The MiPow Power Tube 2200 is an externallithium-ion battery pack that can charge your iPhone and a host of other small gadgets like cellphones and handheld game devices.
Power Tube to go
The Power Tube 2200 is shaped like a large, um, battery. It’s about twice the height and maybe three times the volume of an AA battery. It fits nicely in my hand, and slips easily into a pants pocket or any small compartment in a bag., The aluminum casing gives it a classy look and sets it apart from the usual crowd of black, plastic external batteries that you see in the tiangge and gadget shops in places like Greenhills.
The power output is equal to what you get from a USB 2.0 port on a modern computer, so you can use it with the gadgets you regularly plug into your computer’s USB port for charging. The Power Tube 2200 comes with an array of tips (11 all in all) for both new and old devices: an Apple 30-pin dock connector (iPhones and iPods only), a mini USB port (perfect for my Jabra BT3030 and D-Link MiFi device), a micro-USB port (Blackberry, HTC and newer Samsung smartphones), and proprietary tips for the Nintendo DS handhelds, Sony PSP, and older models of Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG, and Sony Ericsson phones (yes, you can charge your T68i with this!).
The initial charging period took about 4 hours. You use what looks like a USB-to-audio cable for charging, plugging the “audio” tip into the Power Tube and the USB tip into a computer or a powered USB hub. The plastic top of the Power Tube glows red while charging, and turns blue when fully charged.
Powering a plethora of gadgets
Once fully charged, you can then use the Power Tube 2200 to charge your gadgets. It brought my nearly depleted iPhone 3GS from a 15% charge to 100% in a little more than 3 hours (3:05); with a 2200 mAh capacity, that’s enough to charge my iPhone from flat to full once, and still have a little bit of juice leftover for a partial charge. This makes it great for weekend trips, for example, as I don’t have to pack the white Apple AC brick and hunt down an outlet when I need to recharge. Most other smartphones will have battery capacities less than 2200 mAh, so the Power Tube should be good for at least one full charge. The same will be true for larger devices such a Nintendo DS (the DS XL, for example, has a 1050 mAh battery) and a Sony PSP (the PSP 3000 has a 1200 mAh battery). It’s really a pity MiPow did not build in some sort of capacity indicator, so you know mow much capacity is left after charging a device or two.
Overall, the Power Tube is a handy, nice-looking external charger for small devices. For someone like me who always has a phone and a Mifi device stowed away in my bag, it’s great for . About the only thing I don’t like about it are the long charging times, both to charge the Power Tube, and to use it to charge other devices. I’ll have to remember to charge it overnight to make sure its fully charged when I leave first thing in the morning.
Price: Php 1,999.00
Available at the following stores: iStudio, A-Shop, Digital Hub, Digital Walker, Astro Vision, Astro Plus and Octagon
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