Gadget Guy Review: Mimo 'Star Wars' PowerBot Portable Charger
Mimo Star Wars PowerBots
The sheer volume of promotional items that we have been flooded with to promote “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is mind blowing.
Disney figures to bring in more than $5 billion from product tie-ins thanks to the newest “long ago and far, far away” adventure.
There are the bizarre connections, like the Covergirl "Star Wars" collection of mascaras, nail polishes and lipsticks to “unleash the light within or dare to discover your Dark Side.”
How about a Chewbacca sock puppet? Or the lightsaber chopsticks? And of course, what holiday wouldn’t be complete without the Ewok dog costume, Duck Fadar (sic) nightlight and Death Star tea infuser.
Every one of them, real products, people.
Here’s a Star Wars tie-in that has proven ultra useful to me on the road, and makes for a great conversation piece.
Mimoco has been making unique takes on digital storage for the past decade. In the process, they have developed a dizzying array of themed tubes and “MimoBots” that house USB drives and SD micro storage cards, and include partners like Hello Kitty, Star Trek, “South Park” and Cartoon Network’s cult faves like “Adventure Time.”
But the company has outdone themselves with the "Star Wars" tie-ins. For storage, you can buy MimoBots with storage capacity of eight to 64 GB with characters from Admiral Ackbar to C-3PO, Lando Calrissian to Luke Skywalker, and Chewbacca to Jabba the Hutt.
Mimoco’s newer offering is the MimiPowerBot. The portable smart device chargers are built much like the original Mimobots, but house power for your iPhone.
First, we tested the R2-D2 MimoPowerTube2 ($29.99), a 2600mAh back-up battery that will give you up to 1.5 charges for your phone or camera per charge up. The product promises up to 500 charge cycles over the life of your faithful robo-tech.
There’s a USB output for universal charging and the package includes a microUSB cable that plugs into the charger’s second output, and an Apple Lightning adapter.
Second, we tried out the very limited edition Darth Vader MimoPowerBot ($59.99). This is a larger, wider 5200 mAh charger that promises up to three charges on one device charge cycle (3 to 4 hours).
The personality-packed charger is compact and lightweight with durable thanks to ABS plastic.
You can skip the airport charging stations with this gem. I had a long layover in O’Hare so I went to re-charge my Darth Vader, only to find no open slots on the charging station (shocker). But one Star Wars fanatic was so enamored with my MimiPowerBot, he gave me his USB output, just to see if it worked. The base “sneaker foot lights” flare up red when it’s out of power, blue when it’s charging and green when it’s fully charged.
The chargers gave the life they promise for iPhones, though closer to one full charge. If you’re looking to charge tablets, don’t expect more than a 30 percent boost on your power bar before Darth Vader’s force is no longer strong.
You’re paying a premium for the ultra-cool design, but the tech backs up the price point.
It’s no shock that the MimiPowerBot was a Kickstarter darling and with the Star Wars tie-in, you will have power for your phone and street cred with the galactic geeks.
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Products detailed above were provided to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Tim Wood and have not been influenced in any way.
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