I am an avid fan of tech crowdfunding campaigns because I think it is one of the best ways to discover new, innovative tech. After reading a great preview from my cohort Justin Jelinek, I decided to back this new endeavor from TYLT dubbed ‘The World’s Most Affordable Wall Charger with Battery: The Energi 2K‘. Peep the vid:
After missing out on both of TYLT’s previous successful ventures with Kickstarter, I immediately ran over and pledged my funds (the only perk left was the $25 option; an Energi w/o the matching sync cable, womp womp), and on July 29th, as promised, I received my Energi 2k (beautifully packed btw). My 2K came fully charged (a definite plus) and ready to work.
The petite cube boasts a rechargeable 22oomAh battery coupled with a 1amp circuit for speedy charging (it took my M8 from 45% to 96% in about 45 minutes) that prioritizes the charge to your device until it is fully charged. What made this a must have for me was the portable battery and simplistic design. Now that more handsets are manufactured without removable batteries, portable battery packs and battery cases are becoming a must have accessory for on-the-go charging. Even if you find yourself being forced to hug the wall, the 2K uses pass-through charging meaning it charges the phone first (read: less wall-hugging time), and then itself (the 2K can take anywhere between 3-4 hours to fully charge itself). The Energi 2k is small enough to stick into a computer bag, backpack zip pouch, or purse but draws the usual attention when a fellow wall hugger actually sees you using it.
The 2k comes in three brilliant color choices (and black) and is compatible with all devices that use a standard USB port for charging. TYLT states that this portable charger is tested for over 500 full cycles, meaning the battery was drained all the way down to 0% then charged back up to 100%. The LED on the device indicates the battery level (green = full 80-100%, amber/orange 30-80% = medium and red = low 0-30%). Since I received my Energi I have used it 3 out of 5 days in a work week, including a day-long business trip. I charged my Sony QX-10 and my Nexus 7 (not simultaneously of course) t0 99% in the same day before the LED went red. I am a very happy TYLT customer and have set both my RSS and IFTTT alerts for any new product news from TYLT. Bravo, job well done. We look forward to what TYLT has in store for the future.
The TYLT Energi 2k has earned a solid 4 out of 5 stars. Great product, would recommend.
You can buy a TYLT Energi 2k of your very own right HERE.