Rugged 12,000 mAh battery pack for smartphones and tablets.
Recently I traveled west to speak at a couple of AAII Local Chapters. Whenever I pack for these trips, I am amazed by the amount of electronics I end up taking with me. Oftentimes, my laptop bag weighs nearly as much as my luggage for even several days of travel, and the sad thing is my notebook PC only weighs about three pounds. All of these electronics require power, something that is at a premium when stuck in a car for several hours or in a location with no power outlets. As a result, many companies are producing mobile power stations, such as the iBattz BattStation Tough Dual Pro and the Satechi Portable Energy Station. These portable battery packs allow you to top off your smartphone, tablet, or other mobile devices whenever a plug isn’t available. This week I take a look at another offering in this segment: the New Trent PowerPak Xtreme. This 12,000 mAh power pack offers one of the largest battery capacities I’ve seen in such a device and delivers it in a rugged, water-resistant case.
The PowerPak Extreme is designed to be drop-proof from up to one meter and water-resistant in up to three feet of water for up to an hour, so it has a thick, thermoplastic casing. It measures 1.2 inches by 2.8 inches by 5.2 inches and weighs roughly 11 ounces. The enclosure makes it bigger than the iBattz BattStation, but it weighs about the same even though the PowerPak has a larger battery capacity. As someone who always travels with a laptop bag filled to capacity, I appreciate that the PowerPak Xtreme is highly portable and doesn’t take up much space.