While Mophie will always be a solid go-to when it comes to mobile juice packs, the sleek new portable Crank chargers have caught our eye with two compact yet powerful models. A recent weekend beach mission offered the perfect opportunity to test out both the smaller Dart and larger Dash, which are covered in smooth navy blue matte rubber for durability.
Fully charged, the 6.3 ounce Dash model can charge four to five smartphones (or one iPad) with its Samsung Grade A Li-ion polymer cell. A smart chip inside prevents over-charging, while dual USB ports allow for simultaneous charging of multiple devices, with four LED power indicators to track battery capacity.
At just 2.3 ounces in weight, the lipstick-sized Dart can charge most smartphones one to two times with its 3,000 mAh battery. The Dart comes with a USB cable for charging, while the Dash takes its power from a wall adaptor. Both offer more than 500 lifetime charge cycles and are appropriately sized to pack away into almost any pocket.
For anyone who has had the problem of seeing their smartphone battery dying at the most inopportune of times, Crank provides a much needed solution. Now to plan that big unplugged adventure without the threat of having to retreat to the car to recharge. The Dart and Dash chargers are available from Crank and Amazon where they sell for $20 and $30, respectively.
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