At the risk of sounding repetitive, there’s no shortage of battery packs out there on the market. They come in all different shapes, sizes and capacities. However, one neat little package is the Lifesaver II emergency battery pack by Mio, which stands out amongst others with its minimalist design and fast charging capability.
Lifesaver II has a slim oval shape and at first glance it doesn’t look like a charging pack but more like a smartphone. It’s a tad longer and wider than the iPhone 4, measuring 4.6″ x 2.6″ with a depth of only 0.4″ at its highest point, making it one of the thinnest charge packs I’ve come across. It’s stylish and sturdy – made of airplane aluminum and comes with either a smooth two-tone blue or two-tone charcoal finish.
Even with its small size it houses a respectable 4500mAh Li-polymer battery and offers a fast charging 2.4A output similar to what an iPad charger puts out. It will charge most smartphones in about an hour and has enough capacity to charge up average tablets to about 50% capacity. Of course, results will depend on your device.
It uses a USB port to connect out but to save real estate, Mio has opted for a Micro USB connector charging port. A four-stage blue led indicator acts as a fuel gauge indicating when the battery is 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% respectively. When charging the charge indicator will glow red and blue LEDs will cycle and turn off when complete.
The Mio Lifesaver II will work with virtually all iOS devices and most USB-powered devices including smartphone, tablets, e-readers as well as PSP and Nintendo DS & Dxi gaming devices. It comes with a microUSB to USB cable along with two adapters, which converts microUSB to 30-pin and Lightning.
I really like the compact, sturdy and sleek design and its fast charging capabilities. It’s also small enough to fit in your coat pocket along with your phone. My concern with the finish is that if not protected or housed in a case the edges could easily scratch anything it touches. A travel case, or maybe rubberized edges, could possibly alleviate much of that concern. In addition, unless you carry around your particular device’s charging cable, you may also need to bring along one or both of the loose adapters to convert from microUSB.
So except for these few items, the space-saver Lifesaver II could certainly be a nice looking little lifesaver and then some when you really need to get some extra juice into your USB powered device. It’s also reasonably priced at $49.99.
Rating: 4 / 5
Photos courtesy Everik International.
Greg Gazin is the Real Canadian Gadget Guy.