Omnicharge is Portable Power Beyond the USB

Omnicharge is Portable Power Beyond the USB

A mobile business — one that’s truly free of the encumbrances of the four-walled office space — has its limitations.

And usually those limitations come down to the life of your batteries, be they the batteries on your phone, laptop, camera, or some other gizmo or gadget that you use to run the business on the road.

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In-car phone chargers are as good as can be expected. And those in-pocket power bar hubs with at least one USB port can be a life — or at least phone — saver. Let’s face it though, they’re not exactly breaking any world records when it comes to speedily recharging a dying battery, right?

Plus not all business can be done from a phone. And not all devices are powered by USB.

Portable Power Beyond USB

Well, here comes the Omnicharge. This is the latest in the power-up on-the-go arena. The device — currently being handsomely backed in an Indiegogo campaign — is capable of powering and/or recharging up to three devices, including ones that require an AC/DC power outlet (three-prongs). In addition to this port, there are two high-speed USB power ports.

Here’s a video overview:

And the makers of the Omnicharge say the device can use all three ports simultaneously. Conceivably, you could be running your laptop while you’re charging your phone … in the middle of a cornfield, without the least concern about the battery life of your devices.

Of course, the presence of a traditional electrical outlet means you’re not limited to only USB powered devices. Just about anything that uses a plug can be connected and run.

Omnicharge is touted as the smallest portable charging device of its kind. And it’s also being called a smart charge. Omnicharge purportedly will know what device it’s charging or powering once it’s plugged in. This will prevent any device from getting the wrong amount of power.

According to the device’s Indiegogo campaign page, the Omnicharge will run a laptop for up to 13 hours on a single charge of its own. It’ll run a TV for three hours! You’ll be able to charge a smartphone nine times (or recharge up to nine smartphones once each if a company retreat goes awry).

An OLED screen on the Omnicharge allows you to monitor how long it’ll take a device to charge, how much juice is left in the power bank itself and how much energy is being directed at connected devices.

Omnicharge is being sold in two models, the base model (13600mAh) and the Pro (20400mAh). The Pro is slightly bigger (about a half-pound heavier, too) but only measures about 5 inches x 5 inches.

The Indiegogo campaign is doing rather well, far exceeding its $50,000 goal. There are more than 1,500 backers who’ve given more than $220,000 with a month left in the campaign. For a contribution of $129 you get the Omnicharge Pro and $99 gets the base model. There is a discount if two of each are ordered.

Backers can expect the device in October 2016.

Images: Omnicharge

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Joshua Sophy Joshua Sophy is the Editor for Small Business Trends and the Head of Content Partnerships. A journalist with 20 years of experience in traditional and online media, he is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. He founded his own local newspaper, the Pottsville Free Press, covering his hometown.

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  1. Looks really nice but that price point is pretty high. But I guess it comes from the quality. I am not sure. Have to read some reviews first.

  2. This is cool, but ChargeTech already has one on the market that is a higher capacity? Their’s has 27,000mAh 2 USP fast charge ports, and an AC outlet, available now on Amazon for $185 prime delivery.

  3. Pretty cool. I personally think ChargeTech’s portable power outlet is a better product because it has higher 27,000mAh battery capacity, cheaper, soft touch satin finish, ships immediately via, and they even have a new 48,000mAh version with 2 AC outlets and 250W of power launching soon.

  4. @Masud @Michelle We see that you are employed at a competitor firm. We welcome healthy discussions with you based on facts to help move the industry forward. At the end of day, we all want to be delivering better products to our supporters and users.

    Omnicharge encourages you to focus on your very own products, instead of taking time out of your busy schedule to tout for attention on every article mentioning Omnicharge. We see that you have quite a few outstanding negative reviews on Amazon from real buyers that are unaddressed. Your time would be better spent on commenting and responding there. Omnicharge is committed to making the best power banks to help users mobile life easier. We spend all of our energy on delivering that promise, and would encourage you to do the same.

    The Omnicharge Team

  5. This device is truly interesting, being able to charge my laptop on the go is definitely a plus, but what about safety? Should I be concern about that?

  6. Well ok it comes from the quality. I am not sure. When we see amazon reviews there are some which are against it, but the shape is good and we need to give it a try.

  7. These are the best chargers for your money. Period. I’ve used them on all of my travel gigs and one hasn’t let me down yet.

  8. Thank you for the guide, though I still have a question. Will it charge a Macbook Pro 15″ from the AC output when using the Macbook’s 87W USB-C power adapter? The thing is that I want to take full advantage of the AC. (60W straight from the USB-C port wouldn’t be enough when the laptop is under full load.) Also, DC to USB-C wouldn’t work as well because it also gets converted to 60W.

  9. i already using portable beyond very good experience so i recommended all other buy and enjoy this.

  10. Hi Joshua

    Thanks for this article. I found it pretty late as it is 2020 now. Still, I would like to say, It is something very new to me.
    Keep publishing valuable articles.

    Best Regards
    Simon V

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  12. The portable one is nice and the power the omnicharge are producing is pretty high as compared to the other ones.

  13. Thanks for sharing this. Very informative!

  14. Do you know if Pass Through charging degrades the battery significantly?

  15. I have a USB C Omnicharge 20. It comes without a wall charger. how I can charge it?

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  17. I wanted one of these too so I can power my Nintendo switch but I got the old omni charge 20

  18. how long it’ll take a device to charge?

  19. very interesting device as well as a portable one

  20. Good piece of information, Thanks for sharing

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