It's not every day that a new entrant into the accessories market supplies us with their entire external battery pack product line, but that was the case with Tylt, a two year-old company that is making a splash with some nicely-designed devices. We received one of each of their Tylt Energi line of portable battery packs, most of which include a built-in charging arm. But the most fascinating part of this line is the level of certifications that each battery pack has captured, making them a rarity in a world where it seems like everyone is making cheap battery packs.
For TUAW readers that will be at Macworld/iWorld 2014 on Friday, March 28, be sure to drop by the TUAW Meet Up at 4 PM PDT in room 131 at Moscone Center North Hall, as we'll be giving away some of these fine battery packs.
- Price: US$39.99; Capacity: 2000 mAh at 1A; Ports: one USB; Size: .43" x 2.28" x 3.74" (11mm x 58mm x 95mm)
- Price: US$59.99; Capacity: 3000 mAh at 2A; Ports: one USB, micro-USB charging arm; Size: .56" x 2.56" x 4.05" (14.3mm x 65mm x 103mm)
- Price: US$69.99; Capacity: 3000 mAh at 2A; Ports: one USB, Lightning charging arm; Size: .56" x 2.56" x 4.05" (14.3mm x 65mm x 103mm)
- Price: US$79.99; Capacity: 5200 mAh at 3A; Ports: one USB, micro-USB charging arm; Size: .56" x 2.76" x 5.59" (14.3mm x 70mm x 142mm)
- Price: US$89.99; Capacity: 5200 mAh at 3A; Ports: one USB, Lightning charging arm, micro-USB charging arm; Size: 56" x 2.76" x 5.59" (14.3mm x 70mm x 142mm)
- Price: US$69.99; Capacity: 10400 mAh at 4.1A; Ports: three USB; Size: .94" x 3.15" x 4.72" (24mm x 80mm x 120mm)
- Colors: Black and Blue, Black and Red, Black and Gray (10K does not have red option)
- Certifications: CTIA-IEEE1725, UL 1642, UN 38.3, RoHS Compliant, FCC, CE
Probably the two Tylt Energi models that will be of the most interest to iOS fans are the 3K+ and 5K+. Why? These two have an attached Lightning charging arm; think of it as a built-in cable that is always with the battery pack. Of these two, the 3K+ is perfect for charging an iPhone or iPod touch, featuring enough power to recharge your iPhone more than once. The 3K+ also has an empty USB port, and the device can charge two iPhones at the same time.