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  • Dark Energy Reservoir

    Back in January, we started testing of the Dark Energy Reservoir to use as a backup charging source for our iPads and iPhones while traveling.  The results are in and we’re thrilled.

    Overall:  This charger worked like a champ.  It charged quickly, efficiently and lasted forever.  If you don’t have one of these and you travel, you’re crazy.  We won’t leave home without this whenever we travel.

    Testing time:  90 days

    Device Charging Capability:  Our results were slightly better than as advertised.  On several occasions, we charged two iPhone 5s, one after the other, while they were powered on and used only 1/3 of the chargers capacity.  Each of the phones had less than 18% power at the time we started charging.  Both were charged in less than 90 minutes to 100% capacity.  The charging was conducted while in our coat pockets skiing and walking around the city in temperatures of less than 30 degrees.

    As to charging an iPad, we charged an iPad 2 that had 26% battery life remaining and it used less than 1/2 of the charge available in the reservoir.  The iPad was powered on, but not running any apps while charging.  We left it charging at room temperature.  We did this a couple other times in similar situations (while the iPad had between 20-40% remaining charge) and less than half of the reservoirs power was used.

    What we loved:  First, it’s light weight and easy to carry.  At around 5 ounces, it’s super light.  It easily fit into our coat pockets with an iPhone attached via the iPhone charging cable.  It was still easy to use the phone as it was attached to the charger.  

    The charging time for connected devices was more than adequate.  To be able to be out all day and not worry about trying to find an outlet to charge your device was great.  Also, being able to leave your device on while charging was great as well.

    The Dark Energy device itself was pretty quick to recharge.  When it first arrived, it took a while to charge, about 5-6 hours.  But on subsequent recharges, usually less than an hour or so, with about 1/3 of capacity used.  We never let it get below that before recharging.

    The PCMag Review:  We did our research before we ordered the Dark Energy Reservoir.  After reading the PC Mag review, we were a bit skeptical.  It goes to show you take each review with a grain of salt.  It didn’t bother us at all that there weren’t any cables included, other than the charging cable for the device itself.  We have plenty of cables for our devices, who needs to pack more?  As to being pricey, for the value it provides, I think the Dark Energy Reservoir is a great value.  It works as advertised (if not better) and has a one-year replacement warranty.  It charges devices fast and charges fast itself.  Plus, it’s lightweight.  That’s key when traveling.

    Where to buy:  You can purchase directly from Dark Energy or from Amazon.

  • Dark Energy Reservoir

    There’s nothing more that’s a pain in the a**, than having your tablet or phone run out of juice.  And of course, it always happens at the most inconvenient time.  After a long flight.  After running around all day.  Ugh.  Let’s face it.  No matter what kind of phone or tablet you have, the “advertised battery life” is never very close to what it is in actual daily use.

    When we ran across the Dark Energy Reservoir late last year, we thought this could be the answer to our problems.  We had looked at portable phone and device chargers before, but they were too bulky or heavy to add to a backpack or carry around all day.  The Dark Energy Reservoir intrigued us with it’s light weight and extremely small footprint.  Plus, it can charge up to two devices more than once without needing to be recharged.  Too good to be true?  Well, that’s why we have it “in the lab” for testing to see if it lives up to it’s claims.

    So, the initial skinny.  

    We ordered a Dark Energy Reservoir right before Christmas in black.  We found a deal for $110 vs the suggested retail price of $129.

    It really is light weight.  It seems a bit lighter than an iPhone and about the same form factor.  It’s actually around 6″ X 3″ X 1″.  It comes with a nifty microfiber pouch, a charger and a USB cable.  It has two USB ports on the end, which can be used to charge up to two devices at one time.  Spec wise, what is amazing is it’s charge capacity of 8000 mhz.  That’s more capability than almost any other, especially in this small size of charger.

    In the next two weeks, we’ll put it to the test.  We’re taking it on a one week journey to Europe.  We’ll see how long it lasts on a single charge, charging out two iPhone 5s and two iPad 2s.  But that’s not all, we’re also going to put it to the climate test.  We’ll take it out skiing for 4 days and see if that affects how long it will stay charged.  So stay tuned.  In early February, we’ll report back.

    In the mean time, you can read a few other reviews about the Dark Energy Reservoir as well.  From PCMag, Business Insider  and GloboTraks.  Also, you can watch this video from Dark Energy for more info about the reservoir.

    Our testing of the Dark Energy Reservoir is complete. You can read the final review here.