Published on May 13th, 2013 | by Greg0
Jackery Giant: Jack In, Power Up
Portable power solutions have vastly improved recently- though it’s still tough to outpace the acceleration of power-hungry devices with large, high-resolution screens and always-on wireless capabilities. While a good phone might have run for a week on a charge before, every iPhone owner knows that you’ve got to watch that battery meter, and probably plug it in every night. But if you’re on the go and regularly tweeting or updating your Facebook, checking maps or browsing online, then you can expect to need a backup battery.
The Jackery Giant is one of the better solutions that balances size, capacity, and cost. There are some random extras- an LED flashlight that provides some illumination if you’re out camping is cute but possibly unnecessary for most users. More interesting is the claim that the rechargeable battery “produces the most charging capacity to size ratio of any product on the market today”. With 10400mAh in a package weighing only 11 ounces or so, it’s definitely a solid an powerful unit. They also claim to provide “four layers of smart safety protection”, but we didn’t try peeling them apart to find out for sure. We’ve never had an issue with batteries like these though.
We liked the general shape- rounded edges and metallic accents with a bit of color (orange in our case). Capable of boosting the charge on even your iPad Mini, it unfortunately isn’t compatible with laptops or even netbooks. But if you can fit the device in your pocket, the Jackery Giant should recharge it just fine- the manufacturer’s list includes the iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Windows phone, smartphones, tablets, gaming devices, and MP3 players. And it should be able to power your iPhone 5, for example, up to five times fully. Three built-in LCD lights indicate the current status of the battery. Two output ports offer a lot of flexibility, so that you can charge two devices at once, but they differ in amperage- 2.1A and 1A. Other competitors, like the Sanho Hyperjuice, can charge both full-size tablets and even two of them at once (though definitely cost more than the Giant). Tylt’s solutions, among others, offer a built-in 30-pin connector, which we missed as well. And we should note that the cute Pebble Pro-XT offers 13200 mAh of power at a heavier 396 grams.
Jackery does offer both Mini and Bar options, for those looking for something a bit lighter weight and smaller. But the Jackery Giant is available now, online and in stores, for a very competitive $50 or so. You do need to provide your own cables, but it’s still a great deal for one of the densest solutions on the market at press time.