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.

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. 

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.

 

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.