Review: This Compact, Portable External Battery Pack Will Charge an iPhone 3 Times

I'm always on the lookout for a great battery pack. I attend a lot of tradeshows and am away from a power outlet for most of the day. In preparation for such a show next week, I'm taking the Mini External Battery Backup Charger ($19.97–$39.99) from LAX Gadgets. 

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The LAX battery packs a powerful 10,000 mAh battery which is enough to charge an iPhone more than three times. Despite all that power, it has a compact size. LAX says it's the size of a credit card, but that only describes the width and height. When you include the depth, it's more like the size of a deck of cards, which is still quite pocketable. It also has a nice, comfortable, rubbery grip. Mine is basic black but it also comes in gray, red, or pink.

The power is provided in two 5V/2A USB ports so it can also feed power-hungry devices like an iPad. Another nice touch is that it is 1.2 Meter drop tested to military standard. 


  • Powerful 10,000 mAh battery pack
  • Compact size with rubbery grip
  • Multiple color choices
  • Two 5V/2A USB ports
  • 1.2 Meter drop tested to military standards


  • Still need to bring your own Lightning cable

Final Verdict

If you need power on the go, the Mini External Battery Backup Charger from LAX Gadgets delivers 10,000 mAh. 

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,,, 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.