Tekkeon's products run the full gamut of cell phone accessories, from Bluetooth headsets to iPhone cases to emergency chargers. Its latest product in the latter category is the Tekkeon TekCharger MP1800. Like the
The MP1800's design couldn't be simpler. Its main component is the battery used for powering your phone. At 3.3 inches by 2.1 inches by 1.1 inches and weighing 4.5 ounces, it takes up little room in a bag and it won't weigh you down. You get a convenient tote case in the box and though Tekkeon included a lanyard, we can't imagine anyone would want to wear the MP1800 around his or her neck. The battery is covered in black plastic with gray caps at either end. Raised ridges on either spine of the battery make it easy to grasp. Along the top edge are a power switch and a tiny LED. A small flashlight sits at one end of the battery, and USB and mini USB ports for the charging cable sit on the other end.
Like the Planon Universal Mobile Charger, the MP1800 must be charged before it can deliver power to your phone. While that may sound like an inefficient arrangement, it works quite well. Once powered up it can hold its charge for whenever you'll need it, which sure beats waiting for a sunny day.
According to Tekkeon, the MP1800's charging process should take 8 hours, but we were able to power our battery in about 6 hours. That brings us to our biggest complaint about the 1800. Though it comes with a cable, it doesn't offer any kind of wall plug. That means you must connect it to a USB port on your computer or you must use a wall plug with a USB port. Tekkeon's MyCharger has such a wall plug, but that requires you to shell out an additional $24.95. That's just not right.