Targeting both travellers and those people
always on the go, powertraveller have created a nifty
little device that allows users to charge a variety of mobile devices
that include mobile phones, iPods and even the PlayStation Portable gaming console
to name just some of the products that can be used on this device.
So what exactly does this device do? The
Powermonkey basically gives mobile devices additional charge
when the battery of the unit has been exhausted of power.
you may be on a business trip or an overseas holiday and if your mobile
device runs out of charge in the middle of the nowhere, you simply
connect the Powermonkey to your mobile phone or similar device and
presto, your device has the power needed to operate again.
Contents of Powermonkey
1 x Powermonkey
1 x universal mains
charger which will work in over 150 countries and has interchangable
heads for UK, US, Australia and Europe
Nokia & Mini
Motorola V66, Samsung, A288, Siemens C25 and Sony Ericsson wide
1 x mini USB for
Motorola Razor series, BlackBerry and Bluetooth head sets
1 x USB for iPod,
smart phones, PDA and other devices
1 x connector for
Sony PSPs and most digital cameras
1 x black travel
Best of all, the device retails for around
$74.99 (AUD - October 2009) and is relatively quite lightweight at
70grams and measures 88x39x37mm which is ideal for transport. Simply put
it in your bag and forget about it, until you need the additional power.
Of course in order for this to work
flawlessly, you need to charge the Powermonkey and if the LED is green,
the unit is charged and if it is red, it needs charging. To charge the
device, you only need to connect the device to the mains and it's that
simply. The device also contains interchangeable heads for the UK, US
and Europe and you don't need batteries to power it.
In relation to power, the unit needs to be
turned off if it is not being used in order to conserve the power and it
would have been nice to have an automatic feature to turn the unit to
standby if it does not detect a device connected to it but even so, it
The Powermonkey is compatible with a
variety of mobile phones that include Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Siemens
and Sony Ericsson. Apart from phones, the unit is alsoo compatible with a
variety of MP3 players, even the iPod or iPhone thanks to the USB
connector which also translates to PDA's, smart mobile phones, digital
cameras, Bluetooth headsets, BlackBerry and the Sony PSP. As you can
see, the Powermonkey supports quite a few devices.
Once connected to your device, the
Powermonkey does boasts some impressive statistics of how long this
device will power the aforementioned devices. According to powertraveller,
the maximum reserve power available is as follows;
All iPods - 40 hours
(iPod USB charging cable required)
Mobile phones - 96
Digital cameras -
Two-way radios - 24
PSPs - 5 hours
MP3/MP4 - 6 hours
PDAs - 48 hours
Of course, these charges
are dependent on what you are doing on the device as watching movies on
an iPod will use more battery power than listening to music. But when
you're stuck in the middle of nowhere, it's definitely quite an
impressive list that will make your life easy.
Lastly, the Powermonkey
comes in a variety of modern and funky colours, ensuring that the unit
can match the user's taste. Affordably prized, no batteries needed, the
Powermonkey by powertraveller is definitely a recommended
device for people travelling or who are always on the go.
At the end of the day,
we can't fault this product in any way!