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Kensington Pocket Battery for Smartphones

April 24th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

4 stars

The Kensington Pocket Battery for Smartphones is a little battery pack that you can use to charge up your smartphone while on the go. Modern smartphones, with their larger screens and 4G connections, suck up battery life like there’s no tomorrow. Until battery technology catches up with the power demands of portable devices, I see battery packs like the Kensington Pocket Battery being very popular.

PROS

  • Very slim and compact
  • Supports most smartphones
  • Easy to use

CONS

  • Could use a little more power

When I recently went on a week-long business trip, I knew that my HTC Incredible 2 Android smartphone would not last me all day. I ended up carrying my charger around with me, to top off wherever and whenever I could. It was hugely inconvenient for me to ration the use of my phone throughout the day. If I’d had a better charging solution, it would’ve greatly reduced my stress.

Kensington Pocket Battery package

The Kensington Pocket Battery is a very simple gadget accessory. It weighs less than 2 ounces, is about 3.5-inches long, less than 2.5-inches wide, and is only 0.39-inches thick. The bottom of the unit contains a short USB cable for charging the battery itself.

Kensington Pocket Battery bottom

On one side of the Pocket Battery is a short micro-USB cable and on the other side is a short mini-USB cable. Between the two connectors, you’ll be able to charge a wide variety of non-Apple smartphones.

Kensington Pocket Battery cables out

The top of the Pocket Battery has green and red LED lights and a battery status button. A green light means that the Pocket Battery has over 30% life remaining while a red light means it has less than 30% life remaining.

Kensington Pocket Battery top

After a few charge cycles, I determined that the 1200mAh battery in the Pocket Battery was able to charge a depleted 1450mAh battery in my HTC Incredible 2 to about 50%.

Kensington Pocket Battery with HTC Incredible 2

The Kensington Pocket battery for smartphones is a great little accessory at a very affordable price. While it doesn’t have quite enough juice to completely charge up most modern smartphones, it will sufficiently top off most of them. I’d personally love a version of the Pocket Battery that has twice the capacity, even if it means the physical dimensions grow to twice the size, and the cost increases as well. Until that happens, however, I’ll be happily using the current Pocket Battery.

Available from Amazon.com.

* Review unit provided by Kensington

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