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Life Off the Wall, A User Review

Joel, a Texas based attorney, and his girlfriend who goes by Turtle, are both accomplished ultra runners and overall very busy people.They give us a taste of what their lives are like using our Powerocks Rose Stone and Magic Cube portable chargers and they do it in terms we can all understand! 

Here is my overall review of each!

Rose Stone 6000mAh:

RoseStone3Awesome.  At 6000 mAh, it has enough power to recahrge our phones twice, OR keep them running three times as long as they can normally.  People with smaller batteries (older iPhones, normal Android phones, etc) will get even more charges.  The power output, at 2.1 Amps, is awesome, it charges the phone incredibly fast, even faster than the standard wall socket adapters that came with the phones.  You can have GPS, music, and surf the web all at the same time, and soon the phone will be fully charged. Although we tend to use this for our phones, I’ve also charged my Garmin GPS devices (including my Forerunner) and my Nexus7 tablet with the Rose Stone. It’s not limited to phones. We have nothing but rave feelings about this battery pack and its capabilities!

Magic Cube 12000 mAh:

Great for Android, pretty good for Apple.  This battery goes forever.  12,000 mAh means my phone lasts 5x as long as originally, or can be recharged from empty four times.  Also a 2 amp charger, my phone tops off quickly, even while running GPS and audio books.  I love the integrated USB and micro USB cables – I don’t even have to remember to bring a cable along (though obviously, if I want to throw the Cube in a hydration pack or pocket, I need to use my own, longer cable).

Herein lies the only fault I can find with the Cube.  If you use the built in cables, you get 2 amp charging. Awesome!  However, if you plug your own cable into the Cube, you only get 1 amp charging.  And since the built in cables aren’t Apple connectors, iPhone users only have access to the 12,000 mAh at the slower charging 1amp rate.  This is akin to plugging into the USB port on a laptop or Mac – if that’s good enough for you, then the Magic Cube will be awesome for you.  For us, while this works, we do eventually run out of power if we have GPS and audio going at the same time. It’s not the Magic Cube that runs out, it’s the phone draining faster than MAGICUBE_12000_BLACK_OPENit’s charging. Since this fault applies to my Android phone if I use a long cable and toss the Magic Cube into my pack, for tracking half to all day runs, I prefer to use the Rose Stone.  For multiday runs (I have a six day run coming up in August and will have some very long training runs) , I’ll probably use two Rose Stones instead of the Magic Cube.  But for travel, I love my Magic Cube!

Right now, I’m flying to Colorado to pick up a car that I’m then driving to Arizona, 700 miles.  The car has one cigarette lighter, and my Garmin Nuvi is going to be using that for navigating my way.  I’m an avid audio book listener, so I’ll want to listen to my books from my phone. That means my phone needs to last 15+ hours while playing books.  No way, right? Yes way! My Magic Cube is coming along for the drive. 

Thanks, Powerocks

Ultra Power

Joel, a Texas based attorney, and his girlfriend who goes by Turtle, are both accomplished ultra runners and overall very busy people.They give us a taste of what their lives are like using our Powerocks Rose Stone and Magic Cube portable chargers. 

    We got our Powerocks in November, right before taking a long trip to the East coast, on which we knew we wouldn’t have access to power for days at a time. We were excited about the opportunity to stay charged up using Powerocks to joel5blogresizedhelp us navigate and record our trip.  Unfortunately, our carefully planned trip took a turn for the worse.  A massive snow storm came in, roads were closed and airports shut down.  Our flights were canceled and we found ourselves stranded in Chicago. Although we had a great time together, our trip turned into a costly mess and we missed work for a whole week longer than expected.

    Thankfully we had our Powerocks! Naturally, we needed power for our phones, and by the end of this unexpected adventure, they were an integral part of our packing list.  Turtle’s iPhone and my RAZR Maxx have the largest cell phone batteries on the market, so while they last a long time, once they’re empty, they take a lot to recharge.  We get several full charges. Better than that, we can use the phones all day long with non-stop GPS, movies, audio books, etc., while plugged into our Powerocks!

    Over the next couple months, we both found ourselves using our Powerocks all the time.  We’re both ultra distance runners. Turtle is actually quite accomplished, with a 50 miler, 100km, joel4blogresizedand a half marathon all completed in January! In fact, this makes me feel a little inadequate, way to go Turtle! Anyway, we both like to record our runs using Runkeeper and/or Strava.  Trying to run your GPS, audio books and/or music for a twelve plus hour run is impossible, unless you have extra power.

    I’ve attached a couple pictures that Turtle sent me from her recent 100km (62 mile) running race. She was going to take more pics of her Rose Stoneafter the start, but then got distracted by joel6bigthe tough course, incidentally, her first 100k race.  (Powerocks note: We forgive you Turtle, we think it’s pretty awesome you ran 62 miles!) 

Thanks, Powerocks! 

Coming soon, a very smart and detailed product review for our Magic Cube and Rose Stone Powerocks from Joel and Turtle! 

A New Zealand Adventure: Power Without Limits

By James Appleton, Landscape Photographer

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If you ask any number of people the names of places on their “must-see” bucket list, New Zealand is often up there. It’s certainly been in the top three on my list for a number of years now. As a landscape photographer, the sheer range of environments that New Zealand has to offer is staggering. It’s a rare opportunity to capture images from true alpine mountain environments, down to lush rain forests, golden sand beaches and aquamarine seas. To say I was excited by the prospect of spending just over three weeks here in December 2013 would be something of an understatement! Especially because it would get me out of the typically grey, wet December us Brits are used to.

It did not disappoint. I spent a whirlwind trip driving over 5000 miles, hiking, running, wading, climbing and bushwhacking to get to the best views. While I don’t have anything against finding and taking your own version of an iconic, familiar photograph, for me personally as a photographer, it’s important to get away from the normal spots and find your own angle. Finding unique shots can often mean several days away from civilization, as was the case a number of times on this trip.  Just like many other people in the modern age, I am lucky to be able to rely on a huge range of technology to help me make this opportunity both safer and more comfortable. I relied on everything from GPS devices to help me navigate dangerous mountainsides in poor weather, to MP3 players to help pass the time whilst waiting for sunset. Best of all, thanks to Powerocks, going forward from this journey on, I don’t have to worry about running out of battery on any one of them. Taking a backup charging device allows me to use my equipment long after their normal battery life has gone.

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 I’m on my way back to the UK now. It’s safe to say, I’ve got a daunting amount of editing to do. I can’t wait to get started! Some of the places I reached and images I captured were some of the most striking I’ve ever seen.  I can’t wait to share them with the world! Thanks to Powerocks, I don’t have to accept limits on where my job as a landscape photographer takes me!  #PowerWithoutLimits

*Powerocks was privileged to sponsor James on his New Zealand adventure. Join us over the next several weeks as James recalls his three weeks spent in such a stunning location.*

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Power Trip

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by Stephen Shields, Frequent Business Traveler and iPhoneographer

It was a stunning flight. I’m a management consultant who spends a lot of time in the air. My flight originated from Tampa and was to end in Philly. But storms that evening led the pilot to change our course to fly over Nashville. As we were then chasing the sunset with our northwest trajectory, my fellow passengers and I were treated to a delightfully extended sunset with some of the most beautiful western vistas I’d ever seen. Because I always have my iPhone with me and was able to keep it charged, I was able to catch some great shots. Read More »