Review: Moshi IonBank 10K Portable Battery Pack Delivers Power in Style

 Moshi IonBank 10K Portable Battery Pack Delivers Power in Style

There are a lot of portable battery packs out there and we get the opportunity to review most of them. Rarely am I impressed, let alone blown away by any of them. One of the things I look for is an integrated Lightning cable, which makes it easy to charge an iOS device without tracking down a cable. Next I look for how does the battery pack itself get charged—does it require an extra cable or does it have built-in prongs or a USB cable to recharge it? 

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Not only does the IonBank 10K ($99.95) from Moshi meet my criteria, but it does so in style. The portable battery pack looks like an elegant phone case or a compact paperback book. The Lightning and USB cables are integrated, but tucked away beneath a self-closing flap. The cables rotate in and out as needed, so nothing gets tangled. It's all very sleek and well though out. The IonBank is sold in "gray" and "bronze," but to me the colors are more like Apple's Space Gray and Rose Gold. There is a flush-mounted power button that illuminates four subtle LEDs to indicate battery strength. All of the edges are rounded and pleasing to touch. It's not cheap, but it feels like a luxury item and, at 10,000mAh, it delivers a lot of power.

Pros

  • Elegant design and use of materials
  • Clever foldaway cables
  • 10K mAh of power
  • Bronze or dark gray
  • Integrated Lightning plus USB port and USB cable for recharging

Cons

  • Expensive
  • No microUSB built in

Final Verdict

If you want extra battery life and want to look good at the same time, the IonBank 10K from Moshi is the stylish choice! 

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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.