Mar 10, 2016
It’s simple fact: one’s mobile devices are only as cool and effective as long as their battery power hold.
Juice is the universal currency now, and when it’s all said and done, it takes quite a lot to use these mini-computers — and related accessories — on the go.
Someday, we might get batteries that go for weeks or more with “regular” usage. Till then, we have portable batteries to fill the gap.
Till then, we have the Scosche Gobat 12000 Rugged Portable Battery, a product especially geared towards the technologically active.
So, if the product is designed to convey a sense of ruggedness, it mostly succeeds at first glance and first touch. It is not too big to handle, and is fairly thick. The exterior is crafted of hard material, with tiny screws on the one side, seamless joints and a low-profile on-button.
Notably, it has a cover for the indented bank of ports at the bottom of the unit; this is great for preventing exposure to the elements. The bank contains a micro-USB input port for charging the unit, and also two 12 watt USB output slots. It a hook fashioned up top, which works with the included carabiner; the micro-USB cable that comes with the main unit is short and sturdier than most, and reflects the overall presentation.
On paper, this battery comes to party. It takes its name well, in that it boasts a honking 12000mAh-rated rechargeable internal battery, from which it juices mobile devices. It buttresses that feature with IP68 Dustproof/Waterproof construction — again, underscoring its rugged street cred.
In everyday testing, the unit works well. It spent time on a soccer pitch, and worked admirably in several conditions. The dual chargers work well, and the standby time is impressive. It’s construction does not preclude mobility, as it is easy to handle and is vaguely pocketable.
All in all, a fine product that does its job and isn’t tender about doing it.
The Scosche Gobat 12000 Rugged Battery is available for $99.99 at Scosche.com.