Ever heard of a portable battery pack that could get your phone through a week of charging? Mophie is calling their Powerstation XL the “longest lasting universal battery available today”. This isn’t your every day portable battery, it’s a brick of 12,000 mAh that’s capable of charging two USB devices at full speed, including tablets. Why plug into the wall when it’s way easier and faster to plug into the Powerstation XL?
The Mophie Powerstation XL is not for the average user. It’s enough portable battery to get a small team through an entire day of charge. It will charge the average phone fully 6 to 8 times; that’s about a full week. You could keep an entire family charged for a camping weekend adventure.
The Powerstation XL chooses the maximum charging speed for your device whether it’s 500 mAh, 1 Amp, or 2.1 Amps. Since it stores such an intense amount of power, 12,000 mAh, it weighs a hefty 15.5 ounces. The device is not especially large, but it’s heavier than it looks. It’s the size of an average cell phone, but a few times thicker. It could fit in a jacket pocket, but not in your skinny jeans.
PowerStation XL has a simple design: two USB ports, and one micro-USB port for charging itself. On the side is a battery button that indicates the remaining battery using 4 LED lights on the front. The design is reminiscent of the iPhone 4/4S, it has a black or white face with a silver band running around the sides. There’s a really nice matte finish that looks great, but it’s quick to show off greasy finger prints.
PowerStation XL isn’t a battery pack you buy to leave in your backpack for emergencies, it’s a battery pack you buy with a larger purpose. Maybe you’re going on a long road trip or you go days at a time without a reliable power source. Since it charges two devices at full speed, the XL has been extremely convenient around the house. You can keep your phone and tablet right next to you while they charge at full speed, and have enough battery to do the same thing the next day. The biggest drawback of the PowerStation is that it takes a long time to charge back up; it requires a full night’s charge. The Mophie Powerstation XL is available in black or white for $129.95 from Amazon.com.Buy it!
The Good: Large capacity battery pack, Charges two devices at once, Charges up to 2.1Amps, Uses micro-USB charging, Battery meter, reliable performance, excellent build quality
The Bad: A bit heavy, Shows finger prints, Takes all night to recharge the XL, no built-in charging cables