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iTap – so actually your phone charger doesn’t really have to be that boring, OK?


This little gizmo comes directly from the ‘obvious novelty is obvious‘ department, without passing Go. And when you think about it, it’s clear isn’t it? Why should we have to suffer dull boring white or grey block chargers, when there are so many options we could choose? Like Edam Cheese or Snickers bars? When you open your mind up to the possibilities, an endless vista stretches before you, like the sands of Mortlake Village.

The iTap is a USB power charger for your mobile phone. No kidding Sherlock, I hear you exclaim, and with complete justification. For just one quick glance at this product is enough to tell you that a) it plugs into the mains power socket and b) it allows something, clearly not water, to flow from said socket to another device tethered nearby.


As if that wasn’t enough, the designers have even included a masterful color scheme to indicate when current is flowing – blue for on, red for off. Oh be still my beating heart. This is one utility product where form has most definitely followed function, and how joyful it is to see. The price for this cleverness is £19.95.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


  • Were it not for the waste of electricity when it's switched off, I would have ordered already.

    • What you mean the red LED glow? Probably miniscule power drain?

    • Any unnecessary drain is … unnecessary. Undesirable. That's why the world's governments are encouraging us to physically unplug the charger after the phone has finished charging. "Green" item producers sell plugs to go between the charger and the wall socket and switch off the power to the charger after a set number of hours.

    • Hmm…I'm not so sure that it's not more like 'eco theatre' Philip.

    • :-)
      Even that website says I could save .5% of my energy bill by unplugging idle chargers and that's enough for me to go out to dinner more often.

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