We have a new favourite charging device. It’s called the Plug and it’s made by Supernova. It’s like a Stem Captain in that it replaces the top cap of your headset. All the cords run down inside your fork and the overall effect is extremely neat. It takes power from your Dynamo hub and can be used to charge things during the day when you’re not using your lights.
Read on for more.
The Plug powers and charges UBS devices – this means most phones and GPS units, most cameras and a heap of other devices. This is great for when you’re on tour – you can charge up your camera one day and your iPhone the next.
That’s another thing about the Plug that makes us love it – it’s good with iPhones and other Apple products that are finicky about their power supply. The previous best option was to use an eWerk in conjunction with a cache battery. Though this set-up has advantages if you have a diverse lot of things you want to charge (an eWerk can be set to an incredible range of different outputs) it is bulky, heavy and expensive, and even with this setup we have had some issues charging iPhone 3s.
Installation is on the fiddly side and requires replacing the star nut that’s in your fork. Once it’s all in place though it looks like simplicity itself.
Also, at the time of writing, the Plug is only $200.
Check it out here.