Time to retire more of my sneaker skinned battery packs that I’ve been holding onto. I have several of these Morphie packs. They have all been really reliable and charge very quick. My daughter beats the heck out of them by using them constantly. She doesn’t plug her phone into the wall to charge it. She always charges it off the battery packs. I’ve tried to fix that behavior but good luck with a teen. Lately that’s been with the Morphie’s and they are holding to the charge/discharge.
So another two are on their way.
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@beardo Well, it looks like you can charge the power banks using the USB-C cables with the Micro-USB ends, provided you have a USB-C charger. But you aren’t going to charge your USB-C phone from the power banks, unless you use another cable.
@1DisabledWarVet@beardo It does seem they combined two semi-related products. Depending on what other stuff you have around, some or both parts might be handy. But on their own, you’d need more “stuff” to make a working portable charge system. They are counting on you already having some of that “stuff.”
Good luck figuring out the product descriptions. And the link to the cable page, though it looks like the same product, is from a 3rd-party seller (hence the likely-inflated price), and in the text, it incorrectly states “Lightning cable” though clearly there is no Lightning connector anywhere involved with this cable.
@sdb Based on the measurements 4x 18650 sounds like a possibility. The thickness is 0.87" according to the specs on amazon, which is 22mm, leaving not much space for the plastic shell, but it is possible. They sold some other packs earlier with similar capacity but USB-C connectors that may have been a bit too thin. You gonna scavenge the cells for something? Seems easier to just buy cells. These are cheap but not THAT cheap.
The main use I can see for the cables is to charge the Mophie pack from a USB-C charger. The Mophie pack has two USB-A outputs and one micro-USB input, with no USB-C anywhere in sight. So this is a weird pairing of powerpacks and cables. It would great if they made some universal cables with multiple connectors at each end, but I think the fancier USB-C charging modes require active circuitry inside the cable(!).
You could also look at the Aduro powerbanks on woot, particularly the 30,000 mah one, which is cheaper per WH than any of these Mophies. But based on the measurements I think they might have 22700’s inside.
@djslack I bought Zippo brand, since maybe they have better Chinese Quality Control vs. XYZ Co.
They seem to have resistive coils/mesh/wires, whatever, right at the surface of the device. My belief is that it wouldn’t be too hard to control the current through the heaty part, without overheating the batteries themselves. Obviously they would get warm, but I would HOPE that they don’t go into thermal runaway and that there is some control to prevent over-dissipation on the cells. That seems to be a pretty well-controlled and understood part of lithium battery tech these days. Last incident I heard of was the flaming hoverboard type thing where they used mashed potatoes for thermal protection, I believe. Also, when you shut them off, they cool down fairly quickly. This still doesn’t mean that the cells aren’t close to core meltdown, but it gives me hope.
Hope springs eternal!
(“Thermal event”, one of my favorite work euphemisms for “blew the fuck up”.)
Yup, when I saw 4 pack I assumed there were 4 backpacks ! Total shenanigans for sure. Meh should not assume that I would actually look at the photo of the 4 items being offered! Shenanigans,shenanigans ! !