Dexim P-Flip™ Foldable Power Dock for iPhone

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dexim%20p-flip%20Dexim was kind enough to send me one of their new Dexim DCA132-B P-Flip Foldable Power Docks to review. One of the things that had already caught my eye about this device as something that might be cool for travelers is the pictures I had seen of the iPhone (or iPof Touch) being used as a travel alarm plugged into the P-Flip running their free P-Flip clock app.

Charger

The main function of the P-Flip is to recharge your phone and it certainly does that providing a 2000 mAh Lithium Polymer Battery that:

  • Provides up to 8hrs Talk time
  • Adds 15hrs of  Video
  • Adds 15hrs of Game playing
  • Adds 60hrs of Music

Drawbacks

The very design that makes it an interesting bed side alarm also means that this is not a device that will fit comfortably in your pocket while it recharges your phone. This dock is designed to be stood up on a desk or flat surface.

Trick

If you do want to use this as a clock radio as they show in the pictures then you do have to know how to keep your screen from going to sleep. To do that go to the Auto-Lock in your General Settings and change the time to Never (with thanks to @Allocentric). But don’t forget to change this setting back when you put it in your pocket to preserve your battery life.

Conclusion

I do think this can be a useful device for travelers and it will make its way into my backpack. I would not get this particular power dock if what you are looking for is extended talk time because you plan on holding the phone to your ear for 8 more hours. On the other hand… I would not recommend you spend all day on your trip on the phone anyway.

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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast, and a co-host for This Week in Travel podcast.

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