Review: HyperMac Nano external iPhone battery
If you ever wondered what techies did BEB -- Before eBay -- to find the coolest "used" technologies, widgets and gizmos, they simply traveled to a local Hamfest. A Hamfest, for everyone who missed this rare sub-culture gathering of the Ham amateur radio generation[s], it is a massive second hand technology fair, occurring nearly every weekend during warm weather. My father would travel for miles to attend; anything to be surrounded by the old "junk" that was sold to other hams, engineers, hobbyists, anyone who sought out motherboard key chains or electronics equipment that seemed 100's of years old to me. But to my Dad, this was nirvana. Someone else's adventure and inventions became my Dad's treasures.
To "appease" him I would tag along, but I never knew how much of an impact those fairs and that time with my Dad would have on my life until recently. I can trace back my love for technologies and gizmos to those Sunday mornings basking in the hot sun, hanging out with my Dad and rummaging through the broadcast isles and WWII surplus. I expanded my knowledge of old equipment, hardware, inventing, and my father. Now I truly understand the old adage, one mans junk is another's treasure. When my father found something interesting, perhaps something like a $40,000 spectrum analyzer that needed a bit of work that he could buy for pennies on the dollar, he'd tell everyone about his find, why it was so great and why we lugged it home.
Years later, when I find a product that impresses me I spend all my time in a similar fashion trying to share the good word with all who are interested. For instance, although I LOVE my iPhone, the battery life causes some problems for the executive on the go. As I travel from client to client, appointment to appointment, I am on the move and the last thing I need to go wrong is to loose touch with the world. Therefore, I depend on my iPhone to keep me in touch with work and my family.
I've tried all kinds of chargers and for one reason or another, none of them have been right for the lifestyle I lead. Most chargers slide onto the back of the iPhone forcing me to take off my case creating all kinds of issues. What do I do with my case when my iPhone is charging? My phone is simply too big and heavy once I slide on my charger. Simply said, these chargers do not meet my needs.
Then I found the Hypermac Nano and I knew it was the perfect product for me! Not only is the product technically a home run, but the device has a certain sex appeal to it, proving that even a backup battery can be fashionable and hip.
Since the iPhone hit the market, its not enough to bring a product that does everything the manufacturer says it will do to market. It's not enough to bring the best technology to the masses. It has to be cool looking, the feeling one has when they hold it has to be right and when you hold a Hypermac Nano in your hand, it feels right, slick, small, light weight - just right.
The HyperMac comes in two additional sizes and many different colors, so no matter who you are, what you do, where you go, you will be able to find one that is perfect for you and the lifestyle you lead. The HyperMac Nano sells for $69.95 and is currently on sale for $49.95 at http://www.hypershop.com/HyperMac-Nano-1800mAh-Battery-for-Apple-iPhone-iPod-iPad-s/167.htm.
Check them out before you find yourself stranded, phone-less, internet-less, alone seeking an archaic pay phone, needing to connect. If you're lucky enough to find a pay phone, you may also stumble across a local Hamfest. Be sure to attend and see what my childhood and the world were like BEB.
Gary Moskoff is a contributing editor to Ask Dave Taylor and is the President of Sleeping Giant Solutions, the company that also created the cool Ask Dave Taylor iPhone app [iTunes link]. Sleeping Giant develops unique marketing concepts, online games, software and relationship/distribution channels that position your brand deeply within your customer's lifestyle. The products I review are typically gifted to me so I can properly evaluate them over an extended period of time.
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