Microsoft unveils a portable charger with a 6000mAh battery inside

Microsoft unveils a portable charger with a 6000mAh battery inside
Launching some time this month is the Microsoft DC-21 portable charger, also known as the Microsoft Portable Power. Loaded up with a 6000mAh battery,  you have in your hand an accessory with more than twice the capacity of the average smartphone cell. Besides having long-lasting battery power, Microsoft's portable charger also is snappy. It will recharge your phone just as fast as Microsoft's quickest wall charger can. It takes three hours to get your phone 80% charged, and 4 hours to fully recharge your handset.

Because of its long stand-by time, you can carry it in your briefcase or purse for 6 months and still have 80% of the power at your beck and call if you need it. To use the DC-21, you simply connect a USB-A charging cable to the device and the phone. Because the USB interface is so widely used, you should be able to use this accessory to charge your Windows Phone, Android phone and other devices as well. Recharging the Portable Power requires you to add a prong to the cable. Simply plug in it to a wall outlet, and the accessory starts recharging. You can also recharge your handset at the same time, although the phone gets the bulk of the battery power.

The Microsoft Portable Power is priced at $49 and will be available in white, bright green and bright orange when it launches before the end of the month. For those power users out there, this could be the most indispensable tool in your arsenal after your phone.

source: Microsoft via WPCentral



1. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

I did not expect this from Microsoft. Sounds good though

2. Zenzui

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

what is the difference compared to the ones amazon sell on their site with variety of known 3rd party brand? Aren't they the same with much cheaper price.

3. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I think they are not much different... I got a NewTrent one with 7000 mAh, 2 USB ports (1 A and 2.1 A) and a built-in microUSB for standard phone charging... It charges my current Xperia 3 times from 0 to 100% (when not in use)... and it costed me $30 Anker power banks also have good reputation.

5. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Microsoft is definitely better than some 3rd party brands...

6. Garmac

Posts: 21; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

I am not sure if the third party ones will still have 80% capacity after 6 months of standby... But I use a anker one and it has worked well so far....

7. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

when people buy power bank they only look for mah and they forget about quality of material used to make their battery. many chinese power bank after 100-200 recharge they become useless. its better to buy power bank from known companies

11. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Honestly, 100-200 uses for just $30 sounds like a good deal to me. That would be around 2 years of use for just $30 in my case.

8. Zenzui

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Who in the right mind will buy this type of backup batt to keep it for 6 months and brag about stand by charge. I have one of those NewTrent and other brands I put it on stand by in cabinets for 3 months before going for my next business trip and vacation. I still put in the wall to re-charge before I head on my business trip. Given I know still has a lot after few months not used can charge my phone up to 3 times full. I doubt MS design and made those, who knows if they just asked one of the third parties like anker and newtrent or others to make one for them since that is their speciality.

4. Chaseism

Posts: 82; Member since: May 08, 2013

I guess I'm just not that impressed. Anker has a 13000mAh external battery for $30 on Amazon. More than double the capacity of Microsoft's charger. Sounds like that would be a better buy...

15. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

You cannot compare sales costs with retail. When you are slashing your price by 60%, it is not normally 30$, and if it is, and they are just slashing it for the hell of it to make it look 'good', then i wouldnt trust the parts imo. I have used anker before, no issues.

9. Totse2k15

Posts: 478; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

My Lumsing 10400mAh=$17.00. MS brand name or not, $49 gtfo!

10. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I have an Anker.....can vouch for them too. Granted there are lots of 3rd party battery packs that I wouldnt trust. Anker seems popular. And mine has a built in flash light. I think its 5500 mAh.

12. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

If you get this Microsoft device, just remember to use a condom. If you don't, you might catch a disease.

13. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

In comparison, Xiaomi's 10400mAh portable charger is only SGD$14...

14. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

Nokia used to sell this before this guy took over and sank it without hope. Now Microsoft comes into the market with the same thing and everyone is agog. I still lament the untimely death of Nokia.

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