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Duracell Powerhouse USB Charger
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Based on the few Duracell Powerhouse USB Charger reviews that we found, users aren't totally won over by this model's performance. They admire its durability and say it charges their devices quickly, according to Duracell Powerhouse USB Charger reviews on Drugstore.com. The Duracell Powerhouse USB Charger also scores points for ease of use. But that's about it for the consensus opinion. Whereas one user says you can use your device while it's charging, another finds that you can't. Some say it doesn't fully charge but others say there's juice left over. In addition, the unit's size is a problem for some; one Duracell Powerhouse USB Charger review on Amazon says it's bulky in a purse, particularly when attached to a cell phone. Indeed, the Duracell Powerhouse is about the size of a deck of cards and weighs 8.5 ounces, so it is a little heftier than our favorites.

The Duracell Powerhouse USB Charger (starting at $36, Amazon) is on the expensive side, with a price that hovers close to $50 with shipping. One extra feature that money buys is the ability to charge two devices at once. The Duracell Powerhouse features a 2,000 mAh battery capacity, on par with many of our good and best cheap mobile device chargers. An LED light on the front goes from green to red when the battery needs charging. However, the Powerhouse comes with only a USB port and a mini-USB arm. That means it can charge only devices that power up via mini USB, such as older BlackBerry and Motorola models, and devices such as iPhones and iPods that come with their own USB charging cables. The burgeoning micro-USB standard for mobile-phone chargers is not supported. While an adapter doesn't cost much, you can find a charger that does include a micro-USB connector at a much lower price.

The Duracell Powerhouse seems like a solid choice from a reputable battery brand, but there are more versatile and compact chargers out there that will take less from your wallet.

by Kara Reinhardt (Google+ Profile) – April 15, 2012
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