Accessory Review: XtremeMac InCharge Duo, Home

Two is better than one!

I bet that the folks at XtremeMac know a thing or two about designing accessories for Apple products. The company was founded in October 2001, just weeks after the release of the original iPod. XtremeMac has grown into a company that offers everything from cases to charging solutions for your Apple gear.

The InCharge Duo, a dual docking station, is one of these charging solutions offered by XtremeMac for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. The series also includes the InCharge Home, a wall charger with dual ports for the aforementioned devices. We’ve got our hands on both of these dual charging solutions to see just how well they perform.

What’s Included

InCharge Duo

  • InCharge Duo docking station
  • AC Adapter
  • Type A plug (North America)
    • Different plug types are included in the international version.
  • iPad back cover insert
    • Attached to the docking station as default
  • iPod/iPhone back cover insert
  • 4 Dock Adapters
    • iPhone 4
    • iPhone 3GS/3G
    • iPod touch 1G/2G
    • iPod nano 5G
  • User Guide

InCharge Home

  • InCharge Home wall charger
  • Type A plug (North America)
    • Different plug types are included in the international version.
  • One XtremeMac-branded sync cable
  • Rubber sync cable cover


InCharge Duo

The InCharge Duo can dock two 30-pin devices simultaneously. The dock, made of a hard polycarbonate plastic, can hold and charge any model or generation iPod, iPhone, or iPad. I have personally tested it with an iPad (1st generation), iPod touch (2nd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod nano (6th generation), and iPod shuffle (4th generation) and have had no issues. The front and rear docks provide a 1 amp and 2.1 amp charge respectively. There are several different dock adapters included so that your device fits properly on the dock.

Two iPod nano 6G’s docked and charging… the combinations are endless!

Unlike some other dual docking stations, the Duo is very low-profile. The only part of the dock that stands out is the piece that holds the iPad upright. If you are not using the iPad insert, then that certainly doesn’t apply to you. Regardless, it is a very slim, lightweight, and well-sized dock for a desk or countertop. The bottom of the dock has two rubberized strips to keep the dock gripped to the surface beneath it and there is an unobtrusive XtremeMac logo on the front bottom.

A closer look at the LED charging indicators next to a docked iPad

Next to the front dock connector are two LED light indicators that show the charging status of your two docked devices. If a device is charging, the light will be an orange color. When fully charged, the light will turn green. These light indicators are a very convenient idea that I have yet to see on any other docking stations.

A closer look at the bottom of the dock

InCharge Home

The InCharge Home wall charger has a glossy black front with an embossed XtremeMac logo in the center. It has rounded, smooth corners with a grey hard plastic backing. There is a universal plug on the back that can be used with a variety of different plugs. A standard type A plug, common throughout North America, is included. Several other different plugs are included with the international version.

Dual USB ports

This wall charger, much like the Duo, is low-profile. This allows for enough room to use the second outlet on your wall. Some other adapters and plugs are too bulky and inconveniently take up the entire wall outlet despite the fact that they should only take up half.

Low-profile design leaves room for the second outlet

The dual USB ports on the bottom of the wall charger are each powered by a 2.1 amp charge. This is enough power to charge any model or generation iPod, iPhone, or iPad. You can have any combination of devices charging at once as long as they have a 30-pin dock connector.

An iPad and iPod nano 6G charging simultaneously

There is one XtremeMac-branded sync cable that is included with the InCharge Home. It’s about two inches longer than Apple’s standard sync cable. Depending on where I am, I usually find that the standard sync cable is too short, so this extra lengthiness is much appreciated. It would be nice, however, if a cable that was two-feet long or so could be included.

InCharge Duo: ★★★★★
InCharge Home: ★★★★★

Value For Money

The InCharge Duo and InCharge Home retail for $59.99† and $34.99† respectively. Both products are available on the XtremeMac website in addition to the Apple Store, Best Buy, Radio Shack, Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, Frys, and Amazon.

The InCharge Duo is well-priced for its functionality and the variety of things that are included with it. The Griffin PowerDock Dual, another dual docking station, is equally priced at $59.99. The InCharge Home is also offered at a fair price, considering Apple’s 10W wall charger, with just a single charging port, sells for just five dollars less.

InCharge Duo: ★★★★
InCharge Home: ★★★★★

Final Thoughts

When XtremeMac celebrates its 10-year anniversary this upcoming October, the company will be able to pride itself on its many innovative and convenient accessories for Apple-related products. An interesting idea that I had in mind for the Florida-based company was to look into offering a lineup of vacation friendly products. Considering how close the company must be to the sandy shorelines, it’s definitely something to look into!

InCharge Duo:

InCharge Home:

† All prices are in US currency unless stated otherwise.
This review was written by the Review Team. Overall scores are rounded to the nearest half or full star.
Thanks to Pedro at Max Borges Agency for the review samples.

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