Back in April 2016 we had a poll in the community where we asked if people would be interested in buying a second charger for the V http://eve.community/t/poll-would-anyone-be-interested-in-buying-a-second-ac-adatper-as-an-accessory/908. 70% of the responders said they would, but more importantly I stroke me that we can do better than just a second charger, we could combine a charger and battery in one compact housing. There would be multiple benefits for this as it would be essentially one charger/powerbank that you would use while traveling for all your devices and could expand the stamina of all your devices, not just V. With V well on its way, I noticed the revived interest in this accessory and wanted to create this dedicated thread where we can collaborate on the specs and functionality that we would like to see.
10 months after my original proposal I still think that charger with battery would be an awesome idea, however from many other threads and conversations I’ve noticed that many people were interested in a docking station with expanded ports as well. So it got me thinking whether we should combine a battery and a docking station into one instead or with a charger. Docking stations typically have some weight in them to make them stable on the table with all cables plugged in and what is a better way to add that weight than to add a battery. We would also have the option to create this docking station and battery with or without the charger built in. To make it clear I want to line all the options that I am proposing:
1) Power Combo
Original idea of charger being combined with battery in the same compact housing. The charger will have an additional USB A on it for charging other devices as well as the main USB C port to plug EVE V. The other end of this power pack will have a detachable AC power cord. When plugged into AC this combo charger will charge EVE V, any other device plugged into it and its own internal batteries. When unplugged from AC the combo charger will turn into super powerbank that will power all of your devices, including V.
2) Docking Combo
In this setup the we would combine the docking station with expanded ports (exact ports to be determined later) and a battery pack in a single compact housing. This will essentially be a powerbank with an array of ports (again we can determine these later in conversation) that you could leave on the desk for docking functionality or grab it with you when traveling or need longer runtime for your devices. This dock+power combo will NOT have a charger built in so it will need to plugged into AC via your existing EVE V charger. When plugged into a charger, the combo dock will first pass power through to charge V and then charge its own internal battery. When unplugged from AC charger the combo dock will turn into super powerbank that will power all of your devices, including V and still give you access to all the expanded ports of the dock.
3) Super Combo
This a super combo it will combine both 1 and 2 in one housing. So you would get charger + dock + battery. While this could be the most appealing it has some drawbacks vs option 1 and 2 like expanded size and weight as well as cost.
Lets kick this off with votes and your feedback on which type of the device would be the most appealing to the community. Once the majority decides of what device we want to see, we can go into all the fun technical details to work out an ultimate companion accessory for our V! I will be watching and moderating this thread often, so please feel free to ask me questions if something is unclear. I will also create diagrams to help visualize the proposed devices (if anyone is very good with 3ds or the like and want to help, please PM me).
- Power Combo (Wall Charger + Powerbank)
- Docking Combo (Docking station with expanded ports + Powerbank)
- Ultimate Combo (Wall Charger + Docking station with expanded ports + Powerbank)