In the evenings, I like to kick back in my recliner, relax, and stream videos on our TV. While I’m rocking away in my chair, I find that I have an incessant need to power-up my iPad, Apple TV remote, iPhone, or other random devices I’m currently using. My problem is that my OCD makes me clean up messes every night before bed so charging cables and power adapters get put away and the next night, I’m right back where I was — needing a cable and power adapter to charge various devices. That said, the Rabbit Charger showed up at just the right time. It’s a device I didn’t know I needed until I received it.
The Rabbit Charger is dubbed “the ultimate charging system” by its website and when you look at the specs, you might agree. First of all, the Rabbit Charger is the “always-there” charging option. It has integrated, retractable cables built into the power outlet. You never have to worry about losing or searching for cables again. The cable is 28” in length and will tuck away neatly when you are done using it. The tips of the cable are swappable. It comes with Micro USB plugs installed and gives you the option of adding a USB-C (included) tip or an Apple Lightning tip (sold separately) to the end for whatever device you want to charge. The Rabbit Charger is only compatible with standard duplex outlets and will output 3.0 amps of power, which means it can charge both a phone and a tablet at the same time. The Rabbit Charger provides a subtle ambient light from a built-in LED.
The Rabbit Charger comes in a very dramatic box. It’s mostly black from the front with some highlights of blue and white. You can see a subtle silhouette of the device’s image in the background and the words “Rabbit Charger” and “DUO” are printed there as well. The front cover is magnetically closed but will open up to reveal a transparent window in the box where you can see the charger itself. The back of the box shows a product image of the device and a brief description of the product along with the swappable charging tips that are available.
Installation is very, very simple. If you have installed a standard outlet plate, you can set the Rabbit Charge up. To start, you remove the screw from the wall plate on the outlet you want to use. Then you remove the cover to the Rabbit Charger and screw the base of the device onto the top of the outlet. The 3-prong plug from the Rabbit Charger will slide into the bottom outlet and will power the device. Once that’s done, you will replace the cover of the Rabbit Charger and you are ready to start using it. I believe the installation took me less than 2 minutes.
Overall, I’ve been very happy with the Rabbit Charger. I placed it on the outlet that is directly next to my recliner so it’s very handy having the option to quickly pull the cable up to power my devices whenever I am relaxing at night. I no longer waste time looking for a cable when my iPad is hovering at 1% battery power. I just pull the cable out and plug it in.
While using the Rabbit Charger I have found a few places for improvement. For one thing, the cable could be just a bit longer so that it’s easier to continue using my device while it’s charging. I’d love to see an option of the Rabbit Charger with a 48” cable. Second, the adapters seem to slip off pretty easily depending on what you are doing. This might be a blessing as it keeps from snapping the Micro USB cable they are connected to sort of like the old MagSafe connectors from Apple.
I’ve been happy with the charging tests I’ve conducted. For this testing run, I plugged in my iPad Pro 10.5” when it was at 7% battery. After 2.75 hours the iPad gained 61% battery power.
All in all the Rabbit Charger is an interesting device. It works well and brings convenience to your charging needs. You do lose one outlet when you install the Rabbit Charger so there is space to wind up the charging cable inside the unit. For me, this is a worthy sacrifice since I would have been plugging power bricks in and multiple cables that would clutter up the area. Even though I didn’t know I needed it, I’m not sure what I would do without the Rabbit Charger now.