Hotel chain Travelodge is offering guests free use of a new multi-functional recharging unit, SynCh that can recharge two electrical devices simultaneously.

The device - essentially a collection of nested cables - is just 12cm long with a retractable cable.

It's a modular system equipped with adaptors to recharge iPods, mobile phones, MP3 players, Blackberry, Bluetooth headsets, consoles and PDAs. 

Travelodge chief Guy Parsons says: "Our receptionists get many requests for spare chargers, as it is common for customers to leave theirs at home."

SynCh will be made freely available at ten hotels initially, or for sale through, with prices starting at £20.