If you’re remotely handy, or just like power tools, you’ve probably got a few DeWalt batteries lying around. High capacity and heavy-duty, their usefulness is only limited by the fact that, well, they only work with DeWalt tools. Unless, of course, you’ve got a PoweriSite.
Drill To USB
The PoweriSite is a pretty simple little tool, actually; it just clicks onto the top of the battery, where you’d normally slot it into a DeWalt tool, and gives it two USB ports to charge off of. Pretty much anything that has a battery and charges via a USB cable can be powered up. And that’s got a few advantages.
Heavy, But Useful
The most basic is that DeWalt batteries are, for obvious reasons, some of the highest capacity batteries you can buy with a quick visit to the mall. They’re also built to last and take a lot of abuse, being as they’re tied to power tools, and if you’re not connecting them to a power tool, they can last a surprisingly long time. And, of course, many, many people have them lying around; even the least handy of us need to own a fairly sturdy drill, and most people choose to go cordless. If anything owning a PoweriSite probably means those batteries will see more use from more people than they have in years.
That said, there are a few drawbacks. True, the batteries are portable, but they’re awkwardly sized and heavy; if you’re just looking for a battery backup, there’s no shortage of products that might better fit your needs. But if you’ve already got some of these batteries lying around, or if you just want the highest capacity battery possible in your camping kit at all times, this will be a useful addition; it’s just $18 and will be shipping in March.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.