If you follow any of my social media sites, you know I’m constantly on the go. If I’m not at a Keepers meeting, I’m home schooling in the field, attending an event, working in ministry at church, or taking a few moments to nab awesome items for my closet. Another activity I’m notorious for… taking pictures! I want to have a physical reminder of my memories.
One of the complications of constantly being on the road, is having a device that is always ready for action. With all of our happenings, we can easily run through battery power and be straight out of luck when it comes to recording these all too important events, not to mention having a lack of pictures to include in all our posts.
Luckily, the friendly folks over at Cham Battery Technology Co. Ltd. happened to send me THIS Powerocks Magicstick Portable Charger and asked if I would review it (for the record, I wasn’t paid for this review. I’m merely providing information of my experience with it for those who might be interested.)
So… let’s see how this baby checks out.
First off, the box is easy to open. (Thank goodness!) Some packaging is almost impossible to break into. Thankfully, Powerocks made life easy on all of us; it’s an easy open and a snap to start using. The Magicstick is a sleek, black tube resembling a small flashlight. It comes with a power cord and a nifty bag to stash the device when not in use.
Now to test the performance, which is really what’s important. Wanting to be thorough, I drained my new iPod Touch 5 down to zero battery prior to testing how fast it would charge. For the sake of experimentation, I went through the cycle of draining and recharging several times, with different variables to get a good idea of how well the Magicstick works.
Upon the first trial, I discovered the Magicstick’s cord is not compatible with my iPod. In fact, the Magicstick’s OEM cord only served for charging itself and wasn’t compatible with any of our devices, so we used the cords which came with our devices when conducting all tests.
For the first test, I connected the Magicstick and charged the iPod while it was turned off; the Magicstick fully charged the iPod in approximately one hour. I conducted the second test while running several gaming apps on the iPod. Under these conditions, it took approximately an hour to fully charge the iPod. For the final test, I turned on wi-fi and watched a movie while the battery charged. This took a little longer; the battery was fully charged in approximately an hour and a half.
I found that the charger worked well for one full charge of my iPod, but about half way through the second charge, the Magicstick ran out of power. Recharging the Magicstick itself took several hours while plugged into my main computer.
While we could connect the Magicstick to our 1st generation iPad with the iPad’s cord, we could not establish an actual power connection (or else the iPod simply didn’t recognize the charger). Information on the charger’s box indicated this might be the case with older devices because of the rapidly changing interfaces between new and old technology.
Now, if only I could remember to bring the device with me when I head out the door!