It’s only a matter of time before Ride Power USA’s design for a cell phone charger is as commonplace on modern personal watercraft as folding swim steps and tilt steering.
Considering not only the convenience but safety and potential life saving qualities of having a plug-in-ready phone charger on personal watercraft, it’s actually surprising Ride Power USA has gone so long unchallenged by the OEMs thus far.
Choosing to perform a review (and obviously an installation) of Ride Power USA’s Android Phone Charger was a no-brainer from the minute we discovered the brand’s easy-to-install system.
The simplistic design is so straightforward that the only reason it took us longer than the suggest hour to installation was because we needed to photo-document the process. In all honesty, it took us less than an hour, including the time to toss in a few cosmetic additions.
Priced at $69, the Ride Power USA kit can be as expensive as a full tank of fuel at your local dockside fuel pump, but given how often we bring our phones with us – be it for pictures, GPS mapping or just never being able to go anywhere without our smart phones – the purchase was worth every penny.
Being that the charger is “live” there is a threat of wearing down your battery if you leave your phone plugged in all day with the ski off – but again, that’s no different than with an aftermarket stereo system. We definitely recommend this kit and want to suggest that the OEMs pay attention to this awesome innovation.