• A look at the iPhone Power Station
  • A look at the iPhone Power Station
    Written by battye
    Sat Nov 15, 2008 6:02 am
     


    A few weeks ago I ordered the 1000mAh USB Rechargeable Emergency Power Pack Battery for the iPhone 3G from DealExtreme.com, and I must say I am quite impressed with the device.

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    The device can be charged by simply plugging it in to your computer using your standard iPod or iPhone USB cable, or into the power supply using the combination of the USB cable and Apple power charger. As it is charging, a light will flash to indicate how charged it is. There are four different levels. If only the bottom light is flashing, it means the device is 0-25% charged. If two lights are flashing, up to 50% charged, while three and four lights mean up to 75% and up to 100% respectively.

    Once all of the lights are completely on (not flashing), it means the battery has been fully charged. The top arrow is a test button, this can be used to give a quick indication of how full the battery is. It uses the same indicators as above.

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    The beauty of the device is that it looks so nice attached to the iPhone. Granted, it might be annoying to have it plugged in whilst in your pocket, but that is not really what the device is meant for. On a long car journey or a long flight, this battery pack would be ideal with the iPhone laying on a table or some other surface.

    You can continue to use your iPhone while the battery pack is plugged in, as demonstrated with the iPod function below:

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    Using a full battery pack, I managed to get from a nearly flat iPhone battery to a 75% full iPhone battery. This was in under 2 hours, while I was using the iPod function of the iPhone (so I expect you could get a bit more out of it if the iPhone was left idle while charging).

    This iPhone battery pack cost me just $15, I think it was money well spent.
     
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