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A compact, self-contained portable power supply
on June 12, 2013
Three outputs (Apple lightning, micro USB,USB-A)
Lightning and USB-A port are 2.1 A
Integrated Apple Lightning and micro USB ports (male)
Integrated, fold-out wall prongs for charging in an AC outlet
Can charge up to three devices at a time
All-in-one convenience; no need to pack power cords or synch cables for selected devices
Only 6000 mAh
Integrated Apple Lightning and micro USB ports are not designed so that it is easy to use your device while charging
The myCharge Hub 6000 mAh Power Bank, is a well made external power supply that can be used to power up or charge your smart phone, iPhone, iPod, iPad, or other accessories. It has the usual standard USB-A port, but also has integrated Apple lightning and micro USB out ports so you can charge your devices on the go without having to remember to bring your synch cable.
The device itself is 4.5 x 1.4 x.7.4 inches and weighs 9.3 ounces--about the size of an iPhone 4 but twice as thick. It's casing is made of plastic but is highlighted with attractive, brushed aluminum panels and easy to grip rubberized areas.
The rubber cover on the bottom opens on one side to reveal fold-out prongs that connect to a standard, USA wall outlet. The other side reveals a USB-A port. The two L-shaped rubberized fingers atop the device can be pulled back to reveal an Apple Lightning connector and a mirco USB out connector.
Charging the device is as simple as plugging it into an outlet. You simply pull back the rubber cover and fold out the AC prongs. (A bit of a gripe--they might want to make a little lip of a handle at the base of the AC prongs wider to make them easier to flip the plug position on future devices.) I really like the integrated plug however--there is no need to remember to bring an extra power cord. The battery indicator atop the device tells you when it is completely charged--generally speaking this takes about 4 hours if the battery is fully drained.
I like the fact that the USB-A out is 2.1 A--this means that you can charge certain devices more quickly and that this can fire up/more quickly charge even some of the more demanding tablet computers.
The integrated Apple Lightning and mini USB ports are a nice touch too, as you don't have to remember to bring a synch cable with you to charge your device. The fact that the Lightning connector also runs at 2.1 A means that you have enough juice to charge or run an iPad.
The problem with the rubberized, L-shaped Lightning and mini USB connectors, however, is that they are not long enough to really allow you to use a device easily when it is connected to the myCharge. The device ends up being too close to the battery and a little difficult to use. If the myCharge connectors were longer, this would not be the case. This is not insurmountable--you can use your USB cable and connect to the USB port to give you more berth, but it would have been nice if the integrated connectors were a little longer.
6000 mAh will give you a fair amount of power and the myCharge also seems to hold its charge well.
That said, I have a 10,000 mAh Anker external battery ]] that is not much bigger or heavier than the myCharge (and the latest version of this device is 14,000 mAh). The Anker definitely supplies more power for less of a price; on the other hand, the Anker doesn't have integrated connectors and you have to bring a separate power cord to charge the battery.
My preference for these kind of things, though, is that everything else being equal (including portability), you should try for the maximum power storage you can afford. If you want the myCharge and you can afford it, it looks as though they have a 9000 mAH version of this device on their website, which should be coming to Amazon really soon.
Still, the myCharge is generally a well thought out self-contained power device that will definitely give you power on the go. It is a convenient, all-in-one, stow-and-go option. The major convenience is that you don't have to look for connectors or bother to pack cords; just throw it in the suitcase or your car's glove compartment and you're ready to go. If you have a current generation iPad, the integrated Lightning connector is an added bonus.