Product Review (April 2009) - iPwr
SuperPack for the 3G iPhone

By Kevin Nakano


iPwr SuperPackPortable devices have become increasingly powerful and with that comes the need for high capacity batteries integrated into smaller and thinner designs. The latest iPhone 3G as well as many of the earlier portable Apple devices all suffer from limited play time. This has been a common frustration among iPhone users. A company called iPwr offers a solution with their new SuperPack, an external power pack that mates to the iPhone or iPod through the factory connector. The SuperPack has an integrated rechargeable 1800 mAh lithium-polymer battery that more than doubles the operational time of the iPhone 3G. The design offers the best power density and recharging cycle life available for iPhone and iPod users. The SuperPack will charge the iPhone 3G from 0% battery power to 100% in less than 2.5 hours. The best part is the phone can still be used while the SuperPack is connected, minimizing down time.

The battery has the official "Made for iPod" and “Works with iPhone” certifications, meaning that this electronic accessory has been designed to connect specifically to iPhone/iPod and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance standards.

iPwr SuperPackThe iPWR SuperPack is about the same width as the iPhone, measuring only 2.4” wide, 2.3” long, 0.5” high (62x60x12.9 mm) and weighing only 1.5 ounces (45 grams). The case design is solid and complements the high quality finish found on the iPhone. The SuperPack is available in either black or white to match your Apple fit and finish. The package includes a retractable USB cable that extends from 4-inches to 30-inches, making it convenient for users to store and use for recharging the battery. The SuperPack incorporates advanced electronics with shut-down capability to protect the hardware. The power switch allows the SuperPack to store a charge up to 12 months when not being used.

 

iPwr SuperPackThe iPWR SuperPack has a cover that protects the interfaces when being carried around. It uses a standard mini USB connector to charge the unit, which can be done by simply sliding the power switch on the top of the battery to the “Off” position and connecting the cable to your pc, laptop, or iPhone/iPod USB charger. The battery LED will illuminate RED indicating that charging is in process. The LED light will turn off when the battery is completely charged and may take up to 3 to 6 hours to fully charge a completely drained battery. Recharging you portable device is easy. Slide the power switch to the "ON" position and connect the device to the standard 30-pin connector on the battery pack. The power LED will turn green indicating the battery is active. The iPod or iPhone should display a charging icon on the screen. Once all energy is transferred to the iPod or iPhone, the light will turn off.

We tested the SuperPack on both the iPhone 3G and iPod video and it recharged both units without any issues. The high capacity 1800mAH lithium polymer battery technology retains 80% of the capacity even after 500 charge/discharge cycles.

Conclusion
The iPwr SuperPack is aggressively priced at $54.95 and has been specifically designed for iPhone 3G, iPod touch (1st and 2nd generation), iPod with video, iPod nano (3rd and 4th generation), and iPod classic. It also works with iPhone (1st generation) and any iPod with a 30-pin connector dock. The environmentally friendly product is RoHS certified, which means it has no lead, mercury, cadmium, and several other highly harmful materials. The unit is covered by a full 9-month warranty, which is significantly longer than other comparable products. In addition, the company offers a 30-day unconditional return policy. As of this writing, iPwr is offering free shipping for US customers, and an additional 10% off when you buy two or more units. The sample unit we tested performed flawlessly and provided us with much needed backup power in places where we really needed it.

- Kevin Nakano

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Review System

Device #1: iPhone 3G
Device #2: iPod Video, 5th Generation


Review - At a Glance


iPwr - SuperPack for iPhone 3G


Features:

  • 1800 mAh inside the lightest, most compact design
  • More than DOUBLE the juice for iPhone 3G!
  • Recharge your 3G from 0% to 100% in under 2.5 hours
  • Latest in battery technology: Lithium-Polymer, intelligent power management, and environmentally sensitive materials.
  • No wires. Plug it in and keep rockin'!

Product Specifications:

  • Capacity: 1800 mAh
  • Material: Lithium-Polymer
  • Charge/Discharge Cycles: 500+
  • DC In: 4.75V - 5.5V
  • DC Out: 5V
  • Output Current: 2A (2000mA)
  • Weight: 1.5 oz (45 g)
  • Size: 2.4"x2.3"x0.45" (62×60x12 mm)
  • Color: Black or White
  • Warranty: 12-month limited

Company Information
Wholesale and Customer Service Inquiries
PO Box 1725
Gilbert, AZ 85299-1725
Toll Free: (866) 763-6558

Source: Manufacture supplied
MSRP: $54.95

Website: www.ipwr.com


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