Review: TYLT's ENERGI Charging Station Doubles as a Portable Battery

 TYLT's ENERGI Charging Station Doubles as a Portable Battery

There are multi-port USB chargers and there are portable battery chargers. The folks at TYLT have combined the two types of chargers with a clever product called the ENERGI Charging Station ($79.99). TYLT showed the charger at CES 2016 and I had the opportunity to try it for myself.

It's billed as a four-port charger but it really offers five ports. That's because the fifth port is really a pop out, removable portable battery charger so you can take it with you and pop it back in to recharge it as necessary. The four main ports each deliver 2.4 Amps rapid charging capability and the portable battery pack offers 3,200 mAh of juice. The ENERGI Charging Station connects to the wall using a low-profile A/C cable with no "wall wart" or power brick. In keeping with the streamlined styling, the ENERGI Charging Station incorporates channels for routing the USB cables. 

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Pros

  • Four 2.4 Amp rapid charging ports plus 3,200 mAh battery pack
  • Low-profile A/C cable
  • Routing channels for USB cables

Cons

  • Pricey, but really two products in one

Final Verdict

At around $80, the ENERGY Charging Station is a little pricey, but considering it's really two products in one, it's worth it.

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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.