I wanted something good-looking, easily packed and with good sound quality to listen to music on holidays. This has proved to be ideal. It charges the ipod when it's connected to the mains, but that tends to be not very often as the speakers' internal rechargeable battery seems to last for ages. The clever folding stand / ipod dock means that the speakers don't take up much room in luggage, and the solid build means you're unlikely to damage them. The sound is perfect, obviously not as deep bass as full size speakers, but very acceptable.