If you are reading this from within the borders of our beautiful country, South Africa, you no doubt know, and plan your life around, the phenomenon that is Load Shedding.
Lucky for you, this won’t be a rant about how bad it sucks, because it really does. But there are few things in our modern, tech-driven lives that blow as hard as hearing the power click off in your home, and you realise you haven’t yet plugged in your laptop, haven’t charged your phone, and now the wifi is out. And if you haven’t charged your MIFI, then it’s back to the stone age for you 🙂
But I think I have found the solution, or at least one of many…
Enter the Romoss Sailing 2 Bank.
No, there is no money-related bank here, but there sure is a huge bank of power for your iPhone!
The Sailing 2 is a 5200mAh external battery pack for your iPhone, and it is awesome!
Firstly, the fact that is holds 5200mAh of power, means that on average, it will charge your iPhone from 0% to 100% 2.5 times.
In my testing, I hit 100% 3 times, before it eventually died. Very impressed!
The second little benefit that the Sailing 2 has, is a funky little LED light, built in. I know that sounds a little gimmicky, but trust me, when you are fumbling in the dark to get things plugged into your battery, that little bad-boy LED helps a heck-of-a-lot!
What I really enjoyed about the Sailing 2, over other tested battery packs, is the fact that it has both a micro USB input, for charging the battery straight from the wall or a laptop, as well as a normal USB output port, to simultaneously charge your iPhone.
The output USB pushes 2.1A, so it is super-efficient at charging your iPhone or iPad.
And if your worried about over-charging your iPhone or even the Sailing 2, under-voltage and over-current, short-circuiting and over-heating, then don’t fret…Romoss have built in sensors and protectors for all of them.
Something that I was really concerned about was wasting battery on the Sailing 2 once my device was 100% charged, or once I disconnected it from the iPhone without switching it off.
I was very pleasantly surprised to find that it has protection against this too, and shuts down the device after 60 seconds of being idle. Pretty sweet!
Charging the iPhone for me went pretty much at the same speed that a normal charge would take from the wall or my laptop, which was great.
Charging the battery from flat to full did take its time though, to get all those Samsung cells back to firing on all cylinders. For most charges it ranged between 6 and 8 hours. But thank goodness for synchronous charging, so that I could charge my iPhone, while the battery was getting it’s own top-up.
Of course while everyone at Mac Myriad dons either an iPhone or an iPhone, it is of course compatible with all USB charging devices. So charge your iPad, iPod, or even battery-powered MIFI device. (I know I did)
I really struggled to keep a happy face when I handed over this little handful of pure energy at the Feb event of Mac Myriad, when one of original members, Philo van der Merwe, won it.
But I am very happy to tell you, that not only is the Sailing 2 available in South Africa, but for a meagre R329, it can be yours from our great partners, Digicape.
That’s not a typo by the way, it is only R329. No hidden costs. No missing zeros. No missing components. All genuine. All good!
Check it out, and if you want to maybe walk away with something from Digicape for free, then come join us at the next Mac Myriad event. You never know what Digicape has install for you there.
Here is what Philo says about the Sailing 2:
” The Romoss IS AMAZING!!!! 3 Full charges and the flash light still works 🙂 This little Zippo sized charger packs a huge punch.
See you at the next Mac Myriad…right!?
Until then, chow chow