What is the mantra of the tech world? Smaller, lighter, but with more and more features. While this does not apply to things with a screen, or with wheels, it pretty much applies to almost everything else.
Subject here is the TurboCharger Pocket Power Emergency Charger and External Battery. The only thing big about it is the name, and nothing else.
The name is pretty self explanatory, and explains what it does nicely.
The bigger thing about it is the fact that it is the same size (height and width) as a credit card, hence it is something that can easily be stored in your wallet, and can travel with you everywhere.
The thickness, however, is not. In an (what I call) interesting experiment, I was able to find out that the charger is the width of ‘7’ credit cards. This makes it not the easiest thing to slide into your wallet, but it does slide in, at least in the area where you keep cash.
However, if you relax a bit about the word ‘wallet’, it happily slides into most pockets, as well as bags, purses, etc.
A soft rubbery feel gives you confidence. A black top on one side, and a groove for the embedded micro-USB cable on the other side keeps the minimal design feel going.
On top is a slot to plug in a micro USB charger (any would do), while a set of 3 LEDs hidden in a button give you both visual feedback as well as the ability to turn this off or on.
It provides 680mAh, which according to their stats, tops up Samsung Galaxy S3 by 23%; Kindle 4 by 50%; iPhone 4S by 34% and Google Nexus 7 by 11%.
If you have an Apple device, you can always buy an adaptor. Our review sample came with a micro-USB to 30 pin adaptor, though I have also found micro-USB to lightning adaptors as well.
Pretty decent for something so small, specially since the new ‘security’ laws that have come in, asking us to have all our handsets and mobile devices ‘on’ so that they can be verified as what they really are.
Control is pretty straight forward. Plug it in, press the button, and of it goes charging. Press button again to turn it off.
The LEDs give a visual feedback of the power available to you, as well as when charging.
As far as output goes, it only delivers 600mA at 5V. Most phones like 1A minimum (a 1000mA), while tablets prefer 2.1A. Some of them even complain when the output is not enough. This is where the word ’emergency’ comes into focus. This is not a spare battery that will give you everything, but give you just enough to get you going.
If your battery is totally dead, you may want to leave this connected for a little while, as the juice may not be enough to get proper work out of your device otherwise.
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It retails for £12.95, and can be bought directly from their website.
For the price, it is a no brainer. Charge it, and throw it in your travel bag, or wallet if it fits. Let it prove its worth from there on!