As most regular readers here know, I’m always looking for new items that will make my travels lighter and easier. Recently, I got rid of most of my charging cables and replaced them with retractable ones. Less mess, less tangling and less confusion at the xray machines. (I’m convinced airport security people don’t like wires.)
But I was looking for something more. And that’s when I found the Qmadix 3-in-1 Retractable USB Cord. It takes the place of three of my individual cords.
One side is a standard USB plug for use either in a computer or wall charger. On the other end are three different plugs, a mini-USB, a micro-USB, and one for an Iphone or Ipod.
It weighs 0.8 oz, measure 5 1/2 inches and extends to about 30 inches.
I like it but there is one caveat. While I have no problem charging devices with the Qmadix via a USB Wall charger, charging via computer is intermittent. I have no problem with my netbook but can’t get it to work with my laptop. If you rely on a computer to charge your smaller devices, be warned.
Price is all over the place. It retails for $25. I paid $10 including shipping from a third party on Amazon. The price has now gone up from that same supplier to $11.50 including shipping.