Pull the (power) plug review: USB Powerstick

In the next issue of Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine, I'll be looking at all kinds of alternative power solutions for Windows Mobile devices. As a result, I've decided to "road test" many of the devices in the upcoming article and post a quick review on my blog. This week, I've been working with the USB Powerstick, a $69.95 device from Ecosol Solar Technologies Inc. (For more information on this, and all of the alternate charging solutions I review, please check out the next issue of our magazine.)

USB Powerstick
The USB Powerstick is inserted into the USB port to recharge the Lithium Polymer battery and then uses a custom cable to connect to and recharge your phone.

Pros:

  • Really portable power
  • Fast to deploy
  • Easy to recharge in any USB port

Cons:

  • Doesn't have enough "umph" to fully recharge a battery, so it makes a great "supplimental" charging system, but not a good primary one
  • The plastic cap that protects the USB port is too easy to lose

Summary: The USB Powerstick is a great way to "top off" the battery on your Windows Mobile device or provide emergency power, but will leave many users frustrated if they try to leave the power cord at home and use this as their primary method of charging their system. This unit is perfect for grabbing "on your way out the door" if you have to dash out of the house with a phone that's almost out of power.

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