You might have noticed we have quite a few different universal battery options in our powerstation family. Have no fear! We're here to explain the differences and the benefits of different models to suit your needs.
There are two basic different families of universal battery; a original/core powerstation with one or several USB ports, and a powerstation with integrated charging cables built into the device.
The original powerstation design is composed of a universal battery with an input charging port to charge the powerstation itself, and one or more charging ports that you can plug your phone, tablet, or other USB powered device that needs juice.
All you need to get charging is the powerstation itself, and your device's charging cable. If you have an Apple iPhone® or other Apple® device, just bring the charging cable you normally use. If you have an Android® based phone like a Samsung Galaxy® or other device that's charged via mirco-USB, you can actually use the cable that came with the powerstaton (all mophie devices charge via micro-USB).
While it is necessary to bring a charging cable to charge with a normal powerstation, you aren't limited to the type of charging cable that the powerstation uses. That way, if you have an iPhone and your friend has a Samsung Galaxy, you both can use the powerstation to charge up, all you need is your charging cable.
Integrated cable powerstations
Some of our powerstations have integrated charging cables so that you do not need to bring an extra charging cable with you. If you are an Apple user and know you'll only be needing a device that charges via lighting cable (the type of connection for Apple devices from the iPhone 5 model and newer), a powerstation plus lightning would be the right device for you! Maybe you only will be using your powerstation to charge your action camera when you're on the go, and your camera charges with a micro-USB cable? A powerstation plus micro-USB would be best.
Some models of powerstation plus have both a charging cable and a second accessory port, so you can charge one device with the integrated cable and another using the accessory port.
Advanced universal batteries
Looking for wireless charging, data storage, or bluetooth® control? We have some advanced powerstations with features you won't find elsewhere for even the most demanding users.
We have the powerstation 5x and 8x that have bluetooth BLE capability for control with our Power App, for users that wish to monitor the charging status of their devices. For more modern devices, we offer the USB-C powerstation for devices that use newer USB-C charging such as the Samsung Galaxy S8, and Google Pixel XL. What if you have a phone with wireless charging capability, or maybe you've got a wireless juice pack on your phone? In that case, a charge force powerstation would be right up your alley.
While our modern lithium-ion battery technology is allowing us to make our devices slimmer and lighter than ever, typically the higher the battery capacity of the device, the larger in size or thickness it will be. While a slim powerstation mini might be a great choice for someone that wants an extra charge on the go, it probably wouldn't be the best choice for someone needing to charge their tablet or iPad on a transatlantic flight. This is why we have many different options depending on your intended usage.
Battery capacity is measured in milliamp hours, often shown as mAh. You can easily figure out what kind of battery you need based on the battery size of the device you wish to charge, and the number of times you wish to charge it. For example, let's say your phone has a battery capacity of 2,000mAh. If you wish to get a full recharge, or, 100% additional battery life, you should look for a charger that is at least 2,000mAh.
While your device's battery capacity may not be labeled on it, there's some helpful info on the web like GSM Arena that provide helpful device info, such as battery capacity.
Modern tablets and iPad have many different battery capacities that can vary from device to device. Because of this, while one powerstation might charge one tablet twice, on a different tablet it may only provide 75% additional battery life.
What if both your device and universal battery have about the same battery capacity, but you're only getting about 80% additional battery? If you're using your device while it's charging, remember that it is using some battery. Because of this, by the time you're done charging, your phone or mobile device may not be at 100%.
How much additional battery life will you get? How long will your device stay charged with your particular powerstation? That's a question we get a lot, and the answer varies largeley depending on your own device usage. While we do indeed show additional battery life for different scenarios, these averages are based on normal usage. If you're using extra data or running lots of background applications, your battery can drain more quickly, and therefore, your universal battery will be used more quickly as well. The best bet is to figure how long your device normally takes to drain its battery. However long that is, you should figure you'll get that much additional time out of your powerstation depending on how big it is.
Want to get technical with it? Here's an example. So, if you're using a powerstation XL with a capacity of 10,000mAh, and you're charging a tablet with a capacity of 5,000mAh that normally lasts 8 hours on a full charge, how many recharges will it get, and how long will it last? You can expect the tablet to get about two recharges from the powerstation before it must be recharged (10/5=2), and about 24 hours of total use (8 hours of battery life from the tablet's initial charge, plus 8 additional hours of each of the two recharges from the powerstation).