Recently, I was able to get my hands on a portable battery pack called the TravelCard. It’s an amazing battery, and it has already saved me a couple of times. I’m no longer worried about my iPhone 6s dying when I’m out and about. Here are my thoughts.
Not to be confused with the London Travelcard, the TravelCard battery is a slim battery that is roughly the size of a credit card. While it is technically thin enough to carry around in your wallet, I would be concerned about accidentally sitting on and breaking it as it’s made out of aluminum and plastic. As I covered in a previous article, aluminum is a very soft metal, even when treated.
It’s thin (did I say that already?) and light, and I barely noticed it in my pocket, even when it was attached to my phone. The Travelcard has two versions covering iPhones and Android phones, with a Lightning port and microUSB port respectively. The iPhone Travelcard is MFi-Certified.
- 1500 mAh
- 5 Hours Of Talk Time
- Size: 3 3/8″ x 2.13 x 3/16 inches
(85.9 x 54.1 x 4.7 mm)
- Weight: 1.9oz (57 grams)
- Pass-through Charging
(Charge the TravelCard
and Your Phone Simultaneously)
Pass-through charging is cool and lets you plug the Travelcard into a USB port and charge it and your phone at the same time, great if you forgot your charging cord. The 1500mAh capacity means it won’t charge your phone to 100%, especially if your phone as a huge 3000mAh or greater battery. It will charge your phone most of the way, which is really all you need in a last ditch effort to save your phone from dying anyway.
It takes roughly 45 minutes to an hour to fully charge the battery. The charger can be turned on and off with a simple button on the side. When the Travelcard is fully charged, the indicator light above the power button will be blue. As you’re charging the phone, the indicator light will turn amber to indicate that the Travelcard’s battery capacity has fallen below 80%. When the amber light starts flashing the capacity is below 10%.
The Travelcard comes in five colors: black, silver, red, blue and carbon grey. The regular price of a charger is $49 with an introductory price of $29. This is a premium price as I’ve seen portable chargers with much greater capacity sell for less money, so you’re mainly paying for high portability with the Travelcard.
I think the Travelcard is a great product, and I recommend it to everyone. It might not be the portable battery you take with you on a long camping trip, but it’s perfect for those nights at the bar or using it on an airplane.