You know what it’s like – you’re out and about and, for one reason or another, have been using your mobile phone more than normal. As the day wears on, you realise you’re getting through your battery at an amazing rate and will shortly run out of juice.
What do you do? I guess you could cut back on your mobile use (I’ve found myself turning the screen brightness down, switching bluetooth and WiFi off, and even turning Airplane Mode on in case I need to make a call later) or resign yourself to the knowledge that your precious device will soon be defunct… at least until you can get it back home for a charge.
The Smartstick is basically a large rechargable battery with USB connectors for charging both it and your mobile devices. The Smartstick’s battery capacity is 2200 mAH (milliAmp-Hours). My iPhone 5S’ battery is apparently 1570 mAH, so the Smartstick should be able to charge it fully if we assume 100% energy transfer.
In reality, using the Smartstick to charge my phone from nearly empty took it from 5% battery to 93% battery overnight but I should add that my phone was still on at the time… so it’s using energy while charging. Still, that’s an impressive rate of charging and more than enough for a boost if you notice your phone is getting low. If you catch it earlier you should be able to get back to 100% easily.
It’s worth noting that the Smartstick doesn’t come with a lightning connector, so if you are going to use it with the latest Apple devices you’ll need to use your charging cable. It does, however, come with an adaptor for Apple 30-pin connections, Mini and Micro USB, and Sony Ericsson and Nokia connectors. There is a standard USB port, though, so if you have USB chargers for any other devices (I’ve used it to charge my FitBit Flex) it’ll work just fine.
Charging the Smartstick is a simple case of plugging it into the USB port on your computer, or into the mains with an adaptor (not provided). In a few hours the light on the Smartstick will turn blue and you’re good to go.
Overall I’m pretty impressed with the Veho Pebble Smartstick. It’s small enough to shove in your bag or pocket, and it’s a lifesaver if you need to boost your device’s battery while you’re out.