For you techies, here’s the most convenient portable battery pack we’ve tested. The Tylt Energi 5K+ is loaded with an ample supply of juice to get more than a couple devices through the entire day. It can charge three devices at once, and comes with a built-in lightning cable and micro-USB charger. It’s pretty much as good as it gets.
The Tylt Energi 5K+ is about the size of a big phone; it’s a bit bigger than iPhone, a bit thicker, and a bit heavier. The weight of a portable battery is generally consistent with the capacity of the battery, and at 5,200mAh, this is a high capacity battery. Most phones have batteries under 2,000mAh, so this is more of a techie’s accessory.
Tylt Energi has two rubberized cables that discreetly tuck away, the lightning and micro-USB. The cables are tough and about five inches long. The lightning cable must be certified because it works perfectly with iPhone, iPad, and any lightning device. Both charging cables work simultaneously and there’s a USB input so you can plug in any USB cable of your choice. This means you can easily charge your new iPad, an old iPhone (with your 30 pin cable), and a micro-USB device all at the same time.
Tylt has a knack for building quirky and bright devices. The Energi is a little toned back for them, but it’s nice to see they at least offer it with an ultra-bright red or blue strip running down the center of the all-black device. The alternate, more conservative, option is a gray strip (pictured).
The lone button turns the device on and off, but also has an LED that indicates its remaining battery power by the color.
Again, the Tylt Energi is as good as it gets for portable battery chargers. The capacity is enough for a full day, maybe even a weekend depending on how many devices you’re charging. You can charge three devices at once. The form factor is flat, making it great for backpacks. It also fits nicely behind your phone if you want to charge your phone while using it. And, our favorite feature, it includes a micro-USB and lightning cable so you don’t have to lug around any extra cables. The Tylt Energi 5K+ retails for $89.99, which is expensive, but not outrageous. It can pay for itself if you’re on the move enough. For now it’s only available on shop.tylt.com.
The Good: Charges three devices at once, 5200mAh is a lot of charge, Sleek design, Includes both Micro-USB cable and Lightning Cable, Colored LED status light, USB port for any cable, Durable cables
The Bad: Doesn’t allot more than 1A per device, Still requires Micro-USB cable to charge itself, a bit pricey