Review: Extra Large Portable Power Bank from AdventureUltra

With all of the disaster news, and the upcoming snowy weather, I'm tempted to buy a generator. Instead, I have the AdventureUltra ($129.99) from myCharge. This compact device can simultaneously power multiple devices from an iPhone to a 42-inch TV, thanks to two USB-A ports, one USB-C port, and an A/C power port, making it ideal for tailgating, camping, or emergencies.

The built-in battery offers 13,400 mAh of power and recharges using the included external "wall wart" charging brick. The built-in display indicates how much power you have left, with eight distinct levels, and which ports are in use. The device supports up to 45 watts total, and should you try to plug in a device that consumes too much power, you will see a "Max Power Exceeded" message.

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Pros

  • Heavy-duty charger
  • Supports USB-A, USB-C, and A/C power
  • 13,400 mAh of power
  • Built-in battery life display

Cons

  • Requires external wall wart charging brick

Final Verdict

The AdventureUltra from myCharge may not power your whole house, but it should be able to power a computer and several iPhones or other USB devices for a few hours.

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.