Gear Review: K3 PortaPower 6600 Due' Portable Charger
K3 PortaPower 6600 Due' Portable Charger Review
Today we have our latest gear review and guest post from my cousin Dustin. He recently went on a weekend packing trip with us, and I'm sure more in the future. Dustin has a lot of gear reviews for us after the trip. So check out this and all his future post.
The Background and Design
Nobody likes to run out of battery on their electronic devices when there is not an outlet in sight. The K-3 Powerporta 6600 Due’ portable charger or a like device is exactly what you need to prevent such a catastrophe from happening to you anytime you’re on the go. (no longer available through K3) I bought mine on sale through Woot. I added it to my every day carry bag for the reason above and have never lamented its size, but after covering over twenty-six miles I began to question if my need for constant contact was really worth the extra weight.
On our hike of Goodwater Trail around Lake Georgetown, I finally got to put a piece of equipment I have been carrying around and using for more than a year to the test. I have been using the Due’ 6600 to charge my phone battery when it was low and I found myself without an outlet; usually, it was just for part of a charge until I made it home. But on my most recent adventure, I was without a means to charge my phone for more than 48 hours given the scarcity of outlets in the back country and this is problematic for me, not just from a safety standpoint, but because I have to know what is happening on Facebook. There was also a shortage of maps at the park office when we checked in, so we resorted to using the downloaded PDF on my phone.
|The Due' 6600 has the thickness of a quarter|
The K-3 Powerporta 6600 Due’ is not the smallest device ever at 4”x 2.44”x 0.9” and weighing in at almost half a pound (0.43lbs to be exact). If you are looking to pack as light as possible then the Due’ might not be something you want to include in your bag. But if you’re like me and the encumbrance of the extra weight outweighs the panic of possibly losing communication with the outside world then the Powerporta Due’ is the right thing for you.
|The Due' 6600 is a little shorter than a dollar|
The Due’ is so named because of the two outputs to enable you to charge two devices at once. Both charge at five volts, the first at 1 amp and the second at 2.1 amps. As the name implies the Powerporta 6600 Due’ has a 6600mAh rechargeable lithium ion battery that is powerful enough to fully recharge my Galaxy S5® twice before needing to be recharged.
|Two USB ports to charge two devices|
The brass of it:
Pros- The Due’ provides the peace of mind that you will have the power you need available when you need it.
Cons- The Due’ is not small or light by backpacking standards and it takes several hours to recharge once the battery is fully depleted.
|The Due' 6600 in action charging a phone|
Summation:The K-3 Powerporta 6600 Due’ is ideal for day to day carry and if the added comfort of having a power reserve is worth the added weight to your pack you should consider it or one of its lighter cousins or keep your phone off unless you absolutely need it. Like for the internets.
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