Review: Compact, Portable Chargers for iPhone from TYLT

I've been a big fan of TYLT's products since the company launched. TYLT's latest offering reinforces that feeling. The Flipcard ($59.99) and Flipstick ($39.99) both sport a rubbery soft-touch design that feels good to hold. They also feature integrated cables, so there's nothing to lose. They are sold in USB-C, Lightning, and microUSB formats. Those cables fold back into the device to be tucked away.

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The chargers hold up to 3,350 mAh or 5,000 mAh of power, and are available in a few colors. My only complaint is the Flipcard design makes it tricky to charge and use to charge a device at the same time, because the USB and Lightning cables are so close to each other. When traveling, I often charge a portable charger at night, and plug my iPhone into that charger as well. The Flipstick would work well in such an arrangement.

Pros

  • Elegant design
  • Cable tips fold into the device
  • Available in microUSB, Lightning ,and USB-C forms
  • Several color choices
  • 3,350 mAh or 5,000 mAh
  • Eco-friendly packaging and each product sold help plants a tree

Cons

  • Flipcard design makes it tricky to charge and use simultaneously
  • Doesn't ship pre-charged

Final Verdict

If you are need a compact portable charger, the Flipcard and Flipstick from TYLT include the cables you will need, built in. 

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.