Gadgets 6000-3

Published on August 24th, 2012 | by Kira


myCharge: Keeping Me On

In this day and age we all live by our smart gad­gets. We read on them, write on them, look stuff up with them, find wher­ev­er we are go­ing via them, and even re­ly on them for crit­i­cal com­mu­ni­ca­tions (like our Twit­ter up­dates and cat memes). Un­for­tu­nate­ly, their bat­tery life is of­ten not as good as we might hope- In­sta­gram­ming your life does drain your bat­tery quick­ly. I have got­ten to the point where I not on­ly car­ry my phone ev­ery­where, but I al­so bring a charg­er, which is pret­ty an­noy­ing and risks me los­ing it or leav­ing it plugged in­to the wall at a ran­dom cof­fee shop. Un­til the man­u­fac­tur­ers start im­prov­ing their bat­tery life (or wire­less pow­er be­comes com­mon), we need to have an­oth­er so­lu­tion!

One great so­lu­tion that we had of­fered to us re­cent­ly was my­Charge’s recharge­able bat­tery packs. Tru­lyNet got the plea­sure to try out four dif­fer­ent packs. The idea be­hind the packs is that you will have a small bat­tery source (pock­et sized) you can eas­i­ly take with you, that can charge your gad­gets wher­ev­er you are.

De­pend­ing on your needs and bud­get the dif­fer­ent packs come with dif­fer­ent lev­els of pow­er stor­age ca­pa­bil­i­ties and con­nec­tors. The my­Charge Peak 6000 (RFAM-0166) is able to ful­ly charge the av­er­age smart­phone four times off of it be­fore pack’s bat­tery de­pletes. The Peak 6000 al­so comes with a built in Ap­ple, mi­cro-USB con­nec­tor, and an on-board USB port, which makes most de­vices com­pat­i­ble with it. Since the Peak 6000 car­ries so much bat­tery life, you are able to use all the ports at once, mean­ing you can charge up three de­vices at the same time, which can be very handy if you are go­ing on a trip for an ex­tra day and do not wish to bring all your sep­a­rate charg­ers. This pack will run you $100.

The oth­er packs are very sim­i­lar, they just have less pow­er and some have less ports. The Sum­mit 3000 (RFAM-0165) is very sim­i­lar to the Peak 6000 with how its ports are set up and ap­pear­ance, but it’s bat­tery charge is on­ly half of the Peak 6000. For this rea­son, it is a lit­tle cheap­er, go­ing for $80. The So­journ 1000 (RFAM-0194) has a new look, is the least pow­er­ful of all the bat­ter­ies, giv­ing your phone on­ly an ad­di­tion­al four hours, and on­ly works with ap­ple prod­ucts. For this rea­son, it is the cheap­est of all the bat­ter­ies at $40. Fi­nal­ly, there is the Trek 2000 (RFAM-0164), which falls be­tween the Sum­mit 3000 and the So­journ 1000, this one tran­si­tions nice­ly be­cause it gives you 9 ex­tra hours of talk time and has an Ap­ple and a mi­cro-USB con­nec­tor ports. As the mid­dle unit, it has an ex­pect­ed mid­dle price of $60.

While this pack re­sem­bles the So­journ 1000, this is al­so the on­ly pack that has a flip out dock for the Ap­ple charg­er. This flip out dock does not feel as stur­dy as I would like, but it does take your i-what­ev­er off the ground. The Peak 6000 and Sum­mit 3000 both come with voice ac­ti­va­tion when­ev­er you plug in a de­vice, in four dif­fer­ent lan­guages. It will tell you which de­vice has just been plugged in so you know it is charg­ing, which is pret­ty neat (though it will just say “Ap­ple de­vice” and not iden­ti­fy the spe­cif­ic mod­el or any­thing).

All the packs seem to be sol­id and re­li­able. They charge up with­in a few hours if us­ing an elec­tri­cal out­let, but need about four times as long if they are charg­ing off your com­put­er via USB. Un­less you re­al­ly on­ly have a need for a quick jolt of pow­er on your way home most days, I feel the Peak 6000 is the best deal of all the packs. You get much more pow­er out of it then the oth­ers, and it is on­ly slight­ly more ex­pen­sive. It can charge pret­ty much any­thing on it, and charge up to three things at once, which means you on­ly need to take it with you on any trip you go on in­stead of 20 dif­fer­ent charges for ev­ery­thing you own. I like that I can take it with me on trips where I will not have ac­cess to elec­tric­i­ty and I will still have hours of time to charge off of it. I plan on bring it with me on my next camp­ing trip- though do note that it isn’t re­al­ly wa­ter­proof (nor are the oth­ers).

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Former neuroscientist, and now fashion photographer, Kira is a perfect fit for TrulyNet. She has a great understanding of what is hot, loves the new geeky toys, and has the academic background to be opinionated on it. Kira is well traveled, has lived in Australia and Canada for school. Loves the outdoors, biking, all types of art, and is completely obsessed with fashion and photographing it. She presently can be found in New York City at an art event, art gallery, museum, science talk, one of the NYC parks, a vegetarian friendly restaurant, a comic book store, or out getting bubble tea. She is a little obsessed with bubble tea.

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