Roaming around on the CES floor, it is easy to come across gems of technology that are not on your agenda. Needless to say, there was a huge focus on the battery life of mobile devices at CES, be it phones or tablets. This meant an introduction to the devices with extra-large battery or even coming across with phone cases that act as the charger for your smartphone. It does not end there, and we have many more creative cases coming your way in the coming days.
I came across MyCharge while I was on the way to some other exhibitor booth on my agenda, and it got me curious. I enquired, and the hosts were kind enough to give me a tour of their booth. I am glad I took that tour, as everybody knows that our battery-sucking, perpetually near-death smart devices can always use a battery backup, and MyCharge has quite a few solutions in the area.
They also gave me the Hub 6000 as a review unit, which I have tested for the last few days. Read on to know it fared.
The Hub 6000 Portable Battery Backup
The Hub 6000 packs a 6000mAh lithium Ion battery in a smooth casing shaped like a small brick with a curved top. It comes with a built-in lightning connector, a MicroUSB connector as well as a USB port to use your conventional USB cables for charging any device.
When standing upright, there is a USB port along one side while the other side houses the lightning connector as well as the MicroUSB. All the integrated ports and cables have protective covers to keep them safe from dust and moisture. It also improves the look of the device by making it look smooth and full. No exposed and ugly-looking ports here.
Above these connectors, there is a battery level indicator. You can press it once for it to turn on and indicate the battery level. It blinks green while charging and red when it needs charging.
On the bottom side, again protected by a covering, are the built-in wall prongs for charging the Hub. These prongs are available only for the 6000 and 9000 models. When not in use, you can simply fold the prongs into the body of the Hub and cover it up.
So, How Good it is at Charging?
As mentioned earlier, this is the 6000 mAh variant that is stated to give an extra talk time of 27 hours. There are also the 300 mAh and 9000 mAh variants of the Hub which would give you added 13 and 40 hours of talk time respectively.
The Lightning connector has an output of 5VDC at 1.0A while the USB port has an output of 5VDC at 2.1A. That leaves a 0.5A output for the MicroUSB, making the maximum combined output 3.6A. When all the ports are not in use, the MicroUSB gives an output of 1A.
That’s for the specifications. While testing the battery backup, I used it as the sole charger for my HTC One for a few days. I got two complete charges from about 10% and the third one went up to about 70% when the low-battery indicator started flashing. Given that the One has a battery capacity of 2300mAh, the math approximately adds up well.
Should You Buy The Hub 6000?
Honestly, this is the first portable battery backup solution that I have tried out. So I have no set level to compare it against. The Hub is a standalone solution to portable battery backup for most mobiles and tablets. It is quite compact and can be easily carried in a backpack. It is well designed, comes with integrated connectors and can keep your devices alive for a significant time.
So, yes, I think the Hub is worth a purchase. Does it justify a $99.99 price? That is one factor I’ll leave up to you to decide. If you are unsure, do check out below some of the alternative products they launched at CES. They would be available later this year.
Alternatives to The Hub from MyCharge
The Talk & Charge Series
A series of sleek and ultra-thin portable batteries that you can easily use to charge iPhones and other MicroUSB devices while you talk.
The Razor Series
Super slim design for charging on the go. Comes in 3000mAh and 6000mAh variants.
The AMP Series
High-powered mini power packs with a soft-touch design available in three capacities – 2200mAh, 3000mAh and 6000mAh. Take your pick.
Well, there you have it. The Hub 6000 as well as the upcoming portable battery solutions. Which one would you prefer as your portable backup? Let us know in the comments below.
See Also: Prong’s PocketPlug: An iPhone Case that Comes With an Integrated Charger