Although battery life has improved markedly in recent times, most laptop users will still find themselves looking for a top up from the nearest wall outlet more often than they would like. MOS is providing a more flexible option for travelers with its Reach Go that is the first power bank capable of charging a compatible laptop at the same rate as a wall outlet.
This full speed charging capability comes courtesy of the Reach Go's USB-C port, which can only be found on the latest laptops, such as the latest MacBook or Chromebook Pixel. It also packs a pair of standard USB type A ports, each of which can output up to 5 V/2.4 A, with the ability to recharge multiple devices simultaneously.
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The 15,000 mAh battery packs enough capacity to recharge a MacBook almost three times and the device also functions as a USB 3.0 hub for fast file transferring between devices, even as said devices are recharging. And if that wasn't enough, the creators plan to include intelligent ports, auto-shutoff, and over-current protection.
Another bonus for travelers is that, unlike other high-capacity external batteries that require their own bulky power brick and cable to recharge, the MOS Reach Go does so via its USB-C port, with recharging taking around four hours.
When you consider the (approximate) 5.6 x 2.8 x 0.8 inch (143 x 72 x 20 mm) size and (approximate) 11 oz (315 g) weight, it's easy to see how this external battery beats out ungainly power bricks.
Right now, the expected release date for the MOS Reach Go is October 2015 at a retail price of US$99, with the device being bootstrapped rather than crowdfunded.
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