Recently, I was sent a MyCharge Trek 2000 to review. The Trek 2000 is a 2000mAh external battery that adds 9 hours of talk time. Compatible devices include Blackberry®, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, and iPhone 3/4/4S.
It came ready to use, however, the first charge didn't last very long. I have been told in the past though, it's best to drain it out first before recharging it in order to maintain battery life. So that's what I did. My first use charged my phone from 45% to about 95% before dying. After I fully charged the Trek 2000 again, it performed much better. Charge time was relatively quick in comparison to an external charger that I already own.
The built-in USB charging cable connects to your USB port or any outlet adapter to charge the device. When your device is fully charged, Trek 2000's notification tone will conveniently let you know. A built-in micro-USB connector allows the ability to charge up to 2 devices at once. At a size of 3.4" x 3.2" x 0.6", it was about the size and thickness of my palm. The overall design is lightweight and relatively compact, with the cords neatly tucked in when not in use.
I did have some issues with the Trek 2000 but it may be because of how heavily I use my tech devices. If I'm at a short press event, then it's probably not an issue. However, if I'm at a several day event or travelling long hours, I can see how it may not be as convenient.
At the original price point of $69.99, it is a bit steep for a 2000 mAh charger but at the sale point of $39.99, it's a bit more feasible. For the casual user or traveller, it is probably good enough to last you through the day until you get home or back to your hotel at night. If you expect to use more, then I'd suggest an upgrade to a higher mAh charger. As for me, it will be added to my arsenal of chargers so that I can always be prepared for my travels, whether they be press events or personal.
5 items you need for press events that I always bring in no particular order:
1) Camera -Be it a point and shoot, DSLR, or my iPhone camera, I'll always be prepared to try to take some pictures because they make posts more lively. Besides that, you want to be able to capture the memory and events going on.
2) Business Cards -Let's face it, you may meet a bunch of people and they're likely not going to remember you. Business cards leave a way for them to contact and reconnect with you.
3) Backup chargers -I use my iPhone to snap pictures, instagram, tweet, post to facebook, take notes, etc. No wonder the batteries drain so quickly. Without my back up external chargers, I'd have nothing to tweet with. What would I ever do?
4) Something to write with -This can be your tablet, your phone, pen & paper...anything really that you want to take notes with. Or hey, go with a recording device. Some people use their iPhones to record it so they don't get anything wrong.
5) Comfortable Fashion -If you're going to be talking to people and walking around all day, you want to be dressed comfortably and professionally. Don't forget to bring that smile!
Did I miss any items or do you have any suggestions for what else you might bring to press events or conferences?
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