Review: This Rugged USB-C & USB-A PowerPack Includes Tile Tracking

If your gadgets take a beating, consider the Nomad PowerPack with Tile ($119.95). and companion USB-C cable ($24.95-39.95). Nomad has a clever twist on the traditional portable battery pack. For starters, its PowerPack is rugged with 1.2-meter drop protection, it has a nice textured exterior (so you're less likely to drop it in the first place), and it has 9,000mAh of power with high output via both USB-C and USB-A.

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What really sets the Nomad PowerPack apart is the integrated Tile tracking capability. You can use the free Tile app to find the PowerPack. It's a smart enhancement that justifies the higher price of the unit. You can leave it in your gadget bag to help find your bag, too.

And if you like rugged accessories, their companion USB-C cables will come in handy. They have different thicknesses to support up to 4K Video and 100 watts of power. 

Pros

  • 9,000mAh of power with high output
  • Integrates Tile for tracking
  • Rugged with 1.2M Mil-spec drop protection
  • UBS-C input and both USB-A and USB-C output
  • Compact, comfortable design

Cons

  • Expensive

Final Verdict

If you are sick of cables and battery packs that don't last (or get lost) you can rely on the PowerPack with Tile from Nomad. 

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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.