Accessory Review: MobilePal Wireless Power Bank

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I have to admit, I miss the removable battery in my BlackBerry Classic, and quite frankly I think that it was an omission from a business productivity oriented phone designed for mobile professionals.

Yes, it has awesome battery life, but with my heavy usage pattern, especially when traveling – (Phone always in my hand and display on full brightness, all radios on, GPS and BlackBerry maps active, BBM groups, messaging emailing, YouTubing, web browsing, streaming music to bluetooth, never closing apps), with all I have to do, battery conservation is not at the forefront of my priorities.

So I have found myself doing a fair bit of wallhugging in the early hours of the evening after a heavy usage business day.

Not any more!

I ordered the MobilePal Wireless Power Bank, and while not as convenient as the charger bundle for the Q10 and Z10, always having a fresh battery to pop in, it does solve my issue. This is a rugged attractive device, with a simulated leather finish (complete with simulated stitching!) and an attractive chrome metal surround. It is pocketable, which is nice when your battery is low and you need to carry it around with you for wireless charging sans wall. That way you have full wireless charging without any interference what used to be the wall hugging time. I am now still entirely mobile even in the wee hours.

The battery is a hefty 10000 mAh design in an attractive package, and has the added bonus of Qi wireless charging for those of you fortunate enough to have wireless charging capability for your device.

This means that I always have a charger that needn’t connect to the wall OR your phone. It saves wear and tear on the USB connector and avoids the risk of dropping it on the cable and damaging the USB port.

It also means not having to carry or search for a USB cable to charge your phone, plus the safety of not being reliant on one in case it is lost or broken.

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It also comes in white if you prefer:

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It has a power button, a charging input (charger not included, up to 2 amps, your phone charger works well) a Qi compatible wireless charging surface and two 2.1 Amp USB charging ports that can be used simultaneously. There is a row of 5 tiny hi-tech looking blue LEDs that indicate charge level, flashing while charging and static while discharging.
If you hold the power button for three seconds it will enable or disable the wireless coil, setting a red LED indicator.
If there is no device detected on the wireless pad, it will time out and automatically turn off the wireless coil to save battery life.

In wireless mode the charger puts out 1 Amp of charging current, about half of what you might expect from a high duty wall charger, such as the PlayBook blade charger that puts out 2 Amps. If that is not fast enough you can connect with a cable to one of the two 2.1 Amp USB outputs, in fact you can charge two devices simultaneously, three if you use the Wireless Qi charger.

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With the Classic, there is a sweet spot for the wireless charger and it has to be aligned a certain way to work, I’ve found that the top of the Classic needs to be aligned with the top or bottom edge of the power bank to work.

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The Z30 is about the same size and simply has to be centered:

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All in all, it works well for my usage and it gives me a great sense of security knowing that I will never be without charging power, even when I don’t have a USB cable or a wall. This is my portable wall and I love it! A wall in my pocket. It is available on Amazon for prices ranging from $40 to $50.

Oh and yes, if you are unfortunate enough not to own a BlackBerry, it is cross platform, it even comes with a USB cable with a built on lightning port adaptor, for the you-know-whos.

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I am a long time BlackBerry user and fan. Beginning with the 7520, I have recognized the value of subtle productivity enhancements in BlackBerry devices for business communication and have never since strayed. Even when the iPhone took the market by storm, I was unimpressed, because it did nothing to help my business needs. Currently enjoying my one handed dream phone, the Classic! BB10 with a toolbelt! Today I contribute to UTB whenever I feel that I can help enlighten someone on the benefits of using BlackBerry over any other platform.

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