Freshly Squeezed Reviews: I Saw Sparqs

ZAGGsparq

By Frank Petrie

Product: ZAGGsparq 6000
Author: ZAGG <www.zagg.com>
Requirements: AC outlet; USB2 wires
Price: $99.99
Test Rig: 2010 MBP 13-inch, OS X 10.8.2, 8GB RAM, 240GB SSD

Because I mainly write articles and reviews for a living, I tend to do most of my work down at the coffee shop. So as a result, my iPad is pretty much my go to device. Although I do use my iPhone quite often for news/weather/communications. And actually, the rundown of power can catch me unawares.

Anyone who’s patronized a coffee shop in the last five years knows of the fierce competition involved in vying for a position near a wall outlet. That’s why I purchased Zagg’s Sparq.

“The ZAGGsparq is the most convenient and stylish portable backup battery available. Built-in prongs allow the ZAGGsparq to double as a wall charger, and eliminates the need for an extra power adapter to keep your digital life running. The ZAGGsparq provides between 1 and 4 charges for a typical handheld device, and ZAGG’s 2.1A output for ultra-fast charging (on select ZAGGsparq models) is up to four times faster than a standard USB charger.”

Let the plebes jockey for a space. I have work to do.

THE JUICE

If you can plug in an Airport Express, congratulations! You have conquered the learning curve for the ZAGGsparq. That’s all there is to it. There is a row of Blue LEDs that line the top of the charger to let you know that the charger is charging. There are two USB 2.0 ports on the side of the 6000. As you’re charging your ZAGGsparq, plug in your iPhone, Touch and/or iPad to juice them up, too.

I think that it’s safe to say that it’s more difficult to operate a sneaker.

THE PULP

I haven’t had the available time to test if I can really get four charges out of this unit. (The reason that I went with the 6000, is that I received a ZAGG newsletter with a window of opportunity where I could purchase the 6000 for 50 percent off! That most definitely caught my attention!)

It’s solidly constructed and feels like it could easily withstand traveling in back packs.

THE RIND

I find it disconcerting that the row of blue LEDs go out about ten seconds after you remove the charger from the outlet, plug in your device, turn it on and begin charging. With the LEDs off, you have no way of knowing if you’re actually charging your mobile device or have it plugged into a dead charger. It doesn’t affect the rapid charge, luckily. It’s quite fast.

The 6000 is one more piece of kit to carry about. But I can think of several times that this would have saved my bacon … Errr, file.

SUMMARY

This is a nice, compact tool that I will most definitely make room for in my travel kit. And if they’d fix the LED situation during charging, ZAGGsparq would be a 10 out of 10.

Regardless, I’d still recommend this to friends. Particularly if they’d like to buy me a spare.

RATING: 4 out of 10

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