The advent of smartphones have brought on many technological marvels — the variety of battery chargers being one of the most common and useful. Few realize that a battery charger is just a portable electricity generator, albeit hundreds of times smaller than the gasoline powered ones that get trotted out when a home needs juice during a storm’s blackout or some other disaster. But until now these battery chargers have been limited to a phone or, in some cases, a tablet because they couldn’t output enough power. This now changes due to the ChargeTech 27,000 mAH Portable Power Outlet.
The Outlet has some similarities to that of a phone battery charger in that there is indeed a rechargeable battery inside its black or white shell. You’d expect to see USB ports for connecting to mobile devices and the like and there’s 2 of them and they’re both high speed for delivering a full 2.4 amps using an intelligent high speed charging system. But there’s also an AC outlet — you know, those thingies in the wall that send electricity to whatever at home — with the flip of a switch the outlet becomes active so no it’s not there for cosmetic value. Also there’s an LED indicator to remind you it’s being made active (complimenting the LED indicators for the battery supply). It’s there so that an electrical device can be plugged into so as to be powered on and stay on.
The Outlet itself isn’t all that big — it’s about the size of two paperback books (remember them?) — but its nearly 1.5 lbs. weight connotes that something different is going on. That feeling would be correct because the Outlet doesn’t live in the world of 5,000 or 10,000 or 12,00 mAH of power. The Outlet has 27,000 mAH to work with. That’s a lot of juice for powering a phone/tablet, but it also means those two mobile devices aren’t the end-all. There’s enough power for charging up a portable Bluetooth speaker or running a laptop that requires up to 85 watts if it’s going to boot up. Or give its battery some juice. This means that even small appliances have the potential for being used, regardless of whether the Outlet is inside the home or at a campsite or traveling in the car (although using a coffee maker in a car does sound a bit over-the-top). How about losing power to the cable modem? Sure the phone has its own battery but to connect to the home network the router has to have power. The Outlet is a solution where none existed before, certainly not in as small a package as this. And yes it is both Airline and TSA approved as well as being UL safety certified. And it has tons of safeguards built in: over-charge, heat, discharge, current, voltage and circuit protection.
ChargeTech says their 27,000 mAH Portable Power Outlet is the highest capacity battery charger out there at this time. Regardless of whether that’s right or wrong, it’s certainly true that it’s being more of a portable generator makes it unlike any of the battery chargers so common today. The Outlet completely charges itself up through the wall outlet in less than 2 hours through its own high speed cable and included is an international AC adapter so that it can be plugged into the wall regardless of where that wall is as well (U.S., Canada, France, etc.). There’s also a soft pouch for carrying it around. And for all those who say that paying a retail of $224.95 for a “battery charger” seems crazy, one has only to point to the lack of solutions at home or on-the-go when the power dies and all the needed electronics are crying out to see that it’s perfectly sane.