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MOS Reach Go provides full-speed laptop charging courtesy of USB-C

MOS Reach Go provides full-spe...
MOS Reach Go power bank features one USB-C port and two USB-A ports
MOS Reach Go power bank features one USB-C port and two USB-A ports
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MOS Reach Go power bank packs 15,000 mAh, good for almost three full charges of a 2015 Macbook
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MOS Reach Go power bank packs 15,000 mAh, good for almost three full charges of a 2015 Macbook
MOS Reach Go power bank also acts as a USB 3.0 hub
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MOS Reach Go power bank also acts as a USB 3.0 hub
MOS Reach Go power bank charges USB-C laptops and mobile devices
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MOS Reach Go power bank charges USB-C laptops and mobile devices
MOS Reach Go power bank features one USB-C port and two USB-A ports
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MOS Reach Go power bank features one USB-C port and two USB-A ports
MOS Reach Go power bank is ideal for mobile users due to its slim profile
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MOS Reach Go power bank is ideal for mobile users due to its slim profile

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.

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.

Source: MOS

1 comment
WillieNAz
Now if they could create a USB port that is actually easy to plug in. Something like a trapezoid shape that can only go one way. And cellphone, laptop and electric car batteries should have about 8 positive contacts around a central negative contact to speed up charging individual cells in a battery. Instead of using 2 contacts to charge the whole battery of cells in series the recharging cable should charge 8 contact points at a time so that what used to take 2 hours to charge could now take 15 minutes. USB may have solved some of the problems with serial communications, but actually having more physical lines can make charging individual cells of a battery quicker. Or build in inductive coils in each cell.