A New Review of myCharge Products: Portable Power Outlet and PowerGame for the Nintendo Switch

We have had the opportunity to review many myCharge products in the past. The last one we reviewed around Christmas time was this car battery charger. MyCharge is a company that creates all kinds of different chargers, and today we will review two different products from this company. 

The myCharge Portable Power Outlet

We reviewed a similar item last year, but this one has even more capacity. At 20,000 mAh, this is the largest charging hub by myCharge, and has the highest output at 65 watts.  It boasts the ability to charge a 34-inch LED television for up to four hours.

Right out of the box, you’ll get a pre-charged device, so you can start charging your own stuff right away. There are a few different ways to charge things. The AC power plug in allows you to plug in devices that use AC adapters. On the back of the portable power outlet are two USB-A ports, and one USB C port, allowing you to charge several devices at once- as shown here:

The handy LED panel will show you the status of the power outlet, including the battery level, and if the AC plug in is turned on or off.

This item weighs a little over a pound, and is great for taking on camping trips or tossing in your carry-on for power on long trips. If this sounds like a must-have for you, head over to myCharge’s website and purchase it for $179.99.

MyCharge PowerGame for Nintendo Switch

MyCharge doesn’t just charge phones, tablets, and laptops. They’ve also spread out to other devices. If you have a Nintendo Switch, and need a little extra portable juice for your gaming, this product is for you.

The lightweight (0.4 lb) power pack will provide an extra 10 hours of gaming with a mAh of 7000. It charges via USB cable, which is included. It’s easy to pop in your Nintendo Switch, and is very self-explanatory. The handy led lights on the side will give you an idea of how much extra juice you have left.

There’s not much else to say about this one, but if you are ready to game for a long time, this product is one we recommend. You can buy it for $49.99 on the myCharge site.

Thanks to myCharge for providing these two products for review purposes free of charge. No other compensation has been provided for our fair and unbiased review. Photo credits due to myCharge.

The Louie by Coal Power Will Give an Extra Charge to Your Devices

When I was out doing Pokemon Go the other day for Community Day, I noticed many people walking around using external batteries, powerpacks, portable chargers- whatever you may call them. We’ve reviewed many of these things like this one from Nomad and this one from Cygnett. At CES this year, Mark picked up one from COAL Power that a representative gave him. We thought we would do a little review on it today. “Louie” is the name of this one.

The Louie Specs

There are three outputs on the 12,000 mAh capacity charger that we received- A Qualcomm 3.0 Quickcharge 5V/3A, a type C ouput 5V/3A, and a USB-A output 5V/2.1A. The input is a typeC 5V/2A. The Louie also comes in an 8,000 mAh version. That one just has a USB C and USB A output, and a type C input.

The device also comes with a nifty charging cord that has a triple-headed adapter cable that includes a micro end, lightning end, and  USB Type-C to USB-A.

The Louie Design

The covering of this pack has a nice geometric design on a brown background. The texture of most of it feels rubberized almost, with the exception of the top, where the display with the LED is a black plastic. The white LED numbers will give you a good feeling of how much battery life is left.

*Side note, if you try to jam your backpack into the overhead compartment on a plane, you might want to take this out. The display cracked a bit, but the charger still continues to work.

Should you Buy the Louie?

We’ve found this charger to be on the heavy side of the different chargers we’ve tested. It’s about the size of two Samsung Galaxy S7 phones stacked on top of each other- same length, and I’m guessing it weighs about that much, too. The bonus of this pack is that it will charge your device a couple of times at least, and it has charge protection that protects your devices from overcharging and overheating. So, all-in-all, a good product.

The COAL website says that it will be available on Amazon.com by April 15th. We have not seen it show up yet, and there’s also no price available. When the company gets back to us, we’ll update the article.

The Louie was given to us for free in exchange for our honest and unbiased feedback. No other compensation has been provided.

Review of Omnicharge 20 USB-C Power Bank

This USB-C power bank by Omnicharge is the answer to your charging needs when the most basic of power banks aren’t going to cut it. Omnicharge, originally an Indiegogo project has grown and blossomed through a few changes, and it’s pretty amazing.

If you are on the go, and are going to be somewhere an outlet is not, this 5 x 4.8 x 1.1 inch device that weighs slightly over a pound is a great travel companion. It will charge anything from  Macbooks, handheld gaming devices, speakers, tablets, phones, etc. It has two USB C and two USB A ports, and has a 20,100 mAh capacity.

Not only does it charge your devices, you also can actually see on the OLED display (seen next to the power button in the above picture) exactly how much of a charge you have left (percentage and time), what capacity you’ve been using the electricity in the Omnicharge, the temperature of the battery, and more. If you need to give your power bank more battery life, you can plug it in while it’s charging other things because of it’s capability for pass-through charging.

This item contains a smart DC output that can be programmed to your device’s particular output needs. There is an overcharge protection, and we think that is really beneficial. No one likes damaged batteries from items being charged too much.

Besides being able to charge to USB C devices, you can also use the 2nd USB C port and two USB-A ports to transfer data from a smartphone, flash drive, camera, or other standard USB device.

There is a similar device by Omnicharge- the Omni 20 which has a place to plug in actual AC/DC cords. That one is officially on the market- being sold at Amazon.com for $299. This particular device that we are reviewing is still in the Indiegogo phase. Shipping already started in December of 2017, but at the time that this article is being written, you can still get in on the Indiegogo price of $179 plus shipping.

You could also get one with the protective case for $209. We were not sent one with the case, however. You should get in on the low price soon. It will regularly retail for $249 when it leaves Indiegogo. If we were in the market for a high-end Power Bank, we would suggest this one.

Disclaimer- Omnicharge sent us this model to review free of charge in exchange for an unbiased and fair review.

Anker PowerCore II Slim 10000

Another review of an Anker product. They are a top company dealing with chargers, and this product is another great way to charge on the go.

This is the PowerCore II Slim 10000. The slim, portable charger is helpful for the people on the go, or people who play Pokemon Go. No, I’m serious. The portable charger might be the best thing for fighting gym battles and participating in the new community events.

Here is what you want to know about this external portable battery. The 1st generation of the PowerCore was small- about the size of a credit card. The PowerCore II is longer, but slim- comparable to the thinness of a phone- as pictured here:

The PowerCore II has a quick recharge- that is, if you buy a Qualcomm Quick Charge wall charger. Not included. Same issue as the wireless charger I reviewed the other day. It’s nice for sure. I don’t know why they wouldn’t include the item that you need for fast charging, but at least there is an option. It only takes 4 hours to recharge with the quick charger, as opposed to others that take 5 to 6 hours. It will take 5 to 6 hours to recharge if you use a 5V/2A Charger.

The good news is that once it’s charged, you can charge an iPhone 7 up to 3.4 times(according to their internal testing). That could be helpful if you are going to be away from a plug-in for a while.

If you’re interested in buying this product- it is listed at a price of$37.99 on their website.

 

Fingerpow Magnetic Charger is Quite Unique

Although we report on many Kickstarter projects, it isn’t often on this website that we report on something that just achieved its funding. This is the case for the Fingerpow, and it is a recharger for mobile devices unlike any other.

Actually, something tells me that other companies are going to look at this design, and copy it. What you are seeing there is a white charging platform, and those four tiny batteries (or “fingers”, if you will) will lock into them magnetically.

As you might have guessed, you connect the recharging station to a USB port, and you can then charge these individual fingers. Then, when you need power to your mobile device, you connect the appropriate tip to the finger and insert it in.

Yes, your device gets a little bit of juice. How much? I am told that a full finger worth of power will charge the iPhone 8 about 25 percent. Considering that this comes with four fingers that are easily pocket-sized, it’s like having another battery for your iPhone 8 in your pocket.

Oh, there are other tips available besides the Apple Lightning, including USB C and micro-USB. I’m not certain how well they will work on tablets and stuff.

It is really the concept behind this that I like, and these fingers can lock themselves together in your pocket. When I tried it out, I believe that these fingers were actually charging each other.

So yeah, I’m giving this device very high praise. The only sad part is that I don’t know if this is even available for purchase. I could only find Fingerpow due to its Kickstarter site, and nothing more. That is such a shame, because it would make a great gift.

myCharge AdventureJumpStart, another mobile battery, but for your car!

One of the things that I like about myCharge is their ability to branch out. Normally, I see companies like this creating mobile batteries produce the same product that I review again and again. So the myCharge not only can create a mobile battery with a plug-in with the myCharge Adventure Ultra, but the AdventureJumpStart can be used to jumpstart a car.

Seriously, this is a 6600 mAh AdventureJumpStart (all one word, apparently) has a 400A peak jump start current and 200A jump start current. You can jump your car or some other vehicle battery. It comes with detachable jumper cables so you can do this.

So, if you aren’t jumpstarting your car with this, you can be charging your tablet or smartphone, thanks to the USB port. Also included is a carbiner clip so you can put this on your backpack, belt, or harness. It really is a great thing.

I’m going to recommend this particular product for the holidays. Oh yes, I am going there, and it is available for purchase on the myCharge site for $99.99.

Outdoor Technologies for the Holidays, Part 3: Kodiak Plus 2.0 Portable Power Pack and…a Cuff Beanie Cap?

Okay, it is time to review the last of the Outdoor Technology products that I have been sent. In case you are wondering why I am reviewing a Beanie, well, it is because I have this issue about reviewing any product sent to me.

Outdoor Technology Kodiak Plus 2.0

Welcome to the Kodiak Plus 2.0, and here’s another great mobile battery review! Yes, I’ve reviewed a number of these in just the past month alone, so it seems appropriate to do another one.

So the only thing that remains is to explain how the Kodiak Plus 2.0 is different from other mobile batteries out there. Well, this rechargeable 10000 mAh battery is waterproof and shockproof, but that is like other mobile batteries, right? Well, it really should be.

Anyway, this one will fit in the back pocket pretty easily. It has dual USB ports with one being 5 Volts and 1 Amp, then another being 5 Volts 2.4 Amp. I’m pretty certain that a lot of mobile batteries have that, along with the red power indicator lights.

Now here is something that the Kodiak Plus 2.0 has that others do not, and that is a 6-LED flashlight. Now that is something that you can use, and since this is made by Outdoor Technology, you can probably take it outside.

You should be able to purchase the Kodiak Plus 2.0 on the Outdoor Technology site for about $79.95 in black, red, and camo.

Outdoor Technology Cuff Beanie

So, this is a Cuff Beanie. What can I say about this?

How about “this beanie will warm your head with fabric and warm your heart with the new love that it attracts”. Okay, that is simply a quote from the company, so seriously, what can I say?

Well, it is warm, and made to keep your head warm. It also has the cool Outdoor Technology logo on it. By the way, I think that is supposed to be Bigfoot in that circle.

I’ve heard that Outdoor Technology is tech that Sasquatch would use. I suppose that if he doesn’t have fur on his head, this Cuff Beanie would come in handy.

You can get the Cuff Beanie on the Outdoor Technology site for about $22.00 in black, blue, gray, or olive.

myCharge AdventureUltra and AdventureMax

So, it has been quite a while since I reviewed a myCharge product. In case you are not aware, they make a lot of mobile batteries, you know, those things that you need when you need power to your mobile device. I feel good to review the AdventureUltra and the AdventureMax.

The myCharge AdventureUltra

The first thing that I have to say is holy…cow. Normally, when reviewing a mobile battery, I have very little to say, as they are all alike. However, the AdventureUltra is like a mobile battery on…yeah, I’m not going to say it.

The rechargeable battery is a 13400 mAh job, but it doesn’t just have a few USB ports. Okay, it has three with 2 built-in USB A ports and a built-in USB-C port. That isn’t bad, and an acceptable tech spec for any mobile battery. However, you can see something very grand as it has an AC power
plug-in.

Yeah, that’s right, you can actually plug in something here. Now, I want to give a little disclaimer because there is a a warning that it can charge anything up to 45 watts. That’s good for a laptop, even if you have to close the screen to charge it. I have been told that it is also good for powering a 42-inch television for up to three hours.

All that is required is to plug in a device and hit the power on button. It can rapidly recharge and hold its power for about a year.

It is really great to have, and I am going to recommend it, especially for the holiday season. It is available on the myCharge website fro $129.99.

The myCharge AdventureMax

Okay, now for another king of mobile batteries with the AdventureMax, as it is a 10500 mAh portable charger, but this one fits well in your pocket. I should have probably mentioned that the AdventureUltra was a bit larger, and would only fit in your pocket if you have a big pocket.

Now, this might not have a plug-in, but it does have two USB ports that are good for charging just about anything like smartphones, tablets, Bluetooth headsets, Bluetooth speakers, and pretty much anything else that runs on USB (and isn’t that just about everything?)

Not only is there a great charger, but it is splash resistant, drop resistant, and drop proof. So it is really is great for on the road, and you can see it has a built-in carabiner clip for the belt loop.

If this sounds good to you, you can get it on the myCharge site for $49.99.

Nomad-ic Christmas, Part 1: Powerpack, USB 3 Port Hub, 4-in-1 USB-C, Universal Cable, and Battery Cable

Since I will be reviewing a lot of products for this holiday, I am very glad to review some great Nomad products. It feels like I have been reviewing their product for a while, and they usually make some great chargers and cables. Sometimes they combine the best of both worlds, like the Leather Charging Wallet for the iPhone. I will be reviewing both in the next few days, so I will start by reviewng the chargers and cables.

Nomad Powerpack

The Nomad PowerPack boasts an “ultra-rugged construction.” Under that assertion on the box, it states, “mortise and tenon” joints. I had to look up what that was, and apparently it is a type of joint that is one of the strongest in wood-working, and apparently used in the construction of this product. It is also created with Dow Dupont polycarbonate frame and TPU rubber exterior. The construct on this product is pretty grippy, though, and it would not be easy to drop.

There is a feature on this device that I can really appreciate. I have some external battery chargers to assist in charging our family’s devices on the go. The problem lies in always being able to locate them when I need them. The answer to this is an app called Tile® that works with Bluetooth tracking, and as long as you have your phone, you can ring up your Powerpack- being able to hear it from other room, or buried in a deep pocket in your backpack. If you have Apple (iOS 8.1 and up) or Android (4.4 and up), you will be able to use this app on your device.

There are two different Output ports- USB C and USB A. The USB-C charging works with high-density Panasonic li-ion cells, and makes for some fast charging. There are 3 indicator dots on the end that will tell you how much battery life is in your PowerPack. 1 dot = 1-33%; 2 dots = 34-66%; three dots = 67-100%. There is also a sensor that will detect the lighting in the room so it will dim the LEDs at night, which is a nice touch. An iPhone 7 will be able to charge 3.5 times off a fully charged pack.

The Nomad PowerPack is pricey at $119.95 on their website, but for something that has these great features- especially the ability to track and find missing devices, it could be well worth it for someone looking to charge in style on the go.

Nomad USB Hub – 3 Port

I’ll start with this USB Hub – 3 Port, and yes, that is an odd name for it. However, everyone probably needs one of these.

The circular disk with soft matte rubber top and polycarbonate housing has 3 USB ports with one high output 2.1A and two standard 1 A UB ports. These ports are located underneath so you can plug in three USB devices, and then plug in the device into the wall.

Yes, it has some LED charge status indicators, with an ambient light sensor that dims the LEDs at night. I would have to say that I will applaud its handiness and how it can do three devices at once. I would love it if future versions of this device have some kind of Qi magnetic charging thing on top.

You should be able to purchase the Nomad USB Hub – 3 Port for $39.95 on the Nomad site.

Nomad Universal Cable USB-C

Now, the Universal Cable USB-C is quite an interesting charging cable. Each end has two types of connectors, with a USB C at both ends. I honestly don’t know any reason to go USB-C to USB-C, but hey, it could be used on…something.

On one end, with the USB-C is a male USB A plug, and on the other end, also with the USB-C, is a Micro USB device. This means that if you have a micro USB device, you can charge it in many ways. What was funny is that I have a Bluetooth headset that I attached to my HTC 10 (which has a USB C port), and I believe my phone was charging my Bluetooth. I don’t think I’ve ever done that kind of charging before.

The cable is a braided ballistic nylon cable that looks really ultra strong, and I would trust my weight with it. As a data cable, it carries a USB 2.0 data transfer, and is well-set for fast data-charging. Oh, it is quite long at 5 feet (1.5 meters).

You can get this Universal Cable USB-C for about $29.95 on the Nomad site.

Nomad Universal Cable

The Nomad Universal Cable looks to be made of the same material as the Universal Cable USB-C, but it is a lot shorter at 0.3 meters. Again, I would trust my weight on it, and it is 10K Mil-spec flex tested. I am not certain what that means, honestly.

This particular Cable has a USB A on one end, and the other is a three-part guy with a MFi Lightning tip, Micro USB, and USB Type C. You can see in the image how each port somehow can overshadow the other, which is a really good design.

It is a good deal for something that everyone needs, and it really does accomodate a lot of devices. It is billed as “one cable to rule them all”, and I have to admit that it deserves its epic tagline. The Nomad Universal Cable is for sale on the Nomad site for $29.95.

Nomad Battery Cable

I’ll talk last about another cable that I was sent to review, the Battery Cable. Unlike the other cables, this one has a 2350 mAh battery. Since this is a battery cable with a Lightning connector, that means it will give you a good charge for your iPhone 7 or iPhone 8.

As you might have guessed, the battery cable/battery is a pretty great product to have. Honestly, I usually don’t see a charging device that is this small and can curl up like a little whip.

The Battery Cable is quite a great gift for the holiday at $49.95 on the Nomad site.

M-EDGE PackLight, Tech Sackpack with Battery, and 8000 mAh Power Bank

I always like reviewing M-EDGE products, and I was very pleased that I had the chance to review three of them for this particular article. I seem to have a them of chargers, and I am reviewing the Packlight, Tech Sackpack with Battery, and the 8000 mAh Power Bank.

M-EDGE Packlight

The PackLight is a very interesting gadget as it is a mobile 3200 mAh battery. The thing is that it is also a flashlight. I’ve actually seen a lot of mobile batteries with a light on them, but the PackLight definitely emphasizes the light part. The end result is about 8-16 hours of continuous headlamp use. That, or two phone charges.

Their is a modular mounting system that will allow the PackLight to be clipped on, attached magnetically, or it can be attached to any GoPro style mount. Since the GoPro is a camera, the PackLight is certainly there to give you light, and it is good for hi-beam, low-beam, pulse and strobe modes. By the way, it is also IPX4 water resistant, so use this light at the beach!

If this is something that you might want, feel free to head on down to the M-EDGE store and lay down $39.99 for it.

M-EDGE mAh Power Bank

It’s time to talk about another M-EDGE product that everyone probably has, a mobile battery. This is not a 3200 mAh battery like the PackLight, but this one has 8000 mAh.

This one is designed to charge anything with a micro USB or Lightning cable. It tucks away in battery, and it is sufficient for charging a phone for an additional 50 hours (that’s 16 hours on most tablets).

By the way, there is an automatic energy-saving feature that shuts off the battery after 15 seconds in standby mode. It also protects the device and battery from over-charging. There is also four indicator lights which are a standard for these mobile batteries.

You can get the M-EDGE 8000 mAh Power Bank for about $29.99 on the M-EDGE site.

M-EDGE Tech Sackpack with Battery

The last product I reviewed is one that I have seen before, from M-EDGE, in a different form. You can read my review of the Bolt Backpack here, and this appears to be a downsized version of it.

While the Bolt Backpack was a full-on backpack to comfortably hold your laptop/tablet, the Tech Sackpack is more of an athletic bag. At least it isn’t something mesh like the 2016 CES bag.

The important thing is that it has an included battery of 4,000 mAh, which is great for charging a smartphone or tablet. All you have to do is jack in your charging cord and blammo! You are ready to go, but I can’t speak on how much power you will get.

So, if you are looking for a little bit of power or something, head on down to the M-EDGE store and pay $29.99 in Black with Blue and Gray with Lime.