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Your aging iPhone is no match for the Fuel+.
So, you got a new iPhone. Yay! We always love getting new iPhones. But more than the snazzy looks of the 5c or the fingerprint scanner on the 5s, our favorite thing about getting a new iPhone is the battery. It lasts all day!
Meanwhile, those of us with year-old (or older) phones have to get through by plugging in whenever we can. It’s doable, but if you’re on the go rather than tethered to a desk, power management is always an issue. Patriot’s new lineup of battery packs can help, though, packing good-sized batteries into sleek cases that have plenty of juice to top off your aging iPhone or iPad.
The Fuel+ line encompasses seven different batteries, ranging in size from 1500mAh to 9000mAh. We tested the 7800mAh version, which comes with an added bonus: the larger Fuel+ models feature two USB charging ports. It’s great for charging two devices at once, but even better, the 2.5-amp port will charge an iPad at full speed, whereas the 1-amp port is perfect for iPhones, iPods, and iPad minis.
At 6.3 ounces, the Fuel+ isn’t noticeable in a bag, and the 3.7x4.5x1-inch brick is a good balance between storage capacity and size. It’s got enough power to fill up an iPhone 5 several times over. That said, if you do need something smaller, there are several other Fuel+ models to choose from.
The case is shiny white plastic — reminiscent of MacBooks of yore — with matte red accents. The included USB-to-MicroUSB cable charges the Fuel+, and the ports feature pass-through charging so you can charge both your device and your backup battery at the same time. Four blue LEDs along one side serve as a fuel gauge/charge indicator at the press of a button.
Using the Fuel+ is a simple matter of plugging in your iPhone’s charging cable, and pressing the button to turn on the juice. There’s very little not to like, although it is slightly inconvenient to have to carry the USB-to-MicroUSB cable (to charge the battery itself) in addition to whatever cable you need for your device. On the plus side, though, you’re able to charge any device that charges via USB. The included cable is only eight inches long — great for desktop charging from your Mac, but you’ll probably need a longer cable if you plan on charging from an AC wall outlet.
The bottom line. If your aging iOS device can no longer make it through the day, there’s a Fuel+ model to fit your needs.
Device that charges via USB
Dual USB ports, including a 2.5-amp port. Works with any devices that charge via USB.
You’ll have to add another cable to your bag to charge the battery itself.