Ok, I’ll admit it: I’m a bit obsessed with portable chargers. The nice part is, I’m clearly not alone (on our recent trip to E3, Juan had no less than 3 portable chargers–should the zombie apocalypse hit downtown Los Angeles, leaving our Android and iDevices without a proper power source). But who can blame us? With the amount of devices we carry with us on a daily basis, having backup power supplies not only gets you through the day, it also offers a certain peace of mind to those of us that rely on these devices for our livelihoods, as well as staying connected. And while I’ve been able to test some great chargers and battery cases for my iPhone and iPod Touch, nothing can touch the convenience and portability of Scosche’s flipCHARGE solutions.
The flipCHARGE comes in 2 flavors: the rogue and the burst. The burst is the smaller of the 2–not only in size, but in capacity (it will give your iPhone a 30% battery boost, and an iPod Touch a 70% boost) and price ($49.99). But while it’s best used as an emergency measure to get you quickly charged until you can get to a more robust power source, its real advantage is its design. Many chargers claim to be portable, but the burst is ridiculously portable, literally fitting in the palm of your hand. Should you not want to stick the burst in your pocket, its built-in carabiner clip lets you attach it almost anywhere for easy transporting (there’s also a burst available without the clip for $5 less).
For those times when you need a bit more power, the rogue ($59.99) easily gets the job done. With its 1800mAh internal battery, the rogue will quickly get your iPhone from empty to full–and needs a mere 4 hours to completely recharge after it’s drained (the burst, with it’s smaller 720mAh battery, needs only 2.5 hours to recharge). Both chargers feature flip-down 30 pin connectors (that’s the “flip” in flipCHARGE), have built-in LED battery level indicators (so finding out how much juice you have left is a mere button-push away), and recharging is as simple as plugging in the integrated USB cable to your nearest computer, wall charger or car charger. The integrated USB cable itself has a very clever design, wrapping around the outside of the chargers, and uses an internal magnet to hold the metal portion of the plug snugly against the side.
I’ve used both models on the road, and I have to say that it’s hard to pick a favorite–which is why I carry both! I have to admit that I’m more likely to use the burst to help a friend in need of some “just get me home” power, while saving the rogue for some personal heavy-lifting–but they both work as advertised. Quick to charge, quick to recharge, and highly reliable, you’d be hard-pressed to find a portable charger for your iPhone or iPod Touch that’s more convenient than Scosche’s 2 new offerings. Both are available today and can be found at Scosche.com.