By Judie Stanford, Editor In Chief, Gear Diary
Perhaps one day, mobile phones will be invented that have batteries that recharge themselves as the person carrying them walks around. Until then, we’ll have to continue relying upon charging cords, AC/DC adapters, and extended batteries. If you’re still shopping for a mini power plant, Mobile Edge‘s UrgentPower DX 5200 is small enough to carry around for unforeseen charging emergencies.
Measuring a compact 3.7″ long x 1.75″ wide x 0.9 thick and weighing 4.2 ounces, the DX 5200 is light enough and compact enough that it can fit in all but the smallest evening bags; it is certainly sized so that it won’t take up much space in a gear bag, briefcase, or purse. What this extended battery packs in convenience and charging power is belied by its small size.
Included in the package are the 5200mAh battery, an Apple 30-pin adapter, a microUSB Connector, a miniUSB Connector, and a USB charging cable. The cable that comes with the battery has a port on one end which can accept each of the three included charging tips in order to charge various devices. The microUSB tip on the cable is needed to charge the UrgentPower DX 5200 from a free USB port or AC/DC USB power source.
The UrgentPower DX 5200 has a button on its top that when pressed once will light up the appropriate amount of LEDs to indicate the battery’s charge status. Pressing the button twice will activate the built-in flashlight, pressing twice again will turn it off.
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