Review: MyCharge AdventureMax Portable Power Bank

Once a technology, in this case, backup batteries, becomes a free give away for marketing purposes, it gets harder and harder to find products that warrant a review. MyCharge has managed to create a new backup battery worthy of your attention. The $49.99 MyCharge AdventureMax packs a 10050mAh battery into an attractive but rugged  compact portable charger that weighs just half a pound. The plastic case looks great and the material offers a secure feel when it's being held. The AdventureMax will charge two devices at a time via its 2.4A standard USB ports.

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Unlike giveaways of dubious origin, the MyCharge offers a variety of upmarket features. For starters, the AdventureMax senses compatibility with a device so it doesn't pump too much energy down the wire for the connected device's charge rate. For devices that can take a rapid charge, the battery’s Hyper-charge feature increases the charge rate. And once the AdventureMax itself is charged, it will maintain power for up to a year.

Unlike many batteries, the AdventureMax supports pass-through charging, which means you can charge the battery at the same time you are charging a device. Battery charging takes place via a standard micro-USB port. A rubber cover protects the electronics from the elements when not in use.

When selecting a backup battery for a recent comic-con, I chose the AdventureMax because it was the highest capacity battery in the lightest package in my extensive collection of backup batteries. And I was going as an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., so the built-in carabiner clip also aligned well with the look.

Final Verdict

So many backup batteries come in basic rectangles or tubes. Yes, they are cheap, and often provided as a free giveaway; but clearly, not a lot of thought goes into them. The MyCharge AdventureMax, by contrast, delivers superior features in a package that brings rugged flair to your travel arsenal.

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Daniel W. Rasmus is the Founder and Principal Analyst at Serious Insights. He is the author of Listening to the Future, Management by Design and Sketches of Spain and Other Poems. Rasmus teaches at Bellevue College where he teaches Social Media and Personal Branding.