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Stand that delivers

Mophie iPad Powerstand
Mophie iPad Powerstand

Special to the Miami Herald

We’ve fallen in like with the Mophie Powerstand for iPad. Yes, it’s yet another accessory for those Barbie dolls of electronics we keep adorning. But this lightweight aluminum Powerstand is the first I’ve seen that has a built-in iPad charging port (so you don’t have to disconnect any cables when removing the iPad), as well as gripper arms on a 180-degree axis that let you rotate the tablet for either vertical or horizontal operation. The stand can even be used as a stabilizer for the iPad’s rear-facing camera. The dual-hinge neck connecting the arms to the base let you adjust your tablet to just the right height, and the structure folds down for storage and transport. The base integrates LED power indicators. The stand comes with either a Lightning or 30-pin connector port, for charging and syncing, and includes a USB cable and AC power adaptor. The whole thing folds down to 7.25 inches by 8.20 inches by 2.25 inches thick, and weighs about 2.5 pounds — not featherweight but sturdy, and it will stash in most laptop bags. You’ll need to add your own Bluetooth keyboard if you need one, but I found the other features worth the trade-off. Maybe the next rotating Mophie stand will incorporate a keyboard (please).

Mophie iPad Powerstand with Lightning or 30-pin connector is $149.95 at; 888-866-7443.

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