There are no shortages of portable charging solutions out there – just looking on my desk I count a whopping nine different portable batteries of varying shapes and sizes. With so many options to choose from, how can one company make sure that their charger stands apart from the rest – not only in regards to the design aesthetic, but also to the feature set? After all, how many features can a charger have – it’s designed to charge a phone (or other USB device) and…. well, that’s pretty much it. It’s not like you should expect it totalk to you, right?
That was one of the things that really surprised me about the myCharge Peak 6000 – it actually does talk. Of course you’re not going to be having any kind of real or meaningful conversations with it, but it will vocally let you know when it is charged, when the device you plugged into it is charged, how much battery power is left, and even what kind of device you have plugged in. While it may sound like a somewhat cheesy feature, I found it really useful since everyone in my family has an iPhone – when any of us needed a quick bump in power, we would plug in and wait for the voice to say when charging was finished. It helped keep the whole thing as hands free as possible.
Talking isn’t the only thing that sets the myCharge Peak 6000 apart from the crowd though – for one, you can charge three different things at once. There is an Apple connector, a micro USB connector, and a standard USB connector allowing you to charge practically anything you desire. While other chargers hove the different connectors, I don’t have a single other one that allows simultaneous charging of that many things, which is a great boon when you’re tablet and phone die at the same time.
How the different connectors are housed is pretty unique as well, and also with one of them, a small point of contention. The micro USB connector fits tightly into its space on the one side, and the full sized USB charging connector (in case you don’t want to plug it into a wall outlet) is covered by a magnetic flap on the other side. The adapter for any USB chargers is at the bottom of the myCharge Peak 6000, opposite of the status button that activates the voice (which is also next to five lights that indicate battery level). Sandwiched between the button and the USB adapter is the apple charger, and where my problem lies. Maybe it is just because the Apple charger gets the most use, but it no longer likes to rest in its little hole. I think there are magnets to theoretically pull the connector close to the body, but unlike the other connectors that just go in their place quick and easy, I have to make sure to push the Apple connector closed hard. It’s not a big deal really, but when it can be annoying if it comes away from the body and gets caught on things in my bag.
If you can’t tell from the “6000″ in the name, the battery inside of the myCharge Peak 6000 is a 6000 mAh battery, which translates into a LOT of juice. They say it can charge the average smartphone four times – like the iPhone 4S which has a 1432 mAh battery. I will say that it does in fact do exactly what it claims to – completely charged the myCharge Peak 6000 charged my fully drained iPhone 4S four times. Since I do a lot of my work on my phone, that makes this little charger completely invaluable to me. Normally I’m scrambling from charger to charger since none of my others have anywhere near as big of a battery pack. Needless to say, the myCharge Peak 6000 is now a permanent fixture in my bag, and follows me practically everywhere.
Now is it slightly more expensive than some of the other chargers I’ve reviewed in the past? Sure. But none of the ones I’ve had the opportunity to play with wereanywhere as good as the myCharge Peak 6000 – heck some of the more expensive ones I’ve reviewed aren’t even in the same ballpark as this one. The first time you plug it into a wall and realize you don’t have to search for a proprietary USB cord to charge it is wonderful. Likewise when you start charging multiple things at once you will see that it is worth every penny you paid for it.
Bottom Line: Quite possibly the best portable charger on the market today, the myCharge Peak 6000 has features to spare – it also has a small issue with the Apple charger coming out of its rest area, but that doesn’t stop it from being almost perfect.
- Charge up to three different devices at once
- You can plug it directly into a wall outlet to keep it charged up
- While bigger than other chargers, it is still small enough to fit in a pocket
- The Apple connector keeps flopping away from the body on me
- Sound output volume is very low
You can get a myCharge Peak 6000 of your very own from the myCharge website for $99.99