One of my must-haves when I’m traveling is a portable cell phone charger. Over the past 5 days I’ve put the IO Gear GearPower Mobile Power Station to the test while at Walt Disney World for the new Fantasyland and Test Track grand openings. Since this was a work trip with a couple of days added on for a family vacation, I needed my phone to work as hard me!
Everyone knows how quickly phones and other devices can be drained of power and this was a trip where I couldn’t afford to have a dead phone. I was there to share the latest Disney Parks news via my social networks, keep up with client work for Clever Girls Collective, stay in touch with friends who were also attending the event, while finding my family when we split up so I could attend media events while they explored the parks.
My secret weapon was the IO Gear GearPower Mobile Power Station. It allowed me to plug in my phone and recharge quickly. I was amazed at the speed at which the GearPower Mobile Power Station charged my phone. In just 10 minutes it seemed to recharge my phone 20%. While this may not sound like a lot, compared to other chargers on the market, this is fast!
The GearPower Mobile Power Station is compact enough to slip in my bag without adding extra bulk. It comes with a USB cord and 5 different tips for various devices. iPhone, iPod, and iPad users will have to use their USB cord since there aren’t tips for Apple devices that are included. GearPower will also recharge tablets, smartphones, cameras, and other USB-powered devices although I only used it for my iPhone during the testing period.
To charge the GearPower, plug in the micro USB into the device and then plug it into the wall. The strip of blue lights will light up entirely when the unit has a full charge. I’m not exactly sure how long it takes to fully charge a GearPower since I never completely drained mine of its charge during my 5 days at Walt Disney World.
The only things that the GearPower is missing are an integrated wall plug and dual USBs to charge two devices at once. It would be nice to plug it directly into an outlet for charging much like the iGo Charge Anywhere. The iGo Charge Anywhere also supports charging of two devices at a time thanks to 2 USBs.
Regardless, the IO Gear GearPower Mobile Power Station is certainly among my top three favorite portable smartphone chargers, especially for its ability to charge an iPad.
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- Coupon organizer
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I received an IO Gear Gear Mobile Power Station to review. No additional compensation was received in exchange for my review or for hosting this giveaway. All opinions are my own.