Hands-On Review of the BlackBerry Charging Pod for the BlackBerry Torch 9800

BlackBerry Charging Pod Torch 9800
By Adam Zeis on 31 Aug 2010 11:16 am EDT
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* ShopCrackBerry Update: The demand for the BlackBerry Torch Charging Pod has been so high it's been tough to keep them in stock, but a fresh supply just arrived so if you've been wanting a Torch Charging Pod today is the day! *

Hands down my all-time favorite BlackBerry accessory, the BlackBerry Torch 9800 Charging Pod is one that no Torch owner should be without. In addition to providing you with a simple way to charge your device, the charging pod also allows you to turn your device into an alarm clock and take advantage of BlackBerry's awesome bedside mode feature [see video on using bedside mode]. You can also hook the pod up to your PC or Mac and use it to sync your device as well. A truly invaluable accessory that should definitely be in your arsenal. The BlackBerry Charging Pod for the BlackBerry Torch is available at ShopCrackBerry.com. The BlackBerry Charging pod is avaiable for a lot of different device models, so if you don't have a Torch you should still grab a charging pod for your device [see all charging pods].

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BlackBerry Charging Pod for the BlackBerry Torch 9800

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32 comments

Sgt_Smoker

I got this a week ago, absolutly luv it!
A must have if you own a torch!

gatorboi352

I'm confused... isn't this the same charging pod i have for my Storm2? Sure looks like it.

I wonder if the Torch sits in them as loosely and insecure as the Storms do?

ravenwolf8301

I actually have 2 BlackBerry charging cradles for my Storm 1. I use 1 at my desk for a USB Docking Cradle and 1 at My Bedside for Charger/Alarm Clock. I have not used anything other than my Storm for a clock since I got my cradles.

pszamosi

I always loved the pods for my previous bb's. The only complaint I had was that cases had to be removed. I dealt with it as it eliminated the need of using the USB port. Now this one uses the USB port anyway, so I was holding off to ask the question. Does the phone fit with the otterbox case on it?

jhrain

I didn't realize and tried docking my Torch from the wrong side. I now have a lovely deep gash in my phone.

I'm sure no one else will ever do this. But, it made me so angry.

I am also so frustrated that the materials used on the phone are so cheap that with very little pressure, I could gouge out a small chunk of plastic.

chefmorry

Does anyone know if the 9800 Otterbox Commuter Case and the Pod work together? I'm thinking of ordering both.....but and curious if you can slide the phone into the Pod with the Case on it. Or does the phone have to "naked" in order to work.

I posted the same question in the forums and no one responded :(

feetr2c

Phone has to be naked. There's no "slop" or freeplay when its docked, so any case won't fit. I like the pod idea, but I'm not keen on the physical USB connection. I MUCH preferred the little contacts on the 9700

Jayel

This looks like the desktop charger for the Storm 1. Does anyone know or has tried using the Torch with the Storm 1 desktop charger?

STR8WESTCOAST

You fanboys. What's the difference between a dock and a regular charger besides $30? If u have a case u gotta remove it everytime u dock ur phone. This is not a must have. A charge is a charge. Do u clowns flash ur phone and say, I have a charging dock also wanna see it

Timelessblur

That is a little low of an attack. It is not just a charge. What makes the charging pod so great is how it holds up like a clock.
I love my charging pod for my 8900. Not because it gives a charge or some fanboy thing but because it makes it a really nice bed side clock. It is on the side of my bed where I used to keep my alarm clock. I drop it in when I go to bed and it stays there. It makes it easier to find the cord since it stays right on the night stand.
I wish I could get a charging pod like this for any phone because it can make a really nice bed side clock.

Enraged Medic

I'm sorry but you obviously know NOTHING about BlackBerry. Have you ever heard of bedside mode? Listen up douche, it's not the same when you use your phone as an alarm clock. I have to physically pick up my phone when I'm in bed to see what time it is or if I have set my alarm. Yes, it can be a pain in the butt to take your case off every night but I've sported a charging pod/dock for all my berry's in the past and I would recommend it to any TRUE Berry user.

remlle

I have this and love it except I have a Ghost armor full body skin on the phone and it causes issues. when I plug it in it pushes the lock button in because the pod fist so tight. I wish It was jsut a bit wider. but its not a fault of the pod.

tbeshke

This is a nice tool and would agree that this is a must have for travelers but feel that this falls just short of perfection for two reasons.

While the device is in the cradle, you cannot use the slide feature. If the slider could be used while in the cradle, it could double as a car cradle (with a simple rotating mount). While I do not officially advocated texting while driving, use of the slider keyboard could be helpful while parked or at a light :)

The second reason is, as others have mentioned, is the use of a skin with the cradle. I bought a Case Mate "Barely There" skin and it's there "enough" to not allow it to fit in the cradle.

The Consigliere

1st I'll say that I don't own the 9800 but I do have to comment about this charging pod, so please don't crucify me here. I have 2 charging pods for my 9700 & love them but the main reason I got them was to save the wear & tear on my usb port, with the 9800 you don't have that option, even with the pod you're still using that port so while, YES it does give you that great cradle & clock mode, you're still putting a lot of use on that port. To me, I think that they could have maybe used the same concept but set it up differently so that you're not using the usb port to charge it. Just my thought, it does look good in the cradle though.

victoriak68

They aren't kidding when they say a BlackBerry owner should not be without one. The person who said their Storm2 sits real loose, sorry but not everyone has that issue. Mine sits nice and tight and I love being able to have my little alarm clock by my bedside. It never occurred to hook the pod up to my computer though. That idea is SWEET!

victoriak68

They aren't kidding when they say a BlackBerry owner should not be without one. The person who said their Storm2 sits real loose, sorry but not everyone has that issue. Mine sits nice and tight and I love being able to have my little alarm clock by my bedside. It never occurred to hook the pod up to my computer though. That idea is SWEET!

victoriak68

They aren't kidding when they say a BlackBerry owner should not be without one. The person who said their Storm2 sits real loose, sorry but not everyone has that issue. Mine sits nice and tight and I love being able to have my little alarm clock by my bedside. It never occurred to hook the pod up to my computer though. That idea is SWEET!

victoriak68

*Duplicate entry deleted*

psiclne

Ehhh - If I had a 9800 I'd pass. Esentually its just a holder since it still physically plugs into a usb connector. I love my 9000 & 9700 charge pods though, but this one is just lame.

victoriak68

Why don't you explain why you think this particular pod is lame instead of just spewing an opinion of an item you don't own?

MooseJC

The point raised is actually very valid. The fact that this doesn't use magnetic connectors like most of the previous pods and requires the phone to be plugged in/out each time means an equal if not more amount of stress being put on the phones USB port.

Secondly and more importantly, can the phone still be slid in and out with as much ease as previous pods? Doesn't look like it, 1:42 in the video, where the phones lifted from both ends out the pod causing the pod to lift and move. What's gonna happen when someone reaches for the phone in the middle of the night, one handed, from an awkward angle? Fact that its lying on its side means you cant grab it as easily either.

Would love to hear from anyone that has.

psiclne

I thought I explained it with this statement:

"Esentually its just a holder since it still physically plugs into a usb connector."

victoriak68

Why don't you explain why you think this particular pod is lame instead of just spewing an opinion of an item you don't own?

chi-town311

I like to take mine (Storm2) with me when I am traveling. It works well for watching a movie while traveling. Better than having to hold it the whole time.

BBB78

Ok, I'll get one, just send me a Torch first

Bryen

I have never understood why devices such as this need more lights on them. If it is to act as an alarm clock... why put another light on the pod? The last thing I need when I am trying to sleep are more lights.

msaririan

The charging pod light serves a purpose. It allows you to locate the charge pod easily, even in total darkness. The light intensity is weak. Besides, once the phone is docked, you no longer see the light as it is obstructed by the phone.

rebshalom

I had 2 pods for my Bo;d9000, so when the pods came out for the 9800 I quickly ordered 3 of them. I use one on my night table, one by my computer, and one in the office. The best feature of the 9800 pod is that you can connect it to your computer and synch you device. This was not possible with the 9000.
The fact that you can only put the phone in onw way is just a minor problem as is the lack of a physical keyboard.
Overall, I would have to say that this is a real winner.

skel420

The Crackberry Canada store doesn't have this for sale?

Iron_Hide

Any Storm 2 owners who moved to a Torch tried using the Storm 2 pod with the Torch??
Looks awfully close to the same position.
I am about to make the jump and just wondered if I needed a new pod or not.

maoclavijo

So I'm new with the BB and I just got my Torch. I was wondering, ppl usualy say that the batteries of the mobiles should only be charged when they are fully down, in order to expand the battery life. So my question is: if I use this dock and leave my Torch there while im on the office (aprox 7 hours) wont it decrease it's battery life?
PS: how can I put my Torch in bedside mode?