November 20, 2012
Whether a business road warrior or someone who uses a lot of processor intensive software throughout the day, gaming or otherwise, Sanho's HyperJuice 2 external battery is a great way to keep your mobile devices humming along. Today, I'll be sharing my hands-on experience with the MBP2-100, the HyperJuice 2 100Wh. Still sporting a sleek aluminum enclosure with white accessories, the second generation model closely resembles the original and continues to look great alongside your Apple devices. However, there are two big differences, both provided in a redesigned front panel. Nearly symmetrical, the new port access and control area now contains an OLED in the middle, a USB port on each side, and power input and output connectors at the edges Replacing the simple LED indicator of the first generation model, the OLED display includes even more information and is just as easy to read. Along with the battery leveled being displayed as a percentage, the HyperJuice now reports the temperature and status with remaining time available at the push of a button. The power states consist of "Discharging" when a device is drawing power, "Charging" when the HyperJuice's internal battery is being replenished, and "Idle" otherwise. Featuring the same 10-watt output capability, the additional USB port satisfies the needs of any of your iDevices and USB accessories. This is a huge bonus as most people now own both an iPad and iPhone or iPod touch that they utilize on-the-go. After performing some real-world tests, I found the HyperJuice 2 to be under the marketing specifications, but by no means disappointing. During a full charge, my iPhone 5 typically drained the HyperJuice 2 by 10 percent, translating to 10 recharges or so. On the other hand, my iPad 2 required between 30 to 40 percent of the external battery, therefore, offering about three complete battery refills. Even though my focus was on iOS devices, it's important not to forget that the HyperJuice is a great companion for MacBooks as well. Unfortunately, this isn't an out-of-the-box ability for most customers, because the alternate power source is a 12 to 15-volt DC automotive / airline port. Therefore, you'll need either the Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter or splice your original MagSafe power adapter with the Magic Box. Looking at things overall, I can't imagine any extensive iDevice user that often finds him or herself beyond the reaches of standard power sources considering the HyperJuice 2 a bad investment. In fact, the HyperJuice could pay itself off in regard to saving time. How priceless is being able to finish that report, keep those lines of communication open, or easily reference data without worrying sweating over the fast plummeting power meter? The HyperJuice 2 external battery is available in the HyperShop for $299.95. The Magic Box and Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter are sold separately for $50 each.