Portable Power Choices #MiPow #PureGear #JustMobile #Tylt

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Up until 3 years ago there weren’t a lot of choices for portable power. When people needed to charge their mobile, they would find the nearest plug-in or plug into their vehicle’s CLA. Well now there’s all sorts of choices! Why limit your movement when you can get a stylish and functional portable power charger and have power on the go!

In this post we’ll outline the portable power choices that Cesium offers and what makes each brand and model different from the others.

 

There are 5 criteria that portable power chargers are organized into:

  1. Battery size in milliamps (mAh): this is how much power the portable power device will hold, or how many times you can charge your device. If you know your device’s battery size then this will help you decide on the portable power battery size you need.
  2. Output (amps): how fast your device will charge. 1.0A is a trickle, or slow charge. 2.1A or more is a fast charge.
  3. Size and style: how convenient is it to carry around? Does it match your style?
  4. Compatibility: does it work with your device?
  5. Price: you get what you pay for. All of these devices use the highest quality parts and batteries.

We’ll outline each brand and model based on the above criteria.

NOTE: Cesium carries only the highest quality brands and builds of portable power and cable products. When it comes to Apple products, this means that ALL power products that have Apple Lightning connectors are MFi (made for iPhone/iPod/iPad) certified. You can read more about the MFi program here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MFi_Program.

Remember: ONLY buy MFi certified power products for your Apple devices.

Look for this logo on the packaging for cables and electronics that plug into your Apple devices:

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MiPow

MiPow offers a variety of stylish and easy to carry portable power options. From their Universal Power Tubes to their JuiceSync Power Tubes that have a free app you can download, MiPow has something for every person that needs a portable power solution.

Their Universal Power Tubes are great for price-conscious consumers that just need something simple to throw in their bag or pocket. You’ll need to carry your own cable for these if you use an Apple device, or use the supplied micro USB cable if you’re an Android, BlackBerry or Windows phone user. Bright LED lights on the Universal Power Tube give a clear indication of power level.

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Colour available: Black, Blue, Red

Battery size (mAh): 2,600 & 5,200

Output: 2600 is 1.0A. 5200 is 2.1A.

Size and Style: both the 2600mAh model and 5200mAh model are easy to carry in a bag or pocket. The outside of the Universal Power Tube is finished with a high-end anodized aluminum alloy. Very satisfying to handle and use.

Compatibility: the Universal Power Tube is compatible with all devices, as long as you use the proper cable. It will come with a micro USB to USB cable or charging, which can also be used to power your device. If you’re an Apple user you’ll need to supply your own Lightning cable.

Price: $19.95 to $34.95 (MSRP)

 

The original Power Tubes from MiPow come with connectors for your device. No carrying around a separate cable! You have to make sure you pick the proper portable power tube for your device. The 4000mAh & 5200mAh models will allow you to charge two devices at the same time (just make sure you have a cable for the other device). Bright LED lights on the Power Tube give a clear indication of power level.

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Colours available: Black, Blue, Pink, Silver, Purple & Grey

Battery size (mAh): 2,600, 4,000 & 5,200

Output: 2,600 & 4,000 is 1.0A. 5,200 is 2.1A.

Size and Style: like the Universal Power Tubes, the original Power Tubes are easy to carry around in a bag or pocket. The outside of the Power Tube is finished with a high-end anodized aluminum alloy. Very satisfying to handle and use.

Compatibility: Apple (Lightning) and micro USB depending on the model (connector) you purchase.

Price: $34.95 to $84.95 (MSRP)

 

The latest of the MiPow portable power family is the Power Tube 3000 with JuiceSync app. Much like the original Power Tubes, these come with the connector built in…but also offer a free app you can download to monitor your Power Tube’s power level. The JuiceSync app also lets you monitor your battery temperature, set alerts and distance between your device and the Power Tube 3000 (yes, it’ll tell you if you’re close or about to be separated). Bright LED lights on the Power Tube 3000 give a clear indication of power level.

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Colours available: Black, Navy Blue, Pink & Light Blue.

Battery size (mAh): 2,600, 4,000 & 5,200

Output: 2,600 & 4,000 is 1.0A. 5,200 is 2.1A.

Size and Style: the Power Tube 3000 has a soft-touch plastic finish. Very premium look and feel. Just like all the other MiPow products, the Power Tube 3000 is easy to carry around in a bag or pocket. LED lights allow you to check the power level at the push of a button, or use the JuiceSync app.

Compatibility: Apple (Lightning) and micro USB depending on the model (connector) you purchase.

Price: $49.95 to $59.95 (MSRP)

MiPow link on Cesium: http://www.cesiumonline.com/brands/mipow?originalcategory=390

 

 

Just Mobile

Just Mobile is a brand that brings elegance and style to the table in a portable power product. Their Gum++ and TopGum++ products have won numerous design awards, including a Red Dot award for style: http://red-dot.de/pd/online-exhibition/work/?lang=en&code=30-01922-2015&y=2015&c=164&a=0

Most models are made wrapped in a unibody aluminum, except the white colour which is a hard plastic. Bright LED lights on the Gum++ and TopGum++ give a clear indication of power level.

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Colours available: Silver, Red, Gold (aluminum) & White (plastic)

Battery size (mAh): 6,000

Output: 2.5A

Size and Style: Just Mobile’s Gum++ and TopGumm++ are not as “portable friendly” as other products on the market, but are perfect for placing in a handbag, backpack or laptop bag. They are a little bulky for pant pockets.

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Compatibility: the Gum++ is compatible with all devices, as long as you supply the cable. The TopGum++ comes with a built-in Apple Lightning cable.

Price: Gum++ is between $69.95 & $79.95 (MSRP) depending on outside finish and colour.

  • TopGum++ is $89.95 (MSRP)

Just Mobile link on Cesium: http://www.cesiumonline.com/brands/just-mobile?originalcategory=390

 

 

PureGear

PureGear made it simple: the most milliamps (mAh) and the most outputs (1.0 & 2.1.). While not the most stylish, PureGear Powerbank is going for functionality over everything else. The Powerbank is not something you want to pack around in your pocket, but is easy to carry in a handbag, backpack or laptop bag. Definitely for the traveller! It does have some weight to it. Bright LED lights on the Powerbank give a clear indication of power level.

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Colours available: Black

Battery size (mAh): 10,000

Output: 1.0A & 2.1A (two outputs!)

Size and Style: about the size (width and length) of a men’s wallet and just over ½ inch thick.

Compatibility: all devices. The PureGear Powerbank comes with a short micro USB to USB cable for charging. Apple users will need to supply their own cable.

Price: $64.99 (MSRP)

PureGear link on Cesium: http://www.cesiumonline.com/categories/portable-power/puregear-60906pg-powerbank-10-000-mah-black

 

 

Tylt

The last brand on our tour is Tylt. Tylt has a unique approach to style and functionality. As Tylt says: “we are inclined to innovate.” The designs of the Energi 2k, Energi 2k travel charger and Energi 5k+ show plenty of innovation.

The Energi Tylt-ENERGI20GYT-Black_Gray2k is much like your standard portable power battery pack. Plug in your separately supplied cable and you’re good to go.

 

TyltCollageThe Energi 2k travel charger was designed to replace your standard wall charger and keep you charged all day and night, no matter where you are. Simply plug the 2k travel charger into your wall and it acts like a normal USB wall charger (you supply the cable). The prongs then fold up so you can take it with you.

Tylt-IP5ENERGI52RDT-RedThe Energi 5k+ is unique because it has both a micro USB connection (for Android, BlackBerry, Windows) and a Lightning connection for Apple devices. At a rate of 3.0A it’s meant to quickly charge any device.

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Colours available: Black with Blue, Red or Grey accents and Blue (Energi 2k travel charger only)

Battery size (mAh): 2,000 to 5,200

Output: between 1.0A & 3.0A depending on which model

Size and Style: about the size (width and length) of a men’s wallet and just 7/16″ thick.

Compatibility: micro USB and Apple devices, depending on connections.

Price: $39.99, $49.99 & $89.99 (MSRP)

Tylt link on Cesium: http://www.cesiumonline.com/brands/tylt?originalcategory=390

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