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Freedom Mobile Power review: Freedom Mobile Power

The Good The Freedom Mobile Power provides power to smartphones on the go. The accessory is compact and simple to use.

The Bad The accessory is pricey.

The Bottom Line Though we wish it cost less, the Freedom Mobile Power is an ultraportable, easy-to-use accessory for charging smartphones and other gadgets when you're away from a power source.

7.0 Overall

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We've all been there at some point. Your cell phone or smartphone is low on battery power, you're nowhere near an outlet to recharge, and panic starts to creep in at the thought of a dead handset. However, there are a number of accessories out there to help you resuscitate your phone on-the-go. One such solution is the Freedom Mobile Power.

The Freedom Mobile Power is about the size of a Zippo lighter and measures 3.2 inches tall by 1.4 inches wide by 0.5 inch deep and weighs 2.2 ounces, so you can easily put it in your pocket or throw it in your bag. It's also sturdy, with a water-resistant aluminum casing and features a "click off" top to protect the various ports when not in use. When you are using the device, however, you can magnetically attach to the top cover to bottom of the device, but we found the magnetic connection to be pretty weak and felt like it could easily fall off at any time.

When you remove the cap on top of the device, you'll find a fold-away USB cable, a mini USB port, and three LEDs. To transfer power from the portable charger to your phone, simply plug the USB cable into your handset's mini USB port; conversely, when the Freedom Mobile Power needs a recharge itself, you can attach your phone's AC adapter to the unit's built-in mini USB port. We were also able to charge the accessory via USB to PC connection. Finally, the LEDs show you the status of the Freedom Mobile Power's internal battery: orange when it's being charged; red for low battery; and green for full charge.

The Freedom Mobile Power gets its juice from an 1800mAh lithium ion rechargeable cell that takes about 4 hours to recharge from a flat state. Once it's good to go, the company claims that it can provide enough power to fully charge your mobile 1.5 to 2 times and can hold up to 60 percent of power for six months--enough to provide a single full charge. Though the accessory is specifically manufactured for BlackBerry and HTC smartphones, it's also compatible with a number of other devices with a mini USB charging port.

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