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When I lost my phone charger at work, I had to keep charging my phone up by using the USB slot on my laptop. I still had the wire that connected it to the USB port on the computer and I used to have to sit charging the phone up whilst using the computer. When deciding to buy a new charger, I did not want to pay the huge prices that they were trying to charge to me. On searching online I found the Veho mains charger that had a USB slot, meaning that instead of connecting my phone to my laptop, I could connect it straight to the mains using the original lead. This saved me a lot of money!
I paid £4.00 for the USB adapter and it was money well spent.
There is nothing fancy about this, it is a thin white adapter three pin plug with a USB slot at the side. It is literally plug it in and off you go.
The main use for the adapter was a phone charger until I got a new phone and now it is rather redundant. Although I do use it for charging my iPod as my iPod did not come with a mains adapter. Apple sells a similar product but it costs an awful lot more than this one.
I have a small USB fan that sits on my desktop and runs off the power of my lap top from the USB port. I have tried the fan in the plug and it also works out of here, however as the fan and most other USB things only come with a short lead; it was not really a success having it coming from the mains. It is only really useful if you want a mini fan that works at floor level! Obviously, this is not a downside of the charger; it simply proves that the charger will work with most USB devices!
I wish the adapter came with a European adapter built in; this would be really useful for going on holiday when you need to charge your iPod or phone without a computer port, instead of having to buy another European adapter.
I could not find a phone charger for less than ten pound so I am really pleased with this purchase. I now not only have a phone charger but I can use all my USB devices with it! I've had it over 6 months and it seems really durable and well made. I completely recommend this adapter.
Over the years I have amassed a large number of gadgets. A lot of new gadgets these days come with a USB fitment on the end of chargers for each device. I think this is mainly to cut down on costs. Unfortunately I don't (quite) spend enough time on my laptop to allow me to charge each device when the laptop is turned on. Supplied USB cables always come in handy for things like data transfer, but for charging purposes it really isn't ideal and connection to the mains is essential.
Apple are probably the main company bringing customers in for the Veho VAA-003 USB Mains Adaptor, as they no longer supply their iPods with mains chargers. Fortunately we have such useful gadgets as this USB mains adaptor. The USB mains adaptor has been around for some time, but generally it was included with mobile phones and mp3 players to allow the USB cable to double up as a mains cable also.
The Veho VAA-003 USB Mains Adaptor is a very sleek and stylishly designed piece of kit, available in both black and white from Amazon.co.uk for around the £5 mark. The adaptor is square in appearance and of a plain design, with a three-pin socket and the USB port on the top edge. I don't think that the way the adaptor has been designed is particularly well thought out, though. The USB port could have been positioned in the centre of the socket, but instead it is along the top edge which can make it more of a task to insert the USB cable. I think that the slimline design would have had to have been sacrificed to accomodate such a design feature, but surely practicality is more of a priority in such a product than looks?
The second negative for the Veho VAA-003 USB Mains Adaptor is that there isn't an indicative LED to tell me when the device has fully charged. Fortunately a lot of devices now give an indication as to whether they are fully charged or not, but an LED would have been handy, even to just indicate if the adaptor was drawing power from the socket.
I think that on balance this adaptor does carry a couple of flaws, but at the £5 pricetag I wouldn't completely dismiss such a good looking USB Mains Adaptor. Looks aren't everything, though, so overall 3 out of 5 stars leaves the Veho VAA-003 a lot of catching up to do on its rivals.
As an owner of several generations of iPods and other MP3 players I have collected a tremendous amount of plug in chargers and USB cables. Unfortunately for me, I have also lost a tremendous amount of plug in chagers and USB cables.
Thanks to Apple's business decision to not include a plug in wall charger with their iPods any more I've found myself a bit stuck if I want to charge up my iPod Nano before a run but don't have my computer to hand. It seems that I am not the only one with this issue however and the good people at Veho have stepped up to fill the gap.
A USB mains adapter isn't exactly a new idea and there have been plenty around in the past. Unfortunately for me however I've found that not all of them would charge my USB 2.0 devices such as my iPod. Thankfully there is no such problem with the Veho model. Simply plug the usb cable into the adapter and away you go.
The adapter itself is a square shape with a 3 pin socket on one side, and the USB port along the top edge. I can only imagine that the reason for the USB to be along the top edge was to make the device thinner, it certainly wasn't added for functionality. While I don't have any problems with using this device I could image it my be a problem in confined spaces where there isn't room above the power outlet. I'm not an electrician so I've enver been able to understand why some devices have a metal earth plug and some don't. The Veho model has a plastic earth pin, a previous reviewer mentioned that it may be flimsy and easily broken. to be honest I can't see that happening unless you stood on the charger or if your method of plugging things in was to throw them at the wall.
During operation there are no LEDs to indicate that the device is working (or not working), you have to rely on the iPod or whatever is being charged. This isn't really a deal breaker as I tend to check even if my iPod is connected to a computer.
Overall this is a great idea and is pretty cheap too. Bit of a pain having the connection along the top edge but it hasn't caused me any major problems thus far.
Please don't ask me how it happened, but I lost a rather large box recently. I have absolutely no idea where it went; at roughly the size of a shoe box it hasn't been knocked down the back of anything and considering it held all manner of electrical adapters and chargers I can assure you I haven't accidentally thrown it away - unless I have had a forgotten 'senior moment'. Anyway, the upshot of this is that I can find neither my phone charger nor my in-car Sat-Nav charger.
This was my sole reason for purchasing the Veho USB Mains Adapter; the majority of gadgets I own can be charged through a USB cable but this was proving to be rather a nuisance as I do not have my PC switched on all day, and unfortunately the USB port on my laptop is not currently working.
This is a clever little gadget, the beauty is in its simplicity and I am surprised there are not more of this type of product on the market. It is simply a white plug which features a USB port on the top edge, you use it in exactly the same way as a standard electrical plug and it claims to charge anything which can be charged through a USB lead.
I have had absolutely no problems with it, the fact that the earth pin is plastic will no doubt impact upon the purchasing decision for people who know they are particularly heavy handed - and actually this plastic pin does feel rather flimsy to the touch, so do be careful how you push and pull the plug into the electric socket. While writing this paragraph I am thinking of my son-in-law's mother, who is quite possibly the clumsiest person I know and who would certainly break this very quickly!
The adapter is extremely basic; there are no lights to tell you when your electrical item is fully charged, nor even a light to show it is charging so you will need to keep an eye on it yourself. This, for me, is no problem as frankly when it comes to electrical gadgets the simpler manufacturers can keep it the better. However, if you are looking for some kind of all-singing all-dancing charger then you may want to look elsewhere.
I do wonder why the USB port isn't on the front of the adapter, being located at the top makes it slightly awkward to plug into the wall if (like mine) some of your plug sockets are situated directly underneath wall mounted units. I imagine there is a reason for this, although for the life of me I cannot think why it cannot be designed in a similar manner to shaver plug adapters where the two-pin shaver plug is plugged into the front of the 3-pin adapter. This would not only make it more attractive in appearance, but would also help to stop the 'kink' as as it stands you have to plug in the USB lead and allow it to drape downwards for your item to rest on the floor or worktop.
This minor irritation aside, I have nothing but praise for this USB Mains Adapter. It charges everything I have plugged into it, and rather quicker than charging via my ancient PC which my electricity company will be very pleased about. This also means I can plug in my gadgets and leave them as I would do if I were using a standard mains charger, rather than having to ensure my PC is on for the duration of the charge.
The first time I realised that USB Mains adapters existed was when I purchased a Sony MP3 player to discover that there was no way of charging it other than through a computer which I thought was odd and I was also annoyed because I had purchased the player to take on holiday and how on earth was I going to charge it with no computer. So I set about discovering how to on the internet and found this. For £5 not bad for a charger.
The plug is white with 3 pins and a usb port on the top. To use it all you do is plug it into the wall then insert your mp3 player into the usb slot and thats it it charges. There seems to be more and more things these days that need to be usb charged and I now use mine for charging my ipod with the cable which comes with it and most recently I purchased a GPS with also needs to be charged using a usb so again I was happy that I purchased it.
This charger is a uk mains one put you can plug it into a europe exchange plug and it works just as well abroad so great for those holidays away which is what I originally needed it for.
5 stars from me it sure beats turning the computer on everytime you want to charge something so you are saving energy to as you don't need to be running your pc just to charge your mp3.
Also found on Amazon under Clare Louise.
It's always annoying having to turn your PC on to charge your MP3 player or iPod. Now you don't have to with the VAA-003 from Veho.