For the average mobile phone user, the built-in battery is typically powerful enough for an average day's use. However, there are specific applications where the built-in battery is not sufficient. These scenarios include extended use of GPS navigation such as when the phone is used for geocaching or using VOIP services such as FreedomPop. Then, there are smartphone addicts who are glued to their devices 18 hours a day and the need for a mobile power pack becomes increasingly necessary.
Battery packs come in a variety of form factors and capacities. The early generation of battery packs simply repackaged cheap existing cylinder Li-Ion battery packs into bulky bricks with little thought to aesthetics or design.
JLAB managed to design a beautiful sleek power pack that would feel right at home next to the monolith in Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey. The JLAB Volt packs an impressive 5000 mAh in a form factor well suited to be paired with most smartphones. The 2.75" x 5.25" x 3/8" aluminum clad case is sturdy with a texture reminiscent of a vinyl record (for those old enough to have seen one). When stacked with an iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S4, it's nearly a perfect match.
- MicroUSB port for charging
- Standard USB port for powering devices such as phones or tablets
- LED display indicating charge percentage
- Function key to activate a very handy LED flashlight
- Built-in overcharge and short-circuit protection
- Ships with USB cable and cloth travel pouch
JLAB is currently offering it for $39.99, which is $10 less than what they are selling it for on Amazon.