@heartny@StevenS757 You mean like HD-DVD? 100GB Bluray? Firewire? Consensus is that many people dislike USB-C and it’s riddled with problems. Plenty of phones in 2018 are still coming out with Micro USB.
I wish there was a 50/50 option. Since my household has both Lightening and micro usb phones. Not that I NEED more back up batteries. But I probably would have bought if there was a split set. And no I don’t need 20 of them.
@joelmw@karamazovsdevil I’m looking in the mirror! I’ve said that so many times I can’t count! Why, just why? Would it take that long to just ask me? It’s not like you’re busy with usability studies or focus groups.
@caffeine_dude@djslack I’m willing to believe that you’re right (and I vaguely recall a discussion to this effect), but more detail would be helpful. Obviously you’re saying that the Duracells aren’t conductive. So what exactly are they, in contrast?
@joelmw@mike808 got it. The powermat uses an inductive coil to wirelessly charge the packs. These have those little metal contacts that have to touch each other to pass the power along, like the buzzer things they hand you at some restaurants to signal when your table is ready.
I really want these and I have no idea why. I hardly ever use the random assortment of power banks I already own, although I do keep them conscientiously charged just in case. Somehow the idea of 10 identical power banks neatly stacked replacing the jumble of banks I have today resonates deeply with me.
I also lie awake at night fantasizing then when I win the lottery, the first thing I will do is replace all my clothes hangers with a matching set.
@giolee88@spiciernoodles nope. Was saved by the sellout of the Lightning version. And my very tiny anti-hoard gene was just barely strong enough to say no to the MicroUSB version. #GratefulMehLaunchBudgetEnded
Do these start charging when you plug the to-be-charged device in, or is another button press required? I’m looking at these to power microcontroller projects, but the banks that require you to press a button to begin charging are non-starters for me. If they are ‘always-on’, I’m in for 10 or 20.
Is it just me, or is this scenario a disturbingly plausible comment on the plight of humanity? Maybe we’re always just one ditz from a mushroom cloud.
And then boom: you’re ready to hand it over to that friend of yours whose phone always dies. And that way her phone will be charged when she gets the call about the reactor failure at the nuclear plant (because she just happens to be the foremost expert on nuclear power) and she’s able get there on time and stop it from melting down.
It’s cool that they can operate as one huge power bank while stacked. While not exactly portable that way, I can see some applications for powering something for an extended period of time away from any wall outlets.
Otherwise, meh. I have a handful of different power banks and it’s no bigs to charge them all using a smart usb charger hub.
So mine arrived, I am very disappointed. Opened them all and pressed the power button on them to just try them out. One immediately had it’s battery bulge and split apart the case, didn’t catch fire but made a bad smell. Others seemed ok, was plugging each into a small tablet just to check that the charge indicator would turn on. A different one of them plugged in to the tablet when the battery was turned on caused the tablet to go dark, it’s a dead tablet now.
When charging a phone they were making strange sounds, kind of like no signal static snow on an old tv.
So now I’ve got 8 of these things, only 5 have been tested working, but I’ve lost confidence in using them.