[Hands On] A month with Energenie ChargeGenie 50

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For as long as I can remember, I (much like many others) have suffered at the hands of a dead battery in my tech. More so now since smartphones have been such a large part of my life.

I’m no way going to blame manufacturers for the capacity or drain of device batteries… I’m a heavy user… In that I doubt 10 minutes go by when I’m not using it! Unless I’m asleep of course!

This has obviously created a gap in the market. When that has steadily filled up with all manner of devices, in all shapes and sizes. Each device is not without its pitfalls, equally each device suits a certain type of user more.

I think over the last 4 years I’ve pretty much tried every type on the market; from AA battery-powered key rings to solar panels. I’ve also endured my fair share of smart phone case batteries… Non of these devices has proved successful in truly giving me that extra charge I need when I’m out and about..

That was until this year (2013) … When in the excited build up the yearly Gadget Show at the NEC, I can across a manufacturer’s name on the programme. Energenie… It’s one I’d never heard of, and never seen any products from before. So I made my way over to their website, and was amazed by the variety and the spec of some of the devices!

This is when I spotted the Energenie ChargeGenie 50, a 5,000 MaH external battery pack.. My school boy maths suggested I should get at least 2 full charges of my iPhone 4S from this, and what’s more it would even give my iPad (thanks to FreeVirtualServers) a boost. So I got in touch with Energenie, and excitedly asked them to reserve me a fully charged ChargeGenie 50 at the Gadget Show.

Once I’d made my way around the show, battery now flagging at 20% I headed over to their stand, and collected what was soon to become my phones new best friend! I carefully opened the packaging and plugged in my phone.. Slowly but surely my device made its way back up to 100%

But wait… It didn’t stop there!! As I was taking many pictures at the show, my device was soon back at 10%.. So of it went again, and charged straight back up to 100!!! Perfect! Just what I needed…

Now, I know external batteries arent to everyone’s taste, and some people prefer cases.. But until someone comes up with a case that can pack the punch of the Energenie 50 whilst adding little to no bulk I’m happy!

Nearly a full month on since purchasing it, and it still travels faithfully in my laptop bag.. In its own compartment no less, and I can rest in the knowledge that this little unit has got my back!

So…. Thanks Energenie, for your fantastic ChargeGenie 50! Here’s looking forward to the future, when my Energenie ChargeGenie ?100? Drops through the letterbox!

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My portable charging unit arrived today from Clove Technology. With my impending Rising Sun weekend I knew that my HTC Touch battery really wouldn’t cut the mustard. It tends to last a couple of days if it’s barely used.. However, no doubt it will get some heavy webemail and camera usage over the weekend. So I knew I had to call for backup!!

I accessed the market, and the Power Monkey’s where suggested by many of my friends. However I didn’t want to relie on sunlight, with this being the UK and also having to leave my phone in sight of the sun, and other unwanted attention didn’t really float my boat..

So here it is, it’s basically a 3400 mAH battery packed into a Compact, slim and lightweight body (measures just 100 x 62 x 15mm or 3.9 x 2.4 x 0.6 inches and weighs 120g or 4.2 oz). It ships with a 12v adapter so you can charge it in your car. It also comes with a range of adapters to fit most devices.. Two ports on the body of device, one normal usb for plugging into your device, and one mini usb for charging for a wide range of sources, including PCLaptop etc.

I have not yet had the chance to charge my phone from it, as I am currently charging the device from my laptop, but judging by the spec’s and reviews on other sites it should be perfect for the job! Check back on Monday for a completed review of how I got on with it.

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