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Tesla has launched a stylish $45 portable charger for your phone

Tesla is finally taking on the smartphone industry with… a portable charger. What, were you expecting a Tesla phone?

Published onNovember 20, 2017

Tesla unveiled two brand new projects last week that sent the motoring world into overdrive. Yet somehow, it seems like Elon Musk’s pioneering company isn’t content with merely unleashing an all-electric Semi truck and the Tesla Roadster – the quickest production car ever made.

In fact, Tesla has quietly released a third battery-powered product. That’s right. Tesla is finally taking on the smartphone industry with… a portable charger. What, were you expecting a Tesla phone?

The stylish device, appropriately dubbed the PowerBank, isn’t too dissimilar to an everyday external battery pack. In fact, it’s not an especially outstanding product when it comes to the nitty gritty.

The PowerBank packs a single 18,650 cell with a 3,350 mAh capacity. That’s around one charge (or slightly less in some cases) for most Android phones. It also outputs at a maximum rate of 5V/1.5A and only offers USB, microUSB, and Apple Lightning charging cables. Where’s USB Type-C, Tesla?

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What is impressive, however, is the battery pack’s design and the nerdy details that will do doubt excite die-hard Tesla fans. The PowerBank’s look was inspired by Tesla’s supercharger monument at the Tesla Design Studio in California.

In addition, the lithium-ion cell inside each charger is the same type of cell you would find among thousands of others inside the company’s Model S and Model X’s battery packs.

For $45, you could quite easily find a better, more practical alternative to the PowerBank. That being said, it’d make a fantastic present for a Tesla addict during the holidays.

If the portable charger isn’t to your liking though, you could also grab a Desktop Supercharger for the same price instead. As you might expect, it looks just like a mini charging station only this one charges your phone, not your car (via any of your existing USB cables). Tesla says it used the same 3D CAD data used to make the actual Supercharger to make the minaturized replica.

If you’re obsessed with all things Tesla and can overlook their inflated price tags, you can pick up a PowerBank or Desktop Supercharger from the firm’s official website via the buttons below.

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