Review: BlackBerry Power Station w/ Extra Battery Charger

BlackBerry Power Station for the BlackBerry Curve
By Kevin Hill on 18 Oct 2007 02:55 pm EDT
0
loading...
0
loading...
1
loading...

Must Have Accessory for Every BlackBerry User (& Abuser!)
The Blackberry Power Station has nothing to do with dodgy 1980s supergroups, but is a great way to recharge your BlackBerry, BlackBerry HS-655 Bluetooth headset and extra battery simultaneously with one sleek desktop unit. With a retail price of $99.99 (just $69.95 in the CrackBerry store), the BlackBerry Power Station is a simple but effective accessory from Research in Motion which not only powers up your Berry and accessories but also gives you easy access to the device’s hands-free functions. While I tried the Power Station for the BlackBerry Curve, RIM also offers the product for both the BlackBerry Pearl and BlackBerry 8800 series smartphones at the same price.

Opening the box
The BlackBerry Power Station comes in an attractively packaged box with the device charger, a cradle, a battery charger and cables. Assembling the actual charger is pretty easy. The BlackBerry cradle slides into its slot gently while the battery charger needs a little more of a shove. You are then pretty much ready to go.

BlackBerry Power Station
RIM Boxes the BlackBerry Power Station in Sturdy Packaging

BlackBerry Power Station
The Goodies - all wrapped up

BlackBerry Power Station
The Goodies Revealed!

Using the charger
According to the old saying necessity is the mother of invention. The other day I had to crawl under my work desk to locate a power bar in which to insert my BlackBerry charger for my virtually dead Berry. I then had to drag up the cable and plug in the Berry and spend the next couple of hours trying to avoid pulling my Curve off my desk with the recharging cable. There has to be a better way I thought. And lo and behold the Power Station was sent my way.

As indicated, assembly really is a snap. OK so I had to submerge myself below the desk again but at least now I felt I was installing something more permanent. And something that actually added to the décor in my office. You could smell the envy. It’s only a matter of time before Vern in accounts gets one.

BlackBerry Power Station
Charging the Curve is a Snap

The Power Station sits on your desk and holds your Curve firmly in place while it recharges. There is also a port to recharge your BlackBerry headset at the same time. Finally, there is a battery charger for you extra battery. The Power Station has enough juice to charge all three at the same time.

BlackBerry Power Station
A Look Inside the Spare Battery Charger

The really nice thing about this charger is not only the cool styling but also the fact that you can access both the keyboard and the side buttons. I was able to use the Curve’s speakerphone function make calls hands free. You can also use the BlackBerry in conjunction with your headset and not have to fumble around looking for your device or trying to extricate it from its sleeve or pouch when someone calls. As it is attached to a power supply you can make calls without draining your battery.

The Power Station comes in three versions – one for the 8800, 8830 and 8820, another for the Curve 8300, 8320 and 8310 and a third version for the 8100 Pearl. All come with a recharging port to charge up RIM’s BlackBerry HS-655 Bluetooth headset.

Made by Plantronics for RIM, the BlackBerry HS-655 is a cool looking headset that works really well. It's biggest downfall has always been price - RIM sells it on their  website for $139.99. Luckily, ShopCrackBerry.com just slashed the price on the HS-655 which is now a much more affordable $69.95.

If I have any complaints about the Power Station it is that the pop off button that hides the headset port is easy to lose. If it were attached that would be one improvement I would recommend.

BlackBerry Power Station
Charging the BlackBerry HS-655 Bluetooth Headset

BlackBerry Power Station
The BlackBerry HS-655 pulled off the Power Station

Another key function is that while your BlackBerry charges, you can sync it with your computer using an extra USB cable.

According to RIM, “the BlackBerry Power Station is engineered with constant current and constant voltage technology to provide consistent, reliable power, maximize battery life and allow for safe and consistent charge times.” That’s good to know.

The Power Station comes with a 1.6 Amp power supply for rapid charging. I found the Power Station recharged my Berry quicker than the regular cable. I didn’t do an empirical experiment to test that but it certainly seemed quicker.

The headset and USB cable does not come with the device but are available in the CrackBerry.com store.

BlackBerry Power Station
A Stylish Addition to Any BlackBerry Addict's Desk!

The Bottom Line
This innovative, sturdy and well thought out design marks the BlackBerry Power Station as one of those accessories that once you have had it around the office for a few days it becomes an indispensable tool you can no longer live without. I love that I can glance at the unit to see who is calling me and can call totally hands free with my headset and the Berry nestled in the cradle. It is also a great thing to basically have your BlackBerry charged all the time and have a central place to keep all your BlackBerry goodies in. And finally, it’s definitely the easiest way to charge a spare battery… no more having to swap batteries out of the BlackBerry to charge up the spare – that reason alone makes this a must the BlackBerry Power Station a must-have accessory for the BlackBerry user.

Power Station Review Summary:
BlackBerry Power Station with Extra Battery Charger
Ratings

Pros:

  • Ease of assembly
  • Ease of use
  • Quick recharging
  • Multiple items charged at once!
  • Long cable
  • Well constructed

Cons:

  • Headset port protector easy to lose
  • Headset port a little loose
  • Only available in one color

Buy Now:
Purchase the BlackBerry Power Station with Extra BatteryCharge for the:

Purchase these extras that work with the BlackBerry Power Station:

Reader comments

Review: BlackBerry Power Station w/ Extra Battery Charger

19 Comments

I purchase one of these when my USB port broke on my 8800 and it has been well worth it. I now use it to routinely charge my 8820. That way, I hope to avoid damaging the flimsy USB port on the 8820. Bought mine through ebay for about $70.

Please forgive my ignorance, but how does this thing charge your BB without using the USB port? The back of the BB 8320 doesn't have any contacts that would allow it to take a charge??

On the backside of the BlackBerry, there are two little gold tabs...on the left and right of the battery cover release button. Those are the magic connections that allow for non-USB charging.

On the BlackBerry 8800 series they're located on the side of the device.

OK, Ipaid too much for it at Blackberry, but it works great on my nighstand. Less space and easy to put in/out without having to have cables to worry about to pick up in middle of night.
In addition, since it holds it in a vertical viewing position, I dont even have to pick it up to see Caller ID and decide to call or not.
On;y wish it could charge other bluetooth earphones

How about some pictures of the 8830 charger with some close-ups of the side with the two gold contacts.

--Stephen

I would definately be interested in this sleek charging cradle solution for a vehicle. Is one available?

If you are debating whether you should buy this or not, let me tell you, it is worth every penny you spend on it. I bought it even before this site opened up, directly from RIM, and paid more for it than what you pay here at Crackberry. All this said, I would still buy it for the original price. It sits on my desk next to my workstation and is a great way to power your phone, display it, charge your spare battery and your headset. I love it! It is the best charger I have owned.
You can have your USB plugged into your computer to update your contacts, calendar, task and notes while sitting in the charger. The Cons that were listed are true, but easily worked around.
If you have any questions do not hesitate contacting me with them.

Harry

Hi did you ever find out what USB cable is actually used with the blackberry power station to connect to a pc? I can't migrate my device to a new device because my USB port is busted on my 8800. Please email me.

It will not charge all headset except the ones from Plantronics that have the portable charger with it. It has to fit into the appropriate slot.

I have an 8830 and I recently got one of these from Crackberry and really like it but what cable do I need to plug between the charging station (rear USB slot?) and my PC? Does it sync via the two contacts that it charges through?

I just ordered this now. The two leads on the back are for charging the battery only. If you look carefully at the top photo, the plastic on both sides of the curve is just below the volume buttons & the volume buttons are directly opposite the mini USB and audio connector. I think you would just plug the standard mini USB cable into the side of this to sync via USB. I decided to go the bluetooth route for the synchronization and take USB out of the equation altogether.

The extra battery charger makes this well worth the price. Try finding one of these chargers by itself. You'll find that it requires a little luck and a lot of money.

I bought one of these back in 2008 and absolutely love it - but I recently got an 8900 and am dismayed to NOT find a compatible cradle for the powerstation! After spending $$$ on this powerstation, how can blackberry not make a cheap $9 cradle for EVERY blackberry it makes for atleast a couple years?

I agree completely that the Power Station is a must-have accessory for any serious business user. I've had the Curve 8330 since it came out. I have a Power Station on my desk at home and on my desk at the office, and have no idea how much patience I'd have with trying to live without it.

Even just to charge the phone itself and have access to the keys and screen while it's charging makes it a must-have.

There's a "docking station" available for the Tour but from the photos is looks awfully rinky-dink to me compared to the Power Station.

So far I have yet to see so much as a hint anywhere that BB even plans to come out with a Power Station for the Tour.

Maybe it really is a good idea for a few people to post whether the Tour will fit on the Power Station for the Curve 8330 and other devices that the Power Station fits.

Or else BB or a third party has to come out with a cradle that will fit those units.

I'm actually waiting until I find a Power Station before I'll buy the Tour. Until then, I'm staying with my Curve.

It's that important to me from a usability point of view.