We have all been there, haven’t we? We are on the phone, or in the middle of an important text conversation with a potential client, or maybe using the GPS on our phone to navigate to a shoot location we have not been before. That is when you notice your phone battery is about to die. Crap.
What are you going to do? You don’t have your charger. You can’t find the location without the GPS, or this client needs your quote immediately. For many of us, we would be out of luck, and possibly be late to our own shoot, or miss the opportunity to book that potential client.
But fear not! This terrible situation does not have to happen. I was recently sent this great little keychain Power Fab that insures that even when things hit the fan, you will have enough power to complete your mission. It’s called the ToGo Power, and it’s made by [Fuse]Chicken.
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Honestly, I was pretty skeptical of this unit before it arrived. Surely, it would be just as easy, or just as convenient, to make sure a charger or power cable was in your glove compartment. But I am happy to say after almost a month of use now, the ToGo Power Fab has saved my bacon several times. It just works, and for that, I am giving it a solid 4 out of 5 stars in performance.
The only thing preventing this from getting a full 5 out of 5 stars for me is that the battery does not contain a full charge for my iPhone 5s. I can only get about half of a full charge (which is honestly more than enough in most emergency situations like this is meant for) from this unit. If they could somehow squeeze a little more juice into this guy and give me one full charge, it would be amazing.
Honestly, the design is simple and gets the job done. I am not a huge fan of the pull out cord, it just feels like something that if caught or pulled the wrong way it could render the unit useless. That said, I have had no issues with it, so a standard 3 out of 5 stars seems sufficient.
I have been more than happy with the quality of the ToGo Power Fab. I love that it fits on my keychain, so I have it with me at all times. The unit is solid, and doesn’t feel like it is going to fall apart or turn into more trouble than it’s worth. It has survived a month on my keychain with no issues, and that (just ask my handless Ewok character), is an impressive feat.
The value of this product is debatable. Coming in at $40, there are other great charging solutions out there that offer a full, or multiple charges of your device, for much cheaper. The advantage of this unit is the ability to keep it on your person at all times via your keys, and that there are no cords required; it is all a self contained unit.
Whether or not that is important to you is up to you. For me, the ability to have this with me at all times, and not have to remember to pack it or have a cable is amazing, making it thoroughly worth the cost. That said, it would definitely be an easier sell with a lower price point.
In the end, this is a matter of taste. But the ability to charge your Apple or Android device on the go, in an emergency, without needing to remember to pack extra stuff is amazing. The piece of mind it has brought me while I am out and about is wonderful. I am no longer watching the charge on my phone like a hawk because I know that even if it’s close to dead, I still have a backup.
If you are interested in checking out the [Fuse]Chicken ToGo power fab, you can find them over on the [Fuse]Chicken website. The units are $40 a piece and come two flavors, Apple Lightning and Android Mini-USB.