iPowerPak Battery Charger / Extender Review


Product Requirements:
Compaq iPAQ, Casio E-100, E-105, E-115 and E-125

The iPowerPak from DataNation is a
portable battery extender / charger that is compatible with the Compaq iPAQ, and
Casio E series (E-100, 105, 115, 125) Pocket PCs.

This small 2.75 x 2.50 x .75in (70 x 63.5 x 19mm) L x W x D, 2.05oz (58g)
black plastic module houses 4 AA batteries. A 1ft cord with an iPAQ / Casio
compatible plug extends from the module. The cover which is held closed by a
small screw.  This requires you to go hunting in a tool box for a
screwdriver small enough to extract it. For everyday use, you don’t need to use
the screw as the cover will stay closed on it’s own.

The iPowerPak will work with Alkaline, Nicad, or Nickel Metal (NiMH)
batteries. Alkaline batteries will charge the PDA the fastest, slightly faster
than the normal charge time using an AC Adapter. Nicad/NiMH batteries will
charge at about the same rate as an AC Adapter.

There is a small On/Off switch on the module that has two purposes. You can
leave the iPowerPak connected to your PDA and just switch it off when charging
is complete to conserve the iPowerPak’s batteries. It will also prevent the
internal batteries from ever getting shorted while you are transporting or
carrying the iPowerPak.

The iPowerPak does offer reverse charge protection which prevents the
electrical current from passing from your PDA into the iPowerPak. This will
prevent the draining of the PDA’s internal battery if a depleted set of
batteries in the iPowerPak are left plugged in for an extended period of time.

When you plug the iPowerPak into the iPAQ, the charge light on the iPaq will
blink, indicating the internal battery is being charged. In addition, if you
turn on your iPaq with the iPowerPak connected, the power status screen in the
control panel will show that the iPaq is charging. The same is true if you use
the iPowerPak with a Casio Pocket PC.

I was able to charge a totally dead Casio E-115 in less than 2hrs. After
that, I still had enough juice in the iPowerPak to top off my iPAQ’s batteries. 
A day or so later, I was able to top off the Casio E-115’s batteries.

What is really nice is that you can use the iPowerPak while the PDA is turned
on. The PDA will continue to charge the PDA’s internal batteries with the
iPowerPak connected even if you are using it. Of course, since you are drawing
power from the PDA’s internal battery at the same time that it is being charged,
it will take longer to fully charge the internal battery.

If your PDA has a fully charged internal battery and you use the iPowerPak
(with brand new batteries) with it, you can almost double the battery life of
the PDA. This is very convenient for long plane or car rides.

They only feature that I wish it had that it doesn’t, is some type of battery
status. You really don’t have any way of knowing how much juice is left in the
power pack. Overall, I think the iPowerPak is a nifty little accessory that can
come in handy. 

Price: $20.00 1ft cord, no belt clip
$25.00 1ft cord, with belt clip
($5 extra for longer cord length)
2 week money back guarantee

Small convenient package
On/Off switch

Screw to secure cover
No battery status indicator on the module


Product Information

Manufacturer:Data Nation
  • Small convenient package
  • On/Off switch
  • Screw to secure cover
  • No battery status indicator on the module
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  • garyhyink June 24, 2006, 12:19 am

    I bought a “like new” Tungsten C on Ebay for a total of $187.00 Who the heck is willing to pay the full retail price? Forget trying to win a bid and “buy it now”. It’s an awesome PDA! I recommend the Zen Touch as well.


  • garyhyink June 24, 2006, 12:29 am

    The keyboard is great! To knock it without trying it is not too… in my opinion.

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