08. 31. 2006
Xantrex PowerSource Mobile 100 for on-the-go charging
A company from the magical land of Vancouver has released a mobile power brick for those power emergencies when you just can't get to an outlet for recharging. The PowerSource Mobile 100 offers a standard 110 volt "home outlet," and two powered USB ports for charging lower voltage handheld devices. Definitely a unique product in the emergency power market, as it can power two different types of devices at once.
Like most people, I carry at least three devices with me when I travel. Traditionally we travelers have been expected to lug around spare batteries and charging bricks for each device since the only option was to use an emergency power supply with a single three prong socket. With the PowerSource those awkward power bricks can stay at home and cell phones, iPods , and handheld video game systems can connect directly for recharging goodness. Laptops can run for two hours on the Mobile 100, but a BlackBerry gets 34 days of standby time!
The $130 battery pack weighs in at one pound, and the Lithium Polymer battery can be recharged at a wall socket or the 12 volt power ports in cars or airplanes. There's a full PDF spec sheet for all the nuts and bolts technology, and a device runtime list on the website.