Mugenter 10,000 mAh External Battery Charger
In 2017, most personal electronic devices are designed for a “typical day” to a charge. By personal electronic devices, I mean smartphones – although smartwatches could potentially be included in the mix. And of course the problem with designing a smartphone for a typical day of use is: what exactly is a typical day? All too often a smartphone’s battery is inadequate for what many people need from their device, and it’s here that a portable battery charger steps in.
Portable battery chargers usually consist of a large battery together with some electronics to control the unit. These chargers come with one or more full size (USB Type-A) ports to plug your usual charger lead in, and a smaller microUSB or USB Type-C port for charging the unit itself.
Enter the Mugenter 10,000 mAh External Battery Charger. This is a relatively small and light device, given the size of the battery inside it and the need for the two full-size USB ports, that you can slip into a bag, pocket or purse and use to recharge one or two devices. It has two USB ports, one geared to provide up to 2.1A of current and the other at 1.0A, and it can supply both ports at their maximum rate at the same time. There’s a microUSB port for charging the unit itself and it will accept up to 2A of current. There’s also a flashlight or torch that can be toggled on or off by double tapping the power button, and with that large battery it could probably give you days of use if you needed it!
External battery chargers are not glamorous products, but for anybody who travels a lot, has a smartphone addition, or feels compelled to check for Pokemon every few minutes, an external charger is a must. The Mugenter is one of the best ones I’ve used as it’s relatively small for the capacity, tough and well made. It’s perfect for the rough and tumble of a carry on for those long haul flights between the United Kingdom and North America or for a quick battery top up between meetings at the coffee shop when there are no free sockets.
For best battery life, I found that recharging the smartphone to somewhere around 80% was best – the last 20% of a recharge takes a long time and drains an external charger at the same rate. With this approach, the Mugenter could recharge my Nexus 5X or Wileyfox Swift 2 from somewhere around 20% to somewhere around 80%, four times. When tasked to recharge a tablet, the Mugenter takes longer and you get fewer charge cycles from the device – but tablets have much bigger batteries! The Mugenter did struggle to provide much charge for my Sony Xperia Z Tablet, but this particular tablet is notorious for taking a long time to charge! I had more success with the more modern Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet and the Apple iPad Mini, and plugging both a tablet and a smartphone in gave both a respectable amount of charge – although it did deplete the Mugenter pretty quickly! When it’s time to recharge the Mugenter, it really needs to be plugged in all night.
The bottom line is that for the $16 or so that the Mugenter is available for on the Amazon website, you’re getting a sturdy, well made, and very portable battery recharger. Recommended – you can pick one up using the link below, and if you buy before July 31, use this code for a 30% discount!