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FuseChicken’s ToGo Power Fab Could Save Your Bacon! | Review

By Anthony Thurston on February 23rd 2015

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.

20150222-_DSF1576-2But 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

31-overall-score-3.5-stars 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.

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

9 Comments

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  1. Danny Thomas

    it’s ok, not new though, and at half the size of your phone it’s pretty bulky…

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    • Anthony Thurston

      The size is really not too bad. At first I was like you, thinking it was bulky, but after plenty of use, I really don’t even notice it anymore.

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  2. Barry Cunningham

    I’ve gone the lazy, albeit not least expensive route. I use a Morphie Juice Pack battery case. Doubles the amount of battery time on my 3GS (yeah, I know, I’ll replace it soon). It doesn’t even start using the iPhone battery itself until late at night. When I was in a situation where I was using my phone a lot, I would actually have 2 battery cases. I would charge both at night, one on and one off the phone. During the day, if one battery case became exhausted and I was drawing down the iPhone battery, I could swap the other fully charged case on, which the phone would run on while charging the iPhone battery. If conventient, I could also leave my exhausted battery case charging at my desk while I was carrying my phone around for another spare charge. And the case also provides some drop and bang about protection for the phone. I have worn out and beat up a couple of battery cases, but the phone is still in excellent condition after 5 years of daily use.

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  3. Lissette Garcia

    Way too pricey. I have some small portable power units that have 4000mAh each. I keep one in the glove compartment and one in my laptop bag. It has gotten me out of a bind numerous times and was much cheaper than this unit.

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  4. Greg Silver

    I think this unit is good if you’re in a pinch, but I think the $40 price tag is a bit steep. I’d pay $20 for something like this. If I had to pay $40 for a back battery, I’d go for the Jackery® Giant+ Premium Portable Charger 12000mAh External Battery. Seems like a much better deal (although it’s a slightly different application – you wouldn’t want to talk on your phone with this thing handing down).

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EA1P8OI/ref=gb1h_tit_c-2_7022_2171cab0?smid=AZF6YB7UVA7OU&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0QNF9PSD53K68BYVS6FE&pf_rd_i=384082011&pf_rd_p=1980507022

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I mostly agree with you Greg, I too think the $40 price is a bit steep given the competition. The one advantage to this is that is it a small, all contained unit that you can carry with you at all times on your keychain. More of an emergency option than a power charging solution.

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    • robert garfinkle

      Gosh, power is tough –

      This is a cool product, yet agree w / Greg, too much money

      If it’s one thing I dislike about phones; is baby sitting power… personally, there are a few things I do to thwart the baby sitting power job, but that’s a “Rob” think, I’ll mention it here, but not all will follow these tips, tis a bit risqué… (in order of least, to most risqué)

      1. Revisit, best practices on staving off power-loss / drain, for your device. Close apps often, keep device radio’s off (bluetooth, GPS, wifi, etc) until you need them… find an app which can help mind the foreground / background processes for you.

      Some practices –
      1. Set some tasks to manual, i.e. adjust email settings to pick up a bit less often
      2. The biggest power drain is keeping the screen on, adjust your screen on time, maybe to a minute or two vs. five, etc… and remember, just sayin’ – the pixel peeper rule also applies to your phone (just like checking out each image on your camera, after taking the shot.. :) ) – don’t do it as often, right? :)
      3. Be aware of your signal-surroundings; take notice, that remote areas with signal loss, are problematic, and force your phone to fight to keep a signal, and that my friends gobbles power… a lot more than you think… so, either keep extra power cords (mobile and wall chargers), put one or two in your bag, and for those who have phones which have removable batteries, get an extra one…

      2. Look to remove whatever apps you don’t use, as they may have a tendency to do some background things you are unaware of, i.e. run ads / be susceptible to updates, causing more power drain, etc… if they are off the phone, they can’t impact it, yes?

      3. Buy a GPS app that does not use data; one being co-pilot (or Navigon) for both android / apple – about $19.95 for the good enough version (includes all maps for every location around the world)… It uses your on-board GPS without data… this is just the cat’s “behind” as you can be without cellular signal, and still have a GPS that will get you where to go – just like Garmin / Tom-Tom / Magellan…

      My experience – there is no greater accuracy than on-board GPS; do not subscribe to any “location” switch or setting in your phone which indicates greater accuracy… most on-board GPS-only systems in devices can whittle you down to a 10ft – 13ft accuracy, that’s good enough, right?

      Notably, turning on carrier based / google based / manufacturer based location services, at a minimum gobbles data (costs money), and eats power like crazy due to the data usage – plus, for all you guys / gals who may wish to keep a bit of privacy, if you can toggle GPS only, you stand a bit of a chance keeping it… seriously :)

      4. Upgrade your phone – new phones these days are not as power hungry, though expensive, there is no greater money loss than getting to a job / site late or losing contact with a client due to power loss… (point of this article, yes) – for example, Samsung android phones are now getting so energy efficient, you can recharge the phone within about 1.5 hours from almost drained, and just 10 – 15 minutes back to 100% if you were down to 80%-ish… general rule of thumb, 1% a minute recharge… dang…

      5. Root / Jailbreak your phone – (see, more risqué), many people advise not to do this, as many claim it breaks warrantee, or people are under the impression it is bad for the phone, but here are some benefits… Oh, do this ONLY, if you know how, or by a tech-driven buddy / friend who knows what to do…

      You get to optimize your phone to exactly how you want it; even removing typically non-removable apps which may / may not run in the background…

      for example, in my phone (a Note 4), I removed 500+ meg of apps that were not even visible to the application menu, i.e. a bucket load of samsung apps for cloud, all carrier / mfr based location apps (see #3 above) which use data (and track). All hidden logging apps (yes, they exist!!!!), and my battery life, boosted by 60+%

      My phone, is stable, lasts long, talk time has increased tremendously… I can go up to a day and a half or more on a battery charge with general usage, even some GPS traffic…

      or, you can just spend the $40.00

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    • robert garfinkle

      Anthony, so what you are saying, this is like a 5hr energy boost for your phone!!! :)

      Hey, that’d be a cool name for quick rechargers, right?

      Inoculate your phone against immanent power outage, without the hangover!!

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  5. Tosh Cuellar

    Thanks for sharing, another cool bit of tech backup

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