Power up your iPhone with the Power Tube 3000 Backup Battery
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Power Tube 3000 Backup Battery
Portable battery backup chargers can come in varying sizes and shapes, but having an app-enabled connection can be a game changer. But before we get to that point, the MIPOW Power Tube 3000 Backup Battery has 3000mAH capacity which translates into about 2X recharging capabilities for an iPhone or latest gen iPod. The reason why it’s Apple and not Android is easy: the output has an attached Lightning connector permanently a part of it. For charging it up, there’s a USB port to provide the intake for the “juice” needed.
The basic shape is rectangular and more in keeping with looking like a flash drive than the usual square charger most are used to (that includes the top cap which “pops” off for revealing the connector. That means the 3000 can fit in smaller spaces than is the norm, which is a good thing. Putting it in the carrying pouch will help to keep the crumbs away, should it get lumped in with the snacks on a trip.
Now about that app — it’s free but there’s nothing new about that. What IS new is that the JuiceSync app syncs with the charger as a battery monitor. So it’s able to give you a quick look as to what the battery level is, as well as the charging status. That’s ok but there’s more fun stuff as well: as in being able to give you the temperature of the charger (which is coolio but not all that useful even if it does tell you when a preset temp has been passed) and to tell you what the distance is between it and the charger — which is better since as the charger is probably inside a backpack or case or bag, then taking a look and seeing that it’s not right on top of you means you just forget about it and you’re heading off too hard — so TURN AROUND and get it back!
The Power Tube 3000’s app makes it more unique, but it’s the shape that makes it the most effective. That, combined with the attached Lightning cable, provides a simple means for stuffing into a small space and forgetting about it being there — until it’s needed. That should be the most significant thing about any cell phone charger: that it’s there when you need it but boringly unnoticed when you don’t. So that’s where $32.00 goes but depending on the color — there’s black, grey, purple and red — it can even cost a little bit less than that.