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Socket Mobile Power Pack Review
Posted on 17-Jan-2006 17:21 by M Freitas | Tags Filed under: Reviews


Tired of carrying multiple chargers, one for each different device (the Pocket PC, the Smartphone, the iPod, the Portable Media Center, the Bluetooth stereo headphones, the Bluetooth stereo adapter, the rechargeable Bluetooth GPS, and more)?

I was too. Until I found that Socket's Mobile Power Pack was actually available in New Zealand. I bought one of these for my own use (plus a couple to give to some geek friends) and immediately reaped the benefits.

The idea is simple: a super 5 volt rechargeable Lithium Ion battery, with 7,200 mAh capacity (output is 5 volts @ 1.8 Amps) – and a USB Type A plug.

On top of this a collection of cables in a variety of formats, and an AC adapter with with 4 international wall plugs for USA/Europe/UK/Aust:

  • Apple iPod Charging Cable (for the newer Mini iPod, iPod Shuffle and iPods with color)
  • 6 volt Booster (for use with Nokia Phones & other 6v devices)
  • Palm Charging Cable for Treo 650, T5 and LifeDrive
  • Retractable USB Cable
  • 2.5 mm Barrel connector/adapter to USB (LG, Kyocera)
  • 3.5 mm Barrel connector/adapter to USB (Nokia, digital cameras, Garmin)
  • 4.0 mm Barrel connector/Cable to USB (for Pocket PCs)
  • Travel Pouch - (Helps to keep all the pieces together)

    This is what you need to keep (most) of your devices charged – even when in the air plane or away from a power socket.

    Socket Mobile Power Pack

    You can see from this list that a single Mobile Power Pack can replace lots of chargers – very useful on a road trip.

    Its use is very simple: remove it from the box, charge it first time for approximately seven hours, and from now on you have lots of power to charge other devices – simply plug the appropriate cable on its USB Type A connector, turn it on and wait for the full charge.

    Depending on the device being charged, a full Mobile Power Pack can be used for up to 3 or 4 times before needing recharge – and that number of course depends on what’s the battery level on the device being plugged.

    The Socket Mobile Power Pack comes in a neat leather pouch and a branded zip bag can be used to carry the accessories.

    It sports a very simple user interface: a yellow LED announces low charge, and a red LED notifies the user of status (charging or full).

    Measuring 4 x 3 x 1 in (101.6 x 76.2 x 25.4 mm) and weghing 312 g (11 oz) it is not the smallest device, but it is better than carrying multiple different power adapters.

    Socket Mobile Power Pack
    Charging the TNZ Apache Pocket PC Phone Edition (Audiovox/Sprint XV6700)

    An interesting story about using Socket Mobile Power Pack in American airports: with the increased security screening in these areas, one TSA team actually used one of those bomb detectors to test my unit because the device “looked suspicious” on the X Ray machine.

    The Socket Mobile Power Pack is available in New Zealand through APT or you can find your local reseller from Socket Communications.

    Pros
  • Single charging solution for a variety of mobile devices
  • Standard USB connector – if you have an appropriate USB cable you can charge your device
  • Can charge devices anywhere

    Cons
  • Missing a 15v power plug for emergency use with laptops





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