If you’re an iPhone 5 user, then you know how scary it can be to have a dead phone out in the wild. Apple’s Lightning cable isn’t so easy to find out and about, and it will be some time before it is. It’s on you to leave the house prepared, and now all you need is a MyCharge Jolt 2000D Lightning and Micro-USB portable charger.
The MyCharge Jolt 2000D is a portable battery charger capable of simultaneously charging one lightning device and one micro-USB device (phone, speaker, headset, MP3 player, etc.). It has a built in 2000mAh (1.5A output) battery and a neat design with a built-in carbiner. Though skinnier and fatter, it’s about the size of another phone. It will fit in your pocket, but you may be best off leaving it inside, or clipped, to your bag or backpack.
Maybe somewhat ironically, the Jolt charges itself via Micro-USB, so you may still have to carry one cable. Luckily this the easiest cable to find if you’re out with a dead phone and a dead Jolt. It takes about 3 hours to charge Jolt with a wall adapter, or 5 hours over USB.
There’s only one button on the Jolt and it doubles as a power button and a battery meter. The button illuminates or flashes in different colors to alert the user to battery and charging status. The two cables recess into the device; they’re rubberized, very thick and durable, and somewhat flexible. They’re flexible enough to stack your phone on top of the Jolt and shove both in your pocket, however this puts undue strain on the cable. Otherwise, the Jolt is a durable little device. It should have no problem living on the strap of your bag. It weighs 5.6 ounces, which is a tad heavier
2000mAh is more than a full iPhone 5 charge, so the Jolt should definitely help get you through the day. Portable Battery chargers are (unfortunately) essential these days. There’s lots out there, but the MyCharge Jolt 2000D makes life easy by including both a lightning cable and a micro-USB cable. No need to buy an extra lightning cable. It’s even a convenient device at home if you’re in need of a charge and don’t want to keep your phone tethered to the wall. Our only gripe is that it can be awkward to take a charging device on the move with the Jolt as the cables aren’t so flexible. Pricing in at $69.95 from Amazon, The MyCharge Jolt 2000D won’t break the bank and it could easily become an essential life-saver. With that said, it could make sense to explore higher capacity options and buy separate cables.
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The Good: Built-In Micro-USB and Lightning Chargers, Simultaneous Charging, Built-in Hook, Durable, Charges with included Micro-USB cable
The Bad: Cables aren’t flexible enough to nicely stack phone on top of device, No built in charger–requires cable (included), Battery capacity could be larger for size and price