People in western society are quite reliant
on electricity and our entire lives pretty much revolve around the use
of electronics and when it fails or if we need power in the middle of
nowhere, things can become complicated.
Although there are a variety of
devices available on the market, PowerTraveller have created a nifty
product called the PowerGorilla which is basically a portable battery
for your notebooks, smart phones and the like, ensuring that you have
additional power when needed. Best of all, this device can be used in a
variety of different situations from work to pleasure such as long
research or even camping.
powergorilla portable laptop charger
neoprene travel case
tip pack containing 8 male and 7 female laptop connectors
tip pack containing connectors for most small devices
12v car charger socket
universal AC laptop charger
The first thing you will notice about the PowerGorilla is the design
that uses a minimalistic design that is quite reminiscent of something
that has come out of the army or a survivalist handbook. The basic
design also ensures that it won't look out of place with a variety of
To turn it on, you
simply push the button on the front of the device and the Blue LED
screen will become lit. By pushing the power button again, it will allow
you to change the voltage that the unit will output. The voltages that
this device supports include 5v, 8.4v, 9.5, 12v, 16v, 19v & 24v.
The device is quite
light as well and weighs around 631grams which makes it quite portable,
especially for notebook users. The size is 220x130x15mm which of course
is another bonus to the user as it easily fits into a notebook bag or
case. I was also impressed with the amount of connectors that the
PowerGorilla comes with and although it supports a wide variety of
laptops, you will need to purchase the Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter for
users of Apple notebooks which is a shame.
In relation to charges, the PowerGorilla will give laptops an additional
2 to 5 hours, depending on the model and its power features but more
smaller devices such as iPhones and MP3 players, you could easily get
20+ hours. Once the device has been drained of energy, you simply
connect it into the mains or your car for charging.
nifty device that can be purchased for this device, apart from charging
it from the mains is the solargorilla which is a solar powered device
that can be connected to the powergorilla. This means that you can use
the sun to charge the device, however we unfortunately could not review
this item. However knowing that it is available is definitely a great
thing for those going away without power available.
As the weather becomes warmer in Australia and across the globe, power
failure may become a more common occurrence but for a recommended retail
price of under $400AUD, the
PowerGorilla may be the perfect device to get you out of the grind and
also provide you power in additional situations.
Although for the
general public, the usage may be slim, however for certain individuals,
this device may be a godsend and we could more than happily recommended
it those who require additional battery backup and the ability to charge
and power are devices such as PSP's, iPhones and the like.
Very cool but a little pricey for most!