There are basically four types of cell phone charging port types, with variations on each of them. There is the stationary--desk top base--port, the plug-in adaptor vehicle port, the on-the-go plug-in wall unit port and the multiport charger type. Each port type doesn't necessarily fit all cell phones, however.
Stationary Desktop Charging Ports
Use a stationary desktop charging port for your cell phone if you don't need to have access to take calls while you are home and recharging your cell phone. Using a landline or additional cell phone enables you to leave your cell in the base charging port for the slower recharging period, without need for it as a communication device in the home.
Mobile Charger Ports
Travel in your vehicle with a mobile charger port--also known as a DC cord, which connects to your vehicle cigarette lighter. This type of cell phone charging port comes in four types (eliminator, fast charger, trickle phone charger and rapid phone charger). According to Cell Power, rapid phone chargers don't charge your cell as thoroughly, which can shorten battery life. Cell phone batteries have a limited number of charge cycles per the life of the battery; all chargers shorten that life if used before the battery needs a full charge, especially mobile chargers.
The mobile charger port allows for the phones use even as it is being charged (all except the eliminator), providing you with convenience and recharging capabilities simultaneously. An eliminator mobile charger port type enables you to plug in your phone--use it--but it doesn't charge the battery at the same time. It's just an emergency tool.
Travel Charging Ports
The travel charging port can be either an electrical cord connecting to an electrical socket, which is the standard version. It doesn't weigh much and is typically small in size.
Use a travel charging port like the mobile rapid charger port if you desire to speed charge your phone due to travel circumstances or time restraints at your particular travel destination. These rapid mobile travel charging ports enable you to recharge your cell phone up to the maximum use time needed without the excessive time requirement. This can be important in international travel circumstances.
Multiple Mobile Charging Ports
If you have other electronic devices you need to recharge in addition to your cell phone, there is a fourth port type option. The multiple mobile charging port enables you to plug in your cell phone in one of the four ports contained in the single unit, while plugging in your USB or other electronic devices in the three remaining port openings.
Amazon carries a Kensington four-port USB charger for mobile devices that accommodates PDAs, smart phones, an iPod as well as other mobile devices. This port eliminates having to have more than one wall outlet in order to recharge all your electronic equipment at the same time, which can be a problem to find in some foreign countries.
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