Review: Portable Power Outlet Can Charge Macbook along with iPhone

It's the season for road trips, vacations, and camping. Or you may be in to "glamping" (glamorous camping) because you don't like to be away from everyday luxuries. Either way, you will want to bring along the Portable Power Outlet ($185) from ChargeTech. I recently reviewed a different ChargeTech product and in doing my research, I cam across the Portable Power Outlet. As the name suggests, it is portable and provides a power outlet.

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It actually provides a couple of high-power USB ports, but what sets it apart is a full-featured three-prong A/C outlet. The 27,000mAh of power can be used not just to charge your iPad, iPhone, or other mobile devices, but also your MacBook. This is nice because the MagSafe adapter makes it hard to find a battery extender for most MacBooks. 

ChargeTech

Pros

  • A/C Outlet on the go is wonderful
  • 27,000 mAh of power
  • Two high-power USB ports as well
  • Reasonably priced
  • Remarkably compact

Cons

  • A/C plug tab is removable and could be lost
  • Heavier than desirable for everyday use

Final Verdict

Compared to regular USB chargers, the Portable Power Outlet from ChargeTech you might find it to be heavier and more expensive, but given that it also provides A/C power, it's reasonably priced and remarkably compact. 

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