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HyperJuice Plug Review and Giveaway

Jackson Chung 07-05-2013

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Recently, I’ve been using the HyperJuice Plug 15,600 mAh external battery pack, and even though it isn’t a battery case per se, I’ve found that it suits me perfectly for longer trips. Let’s take a look at it. And yes, we’re giving it away to one of you!


The HyperJuice Plug is manufactured by a Chinese company called Sanho Corporation, which mainly focuses on Apple accessories and also makes external batteries for the MacBook; for which the company has won several accolades in design and engineering.

The HyperJuice Plug is available in two configurations: 10,400 mAh and 15,600 mAh. The 15,600 mAh model is priced at $159.95 and is $30 dearer and slightly longer than its lesser-capacity brethen. To be honest, I question the need for the 10,400 mAh model and would recommend paying the extra $30 for the peace of mind. You can get them in six attractive colours options.

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The external battery pack idea is neither novel nor recent. The current market is riddled with battery packs of varying capacity and gimmicks, all designed to complicate the decision-making process for the consumer.


TYLT’s $89.99 Powerplant has a 5,200 mAh internal battery pack, which only provides two full charges and is oddly shaped like a brick. It does however, feature a Flex Arm with built-in Lightning connector.

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New Trent’s iCarrier is a serious contender. At $76.95, it’s less than half the price of the HyperJuice Plug, and features a 12,000 mAh internal battery.

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The HyperJuice Plug

To recap, the exact model that we’re reviewing is the HyperJuice Plug 15,600 mAh in Jewel, which is currently one of the highest capacity external Li-Ion battery packs I’ve encountered. It’s about the size of a small book — 155 x 88 x 20 mm; and weighs 453.5 g. On its own, it might feel rather heavy but didn’t notice it at all when placed in a backpack along with the rest of my gear. It doesn’t really add a substantial amount of weight. The HyperJuice Plug also has 5 LED indicators to display the amount of remaining charge it holds.

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What makes the HyperJuice Plug stand out among its competitors is its built-in retractable wall plug. This negates the need for an additional cable to charge the battery pack. Instead, all you do is slide the wall plug out, and plug it into a wall socket. The only downside to the idea is the fact that the retractable wall plug isn’t interchangeable and comes with a US-style 2-prong plug head. While this may work well in the US, you will need an adapter in other parts of the world. I’ve tried using this in Australia with the supplied US-to-Australia adapter, and the HyperJuice Plug is simply too heavy to stay plugged in firmly to the wall socket. My solution is to charge it by connecting to a powerboard and placing it on the floor.

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Unlike most external battery packs with only one specified high-output USB port, the HyperJuice Plug features an Intelligent Power Distribution System. Basically it shares the 15W of power between two USB ports. It will deliver 5W (5V, 1A) of power to any port connected to smartphones, and 10W (5V, 2.1A) to any port connected to a tablet. If two tablets are connected simultaneously, it will share its maximum power of 15W equally between the two ports i.e. 7.5W (5V, 1.5A) and 7.5W (5V, 1.5A).

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The 15,600 mAh HyperJuice Plug claims to be able to provide the first and second generation iPads with an additional 23 extra hours of battery life, the third generation iPad with 13 extra hours, and can fully recharge an iPhone up to 11 times. Although I haven’t personally tested their claims on the extended iPad battery life, I have used it to recharge my iPhone 5. Realistically, the HyperJuice Plug is able to perform 7-8 complete recharges before requiring a recharge itself.

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When that happens, just slide the plug out and find the nearest wall socket. Because it’s quite heavy, the HyperJuice Plug might sag slightly when connected to an international socket or when using a travel adapter. In fact, you might even think that the two prongs will break from holding its weight. Rest assured that the construction is quite solid. If you’re concerned, it might help to use something to prop it up and support its weight. From experience, it takes between 12-18 hours to fully charge the HyperJuice Plug. So charge it well before an upcoming trip.

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Should you buy the HyperJuice Plug?

For short trips, I’d arm myself with an iPhone battery case, like the mophie Juice Pack Helium (which we’ll be reviewing soon). But if I’m travelling for more than a week, I’d definitely take the HyperJuice Plug with me. It manages to pack in enough juice to recharge my iPhone 5 at least seven times.

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Moreover, I love its design: it’s slim and conveniently shaped like a book so it’s easy to store. Plus, since it features a built-in retractable wall plug, it means I won’t need to bring along an additional cable to charge it. The only down side? It’s a US-style plug.

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  1. Angyal István
    June 3, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I would be happy and grateful to have it. :) and Good Luck to everyone aswell.

  2. Angeline Andoy
    May 16, 2013 at 12:53 am

    actually i dont like the "Share" part here

  3. paul volker
    May 14, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    love how fast it is hope my entry went through

  4. tomgirlbc
    May 14, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    this will come in handy thanks

  5. jacnor8
    May 12, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Great preview and giveaway!

  6. David Moreira
    May 12, 2013 at 12:25 am

    Good luck all!

  7. Atin Tranquillity
    May 11, 2013 at 11:45 pm


  8. Michael B
    May 11, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    this would be real handy for me, my phone is dead every time i go out (I keep forgetting to charge it).

  9. Stephen P
    May 10, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    I could have used this so many times.. I drive around a lot but am not in the car all day and my phone goes dead dead dead. I worry my kid or my mom has called with an emergency and I'll be the last to know. This product would STOP that!

  10. Vipul Jain
    May 10, 2013 at 6:11 am

    15000 O_O
    I never imagined that now days externals have reached such capacity. Last I saw was around 3-5000.. :/

  11. Eian Ampoloquio
    May 9, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Nice Giveaway! Good luck to all! ;)

  12. fibroman
    May 9, 2013 at 6:24 am

    I'm in!!
    Good luck to all!!

  13. null
    May 8, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Will be a good addition to have. Always need extra battery power it seems!

  14. Onaje Asheber
    May 8, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Nice Item!

  15. heatherliban
    May 8, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    This looks very cool! I would use this all the time.

  16. Jessie Tapia
    May 8, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Hope to win!

  17. vineedcool
    May 8, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    best of luck all!

  18. Vasanth
    May 8, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Im ready!:)

  19. Dave
    May 8, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    All done, never have any luck with these comps GLA.

  20. Xeon Shu
    May 8, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I can get A 20,000mAh for like 35 USD.It won't charge as fast but that's enough for me

  21. Va Du
    May 8, 2013 at 5:10 am

    I wish these things would come with a digital number LCD gauges already. The red/green blinking system is so 2012. I know why my cheapo $10 6,600 mAh uses them but for $160 I expect more tech out of it.

    And yes I would carry 16 of them around out of sheer frugalness because 106,600 > 15,600 mAh.

    • Jackson Chung
      May 9, 2013 at 10:30 am

      Personally, I think a digital LCD is overkill, especially when the LEDs work fine.

      I have my doubts about buying cheap battery packs. I'm afraid that they'll blow up at any minute!

  22. ferdinan S
    May 8, 2013 at 1:57 am

    The concept is just the same as power bank, the big difference is in the weight, but still acceptable for long trip. Nice Giveaway.

  23. Kelly B
    May 7, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    I hope I win. I need more juice! ;)

  24. Harshit J
    May 7, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I want to win it! Thanks for the giveaway.

  25. null
    May 7, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    As usual, awesome job, MUO!

  26. Melroy D'monte
    May 7, 2013 at 2:46 pm


  27. Jack
    May 7, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I can't get the codes to show up for the three most recent giveaways on the facebook page.

    • Jackson Chung
      May 9, 2013 at 10:28 am

      We don't use the dedicated giveaway codes page on Facebook anymore. If you're looking for a particular code, there's a link to the Facebook update in the giveaway form. Take a look and you'll see the link above.

  28. David Ernst
    May 7, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    thanks for posting this gieveaway

  29. Nevzat A
    May 7, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    External battery is a must!

  30. Mohib Ali
    May 7, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Love to have one othe these to help me when Im out & about.

  31. Dmitriy Sukhanov
    May 7, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    GL! :)

  32. Md Mukhtar Mohsin
    May 7, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Will be happy to get it.

    • Jackson Chung
      May 9, 2013 at 10:27 am

      Who wouldn't?