5 Things to Look for in a Phone Audio Docking Station Charger

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Five Things to Look for in Mobile Phone Audio Docking Station Chargers

When shopping for a mobile phone audio docking station charger, carrying out some research in advance can make selecting an appropriate product simple. There is a wide range of audio docking systems on the market, so decide which type would be the most suitable and which features would be useful before shopping.

About Mobile Phone Audio Docking Station Chargers

Mobile phone audio docking station chargers are designed to charge mobile phones. The user can still operate the phone, or listen to audio files, or even watch videos on it, while it is charging. Some models of mobile phone audio docking station simply consist of a cradle which holds the phone while it charges, whereas others are larger pieces of equipment which feature speakers. They are usually designed to be used at home or in the office, but there are also portable devices on the market, which can be used when travelling. Audio docking systems usually either need to be plugged into the mains supply using a wall socket or connected to a laptop or PC in order to charge a phone.

Choosing Mobile Phone Audio Docking Station Chargers

Some docking stations are designed for specific models and brands of mobile phone, while others will charge a number of different brands and models. Different mobile phone audio docking station chargers can also have very different features and capabilities, so it's important to decide which functions and features would be useful before choosing one.

Five Key Things to Look for When Buying a Mobile Phone Audio Docking Station Charger

There are some key considerations to be taken into account before embarking on a purchase. Here are the five main points.

1. Mobile Phone Compatibility

When buying a mobile phone audio docking station charger, it's essential to ensure that any model chosen will be compatible with the mobile phone that it is going to be used to charge. There are two main types of audio docking systems on the market, as detailed in the table below.

Universal mobile phone audio docking stations

Universal mobile phone audio docking systems are usually compatible with a range of different brands and models and phones. However, check the product details carefully, as they are not always compatible with all phones.

Phone-specific audio docking stations

A phone-specific audio docking station is usually compatible with one or more specific models of phone produced by a single manufacturer. Even if the docking station is manufactured by the same company as the buyer's phone, it is still important to check the details carefully to ensure that it will charge that particular model.

2. Docking Capability

It is also important to consider how many devices a mobile phone audio docking station can charge at the same time. The two main types of docking station are detailed in the table below.

Single docking station

A single mobile phone audio docking system can charge one device at a time. Some single mobile phone docking systems can be used to charge devices such as MP3 players as well as mobile phones, but are not able to charge them simultaneously.

Dual docking station

A dual mobile phone audio docking station can charge two devices simultaneously, making it possible to charge two mobile phones or, in some cases, a mobile phone and another device, such as an MP3 player, at the same time.

3. Built-In Speakers

While some mobile phone audio docking systems simply consist of a cradle and need to be plugged into speakers or a computer in order to play music, others feature in-built speakers. Decide which type would be the most suitable before shopping for a docking station.

4. Wireless Connectivity

Some mobile phone audio docking station chargers have wireless connectivity, meaning that they can be used with other peripherals with Wi-Fi connectivity, such as wireless speakers. When buying a wireless docking station, it's essential to ensure that the speakers or other devices with which it is likely to be used are compatible and also have wireless connectivity.

5. Accessories

When comparing different mobile phone audio docking station chargers, it's also a good idea to check whether or not they come with any accessories. Details of some common accessories that can be included with mobile phone audio docking station chargers are provided in the table below.

USB cable

Some mobile phone audio docking station chargers need to be plugged into computers and laptops using USB cables. It is, therefore, worth finding out whether the relevant cables are included before buying a particular docking station.

Remote control

Some docking stations can be operated by remote control. Check the product descriptions of any being considered to see if they can be operated by remote control and, if so, whether the remote control is included.

Instruction manual

Most new mobile phone audio docking station chargers come with instruction manuals, but check to make sure before buying one. It's particularly important to check product descriptions carefully when buying used mobile phone audio docking station chargers, as these may not always come with instruction manuals.

Other Things to Consider

In addition to the features of different mobile phone audio docking station chargers on the market, there are also some other factors which are worth taking into consideration before shopping.

Price

Before looking for a suitable mobile phone audio docking station charger, it's worth setting a budget and then comparing the various products available within that price bracket. Doing this will help to ensure that any product chosen is both affordable and good value for money.

Condition

It's possible to find mobile phone audio docking station chargers in a range of different conditions, so decide in advance whether or not to restrict the search to chargers in certain conditions. The table below provides further information about the conditions in which mobile phone audio docking station chargers may be sold.

New

New mobile phone audio docking station chargers can be purchased from manufacturers, other suppliers and from individuals who have bought or been given them but have not used them. Ideally, these should be in the original, sealed packaging.

Used

Used mobile phone audio docking station chargers can sometimes be cheaper than new models. However, check the product description of any used docking station charger being considered to find out whether it has been damaged in any way before buying it.

Manufacturer refurbished

Some manufacturers of mobile phone audio docking station chargers carry out work on used models to ensure that they are functioning correctly and then sell them again. These products are known as manufacturer refurbished mobile phone audio docking station chargers.

Seller refurbished

Some shops and individuals repair used mobile phone audio docking station chargers and sell them again. These items are known as seller refurbished products.

Not working or for parts

Some people sell mobile phone audio docking station chargers which buyers can try to repair or use for parts when refurbishing other non-functioning audio docking station chargers.

Find Mobile Phone Audio Docking Station Chargers on eBay

It's possible to find many different new and used mobile phone audio docking station chargers, at a range of different price points, on eBay. Head to the homepage and select Shop By Category to reveal a list of categories, then click on See all categories to access a more extensive list. Find the Mobile Phones & Communications category and click on it to reveal a list of sub-categories. Select Mobile Phone & PDA Accessories and then, from the list on the left side of the page, pick Audio Docks & Speakers. Check the box marked Audio Docks and then either search through them to find a suitable option or narrow down the search using the check boxes on the left-hand side of the page to select products with certain specifications. Alternatively, enter relevant keywords, such as ‘audio docking station speakers', to create a list of potentially suitable products.

Conclusion

When shopping for a mobile phone audio docking station charger, it is essential to have an idea of the type of docking station required before beginning a search. Things to think about include mobile phone compatibility issues, the docking capability required, whether or not built-in speakers and wireless connectivity will be essential features, and the accessories that will be needed. It is also important to set a budget and to decide whether to include both new and used products in the search. However, by considering these factors carefully, comparing products and thoroughly researching sellers, it should be simple to find a suitable mobile phone audio docking system at an affordable price.

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