Microsoft unveils three new 'Portable Dual' battery packs, prices start at $35

Microsoft unveils three new 'Portable Dual' battery packs, prices start at $35
Microsoft has just unveiled three new portable battery packs. The new mobile chargers are part of a new line-up of Microsoft accessories called Portable Dual, and, as their name suggests, they can charge two mobile devices at the same time. 

Depending on the model, Microsoft's Portable Dual chargers come with 5200mAh, 9000mAh, or 12000mAh batteries. The smallest of the bunch will be priced at $35, the 9000mAh charger will cost $45, while the 12000mAh one will set you back $55.

The company says that the battery packs will hold their charge for long periods of time if not used, and a fully-charged bank will only go down to 80% charged after three months of idle storage. The new chargers also come with LED indicators that tell how much juice is left inside the charger.

If you need to charge the Microsoft Portable Dual, the charger also comes with a "daisy chain" feature that allows you to charge both the battery pack and a second mobile device at the same time. Just connect the charger to a wall plug, plug your smartphone in one of the two USB slots, and you're set to go.

Back in October 2014, Microsoft launched a 6000mAh battery pack, one that is priced at $49. The new 5200mAh battery pack might come with a slightly smaller battery, but it can charge two devices at the same time, and it also costs only $35. 

The new power banks from Microsoft will launch in the upcoming weeks in 'select markets' across the world. 

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8 Comments

1. AmitMajumder

Posts: 178; Member since: May 21, 2012

Enjoy mi 10400mAh power bank for $16

8. waddup121 unregistered

nice nice

2. HappySocks unregistered

Very nice prices Microsoft! Might have to pick one up. Sick of seeing 3000mAh packs for $60 at the Verizon store, and cheap Chinese ones on Amazon.

3. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Bah - somewhat high prices actually, considering that they're probably manufactured in Taiwan or China just like the cheap ones on Amazon. In any case, given that juice from an inexpensive battery tastes just as yummy to my phone as a charge from a moderately overpriced battery, I'll stick with Amazon where I can get a pair of 20000 batteries for just a little more than what MS is asking for their 12000mAh pack.

4. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Those batteries are cheaper, but for a reason. The good ones last much longer, duration wise.

6. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

I'd call that an overly broad generalization. Yes there is some poor quality available, but there is also a fair amount of decently priced well performing product with overwhelmingly positive reviews. Just do a little research instead of buying into the inexpensive==cheap line the markup kings keep feeding us.

5. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Why don't they make battery cases for the lumias.

9. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

I'm just happy that they're continuing their productions of these things !

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