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Charge of the primates - Power Chimp, Monkey and Gorilla

by Matt Davey on 4 March 2008, 23:32

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Charge of the primates - Power Chimp, Monkey and Gorilla

If you fly British Airways (as our very own Nick LOVES to do) the chances are that you have seen Power Traveller products in the in-flight magazine.

This UK-based company designs all its own products in-house and manufacturers in the far-east, the aim being to deliver unrivalled quality and performance at attractive prices.

We took a look at a few of the company's new products today, the first being the Power Chimp - a simple mains charged power source that's said to delivers enough juice off a full charge to provide up to 48hr standby time on your mobile, or up to six extra hours to your laptop.

The clever design means the one-button Chimp is easy to use. Oh, and it has a single LED flashlight for use when you're out and about.

It's powered off two NiMH batteries and comes with a selection of adaptors to allow it to charge many common products, including mobiles, iPods, PSPs and DSs.

Next up it the Power Monkey, using rechargeable cells housed within an LCD-equipped rubberised casing. The unit is said to be totally waterproof when its end-cap is attached and to hold its charge for up to 12 months of storage.

In addition to the main unit, the PowerMonkey also comes with a solar slave. This clam-shell solar unit is said to let you charge on the move, even under artificial light. With a retail price around Ā£65, the PowerMonkey isn't cheap but may just be decent value given its flexibility and the large number of different connectors supplied.

Now for the Power Gorilla, which had only landed from the far-east the previous day. This rubber-and-aluminium enclosure feels incredibly solid - yet is surprisingly light - and offers four different voltage feeds.

Power Traveller claims that all of its products are thoroughly tested in the labs - and in the real world - saying that they enable even Arctic expeditions and remote game keepers in Africa to stay connected.

It's funky, well-branded stuff. It may look expensive at first glance but the potential delivered by such wide-ranging compatibility left us seriously impressed.

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