Review: HyperJuice Plug 15,600mAh iPad battery pack (Verdict: Essential)

Review: HyperJuice Plug 15,600mAh iPad battery pack (Verdict: Essential)

Summary: If you travel even a little, you've probably run out of battery power at the worst possible time. A charged backup battery is practically required equipment for the traveling road warrior

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Review: HyperJuice Plug 15,600mAh battery pack - Jason O'Grady

I usually travel with a backup battery because nothing's worse that getting into your seat on an airplane or train (or whatever) only to realize that you're almost out of juice. The problem is that today's power hungry devices (especially tablets require more power than a lot of backup batteries can deliver. 

The biggest culprit is the iPad 3, which requires a full 10 watts (at 2.1 amps) to fill its batteries (and usually a genuine OEM cable, too). A standard iPhone AC adapter doesn't provide enough juice to charge the iPad 3, a MacBook barely charges it, and most external batteries won't cut it. Enter the HyperJuice Plug from HyperShop -- my favorite iDevice battery. 

The HyperJuice Plug comes in either 10,400mAh ($129.95) or 15,600mAh ($159.95) configurations, pictured is the 15,600mAh in silver. Both models include two high power USB ports capable of charging two USB devices (even two iPads) simultaneously.

The Linear Technology chipset includes built-in short circuit, overcharging and temperature protection and the whole package is wrapped in a slick aluminum housing that comes in six juicy colors: pink, gold, blue, green, silver, black.

The 10,400mAh model:

  • Extend iPad (1st & 2nd generation) battery life by up to 14 extra hours 
  • Extend new iPad (3rd generation) battery life by up to 9 extra hours
  • Fully recharge the iPhone up to 7 times

The 15,600mAh model:

  • Extend iPad (1st & 2nd generation) battery life by up to 23 extra hours 
  • Extend new iPad (3rd generation) battery life by up to 13 extra hours
  • Fully recharge the iPhone up to 11 times 

The higher capacity HyperJuice Plug features a total of 15W power shared between two USB ports. Unlike other dual USB batteries with one "high power" (10 watt) USB port for iPad/tablets and a "low power" (5 watt) USB port for smartphones, HyperJuice Plug auto-detects the connected device and distributes the maximum power to the device regardless of which port it's plugged into. For example:

HyperJuice Plug 15,600mAh battery pack - Jason O'Grady

Besides being port agnostic, the best feature in the HyperJuice Plug is its built-in retractable wall plug which allows you recharge the pack without having to schlep another cable around. A close second is the five segment LED indicator that indicates how much charge the pack has after pressing a small button. HyperJuice Plug is a seriously smart battery pack that belongs in the gear bag (or glove box) of anyone that travels with an iPad, iPhone -- or both. 

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  • so cheap, so light...

    Around 150 €, street price ; let's hope it's less than O,9 kgs in a pocket, plus the 800 of the initial stuff without a true battery ; a lot of accessories, including some compulsory ones, like for the new connexion ; a sure bargain, let's jump for the snake oil vendor "baratin" ! (baratin : french slang for "marketing speak"). But the joy to own finally a fully functioning China-made mobile personal equipment, with a printed apple silhouette on one of the many pieces ! What about a true battery first ? and a USB standard connector ?
    dan-r
  • so cheap, so light...

    Around 150 €, street price ; let's hope it's less than O,9 kgs in a pocket, plus the 800 of the initial stuff without a true battery ; a lot of accessories, including some compulsory ones, like for the new connexion ; a sure bargain, let's jump for the snake oil vendor "baratin" ! (baratin : french slang for "marketing speak"). But the joy to own finally a fully functioning China-made mobile personal equipment, with a printed apple silhouette on one of the many pieces ! What about a true battery first ? and a USB standard connector ?
    dan-r
  • Very nice, Jason, but I don't need one

    I don't travel (chance would be a fine thing!)
    Laraine Anne Barker
  • Scary power

    15,600 maH is enough juice to make one a crispy critter.
    An error of three orders of magnitude does little to enhance your credibility, my boy.
    Alan C Vonderhaar
  • iSound Power Max

    So how about the iSound Power Mac 5-USB ports (16000mAh - 2.4 Amps combined) is cheaper, can be had for under $100 (I found them for
    ManoaHI
  • oops,

    I got my iSound Power Max for $54 on sale, but I still see it around $75. So you can buy two iSounds for one HyperJuice Plug. I've charged my new iPad (aka iPad 3) and iPhone at the same time. Not really important, but it has a flashlight. It also has 5 LEDs to show charge level.
    ManoaHI
  • 1000mAh = 1 Ah

    Why quote thousands of milliamp hours when you can omit the thousands by removing the 'milli' prefix?
    We know that manufacturers do it because it makes their battery capacities sound impressive but please can we return to using metric prefixes sensibly.
    The device in question is a 15.6 Ah battery, nice and simple.
    If this silly trend continues, we'll be quoting distances to work in yards instead of miles (or metres instead of kilometres).
    JohnOfStony
  • Check out the Limeade Blast

    This is a good article but I would suggest everyone Check out this video of the Limeade L130X.. Its a solid external battery.

    http://youtu.be/536bpO7lHI0
    Raneka
  • Much cheaper options available

    I would not buy an external battery pack for such a high price. There are lots of them with much cheaper price but good quality. Such as RAVPower. They have a 10400mAh for only $30 and you can get a larger one of 14000mAh for $40. The design looks very good and quite good customer reviews.
    AlexJaz