You don’t have to spend $100 on a battery pack, but when you do, you get what you pay for.
I’m not one to spend a lot of time thinking about a battery pack, especially one that costs $100. But Nomad’s well-designed, beautifully-made, rugged Powerpack may just be worth spending that extra cash on. Here’s why.
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The Powerpack comes in one flavor, a 9000mAh rounded rectangle brick covered in a thick polycarbonate housing and, along the edges, a TPU rubber casing. It’s basically the same material you’d find on an Otterbox Defender case, but protecting a battery instead of, well, a more expensive battery.
It’s a chunky thing, but portable, with a solidity that I find eludes all but the most expensive power banks from companies like Anker and Zagg. On one side of the unit is a series of buttons, ports and LED indicators, and that’s where the fun begins. This is not some legacy battery pack that trickle-charges using Micro-USB. No, this is USB-C, and the future is awesome.
There are two USB-C ports and fast charging on board, so consider yourself future-proofed.
Specifically, there are three ports:
USB-C “In” at 3.0A
USB-C “Out” at 3.0A
USB-A “Out” at 2.4A
Why have two separate USB-C ports for input and output? Because Nomad believes that you may want to do so-called passthrough charging overnight — recharging the Powerpack itself from a wall adapter while charging your phone with the battery. It’s all very useful in theory, but the real benefit here comes from having two high-ampere ports in both modern varieties of charger — USB-C and USB-A.
The former supports Adaptive Fast Charging, a Qualcomm technology offered by most smartphones today. When topping up using a USB-C to USB-C cable, the brick will vary between 5V / 3A, 9V / 2A, and 12V / 2A