Satechi Smart LED Desk Lamp with built-in USB charger

I love the Satechi Smart LED Desk Lamp. It's beautiful. It's bright. It's got easy-to-use touch controls. And what's more, it's got a handy USB port so you can plug in your 30-pin Dock or Lightning cable and charge your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad right from the lamp.

You can pivot the Satechi Smart LED Desk Lamp to several different angle, though sadly not all the way upwards. There are also several different modes, including reading mode, study mode, relaxation mode, and bedtime mode.

Based on our recent ZEN and TECH episode on sleep hygiene, I think this is a lamp even Daniel from Windows Phone Central could love!

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Satechi Smart LED Desk Lamp with built-in USB charger


I don't want to sound mean or maybe there is some written policy statement somewhere that states that these reviews are part of the mandate of the site but why are you reviewing a lamp? Sure there is a USB port but that is starting to be more common in standard wall jacks. The modes creating different moods to enhance performance actually has no solid evidence (except maybe light intensity in the management or prevention of seasonal effective disorder). What I mean to say is that a review like this seems out of place on a site dedicated to Apple and iOS, at least it does to me. I would expect to see it on a general tech site, otherwise nice review.

Georgia saw the lamp, loved it for the reasons she described, and thought it was of value to the Mobile Nations community (the video is Mobile Nations branded, not iMore).

Our one and only job is to bring you the very best stuff we can find. This lamp looks great, and it'll charge your iPhone.

Why on earth wouldn't we post it?

They don't list any real tech specs on the company's web site about the power output of the USB connection.

Unfortunately, it does not. But we happened to have a reviewer here who also happens to be writing to an iOS blog. It would have been great if she tried plugging one in and reporting back to us.

Here is the spec for the USB port on the lamp in the review:
5V multiplied by 0.7 Amps = 3.5 Watts

If the review video is watched at a high enough resolution, such as HD,
the specs for the USB port can be clearly read directly under the USB port,


Even if the iOS device gives you the message, "Charging is not supported
with this accessory.", using the USB port on this lamp will charge the
device slower than an Apple iOS charger. In this case the charging error
message can be ignored since it is 5 Volts. The voltage (5V for iOS
devices) needs to be the same from whichever charger you use.

With electricity, the device only draws as much amperage (aka current)
that it needs. So the A & mA ratings are an "equal to or less than" spec,
so it can be different.

Generally speaking, it is better to charge a battery at a lower amperage
[ = slower] than at a higher amperage [ = faster] , but it will just take longer
to completely charge said battery.

Comparisons with the Apple IOS chargers:
iPhone charger output is 5V DC with current as much as 1 Amp.
5V times 1A = 5W.

iPad charger output is 5V DC with current as much as 2.1 Amp.
5V times 2.1A = 10.5W.

Abbreviations explained:
DC = Direct Current
V = Volts
mA & A describe the amount of current
1000mA = 1Amp
1 Amp = 1000 milli-Amps
W = Watts
Volts multiplied by Amps = Watts

I really need and want one of these. This would be great for my desk while studying, reading, and writing papers! Great review!

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