Portable battery packs that you can use to recharge your smartphone are a dime a dozen. OK, not really, but there are plenty that you can buy for a few bucks or more.
But what if you want to power your laptop on the go? Or a TV?
Maybe even a microwave.
There are big, expensive battery packs designed for folks who go camping, and there are smaller models designed specifically for laptops — but you usually need to buy special adapters to go with you specific laptop model.
But a company called ChargeTech offers something in between: a line relatively compact, portable batteries that has USB ports for your mobile devices and AC adapters for charging anything else.
The company sells a $185 model with a 27,000 mAh battery. And now ChargeTech is launching a crowdfunding campaign for a 48,000 mAh model that can probably recharge your smartphone more than a dozen times.
The new ChargeTech Plug is a 250 watt, battery with two AC wall outlets, two USB ports, and a list price of about $329, but early backers of the company’s Indiegogo campaign can reserve one for $199 and up.
The battery supports pass-through charging, allowing you to charge the Plug at the same time as it’s powering your devices.
ChargeTech says the massive battery can recharge a laptop up to 3 times, a tablet up to 7 times, or power a typical mini fridge for up to 8 hours or a TV for up to 4.
It can also work with an optional weather-resistant solar panel if you want to refuel the battery while you’re away from civilization.
The battery pack measures about 8.6″ x 5.6″ x 1.6″ and I suspect it weighs more than some laptops. So it’s clearly not the most compact option if you just want something to help your smartphone last a full day. But it could breathe new life into old laptops or help you get in some work (or play) time while traveling.