Amzer 8700 BlackBerry Cradle Reviewed

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Amzer BlackBerry Cradle

It’s funny sometimes the conflicting messages that companies present for their products. Take for example Amzer and their 8700 BlackBerry Cradle: awhile back we posted Amzer’s announcement of the cradle’s release, in which they said their patented USB Quick Charge Technology eliminated the need to charge your BlackBerry using a DC charger. However, upon opening up the review package they sent us, we quickly noticed that the Amzer 8700 BlackBerry Cradle did in fact have an input for DC charging (although Amzer did not supply us with the necessary attachment, which is sold separately from the cradle).

Now, in fairness’ sake, it does make sense in some situations to have a DC input (like if you want to sync your BlackBerry with your laptop without draining its battery). However, if you really wanted to use a DC charger with your BlackBerry, you’d just use the one given to you when you purchased it. And besides, the 8700 BlackBerry Cradle’s Quick Charge Technology is supposed to make USB charging the way to go, right?

Well, not so much. Running an extended series of tests on Amzer’s cradle with 8700 BlackBerrys, we found that it offered no significant decrease in charging time compared to a regular USB cable and, in some case, was actually slower. This, obviously, peaked our interest.

Amzer BlackBerry Cradle

So we decided to open the case up and see what this supposed Quick Charge Technology was all about. What did we find? Not that much: a single circuit board running a line to the bright blue LED at the front of the case, and another to the USB connection. Of particular interest on the circuit board was a bunch of resistors running in parallel; the resistors are most likely being used for safety concerns (as some sort of surge protection or to make sure that the DC charge doesn’t flow back to your PC when both the USB and DC cables are connected) but by our best guess should also increase the charging time. Now, we here at BlackBerry Cool are not engineers by any means, which is why we’re putting the images up here for your own perusal. Regardless, there’s no indication of Quick Charge Technology of any sort.

Amzer BlackBerry Cradle

Amzer BlackBerry Cradle

Now, a cradle that charges your BlackBerry at the same speed as a regular USB connection isn’t that big of an issue – there are other uses for a cradle. Any accessory that allows you to charge and sync your BlackBerry while making your desktop a little more organized should be a welcome addition to your home or office setup. However, Amzer’s 8700 BlackBerry Cradle fails in this regard, for a couple of reasons.

  • Tony

    Hi,

    Well, I am as a customer not atall satisfy with your crap. I have this cradle as well other. I saved almost 30 – 40 % time while charging my Blackberry.

    The interesting point here is that the quick charge point is in cable itself which has been supplied with this cradle and not in this cradle itself.

    That cable with a round drum is a master piece which certainly working great for me

    Thanks

    Tony

  • Tony

    Hi,

    Well, I am as a customer not atall satisfy with your crap. I have this cradle as well other. I saved almost 30 – 40 % time while charging my Blackberry.

    The interesting point here is that the quick charge point is in cable itself which has been supplied with this cradle and not in this cradle itself.

    That cable with a round drum is a master piece which certainly working great for me

    Thanks

    Tony

  • http://www.dtm.nl/ Erik

    Hello BB fans,

    We are producing BB cradles for many years.
    Would you like to review one of ours.

    We use high efficency chargers.
    technician told me he will eat the charger if it doesn’t work better then others haha

    See BB products:
    http://www.carcomm.nl/carcomm/webshop/index.cfm?page=productDetail&ModShopCatId=E152F12F-5056-8659-084ACA9534139991&ModShopProductId=E159BE07-5056-8659-08ABED5EDA03E2EF

    Brgds
    Erik

  • http://www.dtm.nl Erik

    Hello BB fans,

    We are producing BB cradles for many years.
    Would you like to review one of ours.

    We use high efficency chargers.
    technician told me he will eat the charger if it doesn’t work better then others haha

    See BB products:
    http://www.carcomm.nl/carcomm/webshop/index.cfm?page=productDetail&ModShopCatId=E152F12F-5056-8659-084ACA9534139991&ModShopProductId=E159BE07-5056-8659-08ABED5EDA03E2EF

    Brgds
    Erik

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    A single circuit board running a line to the bright blue LED at the front of the case, and another to the USB connection.