BlackBerry Charging Pod for the BlackBerry Bold 9930 / 9900 Hands-On Video

By Kevin Michaluk on 9 Sep 2011 05:46 pm
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Contest: Win a Free Charging Pod for your BlackBerry Bold 9930 / 9900. Leave a single comment to this post for your chance to win! Ends this Sunday @ Midnight.

The BlackBerry Charging Pod historically is one of the best-selling BlackBerry accessories, and that's proving to be true yet again for the new BlackBerry Bold 9930 /9900. Our ecommerce team has had a heck of a time getting enough inventory to meet demand. [ Store Note - We got a bunch more in stock today so backorders have shipped and there are units available for immediate purchase. Thanks for the patience to everybody who was waiting for their charging pod to ship. These sell fast so if you want one, don't wait! ]

There's a good reason for the demand - the BlackBerry Bold 9930/9900 Charging Pod really is a must-have accessory. We find a lot of BlackBerry owners, myself included, typically own two charging pods - one for their desk at work and one for their night stand at home so they can use their BlackBerry as their alarm clock.

With BlackBerry 7 Smartphones RIM has introduced some style and design changes to the charging pod. Going back to the Curve 8300, all charging pods have been fairly similar, with a chromed deep-dish style design. The new charging pod features a blacked-out look (with green light indicating the pod has charging power) and features an ultra-slim, minimalistic design. Compared to the old design, you need to be a little more accurate in dropping the phone into the pod, and it's not quite as secure (see the end of my video for the simulated earthquake shake test), but overall it's a super nice design. I really like the direction RIM took in updating the look of the pod and it compliments the overall rich aestethics of the Bold 9930/9900.

The BlackBerry Charging Pod retails for $49.99, but you can get it for less at ShopCrackBerry.com. Be sure to watch the video above to get a good look at it, and stay tuned for our more in-depth review, complete with lots of pretty pictures, next week!

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479 comments

And1Viper

I agree, it looks quite sexy, but I would never trade stability for aesthetics. That's why I prefer (based on this video) the older charging pod. Over the long run, you want a pod that secures your precious phone, not something nice to look at.

w0qj

***Does the *old* Bold 9000 charger work on the new Bold 9900?

I also would never trade stability for aesthetics...

(Also, try to use your touchscreen while in the charger!
Looks like it's not workable this way...)

JT.Thomas94

That would work great for me since I use it for everything, send one my way Kev!!! Thanks!

Gear85

how bright is the LED? I have the charge pod for my 8330 and found the white LED to be way to bright at night. So i modded it with a small circle of limo tint(5%light transmission), to bring it down to a comfortable brightness at night......thx

M3Gooner

Have been thinking of getting one. This made up my mind for me. Hopefully I win one so I dont have to buy it :P

diego.roscetti

Would love a chargin pod for my 9900.

Thanks for the contest Crackberry.

despreciable

Hahahahaha you're awesome Kevin!
BTW First!!

imcurved

Not. LOL. Sign me up for one too.

despreciable

Sorry I don't know how to delete a comente here, I was too slow posting the First comment. And no it doesn't appear the option Edit either… Fixed one: Scroll down!

plumed

Would love one! Thanks CrackBerry!

Arsenalized

This is mine, Kevin, you knoooowww it (plz)

despreciable

Hahahahaha you're awesome Kevin!

swishhh

Looks great!! I'd love one to go with my bold :)

papped

nice looking charging pod

vzwdavid

this is a must have and even better if free!!!

wikison

Looks very nice. Good video Kevin...

cooliosam

got one at home, need one for work!

fastesflash

"Kevin slap" for the fail lol. I still want one though.

bighap

Need one by my bedside please.

archpopoy

Sweet! it would be nice to win this!

mm_eagles

Great review. Now I really want one.

pushfan

tried to buy one and you were out, this would be better.

jpassarella

I absolutely love the charging pod for my Bold 9700, so this is one of the first accessories I planned to get for my Bold 9900 (whenever AT&T gets on board), so It would be great to win my next charging pod.

cinder0008

I will definitely take one of these!!!!!

Joel_Zimmerman

I need one for work and my bedside :(

jeffcrn

I can't have a device unless I have a dock/cradle for it.

billyg072

this pod is the first beautiful charging pod from rim. it suits my 9900 to be standing next to my iPhone4+dock, its like the 9900+pod is the sexy brawny husband and my iPhone4+dock is the beautiful sexy wifey :D

arturox

Single comment, is this valid? LOL !!!!!!

mheisen

Could really use this puppy to keep my 9930 clean and scratch free

redlight

Slip into one every night!

n00bold

I had two charging pods for my previous BB's, a 9700 and 9780, even though those could go 2-3 days without charging. I would love one of these pods for the 9900, especially since it requires a nightly top-up.

TTune

I had two for my old Bold: One in my PC Case to take with me on trips to use in Hotels as an alarm clock and one for the normal bedside.

As Kevin has shown, this charging stand might be great for Winnipeg but not so good for, say, Vancouver Island.

(Earthquake today) : http://bit.ly/quWQjt

escentz

Here's hopin I have a little luck :)

yamiyn

Ah yes, just the item I want to add to my accessory collection! Looking forward to a win-thanks for offering this!

johuntbb

to be honest, i prefer the previous design...

oscarantonio718

Nothing better than these docks i would love one!

mister_turtle

it's a must have...
even better when it's free!

AwJm

3153 Email Messages FTW !!!!!!!!!!!!

socalbbguy

Definitely wouldn't mind one, I just won't sodomize my 9930 while it's on it like Kevin did with his.

JenFromMars

Looks great! Would love to win one. :)

olllllo1978

Oooh I like it. It would look awfully nice on my desk at work to add some more class and make the android guys look more like children with their brick-like toys.... :)

plotsoff

I need one for my office

cparks2811

Very nice product. My first BB to have the option was the curve 8330. Loved it ever since.

julliasMom

for my 9900, i love it.

bigjman

trying to decide between the 9930 & the 9850, maybe winning a pod would make my decision for me...

lovin2act

Please use your pick on me, I am but a poor man with one wish...and that is for a 9930 charging pod, to be my own.

bcbbanga4l

def looks awesome. Damn lolz no KEVIN OUT!!!! lolz

dadymon

Would love one for my future 9900! Question, will the 9000 charging cradle work for the 9900?

dbow27

Must have accessory, just bought the 9930 and now need the new pod, hope to win

Jean-luc_Picard

Gimme, gimme! I want one. I haven't won anything since I got my 9900 :P

ibanender

I'm crazy backwards guy. I talk into my phone backwards. Isn't that....crazy? Gimme some candy.

graspDESIGN

Count me in! Usually just use a regular charger, but one of these would be cool.

paulomalley

I NEED ONE OF THESE!!! PLEASE PICK ME!!!

vx1

lol funny .. yea looks pretty good but I see it's not all that stable

heplock

It is a little funny (and a lot disturbing) when Kevin keeps on making the Bold fall out of the dock.

LewLew23

It would be nice if I won this for my mom. Just got her to switch to BlackBerry. She'd love this :)

bumohd

I wish I Could win
I wish I Could win
I wish I Could win

How many times should i copy n paste till i get it

:D

habs_fan

My 9900 would look good with a charging pod

jperinger

wants... even tho' I have no 9900.

HTATE2

hell yes 9930 please

Seijuro

would love to win this !

nice ending btw xD

maiia

I just got my 9900 :) and definitely would love to win a charging pod :D<3

tliolos

Oh Oh Pick Me Pick Me Oh Oh

RDslva

gives my parents a reason to buy me the phone. or when i get a coupon from work. :)

hunterventi

Pick me, pick me. Would look great on my office desk

psiclne

Would love this when at&t finally releases the 9900

bigpolla04

About time guys, please please please . It will go great on my desk :).

ridefuel

I could definitely use one of these!

raquelp1073

I would love to win a charger pod for my 9930! ~Raquel

beautyisme504

9930 BOLD TOUCH IS THE BEST.......I NEED THIS??????? LOVE LOVE MY PHONE

eh55

Looks awesome. I want one!

suself

I want one please :) would love to have this at my work :)

rholford

I sure would like to win! I've been waiting to buy until I had a chance to win one! Please don't make me buy one!!! :D

asianguy80

would love me a charging pod to go with my BB Hard case.

mrpinkbullets

Ooh I want one. Pick me please!

decypher44

Soooo want this!!!! Please? :)

Draconianfire83

I would like one please and thank you.

fastrx

yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

bizzyqu

Just got my first one today but like kevin says I MUST HAVE TWO!

Ramsy

I could use a charging pod for my 9900. Thanks!

rondinia

love the pod. looks really slick. sign me up.

Turbaru

Great product, Need one for the home office!!!

mike448

Would love to have a charging pod for my bold 9900

VVoltz

I ordered one the other day and you guys shipped it today!
I might get another one for my home, later.

crohns

This would awesome when i'm on the road with work

npunk42

I aint never had no chargin pod before.

maccauk

Would like this to compliment my phone,had the 9700 charger and used it daily.a must buy.

AkeelJ

Does anyone know if this will work with the Otterbox Commuter (or any case) on?

leftypepper716

I wanna win one for my Sprint Bold 9930 :) Gimmie, gimmie, gimmie

vishalsheth83

want want want! I love this charging pod! sign me up

totti_07

been wanting one of these for some time now

jrodriguez397

Very nice item, thanks for posting this video.

pilot-leo

Would love to win one of these!! :)

mehofmann

There is a thread that I have posted to. Some people have been having problems with their 9930 not charging completely when in the charging pod. My phone stops at 95% and goes no more but charges fully when connected to USB via wall adaptor. Interestingly enough, if you charge fully via USB and place on pod it will show that it is fully charged and maintain the charge. Also, I have been able to get the device fully charged if it was at 98% when I placed in the pod. I called verizon and they suggested to switch it out... I did and it is still then same. It is likely a software issue with phone. Some people using the leaked update had no issue. I am running the .254 bundle... So just beware...

aj9604

I would love one of these bad boys to hold my phone

Henatko

Cool :D
Jdu koupit 9900
Buy 9900

orangepit

Oooo would love to win a charging pod! Still on the fence whether to purchase one, but I really missed not having one for the 9780. This 9900 would surely benefit of being babied that much more. :)

Malachi.2.15

currently have one at home and one at work for my storm 2. i need this one plus one i'll buy to do the same thing for the 9930!!!

BuskerWages

I've been trying to get my hands on one of these pods for awhile, got my bold when it came out and they sold out that day :( I would love to have one especially with the whole smart dock system.

masterfurda

I want one of these to replace the one I had for my 8330. I have noticed that it has been out of stock for quite some time. Winning one would be the best deal ever.

protomaxxx

this is a must have product. would really like to have one. thanks

rontaylor

A charging Pod would be great for a change.

Krutch

This would be great to have bed side to charge my new 9930.

bananagrams

i can just imagine myself with this charging pod. i'd grab my bold out of the pod and with a self made star wars like lightsabre sond efects say "ahhhhh.... so the RIMpire strikes back!!!" a la darth vader style

TheWait_IsOver

...I want to put my BOLD in that thing!

vodomustng2000

One the the first accessories to obtain!

TBONEFSG

Charging pods are one of the best things about blackberrys! Loved it on my pearl 8120, and my storm. Of course those were the older style. Maybe kevin can show me where to pick up one of those drop-a-playbook cradles.

FIVEFIFTYWHAT

KEVIN! WHY ARE YOU BEATING UP YOUR BLACKBERRYS?!?!

crazykid94

Please let me win!!

Love the contests CrackBerry!!

LordBarman

Actually, I prefer the old design (even back from the original Bold 9000), but it would be nice to get one for free :)

djvyrus

I want! Would be perfect during my DJ sets. Ill be able to track time and see if i get msgs while on stage.

dewey32399

My 9900 is screaming for a charging pod!

ShipyStyle

I have always wanted one of these but never really justified the "need" factor for myself to buy it. Now if I win one, that is a whole nother story.

8100>8830>9670>......

DsgnJnki

I Like the old one better

Core_Frequency

PIck me I want one. The dock looks awesome by the way.

gord888

can i win another one ;) jk... if you manage to pick me, pick again :)

Nerazzurro

Would have been cool to win one !

luc1992

I'd love to have that on my nightstand!

blindguy

Thanks for the contest.

menaknow

Had a charging pod for my old curve 8310. One of the greatest purchases I made. Would love to win one for my 9900!

djmarcox

Nice charger.. even nicer watch... love the panerai...

soogriff

Too funny with the Kevin slaps! Poor cradle just can't hang.

west65

i need to get my hands on this charging station. I find that my battery is fading on a consistent basis. So as i wish and pray to win this charging station I will close with a church hymn.

I'm a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride
I'm wanted dead or alive
Wanted dead or alive.

sriggles

Awesome accessory, hope I win!

RLBuhler

Yes Please! Need one for the office

senree

love it with the tapping :P

yenyob

I want one! Basic but to the point.

kbeatzzz

Yes the prescious pod. Hook me up baby yeh!!!!!

miamimanu86

I think it would be a good add to my office space, to have ready and set my Bold 9930 to go. Great video, thanks.

ocena88

nice review! must have accessories for the BB 9900!! Thanks Kevin

BlackRN

I need one for work! Thanks!

harist3a

Looks very nice. Good video Kevin...

tedesco

I already bought one for home, but winning one for the office would be absolutely awesome!

Kemotaha

I have yet to buy my charge pod for my 9930. I would love it if you bought it for me. :)

elgolfman

I don't care for it... a pain to line up the charging pins. The old ones were better designed and easy to slide into place.

mssca

I hope I win for my BB 9900!

SwingOp3

Looking for a win here!

1canuck2

Charging pods are the only accessory I have consistently bought for every BB I have owned.

TechieAttorney

Would love one for the office. It looks so well finished and professional.

TechieAttorney

I would like to thank the entire Crackberry community for my win on this contest. Not many people thank the hosts, and even fewer thank their fellow participants. Without your support to the forum, the forum would not have enough traffic to warrant give-a-ways. Thanks to all.

ordigas

Great video!

I'd love to have one!

e-Andy

A sexy pod for a sexy phone. Need it!

jpatrickn

I hope I win one!! Been looking everywhere for this. Please crackberry!!!

4ce

I have been buying many craddle from crackberrystore and i was soon going to be buying unless i get a free gift before!!!!

Ethan2311

Love the charger! Just ordered a new battery and am looking into a protective case for my 9900..any suggestions?

E.Chapman

Kerzhan

Soon I will have a 9900... this wonderful accessory will make the experience that much sweeter!

nogutsnoglory

Would love to win one! Just got my new Bold today!!!!

QuIcKsIlV3r

Ok i REALLY need this for my office. Just think guys, I have 3 people at my office with 9900's and if I win, and receive this, I know all 3 people at the office will buy charging pods from Crackberry. So I think this is a great opportunity to pick me

sam81

Very nice indeed. This would make a perfect alarm clock stand/charger

parabola

Must have item, but I find them to be too pricey ... I usually wait until I can find them cheap on eBay. So winning a free one would be nice. :)

JBoen

Just pre-ordered Dakota, I will get this pod!

Peppy690

I really need one of these for my nightstand

thatMikeguy

Wow orderred a bunch of stuff from CB today and totally forgot this. So wanted it and meant to buy it today. Maybe this is fate giving me another chance. Fingers crossed.

P-TRB

Sweet! A docking station like that would be great!!

BBSensei

I've only ever had the standard usb/plug. Would love this for my 9900 !!

The Consigliere

Video was too funny, loved those "out takes." The charging pods are the best invention, they truly are a must have for your Berry, have had one since my 1st Curve & always will.

olikoli

I didn't see the one around yet. Id love to win one! Pick me! :)

mdsoc17

looks like a must have!

Kida66

Awesome video! I had to close my eyes at the end though. That was painful to watch...ouch!!! Who knew Kevin was so rough on his blackberrys...LOL.

bbueding

Great product works flawlessly! Highly recommended!

CovertRam

I like the new style charging pod. It really compliments the Bold's appearance.

mnhockeycoach99

I want a 9900 and the charging cradle.

CeeRillz

This looks amazing. If only it had greater stability though..

Oncastillo

perfect! would love one as i will be getting a 9900 soon.

jnak00

would love to win one of these!

mharnage

Need one for my new 9930!

canibus6

If I win one, it'd be for my gf who's soon to be a 9930 owner. I am the few lucky ones that got their shipment shipped today :) hook it up plz!

"Crack isn't the worst thing that can happen to Blackberry"

savsmiledoc

Yes please can I have another!

pstarrobbie

would like to try this

Katlashell

This would be awesome!! Had one with my 9670 and I miss it..
Hope I win!!!

pavichokche

There is definitely a perfect spot on my desk for this. Bring it !

inypark

This charging pod would be awesome for my new bold 9900!!!

nmaguire001

Does anyone ever win Ive entered a lot and nada.

kelvinlin

would like to win this :D

livejam

Please charging dock ftw!!!

stevedion

Need one on my bedside. Thx.

egulzi

Absolutely need this! Definitely a must have! Thanks for the contest!

naviwilliams

I don't want one of these, I NEED one of these.

kplsthx

dakid72

This would be an absolute nice gift.
Thanks in advance CrackBerry!

NiftyB

Charging pod is a must-have!! Pick me, pick me!!

aboveaverage12

Would love a new charging pod to go with the new hotness 9930 that I got

Halifax Guy

I would like to have another charging pod for my 9900.

dev2nsu

I would love to have thIs Station. Good luck,

wgbiii

Just ordered the 9930 today at Costco ($169 w/extras!) Need stand! Pick Me!! Looks like a mod is in order to keep the cat from knocking it off the stand.

lophreaque

I like it!
Hope I win.
David

callmeforge

I need one of these with the quickness!

geekberry

Would be great if I won but I totally understand if I don't.

baller16

Would love to win this! love the CrackBerry contests!

4abetterworld

This would be great to have!

pmich

Totally wish i could win one!...

Supervillain24

It was an epic fail at the end of the video but that doesn't stop me from wanting one, please and thank you lol

BerryFever

Please give me the B-Pod!!!! :D

bigchico68

I want one I want one!!

wcheng

I want this dock :) i never owned a bb dock before

blackmoe

Getting my new Bold tomorrow and this would be really a nice addition to my new toy.

phillyrulez04

So mad that my charge pod for my old Tour doesn't work with my awesome new 9930. I'd loooooove a new pod for it. Pleaseeeeeee crackberry, make that happen :]

Eddiez

LOL, the video is so so funny!

renzokuken.tan

Let me have it Kevin, so that i have the reason to buy the 9900 :)

17.michal

i need this...had one for my 9780 and loved it and used it all the time...

CFAprof

As long as there isn't an earthquake, it will do just fine. Thanks for the video.

il309

Happy birthday to me?

scottae316

Would love one of these for my Bold 9930, that means I would only have to but one for the wife instead of two ;). Thanks CrackBerry.com and Shop CrackBerry.com/Mobi Store for the chance to win.

insanezion

a charging pod would be great for my bedside indeed =)

alextsou

I would love to own one! thanks Crackberry!

neoflasher

Just an FYI .. I have bought two of these.. I also bought two barely there cases ..Supposedly work with charger.. NOT..

jaBBu

The charging pod is probably the number one accessory for BB owners. winning one is even better.

hestonk

kevin michaluk earthquake! lol!

cwlee

I love the last part of the video.

James343

WANT! If I could have one i would be the happiest man alive :)!!!!!!

michiganroots

Kevin, you ROCK! Awesome test at the end. Thank you VERY MUCH for showing us the durability of the charger & Bold.

Feels good to be able to jump at the opportunity of these contests once again with a current device.

Thank you Kevin. Thank you ShopCrackBerry.com. I'm looking forward to many more great reviews ahead...

Now bring on the Winnipeg Jets Colorware Contest. I'm "Bold" enough to sport your new team Kevin. ;-)

rob5692

I have one for the bedside, would be great for another for the office

lklim

I would like a charging pod for my soon to be 9900 from ATT, or for my 9930 from Sprint if I run out of patience.

satanberry

I would love this! Even willing to stop using my Otterbox.

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