By Todd Bernhard on Tue, 07/17/2012
There are a lot of external battery packs for the iPhone, fewer still for the power hungry iPad, and even fewer for laptops because of the non-standard plugs. So I was very excited to see the PowerSlate from Nexiom at CE Week in New York City last month.
Not only does this one device offer over 13,000mAh of power (almost ten times that of iPhone battery cases) it can provide power for an iPad, and even most laptops!
This is a remarkable feat, made more remarkable by the incredible thinness of the PowerSlate. It's thinner than a MacBook Air or even an iPad!
The PowerSlate is about the size of an iPad, except thinner, and it feels solid thanks to the aluminum body. There is a strip of plastic where OLED status indicators are displayed.
I think the PowerSlate would be a great companion for the ZooGue BinderPad case, which is a three ring binder that incorporates your iPad.
Nexiom treats the PowerSlate as a laptop base that hides away underneath your notebook. Personally, I think the PowerSlate should be marketed as a high end mousepad that just so happens to extend the life of the laptop it's connected to! It's just that attractive!
As mentioned, the PowerSlate can accommodate your iPad or iPhone as long a you provide a USB cable for the PoweSlate's USB port. The PowerSlate itself is charged using your laptop's existing power cable, and one of the many tips provided in the box.
In my case, as a MacBook Pro and MacBook Air owner, I have to wait until later this year when Nexiom plans to ship their Macdapter connector. That will let you use an Airplane MagSafe cable with the PowerSlate. Alas, Apple's proprietary MagSafe connector, while cool, is not something other vendors are allowed to replicate.