TmoNews Reviews The myCharge Peak 6000 Rechargeable Battery Bank

I don’t generally do accessory reviews around these parts, but I’m thinking about changing that and I’m starting with something I’ve grown to love over the past few weeks, the myCharge Peak 6000. As a Floridian, power, battery life and more power and battery life are always something I think about when summer rolls around. It’s been six years since we’ve had a major hurricane, but I’ve learned my lesson and even this year, when we had our first “scare” at the beginning of the season with a category one storm, I had every battery in every phone in my house charged and ready. It was back during Hurricane Wilma that my brother and I went almost 15 days without power, and while we were able to charge our phones through generators and car chargers and the local wireless stores, this time around I’m much more prepared.

It’s with this reasoning in mind that I reached out to the folks at myCharge and asked to review the myCharge Peak 6000 , a battery backup I’ll likely never let out of my sight again. myCharge did a radical turnaround from their early generation of battery backup units, which originally looked a lot like the offerings from Mophie. With the release of the Peak 6000, myCharge came up with a design that is very different from the block-like look of Mophie.

The Peak 6000 is a 6000 mAh battery, allowing the average cell phone to charge to full about 4 times. There’s an additional Apple 30-pin connector for charging your iPhone or iPad, a microUSB plug and an extra USB port for powering other devices of your choice. With the addition of the iPhone 5, the 30-pin connector works with Apple’s lightning cable adapter or you can use the lightning cable in the USB plug. The Peak 6000 claims up to 27 hours of extra talk time, with the ability to charge up to 3 devices at once.

The only hiccup is iPad charging which the Peak 6000 is good for (and made for) but it’s limited in the sense that the new iPad has an 11,000mAh battery, and the Peak 6000 only has 6000mAh. All in all, the unit should get your new iPad to around half full before dying out. When it comes to Android tablets, the Peak 6000 will definitely fare better. For instance, the Galaxy Tab 2 features a 7000mAh battery, which should allow for a 85% charge. No matter your tablet preference, if you need some juice, the Peak 6000 will help you get through a complete day without worrying about a dead tablet. If we consider T-Mobile’s best selling phone of all time, the Galaxy S III contains a battery of 2100mAh, allowing for at least 3 complete charges.

The only real downside to the Peak 6000, and I’d hardly call it a downside, is its own size. It’s a beefy unit, weighing in at around 8.5 ounces. In other words, you won’t fit this in your pocket, but if you’re carrying a backpack, messenger bag, briefcase or luggage, the size and weight of the Peak 6000 won’t slow you down.

An added bonus from the first generation unit is the addition of a built-in speaker, as a female voice will tell you when the unit is charging upon plugging the Peak 6000 into the wall. The voice also alerts you when you are charging a device as well as when you press the button to see how much battery life the unit itself has left. The voice can be changed to English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

myCharge says the Peak 6000 is good for well over 100 different devices including just about every other smartphone you can find, mp3 players, Nintendo 3DS, Playstation Vita, and more.

At a price tag of around $100, cheaper if you can find it elsewhere, it’s not a cheap battery unit, but the value proposition here is clear. Even if powering up all your devices while battening down during a storm isn’t something you have to worry about, having an extra battery backup is perfect for traveling or for the road-warrior, the college kid and just about everyone in-between.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the myCharge Peak 6000 Power Bank and if you’ve been looking for a battery backup solution for your constantly dying smartphone, this unit should be at the top of your list.

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  • eanfoso

    Hmm I wonder if this is similar to the Nokia wireless charging lol

  • Jeremy Nauck

    At $100, it seems a little pricey.. A quick google shopping excursion shows units with twice the mAh (12,000) for ~ $70.

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  • John

    If you’re asking vendors to supply you free stuff for reviews, it will be hard to write honest reviews. You’re better off buying the stuff yourself and then reviewing it.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      I wouldn’t accept any item from a vendor unless they allowed me to freely write a review on it, good, bad, ugly or otherwise. That’s how review phones are handled, this isn’t really “new” to the idea of product reviews on tech blogs.

      • Rob Huebel

        When are you going to start reviewing TVs, Restaurants, and Cars?

      • halifax_guy

        did you send the unit back after testing? that’s how its done in tech blogs.

        • http://tmonews.com David

          Really, you sure about that? Because if you think all these products are tested and then sent back, you would be absolutely, positively, wrong. How do you think so many tech blog sites have so many phones lying around? Hint: it’s not magic.

        • John

          don’t think they are always sent back, but the reviewer doesn’t usually keep it around and use test units on a personal basis in most cases.

        • dkbnyc

          …and you know this for a fact how?

        • Rob Huebel

          David, we are just messing with you. Don’t get so defensive. Most of us don’t have blogs, so we are talking out of our arse. Keep calm and don’t trip. If its not a big deal have a monthly or quarterly contest where you give away some of these freebies, that way we won’t tease you and appreciate your solid work instead. Just a thought bc people are obviously envious. Share the wealth!

        • ransack

          Hey David are you still testing the relay 4g?

      • party_nickel

        its strange for you to write a review on a battery bank, what prompted you to do it for this particular model?

    • Ford_Thundercougarfalconbird

      The law in the US states that if a company sends a reviewer a product to test, the reviewer must state that in the review, and the reviewer must be allowed to write an honest review.

      This includes bloggers and even regular Joes who get something from Klout. David did exactly that, and exactly what every other reviewer does as well.

      http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2009/10/endortest.shtm

      David, thanks for the review and I look forward to them in the future!

      • http://tmonews.com David

        Thanks for the support, I’m not influenced by this stuff. I’m not even sure why this is an issue, what do people think about all the other Android sites out there that write reviews on apps, do you think they purchase all of them? Furthermore, I’m not influenced by T-Mobile when they send me review units, nor does anyone ask us to write something in a specific way and if they did, I would refuse.

        • Ford_Thundercougarfalconbird

          It’s just more of the devolution of the internet. Instead of a free exchange of ideas, it’s just a place to RAGEFACE!!!!!!!11111111

  • od312

    Better off carrying my charger with that kind of size.

    • ripoff

      better off ripping off articles from engadget and other forums than attempting an original score.

  • od312

    Did I read this article correctly or am I REALLY high?

  • od312

    Rather carry my charger with that kind of size.

    • ianken

      And when the power is out let us know how that works out…

  • JP

    Pretty lame review.

    • droidboy23

      true, the longest paragraph is about his Florida weather, most probably he needed one, called them up and decided to “review” it in exchange for a free unit. Reeks of collusion

      • http://tmonews.com David

        Awesome, but wrong conclusions. My point was to set up the reasoning for my review of such a product. How much info can I give you on a battery charger? Seriously, if you don’t have anything worth commenting, don’t comment.

        I wonder if you complain to every tech blog when they review a phone you are desperately looking to purchase. It’s a conspiracy!

        • avengethis1

          Man you changed my mind about getting one.
          Im in the army and sometime go places where there is no power for a few days.

          Dont listen to these uneducated trolls! Your writing is great.

    • dkbnyc

      …then why’d you read it? Pretty lame response on your part.

  • YoureProbADumbass

    logo infringement? if you flip the logo upside down it looks just like warner music…

  • TM97

    I would think that a solar trickle charged battery pack would be much more of a good thing to have when you’re out of power for several days at a time. Had a backpack with a solar panel at Disney this year, kept the trickle charge on the battery full throughout the day and charged 3 phones twice. I did have it fully charged to start the day, but by midday, it would have been completely drained without the solar trickle.

  • ianken

    Who knew so many tmonews readers were this whiny. Holy crap. Every post results in the same bitching and moaning.

    • archerian

      thinking about it, you’re quite right, unless the post is about the Note 2, a large majority of users are ranting. The general happiness among tmonews users on non-Note 2 related issues seems rather low

      • http://tmonews.com David

        Most seem content just to complain about every post that isn’t what they want to read. Heaven forbid I do something outside the box. I won’t be doing any more accessory reviews any time soon. This is why I don’t bother doing them.

        • Will

          i enjoyed it. thank you david. i just like reading anything. :D

        • dkbnyc

          David, buck those naysayers. You should add an accessory review section. Don’t let this be the last.

        • Yozo

          David: Please keep reviewing items you find of interest to add to your TmoNews website. As its been stated before, all Mobile Carriers don’t have something new to share as news on a daily/weekly basis.

          I am glad you expanded the articles on TmoNews. In the past, it seemed like TmoNews wasn’t being updated for weeks, therefore I wasn’t visited as much, which means less clicks/ad-views for you.

          If TmoNews viewers don’t want to read an article, then they shouldn’t click on it. Not every link on the ‘web’ is for everyone, nor will it ever be.

          On that same note, its nice to see comments from other TmoNews viewers who mention other batteries they use or have tried.

        • http://tmonews.com David

          First, I appreciate the comment! I will say that there has never been more than a day when the site isn’t updated, there has never been a time when the site has gone more than 24 hours without being updated. That much I can say with certainty, I would never let it go more than a day without being updated, no matter how outside the box I would have to go.

          I’ll definitely continue to try new things to see what you guys like and don’t like and see what works for the long haul!

        • http://www.jmillionnyc.com/ Jason Million

          Keep the articles coming David. they are definitely appreciated. I get my T-Mobile fix from here everday

        • Nearmsp

          I did not even know that there was something like this. Please do continue to bring reviews of accessories that are helpful for the family of phones sold by t-mobile. Thanks.

        • thepanttherlady

          I agree with the rest, please don’t stop. I for one always rely on the charger I have at my desk at work or car charger (not working now) so I’m thankful to see the alternatives!

  • joshua

    Thanks for the review man!

  • Diamond Prince

    Thanks for the info David I’m definitely getting this…. What’s the website to order it or what stores would have this?

  • Anonymous

    this will be great for my trip next month!

  • jonny_the_cat

    Good review, but one thing I’d like to mention. These chargers aren’t 100% efficient. You do lose some power/capacity in the process of charging and discharging. So, while it does have a 6000 mAh capacity, it’s probably better to think of it as having a 5400 mAh usable capacity.

  • http://www.youtube.com/#/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

    Very good review David. Thanks.

  • dkbnyc

    Great review. A battery back-up is something everyone should have in these days and time. I have the Anker Astro 2 8400mAh currently $49.99 on Amazon.

  • MisterBlue

    Thieves! They stole the Mos Burger symbol.

  • JAy

    I like the smaller units like the GoStick from powerwarehouse or other backup batteries that last for about 1.5 full charges. It’s rare that you ever need to charge your phone from a backup 4 times, but a full new charge can get you through a night at the club where you don’t quite make it home

  • Tom Nguyen

    New Trent iCarrier is only $76 bucks an it’s 12,000mAh… http://www.newtrent.com/store/iphone-external-battery/icarrier.html

  • Rudy Belova

    A T-Mobile store in Virginia had 2000 mah ones for $30. I got 2 during a buy 2 get 1 free sale. Needed a new charger anyway but came in handy, a lot!

  • guest

    Ohhhhhh…. you’re a Floridian?! That explains a lot, David! ;) could miss out on meantioning apple even on a crappy accessory review, huh?

  • Laststop311

    As others have pointed out, you can get double the charging capacity at slightly over half the price so cheaper and more powerful. Don’t see this one succeeding, at least not with the android crowd that actually looks at specs and compares. The isheep will surely follow them, thats this companies only hope because anyone that can read numbers would not buy this. And if you are worried because of a hurricane then really you should be getting a diesel generator.