I purchased my iPhone 5 just before the New Year on December 29th. I was so excited and still love my new phone, but after using it for a week or so, I knew I was going to need some help getting through my favorite convention, CES, the Consumer Electronic Show.
It is amazing how Las Vegas runs down any mobile phone. Phones simply die much faster out there. I always practice my ABC’s, Always Be Charging, but I knew that was going to be next to impossible during CES. CES is a marathon. I’m on the move for the four days, running from meeting to meeting, checking out new products, talking with developers, manufacturers and listening to speeches. There’s just no time to plug in and charge.
I flew out to Las Vegas, arriving in the morning of the first day of the convention. I was exhausted before I arrived, and my phone had been beaten down as well. It was already about to die and it was only 9:30AM!
First up was an immediate visit to the Las Vegas Convention Center. I knew this was going to be a banner year, it was extremely crowded, but I was on a mission. I needed one more device to help me take on what was going to be one of the busiest weeks of my life: an extra battery for my iPhone 5.
I started in the iLounge section, wandering into a few companies who developed chargers, as I watched my phone die quickly. There I meet MyCharge. These guys were great! They are focused on the intersection between design and functionality and it shows in their product line.
I was given the grand tour, seeing all of their latest products, including the Amp, the Jolt, and Hub series. And finally seeing their AMPxt Series for rugged power, ending with the Peak – the Swiss Army knife of mobile chargers. The new Peak 6000 is a rechargeable 6000mAh battery pack that will charge the average smartphone 4 times, offering 670 hours of charging time, 27 hours of talk time, 134 hours of music, and 34 hours of video.
This product, like most of the MyCharge line, has a few connectors built in. There is a built in Apple connector for the iPhone 3G and 4, a Micro USB connector, plus a USB slot for your iPhone 5 and/or 100′s of other products that need a USB slot to charge. You can charge 3 products at once and a LED battery indicator tells you just how much time you can be in the field.
My favorite part of the charger, believe it or not, is the voice notification that tells you when the device is charging and when it is ready to go. (It is worth noting that this is also my wife’s least favorite function of this charger, however, I believe that this team did a great job on the voice notifications, which speaks in four languages: English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.) Another one of my favorite features is built into most MyCharge devices; the fold out wall prong to actually charge the device. That’s right, no cord!
It was at this time that the gentlemen leading my “tour” offered me a new Summit 3000 charger and my trip turned around. The device was charged and ready to go. I was off, with my CES marathon in full swing.
I started each day at 7:30AM, being one of the first at the show every day. In fact, it’s worth noting that if you attend CES, be sure to visit the show floor early every day, it’s empty! I returned each day to my hotel between 1AM and 3AM in the morning, spending all day at the Convention Center and all night running from events such as Showstoppers (always my favorite of all the events I attend) and parties being thrown by companies such as Kingston, Sony and Ford.
I returned to my hotel one morning at 3:30 AM and was thrilled to see that MyCharge battery pack had kept my phone charged all night. Although the charger was out of energy, my phone was still 50% charged. Between my charger and phone, I lasted 18+ hours in the field fully charged. I could tweet, Facebook and work all day, knowing that my phone was going to remain charged as I ran around Las Vegas like a chicken with my head cut off.
So if you are an executive and have a job where you are on the road all day and night, be sure to bring along your MyCharge device and stay connected 24 hours a day, every day.
You can buy a MyCharge device on their website, mychargepower.com or on Amazon for $39.99 – $99.99. The Peak 6000 I had runs $99.99.