Monday, December 20, 2010

Recharge! A Momax Portable Battery review

I use Barnacle Wi-Fi on a regular basis.  At a mall, cafe, in my car or in areas of my building that don't get wifi, I use my X10 Mini Pro to tether my laptop, iPod Touch and iPad with Internet.  This does take its toll on the battery life of my little Android.

Although my battery can last me a couple of days with regular use, tethering is a huge battery drain.  Lugging around a charger is of no use if I can't find a power outlet to plug into, and not very pocketable.

Enter the Momax Portable battery.  There are a lot of other battery solutions out there.  And this review is more of portable battery packs in general.  Pick the portable solution that is suited to the device(s) you have.

What I likes about the Momax battery pack was that it had a micro USB plug, which can charge both my phone, or Bluetooth headset.  This also means that the chargers of my X10MP, Jabra Stone, and Momax are all interchangeable as well.  Big convenience for field/travel use.

It provides approx 1200mAh of power, which is a little over a full charge for my phone effectively doubling my battery life.  This gives me 8 full hours of tethered surfing or about 4 days of power with regular use.  Why not just carry a spare battery?  Portable battery packs allow uninterrupted use.  And having a standard charging tip, allows use on more than one device.

iPhone users may like the battery jackets instead that wrap around the phone.  These may make the phone a lot bigger but offer more usable power for the larger iPhones, and are more convenient to use since they act as a case for your iPhone.


  1. Where can I buy the battery pack? :D And how much did you buy it for?

  2. Hi Risa! I bought it from Digital Walker for about P2,600. :)

  3. OMG! XD~ So expensive! But is it worth buying over the China-made portable batteries? I was thinking of getting myself something for Christmas. Just considering my options. :)

  4. Hi Risa! As long as the store gives you at least 3 months warranty, it should be ok. The frequent problem with some generic China batteries is a faulty charging chip which may cause some of them to overheat and die prematurely.

    If you rarely run out of battery in a day, I wouldn't really say that a portable battery is an essential. I only found it necessary because I tether my devices and that really kills my battery in a few hours.

  5. nifty accessory there! me, I might get this, or buy a spare battery. the only downside with a spare battery (900mAh) is that I have to charge it in my phone as well. :)

  6. It seems like a pretty good buy for me. I don't really run out of battery as fast but I find it tedious to always be worrying about running out of it. :/

  7. Hi Risa, you may wanna check out Mili's lineup in the Apple stores as well. They have a universal battery pack w 2 usb ports for about P1600

  8. Hey John!

    I found a Digital Walker in MOA. :D But I bought the Capdase Universal battery pack instead. Figured that if I'm going to buy an expensive portable battery, I might as well get one that would be most practical and beneficial, not only for me but also for my family. :D Thank you for introducing me to battery packs!

  9. Anybody know where I could buy an original back cover for my SE X10 Mini Pro as well as screen protector and casing. I do prefer the branded ones... Thanks!


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