The PowerCore Fusion looks like a run-of-the-mill (albeit somewhat large and heavy) dual-port wall charger, but inside, it’s actually packing a 5,000mAh battery pack to recharge your gadgets on the go. I’m going to make a giant leap in logic here and assume that most people reading this already own plenty of USB battery packs and travel chargers. So what’s the big deal?
Here’s an illustration of the gear I’d need to keep two Apple devices and a USB battery pack charged during a trip, both with and without the Fusion:
By switching to the Fusion, I can get rid of both my dedicated battery pack (assuming I can get by on 5,000mAh) and a microUSB cable, which means less stuff to get tangled and lost in my bag. It’s not life-changing, but it’s nice.
Beyond shedding a few few accessories from my travel kit though, the real draw here is simply that this is the first PowerCore battery pack that can recharge directly from an AC outlet, no cables or USB chargers required. As an iPhone owner, it’s always somewhat of a hassle to dig up a microUSB cable to recharge my battery pack, so the fact that this includes folding prongs means I’m much more likely to actually top it off overnight.
At 5,000mAh, the Fusion is far from the biggest battery you can buy, and at 2.1A of combined charging throughput when plugged in (or 3A when operating as a battery), it’s not the fastest wall charger you can buy either. But it’s everything you need for juicing up a couple of phones overnight, and topping them off in the afternoon.