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New Trent iCarrier IMP120D
The New Trent was recommended more often than others in this collection. My colleague Jason Perlow uses one on his business trips and had good things to say about it.
From the New Trent product page:
- Charge Phones up to 6 times
- Portable iPhone Battery Pack
- Unrivaled Power & Speed - 12,000mAh Power
- Built to Last: 500x Charge Cycle Guarantee
- Dual USB: 2.1A and 1A
- Compact and Lightweight
- Compatible with Major Smartphones
The iCarrier can charge a phone and tablet at the same time with its dual USB ports. One is higher output than the other to charge bigger devices faster than a typical phone charger.
There is no pass-through capability so the iCarrier cannot charge devices while its internal battery is charging. Its 12,000 mAH capacity is twice that of the other products in this collection.
Mophie Powerstation Duo
The Mophie Juice Pack is a popular case for the iPhone with internal battery to extend phone usage. That case adds weight and bulk to the phone that many do not like.
Mophie also makes a separate portable charger that can be used to charge a tablet and phone at the same time. The Powerstation Duo has a 6,000 mAH with high output delivery for fast charging of tablets and phones.
From the Mophie product page:
- Dual-charging ports
- 2.1 amp charging output
- Built-in short circuit, overcharge protection
- 6,000 mAh battery
This charger does not have pass-through capability so it cannot be used to charge devices while charging its internal battery.
The ZAGG folks are well-known for their iPad keyboards and cases, but they also have a line of portable battery packs.
The ZAGGsparq 6000 is a small pack with an integrated power plug, making it one of the smallest in this collection.
From the ZAGG product page:
- Rechargeable lithium polymer backup battery
- Built-in prongs for convenient charging
- When plugged into an outlet, the ZAGGsparq works just like a wall charger (directly charging the device, then charging the internal battery)
- On/off switch to prevent battery drainage
- 2.1A output for ultra-fast charging, up to four times faster than a standard USB charger
- Universal charger powers all USB-charged mobile devices
- Charges iPad and other tablets at optimal speed
The ability to use the ZAGGsparc as a wall charger eliminates one or two power adapters from the travel bag.