By Lisa Johnston
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Berlin –– Griffin Technology rolled out at IFA a newly designed MultiDock for charging, storing and syncing up to 10 handheld devices that can be daisychained with two other units to charge up to 30 devices.
Aimed at businesses and schools, the MultiDock features Griffin’s ChargeSensor technology that adapts on the fly to any connected iOS or USB device by providing the fastest charging rate for that device. Any combination of devices can be charged simultaneously.
It is optimized for iOS devices with a Lightning connector, which activates the MultiDock’s Quick Charge mode to charge these devices at the fastest possible rate, even while syncing, the company said.
A single MultiDock is designed for simple securing to a table, desk or countertop and comes with hardware to stack up to three units in one space with charging for 10 to 30 devices from a single computer. It comes in two configurations: a single 10-bay unit and a stacked 30-bay cart complete with smooth rolling wheels, handle and a lockable laptop tray large enough to secure a 15-inch MacBook Pro as the charging source.
Griffin worked in collaboration with former Apple designer Thomas Meyerhoffer to envision a sleek new look and feel for the device.
"We always want to break out of the box. In this case it used to be a heavy, black box,” said Meyerhoffer. “Now it's light, soft and works much better. Yet it's also more secure and efficient."
The MultiDock’s outer shell is made of aluminum with a clear, anodized finish and features a locking front door made of steel. Individual, color-changing LEDs indicate charging and syncing status for each bay at a glance whether the front door is open or closed.
The new MultiDock will be available this month for $699 for the 10-bay unit and $2,399 for the 30-bay cart.
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