55,000 mWh Nectar Mobile Power portable charger first look and hands-on [video]

January 14, 2013
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Despite pessimistic expectations and wary projections, CES 2013 turned out to be a good bit of fun, not to mention surprisingly crowded and event-packed. But as much as we enjoyed seeing so many new full HD smartphones getting their official debuts, as well as numerous budget-friendly tablets and so on and so forth, we have to admit the surprises have been few and far between.

We certainly didn’t expect to see Nvidia get in the Android gaming game so furiously, Lenovo snuck up on us too with a new fast and furious Intel-based phone, while Samsung made the headlines with the Exynos 5 Octa CPU.

But besides that new SoC from Sammy, was there really anything innovative on display in Vegas? You know what I mean, something entirely new, never before seen and that could radically change the tech world or at least a small part of that universe.

You might be inclined to say no, but not so fast. Our main man on the Vegas ground, Darcy LaCouvee, might have struck gold just as he was ready to head to the airport. He got ahold of something called the Nectar Mobile Power, which, I have to say, is a name that rings absolutely no bells.

As you’ll hear from the video preview below, this is definitely a gizmo worth watching for, as it might just solve one of the biggest conundrums tech enthusiasts are faced with day and day out – the weak battery life of gadgets.

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We’ve talked about that loads of times here on Android Authority, practically begging OEMs to stop competing for the thinnest phones by a hair or the CPUs with the biggest number of cores and get a move on the long battery life superphones.

Nobody seemed to be listening, but Nectar’s Mobile Power promises to add between two weeks and a month of life to smartphones, tablets, cameras and other gadgets. Big deal, you might say, we’ve seen portable chargers before.

Yes, we have, but not ones with 55,000 mWh (!!!). To put that number in perspective, the Galaxy S3 has a 2,100 mAh internal battery, the Note 2 a 3,100 mAh one, while Motorola’s Droid Razr Maxx HD a 3,300 mAh battery. Meanwhile, Sony’s ready to introduce two portable chargers that sounded pretty hot until now, one with a 3,500 mAh battery capacity and the other with 7,000 mAh.

Intrigued already? You should, especially that the Nectar Mobile Power shown in Vegas wasn’t some kind of early prototype that might or might not get the go-ahead. Instead, it was almost a finished product, with pre-orders currently live and shipping set to start in the summer.

The “battery bank” hooks up to your gadget via a USB cable and weighs just 7 ounces, but the catch is that it works with swappable “Nectar Power Pods”. That means you’ll be paying $299.99 for the actual charger, but you’ll have to cough up ten extra bucks every time you run out of energy and need an extra pod.

The numbers will probably add up in time, but why bother with that kind of details right now? Instead, let’s sit back, watch the following clip and hopefully witness history in the making.

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