Most people carry an extra battery pack these days, at least on long trips where electrical outlets might prove hard to come by. The majority of battery packs are pretty simple. They charge via a micro-USB port and offer some number of USB ports for charging devices. For most batteries, this means bringing an assortment of cords to connect the battery to a device.
While the MyCharge Unplugged 10K certainly supports USB ports, it also delivers on the evolved world of wireless with a Qi-certified 10W charger atop a 10,000mAh battery. Simply turn on the battery and sit down the phone and charging begins.
When it comes to batteries, wireless doesn’t really mean wireless, as the battery itself requires a micro-USB for recharging.
The USB ports run at 2.4A output for fast charging of Apple, Android or other devices that charge via USB (like watches, earbuds, etc.).
This is not a tiny battery pack at 5.83 in x 0.8 in x 2.79 in, but for its size it is fairly light for its size at just about half a pound. The MyCharge Unplugged 10K is not designed for small bags or pockets but will be a good companion when carrying a backpack, purse or larger bag.
Subtle embedded LEDs track charge levels. The smooth edges and soft-touch finish create a refined look for what could easily have been a commodity looking device. MyCharge brings good design to all of their products (see my review of their MyCharge AdventureMax Portable Power Bank at iPhone Life).
MyCharge Unplugged 10K represents a solid entry in the market as portable power transitions from wired to wireless.
Pros: Fast wireless charging. 2 USB ports for charging additional devices. Plenty portable for those carrying backpacks and larger bags.
Cons: Not a battery designed for small bags or pockets.
Serious Insights Recommendation: Buy.
MyCharge provided the Unplugged 10K for review.
Daniel W. Rasmus
Daniel W. Rasmus, Founder and Principal Analyst of Serious Insights, is an internationally recognized speaker on the future of work and education. He is the author of several books, including Listening to the Future and Management by Design.