Tuesday, 23 August 2011 18:17

powermonkey-eXtreme provides portable power

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Keeping your gadgets charged can be an issue when you're off the beaten track. powermonkey-eXtreme is a rugged portable power source with its own solar charger.


Powertraveller's powermonkey-eXtreme is a 9000mAh Li-Po battery with a mains charger plus a solar panel that can recharge the battery in 15 hours in ideal conditions. It's also rechargeable from a USB power source, and an LCD panel shows the charge level.

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The device has two outputs. One is suitable for most USB devices, while the other delivers up to 2.1A for the iPad and other tablets. A full charge is said to be sufficient to recharge an iPhone up to six times or a normal mobile up to 12 times. The powermonkey-eXtreme shuts itself off once the attached device is fully charged.

Other features include waterproofing (up to 30 minutes at 1 metre), the ability to retain 75% of the charge after one year in storage, nine power adaptor tips, and a travel pouch.

The powermonkey-eXtreme is available in black, grey, blue, yellow or red, and costs $219. It is distributed by Simms International.


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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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