I am sure like me many of you have a ton of powerbanks (i.e., chargers) that you either purchased or got at a conference, and those range from the simple “stick” type to the “block” type. Many of these charging hubs boast that they can hold a charge for a long time, but it seems that I charge those more often than not, especially the “stick” types. When comparing the various types you will need to understand which one will run the equipment you need. The smaller chargers run somewhere in the 5000mAh (milliampere-hour), and the larger or super capacity chargers go to about 20000mAh. Without getting too technical on you, that means if you have a 5000mAH; for example, you will get approximately two times the ability recharge on an iPhone6 (5000mAh/1810mAh = 2.7 – the real capacity of the powerbank) as it has a 1810mAh battery, and if you are working on it while charging, it reduces the overall ability.
The AdventureUltra is one of MyCharge’s largest battery banks and has the highest power output at 13400mAh. Designed to replace the heavy and bulky generators used when tailgating or camping, the AdventureUltra is a streamlined power source that can run a 42-inch television for up to three hours. The AdventureUltra has a maximum power output of 45 watts, enough to run a fan or recharge a drone battery. It can also be used with 2 in 1 laptops and new laptops, such as the 12-inch MacBook, that requires less than 45 watts either when powered off and solely charging or when powered on and charging simultaneously.
Testing confirmed that the AdventureUltra lived up to its specifications on their website. I ran my laptop, charged my iPhone and powered my JamBox while at a few outdoor activities or when I needed to get some work done (this article) at the beach. After about a week of continuous usage, I didn’t recharge the AdventureUltra device for two weeks and was still able to easily run my laptop and charge my iPhone. Pretty sweet if you ask me, as their site states that it can hold a full charge for about a year (standby for that test!). What I really like about this device is the size approximately 1.2” x 5.8” x 4.1” and can fit into a cargo pocket with no issue. The device is also extremely light; weighing in at 1.05 pounds and for the amount of power and connections you get, you can take this on extended journeys. The device has two USB A type ports, one USB C port and one 110V AC power port and will charge while providing power to your devices, so no need to unplug to charge the AdventureUltra. The one item I would love to see enhanced to this impressive component is to make one that is fully submersible, so that it can be used during boating, spelunking, or other wet activities where you may need extended power.
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