I am a collector of the Mimoco USB flash drive devices, with about 10 that I currently use for various things. The company is known for their high-quality licensed flash drives that function as good as they look. Fast transfers, sturdy and reliable, Mimoco has now dipped their toes into another growing market, charging devices for people on the go.
Smart phones often have pretty awful lifespans, especially if you use them for your gaming, social media, and everything else they do. Transportable battery chargers have come to the rescue, and they are without a doubt one of the hottest tech items in the consumer electronics world. Not wanting to be left behind, Mimoco jumped in and has produced their own version of the chargers with their stylish Mimo Power Tube. Taking the design elements that Mimo fans have come to love, along with their great technology, Mimoco has big plans for these chargers, and today we take a look to see if they are any good.
First, a few tech notes to get out of the way – The Mimo Power Tube 2600 uses a single cell Li-ion battery to power your devices, and while you might think the 2600 is a clever nod to Atari, it conveniently is also the mAh in the device. About the same height as a 1980′s GI Joe action figure, this thin tube has almost the same width as a roll of “Life Savers”. The overall charging life of this item should be about 500 charges total, which means it should last a pretty long time.
I got the Pill Power tube, which is in the photo at the top of this post, but you can also get one that looks like the aforementioned Life Savers candy, a zombie finger, crayons, a cheeseburger or hot dog, or a doobie (first time I ever wrote that word on this website, and surprisingly it’s for a tech review), among other designs.
Outside of the box, the Mimo Power Tube comes with a small instruction manual (basically one small piece of paper folded in half) that explains how to use the charger, as well as giving you a one-year warranty on the item. Aside from the manual and the Power Tube itself, it comes with a USB charging cable that includes five tips and a black pouch to carry and protect the power tube.
The five tips represent compatibility for various devices, and include a Micro USB for Blackberry and Samsung Galaxy phones and whatever else uses this (it is also the main cord to charge the tube itself), a mini USB, Nokia mini, Apple 30 pin, and Apple Lightning. All you have to do is attach the easily swappable tips into the USB cable, plug it into your computer, and let it charge. Beyond smartphones, you can also use this charger for digital cameras, other MP3 players (like my little Cowon MP3 player that I use every now and then), and anything else that you need to plug in with USB ports.
A pet peeve of mine has always been when something is charging and I have no idea of it’s progress, or when it even finishes. I have spent big money on products that come with chargers like that, and it boggles the mind how anyone can still sell anything like that these days. Mimoco’s Power Tubes all have an LED indicator which glows red while it is charging, and once it reaches 80% it will turn green. It does not stop glowing once it hits 100%, so it is recommended to let it keep charging for another 30 to 60 minutes once it hits the green zone to make sure it reaches its maximum internal charge. From start to finish, it should take you less than four hours to completely power up the Mimo Tube.
Once it is charged, it’s ready to use on any compatible devices. I tested it on my iPhone 4S as well as my iPod, and it worked very well, offering a steady and consistent charge. The tube claims it can offer 1.5 full charges to devices before it needs to be charged again, and I can confirm that number, although a lot of that depends on how much power you had to begin with on your devices. For example, if your phone is not totally dead, then it will definitely last longer. Otherwise, the charger delivers as promised and was definitely a boon to my dying devices.
Other chargers on the market often mimic the shape of smartphones – flat rectangles that get wider depending on how strong they become. I like the Mimo Power Tube because it is not shaped like that, and is a much more comfortable and stylish cylinder. If I want to put it in my pocket, it fits a lot nicer than a boxy charger, and is lightweight enough to not weigh down my pocket. If you put it in your bag, the shape is unmistakable and instantly recognizable.
Overall, I really love the Mimo Power Tube and highly recommend it. Shaped for people on the go with enough juice to keep your phone alive for a long time, it combines form with function to make a very fun battery charger. Costing only $30, this is a super affordable and very useful battery charger that is too good to pass up. The power tube currently comes in eleven different designs, which you can see on their website, and I can confirm that I got a sneak peek at some future designs that will add another dozen gorgeous illustrations from a line-up of amazing artists, so keep your eyes peeled for that release coming up in the fall (I was sworn to secrecy about this product so that is all I can say)!
The company is also coming out with a Battery Bot later this year, a larger battery charger that offers double the power with 5200 mAh at the tip of your fingers, and currently come in Star Wars and Adventure Time designs, as well as their own in-house designs. You can currently pre-order these on their site before their October release, as well as get $10 off the normal price, so make sure to check those out as well.