Microsoft unveils 'Portable dual charger' power banks

By Silky Malhotra | Published on Jun 11 2015
Microsoft unveils 'Portable dual charger' power banks
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Microsoft launches new power banks with dual charger tech, that can charge two devices at the same time.

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Microsoft has unveiled a set of three power banks with 5200mAh, 9000mAh, and 12000mAh battery capacities priced at of $35 (approx Rs. 2,200), $45 (approx Rs. 2,900) and $55 (approx Rs. 3,500) respectively. The chargers will be launched in black color in select markets in the "next few weeks".

The Microsoft Portable Dual Chargers has a similar "pocketable" shape as the Xiaomi Mi Power Banks and can charge two mobiles at the same time. The three portable chargers measure the same 100mm and 25mm in width and thickness respectively, they differ in length and weight based on different battery capacity versions. The 5200mAh variant weighs 141 grams and is 50mm long, the 9000mAh variant weighs 215 grams and is 68.5mm long and the biggest 12000mAh version weighs 275 grams and is 87mm long. "While bigger in capacity and also physical size, these two are still portable and can easily be slipped into your bag, your glovebox, or in your tent while you prepare your smores," said Adam Fraser on the Lumia Conversation blog post.

The power banks come with two USB ports that allow users to charge two devices at the same time. The company claims in a blog post that they can hold their charge for months at a time. The Microsoft Portable Dual Chargers have 5V - 1.5A input and offer 5V - 2.1A output. If the user needs to charge both the handset and the portable charger simultaneously, they can plug-in the power bank to a source and then the handset with the power bank.

Microsoft says that the power banks will be able to charge smartphones and tablets as quickly as the company's AC-60 wall charger accessory. The Microsoft Portable Dual Chargers feature four LED lights for indicating the power left in the device. Microsoft's Power Bank chargers will compete with the likes of powerbanks from Xiaomi, Asus and OnePlus. Xiaomi offers powerbanks in different capacities including a 10400mAh battery priced at Rs. 999, a Mi 5200mAh Power Bank for Rs. 799 and a 16000mAh Power Bank that is currently available only in China for CNY 129 (approximately Rs. 1,300). Smartphone makers are still struggling to make their batteries last over 12 hours, and making powerbanks is the best option for users. There has been an increasing demand for lighter and more portable powerbanks.

Source: Microsoft

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