This week three different Microsoft Portable Dual Charger’s were announced, or power banks as they are normally called.
Power banks hover between a convenience and a necessity for most of us depending on whether or not we are lucky enough to have a tablet or smartphone with a replaceable battery.
The fist power banks on the market weren’t all that powerful, but these days it’s easy to get hold of chargers with enough of a capacity to charge a tablet or phone several times over.
Microsoft’s three “Portable Dual Charger” come in 12000 mAh, 9000 mAh, and 5200 mAh iterations, with a 2.1 amp output. The price for these will be $55, $45, and $35 respectively.
That seems very steep, since they don’t have any particular features other than the standard 4-LED battery level indicator and two micro-USB ports.
Amazon already have their own line of power banks that offers the same set of features, but at a lower price.
But most sensible of all is probably a large power bank with a proper LCD display instead of the old school 4-LED battery level indicator.
– Jim Miller