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Three Cygnett Products to Charge Your Devices

cygnett_chargeup_digital_6000It has been a while since we’ve reviewed Cygnett products, but the opportunity to do so has come to us again. Like the last time, we have a portable powerbank- the ChargeUp Digital 6000. We were also given a Lightning™ to USB cable, and a Micro-USB to USB cable.

The first item I’ll cover is the ChargeUp Digital powerbank. This particular one at 6,000 mAh is one of their mid-range as far as power goes. They also have similar products that are at 10,000 mAh, and lower ones at 4,000. This change is mostly reflected in the price. The super thin devices are black with your choice of blue, green or red accents. They have a nice digital display in the corner to let you know how much battery life is remaining.  *Note: On the box, it says it is precharged and ready to use. When I pulled it out, there was only 78% charge. Other reviews I have read seemed to have various percentages. One review said there was no charge. I’m guessing your mileage may vary.

It comes with a Micro-USB charge cable, and also works with Lightning™ to USB cable(not included). There are two USB ports on the powerbank, so you can charge two devices at once. The lithium polymer battery gives it the ability to hold more charge and to charge devices at a high speed. The 6,000 mAh ChargeUp Digital can be purchased on Cygnett’s site for $69.95.

Lightning-black_e2e579d2-060e-48d7-86c6-c7ee608e9893_1024x1024The Lightning™ to USB cable we received is a reinforced, braided cable made for iPods, iPhones and iPads. There is 13 ft/4 m of cable, which is a nice length to charge devices without having to be right on top of a USB port. You can buy as short a cable as 1 m, and that will reduce the price. This cable costs $49.95 if you buy it on the Cygnett site

And finally, we have a Micro USB to USB Cable. This one Cygnett sent to us to review is also 13 ft/ 4 m. As with the Lightning™ cable, it is also braided to make it durable. It provides rapid 2.1A charging. This cable is available for $29.95. You can also get the white PVC style cord for the same price. 

Posted by on June 5th, 2017 No Comments

Nomad Powerpack Charges Your Device in a Rugged Way

Nomad PowerpackWe’ve reviewed many a powerpack here at The Geek Church. Many of them have their own claims to set them apart from the others.  Per their website, Nomad is a company that brings products “designed for adventure.” From their multiple products, we were sent the ultra rugged PowerPack to review.

The Nomad PowerPack boasts an “ultra-rugged construction.” Under that assertion on the box, it states,”mortise and tenon.” 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 overmolded rubber, and boasts a 1.2M drop protection under the Military Spec. 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.

 

 

Posted by on May 31st, 2017 No Comments

TYLT Flipcard Portable Power Pack

TYLT FlipcardLet’s consider this a sequel to the Flipstick Portable Power Pack that I reviewed yesterday. Yes, this is another review of another mobile battery back, but it is quite something.

I have to admit that I really like the Flipcard. While it may not be small and compact as a credit card, it is a little thick because it is made for 5,000 mAh. That’s good, because you can get 2 full charges on a regular smartphone.

Much of what is on the Flipcard is on the Flipstick, with the LED battery level indicator lights and made for micro-USB, Lightning, and Type-C connector. This is one of the issues with mobile batteries, is they tend to be all alike. Oh wait, there is something different as the Flipcard has a 2.4 Amp output.

Okay, it really is quite a product, and you need to get in on this if you want a great mobile battery. You can purchase it on the TYLT site for about $49.99.

Posted by on May 9th, 2017 No Comments

TYLT Flipstick Portable Power Pack

TYLT FlipstickSo, most people now have one of these mobile batteries because most smartphones can’t go a few hours without needing a charge. I suppose that we are to blame for what we put our phones through. I have reviewed so many that I have lost count, and today it is the Flipstick from TYLT, another company whose products that I have reviewed.

There is brand known as PocketJuice that it very cheap and does its mobile battery job. I don’t know if this is by design, but TYLT’s Flipstick has a similar shape.

I can’t remember what the stats are for a typical PocketJuice, but the Flipstick has a 3,350 mAh battery, as well as an input/output for 1 Amp USB port. Most mobile batteries have a USB port, and the Flipstick has that, plus some connector for the Micro, Type C, or Lightning Connector.

So what else does it have? Well, it has the typical LED battery level indicator lights, and it has a 3 hour charge time for the internal battery. I’m told that it provides about 1 full charge to the smartphone.

The Flipstick will be available on the TYLT site soon in colors of blue, white, and black for the micro-USB, Lightning, on USB Type C Connector.

Posted by on May 8th, 2017 No Comments

Our Review of the MyCharge HubPlus-C

MyCharge HubPlus CI am certainly no stranger to MyCharge products. In fact, I have reviewed three of them in the past two months. Now, I had a chance to review the HubPlus-C, and all I can say is: it’s about time.

You see, I happen to have a phone with a USB C port, the HTC 10. I honestly believe that this gives me the power to charge my phone very fast.

I’m not certain if I am getting ahead of myself, as I am describing something that I may or may not have properly introduced. Generally, I reviewed a lot of mobile batteries, and it is usually the standard shtick of charging them (generally via USB) just so you can charge a smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device later.

The HubPlus-C is the first of its type that I have encountered with a built-in USB-C cord, and it also comes with a micro USB cable as well. There is also a USB port, in case you want to charge some other third thing. Also, this is a battery with prongs that flip out so you can charge the myCharge HubPlus-C with a typical wall outlet.

So yes, the MyCharge HubPlus-C is a very convenient product to have. About the only thing left is to give the stats. It is good for 6700 mAh and an output of 18 W Max. About the only thing that I don’t have is the price. So far, I don’t see the product on the site, but I’ll see about getting a price and updating this blog with the proper link.

Posted by on March 9th, 2017 No Comments

Our Review of the Go Puck 6XR

It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a Go Puck product , as the last time was the Go Puck 5X, and I have been waiting a while to review the GoPuck 6XR.

Yes, this is going to be another mobile battery review, so I’m going to talk about what makes the 6XR different. I could talk about how it has two USB ports, but so does the MyCharge RazorUltra.

No, the reason why you want the 6XR has to do with the speed. The 6XR comes with Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 technology, which means you are going to get four times faster charging.

So, what else does it have? How about a large capacity? It is a 9,000 mAh capacity, which means that it is good for about four charges on a smartphone and even more on a GoPro.

Then there is also the fact that the 6XR has a mount. It’s made for straps and belts, and it appears to be “born from racing” as it says on the box. This makes sense, as GoPuck products appear to be made for life on the go, so why not make them lightweight and give them the ability to keep them close?

In short, I’ll recommend the GoPuck 6XR among the highly saturated market of mobile batteries. You can get it on the GoPuck website for about $99.99.

Posted by on February 1st, 2017 No Comments

myCharge Part 2: HubMax

MyCharge Hub Max 1So, now we that we are in the process of reviewing a whole bunch of myCharge products, I’m going to review the HubMax.

I don’t know if the HubMax is a sequel to the HubPlus, but that was a mobile battery that I took to CES and really was able to make full use of it. The HubMax is almost double the power at 10500 mAh (that’s up to 6x extra battery), and it has both the micro-USB and Lightning cables so you can charge two devices at once.

This way, you don’t have to carry your charging cables around with you when you go places with both your iPhone and your Samsung…okay, maybe you have some other kind of micro-USB device that you need to charge. Oh, there is also an extra USB port, so I suppose that you could charge 3 devices at once. By the way, it recharges up to 50 percent faster than competitors.

This is one of those great mobile batteries that plugs into the wall to charge, with a 3.4 A output. If you want to check this out for yourself, it can be purchased on the myCharge site for $99.99.

Posted by on January 28th, 2017 No Comments

myCharge Part 1: AmpProng+

MyCharge Amp Prong 1Yes, it is time to do another review of three products in a row, and this time it is from myCharge, a product that I have reviewed in the past. I’m going to start with the with the AmpProng+.

The AmpProng+ is one of those mobile batteries, and I have reviewed so many of these that I am not even going describe what they do. However, I’ll go ahead and describe what special features this has.

AmpProng+ is a 6700 mAh portable charger, which means it is good for up to a 4X charge on a typical smartphone. You can charge it by plugging it into the wall, and then you have two 2.4A output on double USB ports.

Yes, you can charge two devices with this thing if you like, and why shouldn’t you? You probably have at least two mobile devices that could use a little juice as you are on the road. It can power tablets and smartphones up to 65 percent faster, which is very, very nice.

I will have to say that the AmpProng+ is very light, and it is good for holding power for about a year. It is recommended, and you can get it on the myCharge site for about $49.99.

Posted by on January 28th, 2017 No Comments

Our Review of the PhoneSuit Journey Travel Charger Ultra

Phonesuit JourneyI suppose this is the time where I say that it has been a while since I have reviewed a Phonesuit product, and I’m realizing that I say a lot of the same things in my reviews. Needless to say, this is an upgrade of my first review of the Journey All-in-One Charger with the Journey Travel Charger Ultra for the iPhone, Samsung, and More! (Sorry, but that and more really makes it sound exciting.)

So what is it? Well, it is a mobile battery, which we have seen before, so nothing new there. However, see how it spreads its arms like that? It’s quite amazing, and one of those arms is a Lightning for Apple products, and the other is Micro-USB for pretty much everything else.

Yeah, I have been noticing that some mobile batteries have these two charging cables, but if you are like me, and you have something like an HTC 10, with a USB C port, you are out of luck, at least with the two cables attached. By the way, there is a blurb on the Phonesuit website that says it can do a HTC, with the micro-USB. Yeah, it is wrong.

As it so happens, you got yourself an extra USB port. You heard that right, you can charge three devices at once with this. Three seems to be the magic number for this guy because it can provide up to 3 times (300 percent) additional power for a smartphone. So pretty much anything that is chargeable via USB (which is about everything) is chargeable, but maybe not three times.

The battery is good for 5000 Mah, so that is pretty good. There is also an advanced smart power management thing going on, so it knows how to prioritize charging. Yeah, I’m going to have to take their word for it.

So is it durable? It sure feels that way. It is designed for travel, which means it will take the bumps along the way. I’m not going to hurl it against the wall, because hey, I’m not that angry.

Anyway, you can get the Journey Travel Charger Ultra on the Phonesuit site for about $59.99.

Posted by on January 18th, 2017 No Comments

Silver Belkin, Part 1: The Valet Charger

belkin-1Okay, I must be getting pretty desperate with my Christmas puns, as I had to resort to “Silver Belkins” with this one. Yes, this is another review of a Belkin product, and I am going to start with the Valet Charger.

The Valet Charger is a Power Pack 6700 mAh for an Apple Watch and an iPhone. You can see in the picture here how it is your typical mobile battery, and you can insert your USB cord there and get some juice for your phone. The Valet Charger comes with a micro USB cord to, for charging the battery.

I believe what makes this really interesting is that it has a place where you can just put your Apple Watch. Yes, you can just lay it there, and you can charge your Apple Watch and your iPhone at the same time. The Valet Charger has some smart chips that can automatically detect the connected devices to charge instantly, and it is safe charging as well.

Apparently, it has the power to recharge an Apple Watch eight times, and an iPhone three times. So, if this is something that you want, go to the Belkin site and lay down $99.99 for it.

Posted by on December 15th, 2016 No Comments