Unfortunately, as our collection of consumer gadgetry increases, so does the number of different power charging cables piled up at the edge of the desk. Hong Kong's M&C Lighting t'Light desk lamps promise to help reduce the tangled mound by incorporating charging ports in the base. Each of the company's four models packs a USB charging port and comes supplied with multi-tip cables compatible with various brand mobile phones and notebooks. Two of them also have an integrated iPhone dock and a power outlet for notebooks, and there's one with built-in stereo speakers.
The original t'Light is itself powered from any 100–240V (50/60 Hz) outlet and has a standby draw of less than 1 W. The base has a built-in 30-pin charging dock for most iPhones, iPads and iPods, as well as an LED screen that displays output voltage, a button for selecting one of seven output voltages for the power outlet next to the USB charging port, and an on/off switch for the light. To avoid accidental voltage change, users are required to press the adjustment button for five seconds to unlock the feature.
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The onboard charging technology benefits from short-circuit/thermal/over-voltage/current protection, and the t'Light is shipped with multi-tip connection cables for various brand mobile phones and notebooks. It's available from M&C Lighting's online store for US$119 (including shipping).
If you want to hear sounds from your docked iPod or iPhone then you'll need to opt for the t'Light S, which packs built-in stereo speakers into the angle-adjustable lamp casing. This model also features dimmable LED light output from 0 to 5 W and gains a 3.5-mm Aux-in port for connection of non-Apple players via the supplied audio cable.
It also has both a USB charging port and a 5 V/3 A power output port to the side of its base but also comes supplied with a remote control unit for the LED light and the docked iPhone or iPod.
The t'Light S is priced at US$169 (including shipping).
M&C Lighting has just announced two new energy-efficient additions to the range in the shape of the E Series. Suitable for both reading and task lighting, they feature a dimmable 250-lumen 5-W LED light, an Apple-approved USB charging port (5 V/2.1 A) for topping up an iPad, iPod, or iPhone, and a DC output port (5 V/3 A). Connection accessories are included and standby power consumption is less than 0.5 W.
The E1 model is priced at $119, while the E2 comes in a little cheaper at $99. The company reports that the Hong Kong Stock Exchange has ordered hundreds of t'Lights E Series desk lamps "for the purpose of enhanced business productivity."
It should be noted that owners of the latest generation iPads and iPhones will need to buy a separate USB-to-Lightning connection cable.
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