When you do this work long enough, you start developing strange interests (although some may claim that strange interests are a prerequisite). Lately, for me, these are the banks of power. Probably the least sexy product in all consumer electronics outside the omnipotent dongle.
I do not know what to tell you. Accuse the fact that I travel every week for this job. There are also all the animals of the past that have been cut off in the last few minutes while my poor old MacBook is lulled during these last valuable battery rates. Low batteries worry me. I'm the first person to notice when your screenshot on your phone is under 10 percent.
So my bank has become a permanent accessory in my life, both at home and on the road. Until last year I was carrying a huge one that was north of 20,000 mAh. The tranquil ratio of back pain seemed reasonable, but I learned the hard way that not only Chinese airports have a limit on the size of the batteries, they will get stuck in the garbage without thinking about moving. This is a quick way to lose $ 1
The good news, however, is that between USB-C, wireless charging and crowdfunding, it seems we can experience the golden age of the bank. I know right? How long it is to be alive.
The point is there are many choices. Both companies offer some good budget opportunities. There is also Mophie's support for those who do not mind paying a little for design. Fuse Chicken was actually a brand new to me when they struck me to try their newest product. This is a name I would definitely remember – because, frankly, this is pretty awful. Memorable but terrible. Maybe that's why the company went with such a secular name for what's a really interesting charger.
My father told me that he gave me a sister and I the first names because we have such an unusual family name. I have no idea if this is true, but this is an interesting story and can be applied here.
Universal is a good example of maximizing the benefit of form factor. She manages to embrace many functions without creating the Frankenstein monster, worthy of the name Fuse Chicken. At first glance, the product looks like a black and white version of Amazon's default power bricks. It serves for this purpose, of course, combined with three replaceable international wall adapters (travel bonus points). It's perfect for a phone – you can keep your laptop alive for a while, but you'll burn it pretty fast. There is also a wireless charger next to the top, so you can plug another phone or, say, a new set of AirPods at the same time. The side of the device features a small display showing how much juice remains.
It's great to have a bank that is a plug, though as an Apple brick, it's too massive to plug into many vertical outputs. I learned this lesson on the difficult road of the recent coast to the coastal flight. Fortunately, however, it is compatible with Apple's extension cable.
OmniCharge, meanwhile, is a company I track since the earliest days of Kickstarter. In fact, the aforementioned bank, which is currently sitting in Chinese dumps, is one of their products. REST IN PEACE.
Omni Mobile 12,800 mAh is a much more basic product than the company's earliest proposals. There is no power supply here – instead, you have to rely on four lights to know how much juice it is.
As with most of the company's products, I pretty much look like the design language. It is fine and unobtrusive and fits well in the backpack. It's definitely too big to wear in your pocket. Thanks to the wonders of USB, it will also charge a laptop, though you will go through these 12,800 mAh again quite quickly if you do.
Fuse Chicken and OmniCharge work at $ 85 and $ 99 respectively. Both of us served as companions over the past few weeks. Here are long flights and avoiding the landfill for life.