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The last Smartphone I owned was the Blackberry Curve 8520 and in the past I have reviewed a spare battery I bought for use with the mobile phone. As battery life isn't the greatest with Blackberry phones due to my heavy use I needed a second battery for my Curve 8520. The problem with this was that I couldn't charge both batteries at the same time due to just a charger which I could connect to my Smartphone, therefore I bought the RIM Blackberry Desktop Power Station with extra battery charger.
The charger sits nicely onto your desk or bedside table in my case. The charger will accomodate your mobile phone and also an additional battery behind it if you wish to charge both at the same time. Priced at just £11.99 it is excellent value for money, and as I have had quality issues with charger wires breaking after a period of time I bought the desktop charger when my basic charger needed replacing. A blue LED indicates when the battery is fully charged and the cradle holds your phone smartly on your desk.
The cradle is powered using a USB cable, but this doesn't mean it has to be connected to a laptop or home PC. A mains adapter is included to fit a USB cable, so it can be plugged into the wall like any other charging appliance. The cradle is well made and robust and I havn't had any issues with build quality, although aesthetically it could be designed more ergonomically.
If you have a second battery for your Blackberry Smartphone I think this cradle charger with prove great value for money in the long term. No longer will you have to be switching batteries to charge both during the night. The cradle I bought wasn't an official Blackberry product, but it did last a little longer than the official RIM chargers I owned! I owned the cradle a number of months but have now sold the phone along with the accessories. I will be looking out for a similar model once I buy a second battery for my 9360, unfortunately this is necessary as batteries don't seem to hold charge for long for me!
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Research In Motion (RIM) is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the mobile communications market. Through development and integration of hardware, software and services, RIM provides solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including e-mail, messaging, Internet- and intranet-based applications.
This product is designed for BlackBerry 8100.