One thing about having a blog (I have a few) is you sometimes get email asking you to review a product, I normally shit-can those requests. It’s not that I have some high ethical standards, but normally it is a product or service I have no interest in.
A couple weeks ago I got an email about the Powerocks Magicstick. I mentally giggled because you know “magic stick”. I browsed the email and did a quick search and it turns out that it is a spare battery USB charger thingie. I have a few of these and most of them suck. Granted I didn’t buy high end ones, but I paid as much as they are asking for the Magicstick. The problem I have with most of the chargers is the brick design and cheap switches.
Anyway, I responded to the email and said something along the lines of, “I like free shit, send me one and I will write something up about it.” My plan was this, if I liked it I would write something positive and send the company the link. If I did not like it I would write something up and send the company the link. I was kind of hoping it sucked because writing a bad review is fun! Turns out I liked the design and the damn thing worked.
So what do you get? This:
I mean it comes in a box but I recycled that. It was a decent box. Inside though is a Magicstick, MicroUSB cable and a pouch. The stick itself is some sort of metal, it feels really solid. It has a 2800mAh battery so it will give you a good long charge. The pouch is good to put catnip in.
Charge up the stick by plugging the MicroUSB end into the charger and the other end into a computer or wall USB port. Once charged you just plug your device into the Magicstick. Want to know how much juice the Magicstick has? Press the button on one end and the RGB LED will light up, Red means low, Green is 30-70% left, Blue is 71% and above. It’s dirt simple and small.
My testing was to see how well it charged some devices, mainly my collection of phones. On the Galaxy Nexus I ran the phone to 48% battery. I put the POwerocks on the phone and left the house. Using my bluetooth headphones and streaming music from Google All Access it added 6% to the phone battery in about an hour. I was pleased, as someone that walks a lot I do burn some battery so having something to keep it boosted helps.
The other tests I ran were un-timed. I left for work with an almost dead LG Optimus S sitting on a fully charged Magicstick. The phone fully charged and there was a juice left on the charger (it was still green). The Optimus battery is 1300mAh so this makes sense, it also tells me that chances are the cells in the Magicstick are as advertised.
If you want to get one you can find them at the usual places like Amazon and Ebay.