/>
X

Join or Sign In

Register for your free ZDNet membership or if you are already a member, sign in using your preferred method below.

Use your email Use Linkedin Use Facebook

Idapt Modulo battery packs provide power and expandability

With all mobile devices having sealed batteries, portable battery packs are a great solution for keeping you charged up and ready to go.

|
matt-miller-headshot.jpg
|
Topic: Mobility
imgp2343-v1.jpg
1 of 8 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

Idapt Modulo retail package with skins and Smart Attach piece

Most smartphones and tablets today have integrated batteries with no ability to easily swap them out when they die. There are now many portable battery alternatives and one that I have been using for the last month offers quite a bit for a very reasonable price.

The Idapt Modulo battery began as a Kickstarter campaign that went way above and beyond the original pledge amount. The batteries were designed in Spain and made in China.

Each Modulo has a capacity of 2,100 mAh and is quite compact with dimensions of 85 x 50 x 10 mm and 69 grams). What makes them a bit unique is that you can stack up to five Modulos with a combined capacity of 10,500 mAh and charge up just about any tablet, smartphone, or device that allows charging via a USB cable. You can also get 2,500 mAh Modulo units.

The Modulo is plain on three sides with one end having a USB port, microUSB port, and power button. You will see two connector pieces on bottom of the Modulo and these are where the connections to stacked units is made. On the top you will find an indicator light that lets you quickly check to see the charging status of the Modulo.

When you stack the Modulos you will see that they attach very securely. Power output from one Modulo is 1.2 amps and when stacked the output rises up to 2.4 mAh. Idapt states that over 5,000 different devices can be charged with the Modulo battery pack.

Each Modulo package, available for $25, comes with a Modulo battery, one skin, one Smart Attach piece, and a short (about 3 inches) microUSB cable. The skins are stickers available in black, green, pink, yellow, and blue that you can use to make it easier to find your Modulo if you have it in a bag or drawer. You can buy a five-skin pack for $5.

The Smart Attach piece is a sticky piece of material that you can attach to the back of your device to hold the Modulo on while you charge up your device. If it collects dirt then you can just rinse it off with water to get it back to a sticky condition again.

Idapt has — and will soon have more — accessories for the Modulo too. These include a solar receiver, Qi wireless receiver so you can charge up the Modulo via your Qi charging plate, crank charging Modulo, and dual cable Module attachment.

Idapt has smart charging technology built into the Modulo so when you have multiple Modulos stacked up the Modulo plugged in closest to your device is discharged first. You can charge up both your device and Modulo at the same time as well.

imgp2344-v1.jpg
2 of 8 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

Business end of the Modulo batteries

imgp2345-v1.jpg
3 of 8 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

Side view of stacked Modulos

imgp2346-v1.jpg
4 of 8 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

They stack and remain secure

imgp2347-v1.jpg
5 of 8 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

Modulo batteries

imgp2348-v1.jpg
6 of 8 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

Indicator light

imgp2349-v1.jpg
7 of 8 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

Smart Attach piece and blue skin

imgp2350-v1.jpg
8 of 8 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

Modulo charging up a Nokia Lumia 1520

Related Galleries

Incipio Grip and Kate Spade cases for Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Fold 3: Stylish drop protection
incipio-z-fold-3-flip-3-2.jpg

Related Galleries

Incipio Grip and Kate Spade cases for Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Fold 3: Stylish drop protection

ZAGG Gear4 Bridgetown case for Samsung Z Fold 3 and Flip 3: D3O drop protection
zagg-gear4-case-z-fold3-flip3-2.jpg

Related Galleries

ZAGG Gear4 Bridgetown case for Samsung Z Fold 3 and Flip 3: D3O drop protection

First look: iPhone 13 Apple event [in pictures]
california-streaming-2.jpg

Related Galleries

First look: iPhone 13 Apple event [in pictures]

First Look: Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip 3 [pictures]
01-001ef-gf711t-001-front-navy-210719-h.jpg

Related Galleries

First Look: Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip 3 [pictures]

Working with the Cat S62 Pro and its thermal imaging camera
cat-s62-pro-flir-use-12.jpg

Related Galleries

Working with the Cat S62 Pro and its thermal imaging camera

Google Pixel Buds A Series review: in pictures
google-pixel-budsa-9.jpg

Related Galleries

Google Pixel Buds A Series review: in pictures

Nomad Rugged Leather Moment case: MagSafe, 10-foot protection, and advanced lens support
nomad-moment-iphone-12pm-1.jpg

Related Galleries

Nomad Rugged Leather Moment case: MagSafe, 10-foot protection, and advanced lens support