This new portable charger wants you to believe it was designed by Apple

By , Jan 4, 2016

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Picking a portable battery pack for your iPhone or other smartphone brand can be a daunting task. There are literally hundreds of such accessories in the marketplace that are vying for your attention, available in many shapes, sizes and price points.

The latest entrant to the mobile charging game is a Silicon Valley startup called 4Second Life, which at CES 2016 in Las Vegas showed off its portable charger, the Aluminum VI, which looks (or wants to look) like it was designed by Apple itself.

As the images attest, the Aluminum-branded power banks feature an aluminum enclosure with the rounded edges and several other features designed to match up nicely with Apple’s overall design aesthetics for the iPhone 6/6s series.

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However, you will need an adapter cable to charge your iPhone because the accessory has a microUSB port instead of Apple’s standard Lightning port. Even more confusingly, the Aluminum lacks an on/off as it’s activated by sliding your finger across a panel on the front, which isn’t especially intuitive if you ask me.

As noted by The Verge, there also is no sound or on-screen notification to indicate when the accessory may have stopped charging your phone. “It’s strange, too, because the charger has a button you’re required to hold to bring it out of a sleep-like state, and yet it’s not used to activate or stop the charging process,” as per The Verge.

Availability

The Aluminum is available in three different models to suit your needs. The entry-level Aluminum V  charges your iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s with a paltry 1,250 mAh battery.

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The mid-range Aluminum VI for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s includes a 1,500 mAh battery, or about half a full charge, and will retail for $85. The top-of-the-line Aluminum VI Plus was designed for Apple’s 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus, giving you a 2,250 mAh battery for nearly a full charge.

All three portable power banks will go on sale in late January 2016. For more information, check out the official 4Second Life website.

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  • Iuri Dos Santos Cunha

    Is it just me or does the guy’s voice make this thing sound like a joke? Like I love it all and I will PROBABLY end up getting one… but his voice sounds a lot like those that you get on iPhone parodies and whatnot lol

    • Norbi Whitney

      My god it does 100% sound like a parody, with a nice sexist remark at the end, and really annoying uneven spacing when showing the 3 phones together.

      • Blip dude

        Yeah, I’m wondering if the last 10 sec of this video was really necessary.

  • Jonathan

    The way he says “six” makes me cringe..

    • Dan

      It really makes me cringe too, he sounds so ridiculous it actually made me laugh lol couldn’t take it serious

  • Leguro

    The slightest bend and your lightning port is gone.

  • That brand in the middle of the product ruin its beauty…

  • “As if designed by Apple”

    TROLOLOLOLOLOLLLLLLL

  • TwinSon

    It’s a shame it’s so pretty, because this is worthless. You can buy a 4000 mAh powerbank for $10 on amazon, ebay, and groupon.

    • Julio Hernandez

      I got a 10,000 mAh power bank for around $15 on Amazon. Hell of a lot better than this garbage imo

  • Bugs Bunnay

    What? The verge??

  • basilis

    this is one damn ugly product

  • David J Delgado

    ALEMENIUM SEX MAY BAH USED BAY EVERY–WAN

    • Bangali

      I thought it’s AALAMENAM??

  • M_Hawke

    And who is going to carry around 8″ of phone with them? (And how would they, for that matter?)

  • :D

    They should’ve made it so that it slides in from the bottom but sits on the back of the phone
    Would’ve been much easier to use that way

  • Anonomous.TECH.man

    Didn’t the verge have the same article with the same title.

  • xxFoxtail

    Was the sexist comment at the end really necessary? It looks sort of cool, but the branding in the middle of it is ugly. I personally don’t have a need for it, so won’t buy.

  • Elias Chao

    It needs a hump to seem designed by Apple :p

  • mav3rick

    Yes, the choice is a “daunting task”. They know this the best.