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Innergie PocketCell Universal USB Battery Reviewed

The Innergie PocketCell USB battery-based charger is a relatively small and light charger packing a power capacity of 3000mah. The awesome part is that it is small enough to easily fit in your pocket and simultaneously only weigh 72g. That?s only about half the weight of an iPhone 4S. The Innergie power adapter is one that sets itself apart from the rest of the field primarily because of the innovation that exists within the connector.

While the Innergie PocketCell charger itself looks like it is an Apple charger, it is actually a nearly universal power charger and battery. The reason why we loosely throw around the word universal is primarily because of the fact that the single connector can break into at least three different connectors supporting Apple, microUSB as well as miniUSB which effectively covers all current generation Apple iOS products (until the iPhone 5) and all Android, Windows Phone, and even Blackberry since Blackberries use both micro and mini USB depending on the generation of the device.

The Innergie PocketCell charger/battery is very simple and relatively elegant in design and functionality. The battery part of the device comprises of two USB ports and a button. One port is MicroUSB and the other full-sized USB. The Micro USB side is designed to enable the device itself to be charged through it?s own cable or through any microUSB cable that you may have available to you to deliver power. The other end is a standard USB connector which enables the unique Innergie cable to connect to the battery of the device and charge the smartphone or tablet that you may have. The power/battery section of the device also features a button that you can press for about a second to initiate a charge as well as to see how much power is left in the battery.Doing a long press will show up to four lights indicating full with each subsequent number of lights indicating a lower and lower level of power.

Once you?ve used up all of the power in the PocketCell you can then proceed to recharge the device using either an in-wall plug usb power adapter that you would use for a smartphone or a tablet or any laptop USB charging port. Generally, the latter is more convenient, but having to constantly remember to recharge it can be a little bit frustrating. Because of this fact, we really advocate that Innergie consider having the PocketCell set up in a way that it can serve as a phone charger as well as a battery and once it?s done charging it can simply charge the on-board battery. This is in contrast to some of the other devices out there that we?ve tested in the past that functioned as both chargers and battery backups for smartphones, etc. The battery on that device has actually degraded over the past 2 years, and it has approximately half the capacity, so it?s a bit less useful nowadays.

The Innergie PocketCell comes with a standard 3 year warranty (with registration), which is extremely encouraging because most battery-based products generally only come with a 1 year warranty since most of the device?s cycles have been used up in that period of time. We applaud Innergie for such a long warranty compared to the industry standard and we look forward to more companies doing the same.

Taking a look at the Innergie PocketCell?s price, you can see that it sells on Amazon for $68.00 which is by no measure inexpensive, however, it isn?t necessarily overpriced when you consider the capacity of the device in combination with its overall portability and weight, not to mention the unique universal cable.

Overall, the Innergie PocketCell is the best batter-based phone and tablet charger that we?ve tested to date. When you consider the overall capacity of the battery and the fact that it is able to deliver 3000mAh of power in such a small and light package you really begin to appreciate the device. Most smartphones today, with the exception of the Droid Razr MAXX have batteries with capacities smaller than 3000mAh, meaning that you will get at least a full battery charge out of this device. When it comes to tablets like the Nexus 7 (4300mAh) and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (7000mAh) you may find yourself using this device as more of something to keep it from dying rather than a full battery charge, however it should be pretty substantial in the case of the Nexus 7. As we stated earlier, we would really like to see this device to be able to do a pass-through functionality which would then switch to charging the internal battery. That is likely the next step for this awesome device.

Based on our usage and the product?s specifications and abilities, we?d like to award the Innergie PocketCell our Innovation Award for Mainstream.