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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent portable power source, December 18, 2008
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This review is from: Tekkeon TekCharge MP1800 (Wireless Phone Accessory)
Like many people, I live in constant fear of running out of power for my portable devices. Well, okay, maybe fear is too strong a term, but particularly when I travel in this era of hours long airline delays, I am concerned about my must-have devices, like my cell phone and media player, running out of juice.

Yes, you can buy extra batteries (and even with the Tekkeon MP1800, that may not be a bad idea), but the Tekkeon MP1800 gives you lots of back-up power in a very small, lightweight package.

Tekkeon says the unit will give you 12 hours of talk time on a smart phone, 6 hours on a portable media player and so on. I wouldn't trust the projections all that much, but based on the specifications and my limited experience so far, I'd say it is totally reasonable to presume you'll get 4 - 6 hours or more time out of any small device.

The Tekkeon MP1800 can either be a source of direct power to the device or act as a recharger for the device battery. The unit measures 3.3" x 2.1" x 1.1" and weighs 4.5 ounces. It is delivered with eight adapter tips for Blackberry, iPhone/iPod, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. With the increasing shift to the miniUSB port, however, I find that is all I need. The unit also has a flashlight, though it is relatively low-powered and cannot be used while the unit is powering another device. A lanyard is also provided.

The MP1800 has a 4,000 mAh capacity. I recharged a cell phone battery using it in about two hours, bringing it from about a 20% charge to full. According to the simple diode system on the MP1800, I still had more than 70% of the internal battery's charge remaining, more than enough to recharge the phone again or another device.

The unit has a voltage regulator to protect the devices you attach it to, a nice protective touch.

The unit is supplied with a retractable USB cord which is used both for charging from your computer and for attaching to whatever device you are going to power. Tekkeon says it takes about 8 hours to recharge the MP1800. Since it takes a standard 5v input, I strong suggest you get both car lighter and wall AC USB power adapters. Tekkeon doesn't say anything about this, but I suspect these items would provide speedier charging.

Tekkeon, by the way, has excellent customer support. I wrote them about a very small issue I had with another of their products and they responded quickly and very helpfully.

At its modest price, the Tekkeon provides a nicely designed portable power package. Small and light, you can drop it in your bag and not notice it - until youneed it, at which time you will be thankful for it. There are few things as excruciating being stuck, for example, at an airport with a dead cell phone.

Jerry
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Initial post: Oct 15, 2009 7:16:37 AM PDT
Erin Clark says:
Has anyone used this on a trip to Europe with different adaptors for different countries? My use will be with a mini digital recorder (like the Kodak Zi8). Thanks for any advice or experiences out there. Erin

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2009 9:05:59 AM PDT
With the proper power adapter for charging, I don't se why it wouldn't work. Why not contact tech support at Tekkeon? They are very friendly and helpful folks.

Jerry

Posted on Dec 24, 2009 2:34:54 AM PST
http://www.tekkeon.com/products-tekcharge1800-specs.html
If you read the page carefully it has a 4,000mAh capacity at 3.7 volts.
However, this is not the number you want, usb is 5 volts and it therefore has a 2960mAh capacity.
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