Never be without a charge with Tylt Energi and Band [Review]

Battery life is the great equalizer when it comes to phones. It can turn a good phone into a great phone or a bad phone. Just look at the DROID RAZR MAXX. Take out the giant battery and insane battery life and you’re stuck with another boring Motorola phone. Not everyone wants a thick beast of a phone just to make it though the day. For those people the wide world of charging accessories is the place to look.

Tylt is an up and coming accessory manufacturer that has some products that are compatible with Windows Phone devices. I was able to try a couple charging accessories that will help you keep a charge all day long, no matter how big a battery you have. The products I tried were Energi, a pocket-able battery pack, and Band, a car charger.

Energi

Energi is a 1800 mAh battery capable of charging two devices. It has a built in micro-USB charging cable, and a full size USB port for charging almost anything else. To charge Energi simply plug it into the wall, and it can still charge plugged in devices while it charges itself. There is a glowing green circle that shows you when it is done charging, and when devices are plugged in you can press it to see how much charge is left.

In my testing I found that the Energi does a great job at quickly getting a phone charged back up. With a full charged Energi and a completely dead phone I was able get up to 60% charge in an hour, at which point Energi was drained.Charging Energi itself is a pretty quick process too. Energi is small enough to easily fit in a pocket, though it is a little chunky. The built in cable is great because you don’t have to worry about losing it, and it doesn’t hang out awkwardly.

Band

Band is a very uniquely designed product. It looks and feels like a giant rubber band. The cord is wide and flat with a rubbery texture, but don’t try to stretch it. Like Energi, the main connector is micro-USB, but there is also a full sized USB port for anything else you might have.

The flat cord makes it easy to roll up and keep inside a glove box or center console. Unlike some car chargers I’ve had in the past, Band easily fits in the outlet in my car. There’s not a lot to say about Band. It does a good job at charging two devices at once while not being an eyesore. It comes in four colors: red, blue, black, green.

Both of these are excellent accessories to go with any Windows Phone device. Tylt also has a Qi wireless charging stand coming soon that should be a good option for Lumia 920 owners. We like what Tylt is doing with their accessories. Bright colors, fun names, and unique designs make for a good combination.


  • Edgar Cervantes

    I really like the Band, actually. I do have a bias for flat chords, but it has helped a lot. It feels good and fits pretty tight on the phone. I also love that I can charge multiple devices by plugging them into the extra USB port.

    One thing I don’t like is how long it is, though. I guess it’s good for the driver, as he won’t be able to talk on the phone while it’s plugged in, or do much more with it. But it gets annoying to have a short cable if you are a passenger.

  • RAZR MAXX = 3300mAh
    HTC 8X (1800) + Energi (1800) = 3600mAh
    Nokia Lumia 822 (1800) + Energi (1800) = 3600mAh
    I don’t understand where you’re coming from…