Sunday, August 18, 2013

Hardware Review: MyCharge Amp 2000

The Mycharge Amp2000 is a small convenient cylindrical battery pack that has the right balance of portable and power.  Measuring in at 1.3 x 1 x 3.9 inches and a soft rubberized finish on the outside this charger fits just about anywhere:  your pocket, your glove compartment or your carry on giving you that extra boost of power with it’s 2000 mAh battery that can provide up to 9 hours of extra talk time.

The package includes a micro usb cord for charging and the device has a standard USB Output of 1.0A for charging (bring your own charging cable).  Also included is a lanyard that you can use to wear around your neck although I’m not sure why you’d want to do that.
A nice easy power boost to get you through the day or an emergency!

Pros:  small, cylindrical, just enough power
Cons:  none

Five out of Five Dogcows

Article was republished by the Lawrence Apple User's Group 2.0 here as well as other groups listed on the right.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Hardware Review: MyCharge Hub 6000 calls this ““Swiss Army Knife of portable power devices,” and trademark issues aside they have it right on the money.  Starting off with this is a 6000mAh Lithium Ion battery providing up to 27 hours of talk time.  A battery pack is simply a battery pack, expect when it’s a Hub charger.

This device has a retractable micro-usb and an Apple compatible Lightning connector to charge most modern devices out there as well as a standard USB port to use older devices such as 30-pin or mini-usb cables.  I’m disappointed the 30-pin wasn’t included but I understand Apple has discontinued that style.  All three charging ports (usb, Lightning, Micro) can be used at once allowing you to charge three devices simultaneously.  To charge the pack a retractable AC plug comes out and can plug into a wall and when not in use its well-hidden to prevent snagging.

Aesthetically this device is a beauty and matches Apple’s design style with silver metallic base and white plastic edging (ok black would have been better) and with smooth edges it should easily fit in most backpacks, briefcases and carry ones.

With the right connectors, the power and the style of this battery pack modern road warriors will be able to go all day long without skipping a beat

Pros:  Power, connectors
Cons:  No 30-pin connector

Five out of Five Dogcows

Article was republished by the Lawrence Apple User's Group 2.0 here as well as other groups listed on the right.

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Hardware Review: MyCharge Peak 6000 Battery Pack

When traveling I can’t seem to get enough power but I absolutely despise filling up my carry on with a bunch of extra chargers and cables.  While there are lots of chargers on the market, this one is as close to all in one as you get with retractable cables and AC adapter as well as a USB port and even an audible indicator telling you what is charging and how much charge is left.  Due its somewhat large size it took up two wall plugins.

Starting off, this has a powerful 6000mAH battery which according to specs provide up to 27 hours of talk time for your (the iPhone has a 1,400 mAH battery).  The device has a built in 30 pin charger (see other products for Lightning adapter) and I can easily put my iPhone on top of the device and charge it without excess cable getting in the way.  In addition to the 30-Pin there is a retractable micro-usb cable as well as a standard USB port and the beauty of this is all three can be used simultaneously so I can charge my phone and Bluetooth headphones at once.

When you plug in a device, an audible alert tells you the device is charging and you can press a button to see how much charge is left in the battery as well as receive an audible indicator.  At a quiet location (think library) this could be annoying but otherwise I found this a great feature because I knew it was working and could quickly tell how much battery is left.

For travel this is the ultimate balance of power and convenience for users of Apple devices pre-iPhone 5 and iPads with Lightning chargers.  If your primary goal is to charge Lightning devices you’d probably be better off with another product but for the rest of us in the 30 pin era this device rocks.

Pros:  Powerful battery, retractable cables and connectors
Cons:  Audible alert could be annoying, no Lightning connector

Five out of Five

Article was republished by the Lawrence Apple User's Group 2.0 here as well as other groups listed on the right.