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Motorola Universal Portable Power Pack review
Posted on 11-May-2011 15:13 by M Freitas. | Tags Filed under: Reviews.

This is not the first mobile power pack I have, but the Motorola Universal Portable Power Pack is probably the smallest, lightest and easiest to use of them all.

You probably have experienced this: half way through the day your mobile device runs out of battery. Either you had too many voice calls, or you left WiFi on, or just too many emails being downloaded automatically on a busy day.

I tried a couple of other devices but they either were rather large, or required me to carry extra USB cables. The Motorola Universal Portable Power Pack is all you need in one single package.

First it comes with a built-in micro USB adapter, so you only need to device itself to charge your handset. But if your device doesn't charge through micro USB you can still use your own cable and plug it into the standard USB adapter. Actually you can charge two devices simultaneously, using the micro USB cable and the standard USB adapter.

It's very easy to use it: simply plug the micro USB cable (or your own cable) and press the button. Four LEDs will indicate the current battery level available to recharge your handset. You can also quickly check how much power is available even if it is not plugged by simply pushing the button and looking at how many LEDs light up.

With a 1420 mAh battery you won't get quite a full recharge for your device, and this will depend on how much power your device consumes during the recharge period and how low its own battery is. But that should be enough to give you an extra four to five hours of power, albeit on a slow charge. It took almost an hour to charge my LG Optimus device to about 80% of its capacity. And since its output is 5v 500mA you won't be able to charge large devices such as an iPad.

When your mobile device is charged the Motorola Universal Portable Power Pack will shutdown to save its own power.

You can charge the Motorola Universal Portable Power Pack from a wall USB adapter (included) or from a PC USB port for example. You can also charge the Motorola Universal Portable Power Pack while at the same time it charges your mobile device.

Motorola made it a "CarbonFree" product, and through an alliance with the, the company has offset the energy used to manufacture, distribute and use the portable power pack.

The Motorola Universal Portable Power Pack is available from Amazon, but it ships to New Zealand.

- Very light (200g) and small (11cm x 5cm x 1cm)
- Green product
- Micro USB and USB compatible
- Very easy to use

- Just one full charge so make it worth it

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