iCarrier Portable Charger Keeps Your iPhone Going, And Going, And Going [Review]

iCarrier Portable Charger Keeps Your iPhone Going, And Going, And Going [Review]

No outlet? No problem.

Travelers, campers, heavy users, and those who spend a lot of time away from outlets know when you rely on your iPhone for work or play, it’s not making it through the day without at least one partial recharge. Especially with all the hip Vining and Instagramming we’re all do these days.

iCarrier Portable Dual USB Charger by New Trent
Category: iOS Accessories
Works With: iPhones, iPods, iPads, USB Devices
Price: $68

For those who need a lot of portable power to-go, New Trent’s iCarrier, as the highest capacity portable charger they make, promises not just one smartphone recharge, but up to six. Six!

I devoted my iPhone 5 to iCarrier-only charging to see how well the big boy performed.

What It Does

With a 12,000mAh battery in its belly, the iCarrier won’t just power your puny iOS devices—it can jump start your Honda. Ok, I made that car part up, but iCarrier, with its giant internal battery, is built to handle your plethora of portable gadgetry.

iCarrier Portable Charger Keeps Your iPhone Going, And Going, And Going [Review]

Cause just one USB port is for suckas.

New Trent promises iCarrier charges most smartphones up to six times before it needs a charge of its own, but with its massive 12,000 milliamp capacity, I was also interested to see if it could fully charge my battery-packed Retina iPad.

And as is common with packs this powerful, one measly USB port doesn’t cut it, so iCarrier features two dual-amp USB ports, each able to charge either an iPhone or iPad. Taking it a step further, New Trent says charge times don’t slow down when two devices are plugged in.

In Use

iCarrier Portable Charger Keeps Your iPhone Going, And Going, And Going [Review]

Short and squat, but easily stowable.

Six and a half charges—that’s how many top-offs my iPhone 5 got from the iCarrier. That’s impressive. Now, I usually start charging my phone once it gets down to about 10-15% battery life, but regardless, iCarrier delivers on its promise to charge your phone 6 times. That’s power for days.

How about my iPad? Well, with about 9% battery life left, iCarrier was able to take my iPad 3 way back up to 92%. That’s more than any other battery pack I’ve tried, and another excellent performance.

iCarrier Portable Charger Keeps Your iPhone Going, And Going, And Going [Review]

Get your bag ready for another AC adapter.

iCarrier’s portable size makes it super easy to stow and carry, too. I’ve tested power bricks that have odd shapes which make them hard to stash. Though thick, iCarrier’s smart shape allows it to easily fit into most pockets or pouches into which it was shoved.

About those dual USB ports: I did notice a small slow down in charging speed with two devices plugged in at once, but nothing big, so that’s another win.

I do wish iCarrier didn’t require its own charger, though — that’s another charger to add to the bag. I also would love a power indicator with more than 3 lights. Those don’t do a great job communicating how much power is actually left.

iCarrier Portable Charger Keeps Your iPhone Going, And Going, And Going [Review]
Product Name: iCarrier Portable Dual USB Charger
The Good: Days of portable, totable, compact power.
The Bad: Can only be recharged with its own AC adapter.
The Verdict Tons of portable power in a compact size makes iCarrier easy to recommend.
Buy from: New Trent

Cult of Mac rating: Excellent

  • robraden

    Mophie charging cases look nice, but a solution like this is more practical. I’d be tempted to pick this up before my next trip. I’d love to see Cult Of Mac do a roundup of non-case portable charger / battery / etc things like this.

  • robraden

    EDIT: I said this is “more practical” because a case charger only works so long as you keep the phone the case fits. For me, that’s a 2 year cycle. For some people, it’s even less.

  • kareny

    Kinkoo Infinite One portable charger is brilliant, I recently bought one: http://www.ikinkoo.com/shop/portable-charger/kinkoo-infinite-one-8000mah.html to charge my iPhone 5. I found it can charge mine for 4 times with a fast speed. I’d love to bring it every where in case of phone dead.

  • kareny

    Kinkoo Infinite One portable charger is brilliant, I recently bought one: http://www.ikinkoo.com/shop/portable-charger/kinkoo-infinite-one-8000mah.html to charge my iPhone 5. I found it can charge mine for 4 times with a fast speed. I’d love to bring it every where in case of phone dead.

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