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Sunday, August 14, 2016

myCharge HubMax Powerbank Review

I've tried out numerous powerbanks. Too many to count. I'm pretty sure they all have been BYOC or bring your own cable. While I've seen some powerbanks include multi-ended cables, this myCharge powerbank is the first I've seen with built in cables with both an integrated Apple Lightning cable and an integrated micro-USB cable. Thanks to the vendor, I had a chance to play with it. With all the Pokemon Go hunting I've been doing, having a spare battery pack is a necessity given the game's power consumption requirements.

There are several things that make this powerbank different than most. The primary difference being you don't need any cables to use it. Besides the two integrated cables provided for charges devices, it has a built in  plug to charge the charger. Just plug in into standard outlet. And, there is a standard USB jack if you need to charge a second (or third) device.

Here are the basic stats first for the myCharge HubMax powerbank:
  • 10,050 mAh.
  • 3.4A output. This is shared across the three output ports.
  • No extra cables required. In fact, it doesn't come with any.
  • Weighs in just over a half pound
  • 4.6 in x 2.8 in x 0.9 in

How does it work? Just like every other powerbank I've tried. Plug the charging cable into your phone/device, turn the powerbank on, and off you go. You're phone is charging. Nothing complicated there. In fact, with the integrated cable, easier, as you don't have to find the appropriate cable, assuming an Apple Lightning cable or micro-USB cable will suffice for your charging needs.

When the powerbank is drained, literally, just plug the charger into the wall. There is a flip open wall plug integrated right into it. There are four mini lights that indicate how much charge is left in the device.

And, if either of the cables is incompatible with your device or you just want to charge something else, there is an empty USB port on the bottom of the device for just such needs, just bring a cable if you do need to use it.

Beyond the basics, what do I think of it? I have mixed feelings about the device. The $129.99 price tag is a big turnoff. The product isn't yet available on Amazon but other myCharge powerbanks are listed there at roughly 20% off the list cost on the myCharge website. You're paying for the convenience of not needing cables, and of course for the 10,050 mAh capacity.

Do I like the built in cables? I like not having to dig around for the right cables. My wife has an iPhone and I have an Android so we're constantly swapping cables back and forth. The cables do run a little short though. They're maybe three inches long each perhaps. But, that is long enough for keeping the phone next to the charger and carrying the two together. I no longer have a lengthy charging cable just hanging around.

The plug is the last big differentiator of the device. You'll either love it or hate it. I'm used to plugging in my powerbanks through a micro-USB port on the charger side and a regular USB port on the other. I then have something for the USB port to connect to which connects to the power to charge the device. With the built in plug, that isn't an option. You need a spare wall outlet to plug it in. The device doesn't fit well with power strips as it will block many other plugs given the length of the device, or just from its width.

I know some people who are constantly losing their cables. This is the perfect charger for them as they won't need to carry any cables with them. I just don't know if it is the right charger for me. I'll certainly use it as it seems a little more compact than other 10K mAh chargers I've used. It does allow me to hold charger and phone in one hand without dangling cables, keeping the second hand free to be Pokemon Go hunting. So, if you're one of those who loses their cables regularly, consider checking this out. If the price is too steep, they also have a HubPlus model that is only 6,700 mAh that goes for $99.99. It is lighter, too.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions stated are my own and may differ from yours. See my disclosure policy for more information.


  1. This sounds like a wonderful device to have for your phone but like you said the price tag to me is a huge turn off..