A power bank for your MacBook? Hands on with Omnicharge [Reviews]

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Ste Smith
Charge up any of your gadgets with the Omnicharge.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Portable battery chargers to power up smart devices are a dime a dozen, and often specific as to what they can charge. A power bank that could charge, say, anything from an iPhone to a MacBook or even a portable fan simultaneously — now we’re talking.

Welcome to the Omnicharge smart power bank. This portable pack of power can charge up to three devices at the same time — two via USB ports and one via the AC/DC port. Moreover, I’ll never need to worry about finding a power outlet for my laptop with this super-handy and powerful device.

Check out the video below for my full review:

Battery with a brain

Unlike most other power banks on the market, the Omnicharge can also charge larger devices thanks to the AC/DC power plug built into its side. It can provide one full charge for a new 12-inch MacBook and around five hours of charge for the 13-inch Macbook Pro.

The Omnicharge can power up anything from batteries to GoPros, and even external monitors or speakers. And, its super-compact design means it’s small enough that I can almost fit it into my pocket.

Then there’s the “smart” part of this smart charger. The Omnicharge recognizes what types of devices are connected to it, and adjusts its output for the most efficient power delivery — meaning it won’t fry the batteries in your delicate iPhone. This smart charging also means the Omnicharge will preserve the life of your devices’ batteries over time.

Compact power pac

The Omnicharge has an interesting design, with a rubberized texture you’ll either love or hate. It’s not the most beautiful device out there, but I personally don’t mind, seeing as it’s capable of charging everything I need when out and about.

On the front of the Omnicharge, there’s a power button, along with an OLED screen that displays charging output, battery capacity and the charger’s temperature. The screen is bright enough to see in direct sunlight.

This compact power pac comes in two sizes: a Standard model with a 13,600 mAh battery, which will give you around six full charges for an iPhone 6s, and a Pro model with a 20,400 mAh battery, which should give you around 10 charges for the same phone.

While I’ve been using the Omnicharge, it’s become an essential part of my tech bag. It’s reliable, has never overheated, and it’s up to almost any task I throw at it. And when there’s finally a U.K. version, it’ll be even easier for me to use.

If you need a portable power bank that can charge any device, the Omnicharge will get the job done. The Omnicharge is due to be released in October, but you can get one at a discounted price by backing the project now on Indiegogo.

Price: starting at $99

Buy from: Indiegogo

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