Battery power packs seem to have evolved into massive beasts of great power — the balancing of the scales being less easily maneuvered sizes and unneeded features. For most of us, there are two places (not at the same time) when having back up power can be helpful. The first is when the need for more power hasn’t been expected or planned for. The second place is in a car. Let’s tackle the unexpected first with Plusus’ Lifecard Powerpack.
The Lifecard is designed to fit into a credit card slot, which could be in a wallet or section of a purse or even now found built into some phone cases. It’s obvious the advantage here — the Lifecard is small enough to be forgotten about until it is needed. By “forgotten” it is meant that it is light enough not to cause any strain in carrying it around. Of course you do have to charge the 1500 mAH battery now and then if it never gets pulled out, but considering how long batteries hold their charges today, it certainly won’t be every other day. So the Lifecard is there where it can be gotten at just when the worst happens and the power of the iPhone is below par. Maybe too much time was spent with the camera feature on so the screen was eating power or a video was played and that hadn’t been planned, or a really long call from Mom or the office got your attention while roaming the halls of a trade show or during a really long hike. Regardless, the Lifecard is an easy retrieval. And while the battery isn’t big enough or powerful enough to take an iPhone all the way from zero to 100% charge, it’ll be more than enough to get it up there where it will continue functioning correctly during this emergency.
Now the reason the iPhone is being used as the example is due to there being an attached Lightning connector. The business end pulls out from within the Lifecard’s frame and once plugged into the phone, the battery starts doing its thing. No button to press and nothing else to do except praise the return of power to your electronic best friend (talking about the iPhone here). When done, return the cable to the Lifecard’s frame and stick the card back into the receptacle you had pulled it out from. That’s it.
The Lifecard Powerpack retails for $59.95, comes in copper (more costly) as well as the stainless steel and of course is Apple certified. More important than that is that it can handle some abuse, since it has a stainless steel frame, with the connections holding the various parts together having been laser welded and adhesive bonded to add to the structural strength (not that you should be planning on sitting on it). It doesn’t look bad to the eye either — being that it has a brushed finish.
Remember earlier that the car was the other place where power for a phone could be needed? Its called Life2Go and basically it looks like one of those USB adapters that go into the car’s (formerly known as) cigarette lighter or now known as being a USB charging port. But instead of plugging a USB cable into this, the car is charging up the Life2Go so that it’s internal battery can perform the task of being a (real) emergency battery Powerpack. So it can be used in the car with the motor off, no need to worry about draining the car battery. The Life2Go only has 1000 mAH so it’s not going to take you too far or too fast, but for getting a quick charge/topping off so that the power gauge on the phone can be riding in the safe zone, it’s very helpful
Life2Go comes in gold, copper and space gray and retails for $29.95. Both it and Lifecard are designed to help out when it’s really needed and otherwise stay out of the way.