five x 5V/1A, five x 5V/2.4A or a mix of ports up to 60W. Now don’t try to use a USB hub as that does not have the power protection and intelligent trickle charging required if you leave your device docked when not in use.
After a week of use
Using a dock implies that you will leave the device on it when not in use. That change of habit did not come easily.
The 400mm rail is large. You need to find a spot for it that is convenient for all.