Hey gang, Valkor here. Though CE Week has come and gone, we’re still feeling the effects of the show in the form of what’s coming in to show off to you guys. And believe me, there’s plenty of tech that you’ll either love it or hate it. Well to kick things off we’ve got a battery pack from the folks at “MyCharge”, who’ve already had a Val-Cave visit with the “Summit 3000” and are now looking to go another round with “Hub 9000” power bank.
The MyCharge Hub 9000, from the outset, features a compact design, with a rounded top and a flat bottom, which allows it to easily sit on a flat surface in a vertical position (but you can also lay it flat). If we face the pack front-ways, with the MyCharge logo facing towards us, we can begin looking at the device’s main features; starting from the left side are two flaps – one for the USB port (for plugging in/charging your device) and flipping the second flap reveals a wall plug for charging the pack. From the right, we have the battery indicator light, which is color-coded based on how much charge the device has left in it – green if it’s fully charged and orange when it's depleted. I also noticed a yellow, which is something of an in-between. Finally, there are two connectors – one MicroUSB and a Lightning plug for iDevices. Once the Hub is fully charged, you simply plug in your device and it instantly starts to power up – no need to press any buttons, the Hub 9000 just knows. And with a full pack you can charge three devices at once, so if you’re the type who handles multiples devices or if you’re with some friends who are also running low, then the Hub has you covered.
MyCharge also has the Hub Mini, which is similar in design as its big brother, but only features the two connectors, but no wall plug. And after spending some quality time with the Hub 9000, it’s time to render my verdict in the TOV Breakdown.
We’ve reviewed plenty of power banks, here a TOV; and anything with a wall plug attached to it is an instant win. I mean you can find an accessible outlet almost anywhere you go, which helps to keep your battery pack full as well as your devices. However, MyCharge Hub 9000 ranks as one of the best power banks we’ve tested as it comes with a solid design and brings your device up to a reasonable amount in a short amount of time. I let my phone run down to 27%, attaching it to a full Hub 9000, and within an hour it was easily up to 50%. It could have been more but I was checking out my immediate area playing “Pokemon Go”. Bonus: you can attach three different devices at once! It’s perfect if you’re in a sharing environment like when you’re out with your friends; there’s always one or two peeps that need that extra juice ASAP. Design-wise, the Hub is slim enough that it can fit in any large bag or backpack, but for the ladies, I’d go with a larger purse rather than something tiny for this one. Whether you’re at home or on the go, and your device is looking kinda low, then you’re in good hands with the MyCharge Hub 9000.
My only objecting would be how the Hub is designed; it sticks out a little too far from the wall socket much like the Ventev 10000+. I’d much rather prefer the flat build of the Ventev 6000+ because as the Hub currently stands, it could easily get knocked from an outlet, especially in a public place.
In the ever growing world of portable power banks, it’s tough to make the right choice as to what type to get. Thankfully TOV is here to help you sort things out and I’d say you can’t go wrong with MyCharge Hub 9000, which provides you with the right amount of juice for all of your on-the-go needs, especially if you’re heavy mobile device user. I’d highly recommend it. And out of TOV 5 stars, I’m giving the MyCharge Hub a 4.5. And it’s been Valkor tested, TOV Approved!