Peanut butter and jelly, peanut butter and chocolate: some things just go well together (or with peanut butter anyway). The makers of the Power Pen figure pens and portable battery packs fit into that category (except for the peanut butter part).

The Power Pen looks like a normal pen, and you can use it as one. But you can also use it to recharge your smartphone battery.

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The Power Pen is up for pre-order from Firebox for $39.19. That makes it kind of expensive for a pen (or portable battery), but there’s not a lot of competition in the space of pen/power packs.

Here’s how it works: Just use the pen as a stylus for your smartphone or tablet. Twist the cap to bring up a ballpoint pent tip that you can use to actually write on old-fashioned paper. Twist off the end and a charging tip is revealed.

There’s a tip designed to work with Apple’s lightning ports so you can charge recent iPhone models as well as a microUSB tip which you can use to charge just about any other modern smartphone.

The battery is pretty small: it only has a 700mAh capacity. That means you probably won’t be able to fully recharge your phone using the pen… it turns out it’s not that mighty after all (although to be fair, I haven’t seen a sword that can charge a smartphone yet).

Nonetheless, the pen could help you get a little extra run time when your phone is about to die. And since the Power Pen is a multi-purpose device, there’s a chance you might not feel silly keeping it in your bag or pocket all the time so that it’s nearby when you need it.

via Phone Arena

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4 replies on “Power Pen is a stylus, power pack, and pen”

  1. Who needs a rechargeable sword anyhow? You can always jam this pen into someone’s eye if you needed to. Jugular works too – groin area if you’re mean. Hook up a Christmas light or LED to it and you can have light in a subterranean cave situation – swords can’t do that. MacGyver rechargeable stylus pen FTW! Now we just need some Chinese company to knock it off for $6.98 with free shipping and I’ll buy one.

  2. 700mAh is really not much for a phone, but it will charge an e-cigarette to full (or close to it), while sitting right next to one in a pocket when it’s not charging. Very interesting.

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