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As much as we've talked about portable chargers, we've yet to come across one that I would call affordable (excluding the various deals we've found, of course). Satechi just changed all that, though; it released a 10k mAh power pack for $50. Fifty dollars! Considering I've reviewed portable chargers with half that capacity for nearly double the cost, I woudl say this one is a good deal right out of the gate.

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Not only that, but it's a dual USB charger, so it can juice up two devices at one time. It has a 5V/1A port for devices like smartphones, and a higher-rated 5V/2A port for more power hungry devices. While tablet compatibility is yet to be seen, this unit will definitely provide all the juice you could possibly need to keep your smartphone powered up for a few days.

You can grab it directly from Satechi or on Amazon.

Keep iPhone™, iPad™, Kindle Fire, Samsung Galaxy S III or any other
USB-based portable device fully charged while on the go

San Diego, CA – June 20, 2012 – Satechi, a leading mobile accessories manufacturer, is pleased to announce the availability of its Portable Energy Station.  The powerful 10,000 mAh battery pack features a 1 amp and a 2 amp USB port to keep most smartphones or tablets fully charged including charging a dead iPhone 4S up to 5 times.  The convenient battery pack features a lightweight (5.93oz.) and compact (5.5” long) design allowing users to easily throw the device into any backpack, purse or carry on.
The Satechi Portable Energy Station provides a quick and efficient charge and features a rechargeable lithium ion ensuring users’ devices stay fully juiced at all times.  Additional features include a battery life indicator and auto off feature which detects when the connected device is fully charged.   The Portable Energy Station comes complete with a USB charging cord and 6 connectors compatible with most smartphones and tablets.
The Satechi Portable Energy Station is available now for $49.99 at Satechi.net and Amazon.com.
For more on the Portable Energy Station and all of Satechi’s award winning products, follow us onFacebook.com/Satechi and @Satechi.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Dangy

    I'm really tempted to get this instead of a solar charger. Does anybody have any suggestions on a decent solar charger for my GNex?

    • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

       Solar chargers are gimmicky from what I've heard, I haven't seen one that has worked well yet.

      • Kellic

        The problem is people don't spend the money needed to get a good solar charger.  A friend has one he packs for going up to the boundary waters canoe area for a week.  He uses it on his phone that he uses to take picts and listen to music.  It works like a champ, but he's also spent $300 on it.

      • wlg235

         Goal Zero is the Only solar charger I would recommend. I have the Nomad 7 as well as the Guide 10 "Plus" (1 amp output) battery pack, and have seen great performance with both

  • Jamses1

    use the code " 10offall " at checkout and get another 10% off... that 45$ !!!

  • http://twitter.com/androidhelpers Android Helpers

    The thing they are all doing wrong... the Micro USB needs to be BUILT IN to the charger.

  • Kellic

    Meh.  It looks interesting however I've found that when it comes to batteries you get what you pay for.  Personally next paycheck I'm going for   
    http://www.hypershop.com/HyperJuice-Plug-15600mAh-Stealth-p/p15-black.htm

    Yes the company is kissing Apple's *** with the catering to their products, and the design.  Yes its spendy at $160.  But it is also a 15,600mAh battery that has two USB ports so its pretty much compatible with everything.  The short of it is I could have really used this thing while stuck in a tent over memorial day weekend while it was pouring.  Instead the following day my battery on my Transformer gave out on me.  Would have been nice to plug it in and keep watching some movies.

  • JMB98115

    Stop with the 10,000 mAh and start using Ah.

    10Ah.

    We don't measure miles in inches.

    • http://twitter.com/set_iroN SetiroN

      Stop with the 10Ah and start using Whr.

      37Whr.

      We don't measure gallons in pounds.

      Capacity depends on voltage: laptop batteries are much higher voltage, so at just twice the amperage can hold multiple times more energy.
      The SGS3, for example, uses a 3.8V battery, which makes its 2.1Ah battery 7.98Whr instead of the 7.77 you'd have at the more common 3.7V.
      That portable battery might be anything from 37 to 50 Whr, depending on voltage... quite a bit different.

  • Niall Mullins

    Here's an alternative for us folks across the pond... 
    http://www.ebay.ie/itm/150786214509

  • Wutangclan

     If your going to spend that many FRNs then you might as well get the from Energizer 18000mah you can power a laptop with it.

    http://www.energizerpowerpacks.com/il/products/xp18000/

  • Roger

    The charging port suspiciously looks like it is mini-USB not micro-usb.  I would not want to carry around one cable just for this device.

  • Andrew Kachaniwsky

    Ordered one from Canada when I saw this post.. just arrived today (speedy shipping for overseas!)  Device feels and looks good, lets see how she performs!

  • http://royblumenthal.com/portfolio royblumenthal

    I've been using my Satechi for about three weeks now. Primarily to charge my Galaxy Note. And sometimes for my iPad1. It's a good piece of kit. Easy to pocket in my cargo pants, and MUCH lighter than my 16000mAh i.Sound battery. There are two usb charging ports on this unit. One outputs at 1amp. The other at 2 amps.