Charge an iPhone completely in minutes using this pricey portable gadget

Charge an iPhone completely in minutes using this pricey portable gadget
Portable battery packs for smartphones and tablets come in many shapes and sizes. Some of them are small and light, yet unable to hold much charge, while others are humongous, but can recharge a typical smartphone tens of times in a row. The Voltissimo is somewhere in the middle, but it isn't the charge capacity nor its size that make it stand out. Instead, the accessory is special for having rapid charge abilities. 

What does that really mean? Well, as its maker puts it, Voltissimo can fully recharge an iPhone's dead battery in about 15 minutes. But since the accessory outputs voltage through a standard USB port, one can use it to bring back to life any other smartphone, or even a tablet. Actually there are two, 3-amp USB outputs available, meaning that you can charge two gadgets at the same time. 

That's perfect for those occasions when you're about to leave home and there's just no time to let your smartphone charge the normal way. Or you can just throw Voltissimo in your backpack and use it in case of emergency.

As for its capacity, Voltissimo comes in 4000mAh and 8000mAh variants. The former can fully charge an iPhone twice, while the latter can do that four times. It won't come cheap, however, so don't take out that credit card yet. Bound to hit the Japanese market in April, the accessory will cost $190, while the 8,000mAh version will retail for $235. 

source: Buffalo (translated) via CNET

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33 Comments

1. bojan

Posts: 188; Member since: Oct 06, 2012

good for ifans but its very expensive you can buy a new phone with this price.

3. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Agreed. Stupid to buy this.

9. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

buy a second battery for 30 bux or so, put it in your pocket, way cheaper.. oh wait, you can't...

10. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

no need to. If you own an iPhone and need a rapid charger, then I guess if you own an android you would need a velozo-rapid-zippitydooda charger cuz DAMN... my Galaxy Nexus takes all friggin night to charge and my iPhone only like 35mins

17. Hafiz

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

i dnt think u hav a galaxy :P

30. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

I have every Nexus ever made. The original Nexus One was the one that made me switch from my iPhone 3GS. Anyone that has owned a Galaxy Nexus knows the battery life is horrendous even WITH the extended battery. Sorry but not an iPhone fan or Android fan just a realist. If theres anything that iPhone has going for it is battery life.

19. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I have a GNex, it takes a couple hours to charge with a normal charger... check your charger, if its not stock it might a smaller voltage charger that causes your delay. i.e. when i use the N7 charger, it screams and charges my Gnex very fast. All chargers are not alike that's for sure

31. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

"a couple hours" if your @ 30 ish percent. From dead to 100% takes at LEAST 3 hours. Plugging it into my car charger omw to work just basically keeps it warm. cmon I love my Nexus but really cmon... its a known fact the battery life on it sux.

25. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Get a new charger then, troll.

32. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

get a new car first ...POS Mitsubishi.

20. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

My phone should hold a battery for an entire day of use. I shouldn't have to babysit it (cough cough nexus)

26. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I dont exactly know what you mean 'all day with use' that would depend what you use it for, and no phone would work all day watching movies or using the screen the whole time... Anyways, I have noticed that my Gnex after 4.2 doesn't suck up the battery like it used to! Granted I did a full format and trimmed my apps (so I may of trimmed a rogue app that was always draining my battery) but I have seen a HUGE improvement with my Gnex VZW since I got 4.2

7. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

its useful, expensive...but you can't buy a phone with $235, i think you are talking about a locked phone...

8. bojan

Posts: 188; Member since: Oct 06, 2012

you can buy new phone i mean when they go on sale

11. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

or you could use the iPad charger which takes half the time to charge

2. lsguntu

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

Won't charging your phone this quickly deteriorate the battery or cause some other issues?

6. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

My first thought, too.

12. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

Im assuming that is the justification for the ridiculously high price. Perhaps they developed a way to do it without repercussions.

4. MattGioff

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

I see the appeal of this, even for $230, but wouldn't that rapid charging hurt the battery over time? I don't know if a cell phone battery can or can't withstand constant fast charging times like that. If I had this accessory I'd just charge the thing than use it to fast charge my phone so I don't have to stay plugged into a wall.

5. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

its really good, but its expensive...

13. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Bulls**t!!! , i can get another mid range phone for that price

14. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Samsung Replaceable Battery = Win!!!!!! =D

15. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

I recently bought a portable charger off ebay for about $30 including shipping. It has 12000mAH and can charge tablets, smartphone and that has a USB. It even have a flashlight. Sure its not the fastest but it beats overpriced accessory.

16. BiN4RY

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Jesus christ 3 amp output

18. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

HTC should have bought this instead of beats, boom sound, ultra pixel, and some s**tty wide angle camera. Then they would have unibody and removable battery benefits. Although 15 minutes is still too long and the price is an issue. Once they have affordable instant charge then battery life would be a non issue. Samsung should but 12 billion a year to achieve this instead of marketing. Then they will truly rule the smartphone landscape.

28. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

15 minutes is too long for a battery that lasts 14+ hours? ARE YOU ON CRACK? And wtf...Instant charge? Do you have any concept of how energy and batteries work? The heat alone would melt your face off. That has bad written all over it.

29. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Well, 15 mins isn't correct anyway. If the iPhone battery is 1400mA(IIRC) then that is a 1.4 amp battery. This charger charges at 3 Ah. Which is 3 amps per hour. So 1.4/3=28 mins from completely dead to full charge. That's still impressive, but not 15 mins. I wouldn't pay 200 for this, but I could see 50-60 for the 4amp version. I can't wait to see 5 amp chargers, then I would be fine with 2 amp batteries in my phone. Because I can get a full charge in ~25 mins on a 2 amp battery.

33. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

battery tech is the Achilles heal of the mobile industry, OEMs really need to pick up their game

21. tedkord

Posts: 17362; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You're going to see iPhones exploding with this gadget. Not really, but I'm pretty sure it won't work. Lithium batteries and the phones themselves have safety circuitry that limits recharge flow, because of their tendency to explode. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think it's possible to fast charge these batteries.

23. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I'm reasonably sure that 2A tablet chargers will charge phones at a faster rate. 3A might be pushing it though.

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