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Old 12-05-2008, 06:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Desktop cradle owners...Can the desktop charging cradle sold by Blackberry (and Newegg) have a sync cable AND a the wall adapter charging cable plugged in to it simultaneously.

The description is vague and I can't find any pics of the back of the unit.

Basic question: Does it have 2 micro USB ports or one?

(Yes I know I can charge the phone through the USB sync cable, but the description of this item says a AC wall adapter is required to use in conjunction with the base for charging.

If I'm buying a cradle I want it to do both without swapping cables.

Any assistance appreciated.

Jon

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Old 12-05-2008, 07:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The back of the cradle only has one Micro USB port. Also, it does not come with the sync cable or charger. You have to buy it seperately or use what came with the phone.

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So you have to switch cables to sync or charge? Even with the USB sync cable attached? That just seems counter productive to me.

I would think they could have let the USB sync cable pass through power and sync simultaneously...at least.

I guess I'll wait until someone else makes one that will do both simultaneously.

Anyway, thanks for the quick response.

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Old 12-05-2008, 08:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have the Cradle.
It charges and does Data Transfer (both from the USB connection) at the same time.
It also makes the storm into a nice clock
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So you have to switch cables to sync or charge? Even with the USB sync cable attached? That just seems counter productive to me.

I would think they could have let the USB sync cable pass through power and sync simultaneously...at least.

I guess I'll wait until someone else makes one that will do both simultaneously.

Anyway, thanks for the quick response.

Jon
It will charge with USB. But when you want charge only, at least you have a nice and safe cradle for your phone.
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That's cool. Looks like i'll pick one up then.

Thanks,
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I wanted to get one of these but i dont want to have to take my silicone cover off everytime to put it in there. =(
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Nice info. I had forgotten to check Newegg and I'm delighted to see the price of the cradle on here. I'll be purchasing it soon!
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Use the cradle with its 1-Amp power supply plugged into the back. (I have a Bold so I assume the rest is the same for the Storm version). There's a second batter charging tray that plugs in behind the main cradle rest; you can use it to swap batteries or, when you unplug it, there's a USB-A charging connection so you can use it as a booster charger. Also, there's a round rubber cap behind the cradle that you might thing is only for the charging sleeve of a BlackBerry Bluetooth headset; if you take the cap off, you'll see a shallow well with a USB mini-5 charging connection available there. If the storm works like the Bold, the handset will charge through buttons on its edge (bottom side on a Bold, back side on the Pearl); if you also want to sync, you can plug in a USB connection to the computer.

It's one of the most elegantly thought-out charging solutions I've seen on the market from any vendor for any handset.
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I think you are thinking of a different cradle. The chrome cradle for the storm (as well as the bold) does not have a battery tray option.
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I think you are thinking of a different cradle. The chrome cradle for the storm (as well as the bold) does not have a battery tray option.
The "chrome cradle" is what they call the "pod" - I also have one of those -it's only about charging.
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I got one as well. One of the nice things I set my Clock to bedtime, and when its in the cradle it acts as a bedside clock.... oh yes, I have a Storm
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I just got mine today, ordered it through Verizon and it was $22.49. Works as a charger or to sync with the PC. Use with your A/C adaptor and it's charge-only, use it with the USB cabled hooked up to the PC and it's a charger and sync-er.
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Hi, can someone post a link to the cradle?

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