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A “must” have in your home and when you travel

 

 

The blackout from the other night. The lights in the distance are from a road across the way.

The other night we had a rare occurrence – a total blackout.

We live in a very large condo and townhome complex. We’ve lost power before, but usually there are some areas in our complex that still have light. We’ve lived here for twenty tree years and I would have to say that 3-4 times we’ve had a total blackout.

The worse thing about a total blackout is trying to negotiate around our condo. You see, we have parking lot lights on all night long. They illuminate the inside of our condo to the point that we never need to turn on a light in the middle of the night. The parking lot lights provide us with enough light. You get used to them being on too, so when we lost power the other night, it was really weird being in total darkness.

Thankfully I had on my flameless candles (battery operated). They provided us with ample light. My husband was also able to retrieve our flashlights and other light sources.

I made sure to text both of my kids to tell them to charge their phones before they get home from work (they both had power at their jobs). After all, the WORSE thing EVER is a young adult (or teen) without their smartphones. Whatever would they do with themselves? It’s their “lifeline.”

The power came on before they got home, so they were fine. My husband and I had already charged our phones earlier in the evening (before the blackout). Even if we didn’t, we keep extra chargers on hand just in case. That way we know we still have functioning phones in case of an emergency. We can’t watch movies (no internet), but we can call 911 or family/friends in the event of an emergency.

We have several chargers that my family and I share (me, my husband and our two children). I would honestly have to say that 90% of our chargers are from the company myCharge. The other two are generic ones that can’t even compare to the myCharge chargers.

MyCharge sent me a new charger to try out called the myCharge Hub Turbo.

The outdated USB chargers clogging store shelves and online listings—and still included in the box with new iPhones—won’t charge your latest gear as fast as possible, but the myCharge Hub Turbo will. Available in 6.7K or 10K mAh, the portable charger features built-in Apple Lightning and USB-C charging cords and foldout wall prongs on the back to directly recharge the unit. Hub Turbo is the first-ever Dual 18W powerbank that features both Apple Power Delivery and Qualcomm Quick Charge, meaning the iPhone 11 and Samsung S10 phones can recharge to 50% in about 30 minutes.

The myCharge Hub Turbo is lightweight and portable. It’s about the size of my hand (I have average size women’s hands). It might be a wee bit too big for a jean pocket, but it can easily fit in a purse, backpack or luggage.

The unit it’s self is sleek and minimalist. I like that about this charger. It’s also incredibly simple to use.

To charge the Hub Turbo simply pull out the built in prongs and insert the charger into any outlet. You don’t have to worry about tracking down a charging plug. This charger doesn’t use one. It gets its power from a regular wall outlet.

The charging prongs come out when you need to charge the device, then go back in when you are done.

There is a set of lights on the corner of the charger to indicate how much charge is left on the device. That way you can clearly see if you need to charge it up or not.

The amount of use you get in between charges will depend on how often you use it, the type of device and number of devices.

It takes about five hours to fully charge the charger.

MyCharge Hub Turbo comes with built in iPhone charger lightening cable and a USB Type C cable, so it should work with most devices.

The cables are found on the side of the device. Simply pull out the one you need and insert it into the device you would like to charge.

My only criticism would be that the cables are a bit too short. They would just fine with my iPhone 8. I just wish they were wee bit longer.

There is also a power button you need to press in order to start charging. Most of my other chargers you simply plug a device in and it starts to charge. I will have to remind myself I need to press the charging button, otherwise the unit won’t charge my device.

Built in cords to charge iPhones and other devices (my apologies for the poor picture quality).

What really sets this apart from other portable chargers is that this unit charges your device quickly, that way you experience very little downtime.

It’s a “pet peeve” of mine to charge my phone and see the percentage that it’s charged creeping along. I don’t have the patience for that. I need to see the charged percentage increase by leaps and bounds.

This particular charger is a bit on the pricey side, but you are getting a faster charger, as well as the built in cords.

It’s always a great idea to keep a back up charger just in case of emergencies. If you don’t already own one (or a few), you might want to seriously consider getting one like the myCharge Hub Turbo.

For more information about this and other myCharge devices, visit myCharge.com. You can purchase the chargers directly from their website. The myCharge Hub Turbo is also available on Amazon (NOT an affiliate link),  as well as other myCharge products.

The brand is also on social media. Those links are found on the top of their website.

Do you have a portable charger?

Kimberly

*I received a free sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

Comments

  1. This looks like a great charger. I love the built-in cords. Very convenient!