It’s both funny and frustrating how even your best love tech-gadgets can become lifeless hunks of glass and steel when they’re low on juice. I love my iMac, but when it went through a period of power management issues it was basically just a giant hunk of glass reflecting a man weeping and tearing his hair out. And my extensive smartphone use means I get a day’s charge from my iPhone if I’m lucky. That’s not a knock on any particular brand of smartphone – I’ve tested various brands over time and regardless of maker or OS my daily mix of music, podcasts, 3G streaming and text entry will wear down the best of batteries. When I was an iPhone 4/4S owner I had any number of battery cases stashed on my person – if a very long night was planned I would sometimes venture out of the house with two cases. But that’s a one size fits one solution – and with a current gap (a very deliberate pun) in the iPhone 5 battery case market it doesn’t help me in my day to day.
Fortunately, hi-tech makers of almost everything Sony have released two Li-ion polymer USB chargers – the CP-F1L and CP-F2L. Sony have more than 20 years of Li-ion rechargeable battery manufacturing technology and expertise. If you need power on the go – for a range of devices – then you should read on.
Just 9.4mm thin and 125g light, the CP-F1L has a battery capacity of 3,500mAh, allowing smartphone users to recharge their phones 1.5 times with a high output of 1.5A. With an output of 2.1A, the CP-F2L offers an even higher capacity of 7,000 mAh in a 12.9mm thin body weighing 198g, and is capable of charging a smartphone up to 3 times. The CP-F2L also features dual USB output power ports so you can bring a friend.
Both new chargers can be charged via either an AC adaptor or the USB port on a computer or notebook. The supplied AC adaptor also allows for simultaneous charging of both the charger and a portable device at the same time. A 50cm micro USB cable is provided with both models for convenient on-the-go charging.
The innovative Li-ion polymer battery in both chargers retains up to 80% of its charged capacity after a year, and can be recharged 500 times. They both come pre-loaded with about 50% charge, so if you can be saved from a tight spot from the moment you purchase one.
The new CP-F1L and CP-F2L portable USB battery chargers from Sony are available in Europe from mid-December 2012.