The mystical, magical myGrid

by Ryan Bailey

The holidays are over. Some of us have new cell phones to show for it, while others might just have a few gift cards lying around. Maybe you’ve got a few of each, and not only are you fretting about what to spend your gift cards on, but your home might be a tangled mess of charging cables for all your nifty new gadgets. If this describes your situation (or even if it doesn’t,) then you might want to look into getting the DURACELL myGrid™. The myGrid is a charging station that can charge up to four compatible devices at once. Just plug in the myGrid, attach one of the three provided Power Clips (or a Power Sleeve, sold separately) to your cell phone, PDA, or iPod Touch, and set the device on the myGrid’s charging pad. When you’re ready to head out the door, just grab your now fully-charged device and go. The myGrid simplifies the charging process, saving you time and effort, while reducing the clutter generated by an excess of charging cables. The myGrid works with many devices from Nokia, Motorola, BlackBerry, and Apple, among others (see the list at the bottom of this post for a list of known compatible devices.) You’ll need to connect the provided Power Clip to your phone with one of the three Power Tips, the choice of which depends on your particular device. The clip has a peel-off adhesive area that sticks to your phone. If the clip/tip isn’t your style, you have the option of encasing your phone in a protective Power Sleeve instead (sold separately, and available for select devices: again, see the list.) The myGrid has the potential to make your life a lot easier. It’s small and it’s simple. You simply plug it in, and then you set your phone on it. The pad is safe to touch, so there is no need to worry about electric shocks. It’s quick to set up, quick to use, and only takes up slightly more table space than a standard DVD case. The provided USB clips ensure that the pad works with most of the latest cell phone models. The sleeves, in my opinion, are even better than the clips. Not only do they adapt your device to the myGrid; they protect your phone at the same time. While the myGrid makes every attempt to be compatible with as many devices as possible, it is not guaranteed that your model will work. While the myGrid is touted as being compatible with most BlackBerry models, my BlackBerry Storm was incompatible with the myGrid. If you’ve only got one device that is compatible with the myGrid, and you’ve never had any issues while charging your phone, then the myGrid might not be for you. If you’ve got multiple devices, then you may find it difficult to charge all of them at once, due to the myGrid’s small size. It doesn’t make sense to use the myGrid if you refuse to remove your current cell phone sleeve or belt clip, or even if your pockets aren’t suitable for holding a phone with some extra plastic. Also, if you are an iPod Touch owner who syncs your music often, you may get frustrated while constantly having to remove the myGrid sleeve in order to connect your iPod Touch to your computer. The price is a bit steep for some, especially since the Power Sleeves (my favorite accessory) cost extra. The myGrid is great if you’ve got multiple compatible devices, or if you share a space with others who have chargeable devices as well. If you’ve got too many devices, and you’ve got a mess of tangled cords at home, then the myGrid is a sleek and simple solution that can beautify your charging station while also making it more functional. If you like to keep your phone on your desk in front of you while you work, you’ll find the myGrid especially useful. I think that wireless charging is really going to catch on, so soon you’ll be able to charge your phone while visiting a friend’s place just by dropping your phone onto their myGrid. As I mentioned before, the sleeves were my favorite accessory, costing $34.99 each. The myGrid itself retails for $79.99, though if you take advantage of online promotions you may be able to get it for as low as $60. If you’re a busy individual overwhelmed with cords and gadgets, the myGrid is definitely worth a try. Devices Compatible with the Power Clip: * BlackBerry Pearl 8100 Series, Curve 8300 Series, 8800 Series, Bold Series * Motorola RAZR Series, RAZR V3 Series, MOTOQ Series, W385, W370 * Nokia E71 Series, #2610, #6085, #6061 Power Sleeves are available for purchase separately for the following devices: * BlackBerry Curve 8300 Series * BlackBerry Pearl 8100 Series * iPod touch