By Todd Bernhard on Sun, 01/09/2011
A consistent theme at CES has been battery life, or the lack thereof. iPhone Life has covered a number of gadgets and cases that can double or even triple the battery life of an iOS device thanks to a 2,000mAh battery. So imagine the technolust when we saw a device with eight times that capacity! They promise 480 hours for five devices!
The dreamGEAR Portable Power Max ($140) and Portable Power ($90) deliver 16,000mAh and 8,000mAh respectively. In addition, they have 5 USB ports and even a built-in LED flashlight! You can use all of that power to repeatedly recharge your iOS device or charge a gadget bag full of USB powered devices, five at-a-time.
The basic model is about the size of the new Apple TV and the Max model looks like a thick iPhone 4. There's an external AC brick as well, but the power-to-size ratio is terrific. Right now, this info is based on our brief hands-on at CES. We will have to do an in-depth review to measure real-world battery life and just how long it takes to recharge the device itself.
If the Portable Power Max is as good as advertised, imagine the lengths you can go to without worrying about power. I hear Mt. Everest has WiFi now!