The Energi 2K Travel Charger is a travel plug, wall charger and smartphone battery pack all rolled into one compact, brightly colored gadget. As such it could be the ideal traveling companion whether taking a well-earned vacation or simply heading overseas on business.
Fresh from a successful Kickstarter campaign that ended in June, raising over $50,000 and bagging 1500 pre-orders, the Energi 2K is now officially on sale beyond the crowdfunding community and can be snapped up for $39.99 in a choice of black, blue, red or neon green direct from the company’s website. Its clever design means that it can be used just like any other smartphone wall charger — just plug it into a power socket then connect a phone or a tablet to it via a USB cable to start topping up its battery. But then, when it’s time to hit the road, because the device has a built in 2,200mAh portable battery pack, there’s enough juice inside to charge an iPhone again without having to search out a wall socket. Just plug the phone back into it via the same USB port.
Battery life has become the most important consideration for consumers when choosing a smartphone and many manufacturers have been slow in addressing this issue, allowing a thriving industry of companies offering their own solutions to spring up. Together they offer everything from handset cases with integrated second batteries — such as Mophie’s range of Juice Packs to standalone streamline batteries like the Jackery Mini (the same size as a lipstick) and even bags with integrated powerpacks.
However, what makes the Energi 2K Travel Charger stand out, apart from its bright color, is that it is compatible with both Apple and Android handsets and that it can recharge its battery while simultaneously recharging a handset from the same power socket.