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Jackery Explorer 1500 review: Glorious overkill

Jackery Explorer 1500 review: Glorious overkill

Summer 2021 is so close you can almost feel it, and with vaccines already starting to reach the general populace, people everywhere are eager to make up for lost time. If your plans involve spending some time with friends and family in the great outdoors, whether that means a day at the beach or a weekend in the woods, keeping everyone's devices powered can be tricky — and that's where Jackery steps in. The company already offered a wide array of portable power solutions ranging from the easily totable to the heavy-duty, and this year it's upping its game with the highest-capacity, highest-output model yet: the Explorer 1500.

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STORM 2 review: The coolest-looking, most data-rich battery around

STORM 2 review: The coolest-looking, most data-rich battery around

How do you get excited about something as utilitarian as a battery pack? We've reviewed plenty of them here at AP over the years, and generally it comes down to measuring the specs: What charges the fastest, puts out the most power, and has the largest capacity? But while anybody can construct a big, fast battery, when's the last time you chose a battery for its design, or because of its advanced features? With a slick-as-hell cyberpunk aesthetic and real-time detailed performance feedback, the crowdfunded STORM 2 is making me seriously reconsider what I look for in a battery.

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Jackery Explorer 300 review: Hitting the capacity sweet-spot

Jackery Explorer 300 review: Hitting the capacity sweet-spot

If nothing else, mobile technology is about striking a balance. You might be super-productive if you always had your laptop around, but that's hardly practical to carry on your person everywhere — enter: the smartphone. Earlier this year I took a look at the Jackery Explorer 1000, an absolute unit of a battery pack. And while it has capacity for days, at 22lbs it's also a lot of heft to be hauling around. Is there a better balance we could find here? Jackery's got a number of options running the gamuts of size and capacity, and now the latest entry might just nail that equilibrium: the Jackery Explorer 300.

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Aukey PowerStudio 300 review: A big battery that justifies the big price

Aukey PowerStudio 300 review: A big battery that justifies the big price

It's rare that a battery has enough going on that it warrants a full review, but the Aukey PowerStudio 300 is no ordinary battery. For one, it's gigantic with a 297Wh capacity and more ports than you can shake a USB cable at. It's also lovely, which is not something I've ever said about a battery before. The power and functionality of the PowerStudio make it a great battery for long trips away from the power grid or as a home backup power source. Although, not everyone needs something like that, and the $329 asking price is steep if the PowerStudio won't fulfill a specific need.

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Jackery Explorer 1000 Portable Power Station review: Carrying around a kilowatt-hour

Jackery Explorer 1000 Portable Power Station review: Carrying around a kilowatt-hour

There are few thoughts so fundamentally terrifying to the modern-day tech user — things able to shake a man to his core — than the idea of being without power when you need it. As someone who tops off his phone whenever in sight of a USB cord, who carries at least a 20,000mAh battery pack everywhere he travels, I'm always interested in hearing about solutions that provide not just enough on-demand power to keep you going a little longer, but such massively deep reserves that the words “out of charge” need no longer exist in your vocabulary. Enter: the Jackery Explorer 1000 Portable Power Station.

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Aukey Power Bank 26800mAh review: A big battery that can quickly charge everything

Aukey Power Bank 26800mAh review: A big battery that can quickly charge everything

Buying a portable battery can be a tricky process, especially in the modern age of USB Power Delivery. With USB-PD being the finicky standard that it is, not all devices work with all chargers — a battery that is perfectly compatible with your phone might not charge your Chromebook at all.

Thankfully, for those of you looking wanting a battery that can quickly charge just about any device, Aukey's new Power Bank 26800mAh does the job nicely. We also had a peek at the company's smaller 10,000mAh model, which has a slower maximum charging speed but does add a Qi charging pad.

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Apollo Max review: Graphene is finally more than science fiction, but don't buy this portable charger

Apollo Max review: Graphene is finally more than science fiction, but don't buy this portable charger

Graphene has been dangled in front of us for over a decade as a new, magical material capable of solving all our technical problems, while steadfastly staying out of consumer products. It's a materials science fact with the mythos of science fiction, but it's finally percolating down into stuff you can actually buy, like this portable charger/battery. Made by a Chinese company called Elecjet, the Apollo Max promises 37Wh (10,000mAh) of capacity, 100W charging, 60W discharging, and a 19 minute recharge time. Unfortunately, that last claim is just science fiction.

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Jackery Supercharge 26800 PD is the mid-range gold standard for a portable charger, but it's a bit expensive

Jackery Supercharge 26800 PD is the mid-range gold standard for a portable charger, but it's a bit expensive

We've covered some impressive batteries here at Android Police, but most folks probably aren't shopping around for a 100W of output or lunchbox-sized chargers. Overkill like that isn't necessary to top up a phone, laptop, or even your Nintendo Switch on the go, and Jackery's Supercharge 26800 PD bundle provides both a portable and a wall charger that each spit 45W over USB-C and work as advertised without any hiccups or odd behavior — a minor miracle these days. The only real downside is the $120 asking price, but with our coupon, it's a bit more palatable.

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Review: The Omnicharge 20+ is a highly versatile portable battery, but it's too complicated for most

Review: The Omnicharge 20+ is a highly versatile portable battery, but it's too complicated for most

Among on-the-go professionals, there's a sort of holy grail when it comes to power accessories: a single portable charger that can power everything. The transition to USB Type-C has helped approach that ideal, but there are still things it isn't perfect for, and batteries like the 71Wh Omnicharge Omni 20+ will always have a special place. It can charge devices off of USB Type-A, Type-C, 120/230V AC, Qi wireless charging, and even a barrel DC port, but that flexibility means it also has a special price: $200. And with all the features and output types it crams in, we think this battery may be a bit too complicated for most consumers.

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Anker Powerhouse 200 review: A $350 USB-C battery pack the size of a lunchbox

Anker Powerhouse 200 review: A $350 USB-C battery pack the size of a lunchbox

There are an incredible number of choices when it comes to smaller capacity batteries, but the selection of big, camping-sized units thins out substantially especially if you want comparatively modern amenities like Type-C charging and output. Anker's new Powerhouse 200 fills a slightly smaller niche than its older Powerhouse 120,000, together with the addition of a more modern connector, but its $350 asking price is too much given the compatibility issues and feature set.

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