I'm a huge fan of carrying a spare battery for mobile devices, especially for my iPhone. Seems like everywhere I go people ask me: "hey, what's that clunky white thing on your phone?," and I proudly pronounce "it's my mophie Juice Pack, an extra charge for my phone." Ever since my first Consumer Electronics Show a few years ago, I quickly realized the value of products like mophie when you're active Tweeting, checking in, texting, sharing almost real-time photos and more, to help get through a busy, social day.
Until recently, there have only been a handful of manufacturers in the mobile charging game. I got my hands on the latest player in this space, ProLine. They have a number of affordable charging devices available, and I've been toying around with both the ProLine Super Slim Power Case for iPhone 4S/4 and their Universal Portable Power Banks for my other devices. Here's what I found:
ProLine Super Slim Power Case for iPhone 4S/4
ProLine's Super Slim Power Case is indeed slim and not as bulky as some other charging cases on the market. Additionally, the design is smooth and hugs the phone with the black, rubberized base where the phone inserts and your choice of three bumper colours: red or silver (bundled in one pack), or black.
Using this case is easy. To charge the case to 1,500 mAh (more than enough to refuel your iPhone 4), simply plug the Micro USB cable into a computer, or USB-enabled power plug. The bumpers are easy to remove and put on so if you feel like one colour over another on any given day, you have that freedom.
The 'two second rule' applies with turning the charger on or off. To operate the charge or turn off, simply press the power button for two seconds. If you're curious on how much battery is on the Power Case, pressing the power button once will show you the level of charge available through a blue light indicator strip.
ProLine Universal Portable Power Bank
ProLine's Universal Portable Power Banks also earn top marks for charging any mobile device. There are a few sizes available today, including a single charging 5,000 mAh capacity Bank and a dual-charging capabile 6,600 mAh model. Both are awesome for charging any type of device that comes with a USB or Micro USB cable.
Much like the Super Slim Power Case, ProLine's Universal Portable Power Banks are easy to use. They can charge using the equipped Micro USB cable to your computer or USB enabled power plug.
If you're someone who appreciates a slim-fitting smartphone case and doesn't want to add bulk; or, someone who just needs a slight boost with another mobile device and doesn't mind carrying a small spare around, the 5,000 mAh ProLine Universal Portable Power Bank will do the trick. Considering the average smartphone packs 1,400 mAh of battery, the Power Bank gives a couple of charges.
Should battery power be the name of your game, and you need a bigger boost during the day for one or more devices, the ProLine Universal Portable Power Bank with 6,600 mAh is for you.
In addition to the charge capacity, the other strength is its ability to charge more than one device at the same time. Over the weekend, while out and about, I was able to charge both my smartphone and tablet concurrently to get through a busy Saturday of check-ins, Skype calls and photos.
Two thumbs up for ProLine's charging products
Overall, the "pro" in ProLine is well deserved. Their Super Slim Power Case for iPhone 4S/4 and Universal Portable Power Banks get the job done and are at a very affordable price compared to other competitors in the charging space. E.g., the ProLine Super Slim Case for iPhone 4S/4 retails for $39.99, half the price of a competitor.
It's encouraging seeing the selection in portable charging growing, eliminating the frustrations of running out of charge, or scrambling looking for a place to recharge your devices.
ProLine Super Slim Power Case (red/black) stacks against the Mophine Juice Pack Air (white/ silver).
This Super Slim Power Case doubles the life of your iPhone 4/4S and protects it too. The convenience of the ProLine Power Case with built in 1500mAh battery will provide your iPhone with full charge and will also protect it in style. Comes with black and clear bumpers and a micro USB to USB Charge/Sync Cable for use with your USB charger or PC.
ProLine Solar Power Case for iPhone 4/4S means you'll never be out of power! This Power Case doubles the life of your iPhone 4/4S, can be charged with the sun and protects your device too. The convenience of the ProLine Solar Power Case with built in 1600 mAh battery will provide your iPhone with over one full charge and will also protect it too.
The ProLine Universal Portable Power Bank is a Rechargeable Power Bank that is suitable for all cellphones, iPhones, tablets and other portable devices. It will recharge an iPhone 3G/3GS up to 4 times, iPhone 4G up to 3.5 times and iPad up to 70%** It has a 5000 mAh capacity, high powered 1A output and includes a micro USB to USB cable for use with your AC charger or PC.
The ProLine Universal Portable Power Bank is a powerful rechargeable power bank that is ideal for use with most digital portable devices (Tablets, PDA, Smartphone, MP3, Digital Cameras, Game Players and more. It will recharge your iPhone 4 4.5 times, your iPad and Galaxy up to 90% and your Playbook 100%.**
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