Power to go: Fat Cat Power Bar 4200 Charger
There are only a few things on this planet that drive me nuts.
A dead iphone is one of them.
You might call it “addiction,” I like to think of it as a desire to “stay in touch.”
Whatever you call it, the fact of the matter remains true: When that 10% warning comes across my screen I’m like a crazy banshee searching for power cords and car chargers.
Since I’ve been home I’ve been able to relax a bit.
Plugs in every wall may be something you take for granted, but I know better. I’ve been to the dark side where the wrong plug adapter changes everything. (insert shudder here)
I’m on my second $100 mophie case at the moment. The first purchased before we left lasted about halfway into the trip – just long enough for us to be out of Apple store range – before it simply stopped working. The second purchased at the first apple store sighting in France, didn’t last 3 months. Without the extra battery I became like Gollum with that golden ring. No one was allowed to use that phone.
“It’s miiiinnnnne,” I’d hiss at the children and Ish when they asked if they could play some game or check a score on it. Then I’d turn my back and rub the phone seductively. ” My precioussssssss.”
I’m only slightly kidding.
All of this to say that when the Fat Cat Power Bar arrived in my mailbox, sent by a PR company who wanted me to give it a review, I was both excited and skeptical.
Now? I’m a believer.
I took it with me on my visit to New York City for the Blogher 2012 conference. While wifi was plentiful and I had Rogers data roaming packages on tap that I purchased ahead of time, power was at a minimum. When you’re at a conference with almost 5000 bloggers the last thing you’re going to get access to is a plug in the wall.
Some of the bloggers in attendance brought power cords with them. Others asked nicely for people to share a plug. I had my FatCat.
Here’s the facts:
*420mAh Travel Charger that’s compatible with iPhone 4/3GS/3G and iPod
* comes pre-charged so you can use it right out of the box
* comes with adaptors that allow it to be used with some gaming systems and cameras (can’t charge a laptop though)
* can be charged off any USB source
What I loved: All of the above and the fact that it was small and light and fit easily into even my evening clutch purse.It held it’s charge throughout the three-day conference even though I used it intermittently throughout.
What I didn’t love: I wish it came with a short retractable cord for connecting to the phone. I had to use my own phone to usb cord with it and as a result what could have been a super small package recharging in my purse and out of sight, became a bit of a tangle of cords in there.
Overall verdict: It’s my new “precious” and I won’t leave home without it.
For more information visit www.fatcatgear.com
The device retails for about $69.95 (US)