It’s been a few weeks since I received my Dart after funding a kick starter about two years ago. FINsix ran into some production and fabrication issues early on that affected their entire schedule, however now that I have it, things can’t be better. I’ve managed to ditch all my power bricks for the laptops I have to carry except for one. The one I still need to carry is a 90W supply that the Dart can’t charge as its only 65W. In addition, there is a secondary USB port on the wire that can handle 1A (during laptop charging) and up to 2.2A (when not laptop charging). This one device can charge your laptop and USB devices without the requirement for multiple bricks and charge plugs.
The size of the Dart is quite impressive as it’s slightly larger than a standard pack of gum. Build quality is fantastic! Here’s what you get in the package for $99:
- Dart charger
- 9 tips (compatibility with hundreds of systems)
- Carry sleeve
- Instructions and Care
I must admit that having to wait two years had me slightly skeptical that I’d ever see the finished product or what I received would feel rushed. Obviously I’m not disappointed at all with the purchase and early adopter funding through Kick Starter.
This small charger takes my 13.3″ HP Spectre x360 from 10% to 100% in about an hour. The HP charger that came with my laptop would take twice that long and often get uncomfortably warm. The Dart gets warm as well, but not nearly as warm as a standard brick charger. Some of the reviews indicated that people could hear a high pitch hum from the charger, but I don’t have that issue (or I can’t hear it, which is possible). My only complaint is the fact that they didn’t make the unit slightly larger to include 90W charge requirements for more powerful laptops, but in this case, it’s a work laptop and is due to be replaced next year.
Here’s the full package!
If you’re interested in purchasing one, they’re listed on FINsix’s website for $100.
I would highly recommend one of these to replace multiple charging systems that you probably carry around, misplace, and replace when you can’t find them.