Of course I have a generator but I certainly wouldn’t want to start it up and waste precious gasoline just to charge something like a smartphone.
This started me on a “quest” to find a quality portable battery pack that would be capable of meeting my needs. I had some very specific requirements in mind for the product that I wanted.
- I wanted it to have a fairly large battery capacity.
- I wanted it to be small in size.
- I wanted it to be lightweight.
- I wanted it to have more than one USB port so I could charge more than one device at a time.
- I wanted it to be high quality in it’s construction.
The Product That Met My Needs Is the Mophie powerstation XL
After doing a lot of research, I contacted a company called Mophie and they were kind enough to send me a free sample of this product for testing and evaluation purposes.
I’ve been putting it through its paces for a little over a week now and let me tell you, I’m really quite impressed. Let’s begin by talking about this product’s specifications.
- Dimensions: 2.80″ x 4.50″ x 0.91″
- Weight: 11.02 ounces
- Battery Capacity: 12,000 mAh (milliamps)
- USB Charging Ports: 2
- Maximum Charging Output: 5 Volts = Max 2.4 amps at each USB charging port (Note: The product manual states that the maximum charging voltage is 2.1 amps but on the device itself, it says 2.4 amps. I also chatted in with a customer support representative at Mophie by the name of David H. He confirmed that the device actually delivers a maximum of 2.4 amps and that the manual just needs to be updated.
- Input Voltage: 5 volts = Max 1.6 amps
- Charging Cycles: 500 full charging cycles (this means that it can be charged from a completely discharged state to a fully charged state 500 times)
Features I Like
As you can see from the specs, this product really fits the bill in terms of what I was looking for. For its size, it has the most battery capacity of any products that I was personally able to find. To give you an idea of how much 12,000 mAh is, my iPhone 6 has a 1,810 mAh battery. An added bonus is that it’s actually small enough to fit in your pocket!
Here’s a feature that I really like. According to the manual for this product, it has smart charging circuitry that automatically selects the proper charging speed for the connected device, plus built-in short-circuit, overcharge and temperature protection.
Why I Believe That This Is an Awesome Product for Preppers
Whether the power simply goes out at your home for a few hours or you have to flee your house and bug out, in my opinion, this product is like having an “insurance policy”. As long as you have it with you and it is charged, you can recharge many portable electronic devices that can be charged via a USB port.
I know that some portable electronic devices don’t come with USB charging cords but you can often purchase a USB cord with an end on it that accepts a variety of adapters for charging various devices. This kind of an adapter “may” work to charge various other portable electronic devices.
Note that if you choose to try charging them with the powerstation XL and an adapter cord like this, make sure that you check the input charging requirements for the particular device that you want to charge to make sure that you don’t damage it.
What’s the Bottom Line
Despite the fact that this product was sent to me for free, I REALLY love it! If you’ve read my article called, A Very Handy Prepping Product for Your Smartphone!, you know that I’m already a big fan of this company’s products.
As a matter of fact, I like it so much that I intend to wait for a while to see if they come out with a model that has even more battery capacity. If they do, I’ll definitely be buying one. For now, this one is going straight into my bug out bag.
With that in mind, I should point out that the manual says, “Re-charge your powerstation XL universal battery once every three months when not in use. If you plan on storing it, charge it for one hour first.”
The MSRP on this product is $129.95 and you can purchase one from their website at mophie.com/shop/universal-batteries/powerstation-xl.
By the way, they have other models of the powerstation on their website as well. The “XL” model currently has the most battery capacity but if it’s a bit out of your budget, you might be interested in one of their less expensive models.