The Powerhouse by Duracell is a little portable charger that comes in handy when you need that extra juice to your cell phone or any other USB/MiniUSB device such as an iPod, mp3 player or digital camera.
After spending a few days with this charger I felt that it serves its purpose well. I used the Powerhouse to charger my HTC Touch Pro. However, it seemed that it was a slow trickle to charge my phone to full capacity. Much like charging from a USB port from your computer or laptop. On one note I tried charging my LG Lotus via the Powerhouse but I kept getting a notice on my Lotus to “Change to LG travel charger.” I think this was due to the fact that I was using LG’s USB cable.
It took nearly two hours for my HTC Touch Pro to fully charge to 100%. The Duracell website states that the Powerhouse is 2000 mAh.
The Powerhouse comes equipped with a MiniUSB swing arm as well as a supplied USB to MiniUSB cable. The swing arm felt solid when retracted and didn’t feel flimsy at all. However, the charger itself has a plastic feel to it. Considering the Powerhouse’s price tag I think it should have had a more solid feel to it.
The Duracel Powerhouse features an on and off button to conserve power.
The Powerhouse is charged via the MiniUSB port on top of the charger. On the bottom of the charger is the USB “Out”.
There is an LED light on the bezel-like front above the On/Off button that lights orange when charging and green when fully charged.
The Duracell Powerhouse is part of Duracell’s new Smart Power Products. Other products include The Duracell Instant Charger, The Duracell Pocket Charger, The Duracell GoMobile, and The Duracell GoEasy.