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I love tech. I have watched tech evolve from the days where there were no home computers to present day where smartphones are capable of doing so much they are almost like a tiny handheld computer. As the phones do more, we use them more. Unfortunately, while battery life has improved over the years, batteries still don’t last forever. We live hectic lives, we’re always on the go. Since we rely on our phones for so many different things, it’s important that we keep them charged. I was recently introduced to Askborg, a company specializing in charging solutions for mobile devices that recently launched in the United States.
Askborg’s goal is to design products and experiences that fit seamlessly into your life so you can stay charged wherever you are. My invitation to check out some of Askborg’s products couldn’t have come a a better time. Recently I traveled to the West Coast to attend an event. I knew beforehand that I would be on social media a lot, as well as on the internet and checking email. I tucked two Askborg products in my bag, figuring I’d check them out if I got a chance, and off I went. I had figured I might be able to quickly check them out. I hadn’t figured that they would be completely indispensible. I traveled with my phone, a mirrorless camera, and an iPad. You’ll note that I did not mention that I traveled with any power supplies. That was not intentional on my part. I forgot them, along with my contact lens solution. I landed on the West coast and unpacked, discovering when I went to plug things in that I only had the two Askborg chargers with me.
The Askborg ChargeCube 5200mAh Powerbank External Battery Charger was in my purse. This 5 oz lightweight charger has one port and works on numerous devices including the iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Nexus, HTC and more. Measuring a mere 3.9 x 2 x 1 inches in size, it easily fits into a jacket pocket, purse, briefcase or backpack. 5200mAh is sufficient to add two charges to an iPhone 6 or 5s, at least one full charge to a 6 Plus, Galaxy S5, Note 4, Nexus 5 and other smartphones, or even an 80% charge to an iPad mini. The product includes a Micro USB cable, but does not include an AC adapter or a lightning cable. I did receive Askborg’s ChargeTube, which is a 3.3ft Nylon Braided USB Cable with Lightning Connector. The cable is what you need for use with iPhone 6s Plus / 6 Plus, iPad Pro, Air 2 and others. I loved the nylon braid material the cable is covered with, it doesn’t tangle up like more traditional cables.
I also had the Askborg ChargeCube 20800mAh in my suitcase. This 17.4 ounce device would turn out to be my lifesaver. This portable charger is substantially larger than the 5200, measuring 6.4 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches. It has two charging ports, allowing one person to charge two devices or to share the charger with another person. This ChargeCube features Exclusive SpeedID Technology, which means that the device has a special chip that detects connected devices in order to deliver its fastest possible charge speed up to 3 amps per port or 4 amps through two ports. The gigantic 20800mAh size has the ability to charge the iPhone 6 over eight times, the iPhone 6 Plus over five times or the iPad Air 150%. The digital display on the outside of the ChargeCube makes it easy to know how much of a charge remains. The product includes a Micro USB cable, but does not include an AC adapter or a lightning cable. The ChargeCube was able to keep all of my devices powered during my two day stay. If I had been staying longer and had a car at my disposal I could have easily repowered the ChargeCube with the Askborg USB Car Charger ChargeDrive. This MFI certified product has ChargeDrive two 2.4a USB ports so you can charge two devices at once. The product does not include an Apple charging cable.
Askborg makes a third ChargeCube as well. The 9 ounce Askborg ChargeCube 10400mAh Power Bank Powerbank External Battery Charger has one port. This device is fairly slim, measuring 4.1 x 3.0 x 0.9 inches. This particular ChargeCube can charge an iPhone 6 four times, a 6 Plus or Galaxy S6 two and a half times, and an iPad Air once, as well as many other smart devices. The product includes a Micro USB cable, but does not include an AC adapter or a lightning cable.
Which Askborg would you find most useful?