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Pass on the Quirky Pickup PowerQuirky combines a surge protector and a portable battery charger into one device, but the pair makes a bad match.
[MUSIC] Hi, I'm Andrew Gebhart for CNET Appliances. Today I am taking a look at the Quirky Pickup Power. This is a unique combination from Quirky. The battery pack fits well into the surge protector. The LEDs will indicate, as it charges, how much charge it has. You could also press the button on the side, and it'll let you know how much charge you have when you're on the go with it. With these two USB ports you can charge two things at once. You can also use the mini USB port to plug this guy into the computer if you want to give it an extra boost. And you're not around the surge protector. This whole combination cost 100 bucks for the 6,000 milliamp power battery, and it cost 80 bucks if you want to go with the 4,000 milliamp hour version. That price point is unfortunately a little too high. In terms of specs, again you'll either get 6,000 milliamp hours or 4,000. Milliamp hours whether you pay 80 or 100 bucks, that's fine. You can charge an iPhone twice with the 6000 version, you can charge an Android twice, most modern smartphones tend to carry between 2000 and 3000 milliamp hours. That said, go to just about any electronics store and you can find the amount of power this offers or more from a portable charger for 25 to 40 bucks. It does look nice and it works well, but the space taken up by the cradle for the battery pack means you're only left with enough room for three outs. I also don't tend to leave my surge protector out in the open. If you set your electronics up like I do, your's is probably under your desk or behind the television. So the convenience of being able to reach in and grab the battery pack on the go will be lessened quite a bit, if you have to reach underneath or around a big electronic setup in order to get this thing. This guy does give you 1,080 joules of protection. That is better than typical $5 to $10 power strip but it's still matched or beaten by $20 power strips that have a lot more outlets. Instead of the Quirky Pickup Power I'd recommend buying an individual battery pack [MUSIC] In an individual surge protector, you'll get better models of each and you'll save some money. For CNet appliances, I'm Andrew Gebhart, please be sure to check out my full review and all of our other coverage on Cnet.com. [MUSIC]