Sunday, March 22, 2020

2020 Annual Headphone Shootout Over The Ear Models


Everyone has their attention on the Coronavirus. It’s pretty crazy all over effecting everyone.  It even  cancelled March Madness!  This is the time of the year we also do our annual Headphone Shootout.  And while March Madness got cancelled, we are continuing with our annual Headphone Shootout. As typical, we have some great products from some excellent manufacturers. And the push this year is on wireless.



We have a dozen models this year, and have them divided between in the ear and over the ear. First up we will do the over the ear models. The price points range from $140 for $700. They are the Creative SXFI Air, Pioneer S9, Cleer Flow II, Drop THX Panda, Master and Dynamic MW65, and Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless Copper. To test, we’ve chosen songs that are a mix of old school and newer school, with Earth, Wind and Fire: September, Journey: Don’t Stop Believing, Lady Gaga: Starstuck. And in honor of the new Mulan movie coming out, Reflection, from the original soundtrack.



First up is the Creative SXFI Air. It’s over the ear wireless headphones with some cool creative technology with their Super X-F:i processor. After a head and ear mapping, you get personalized sound just for you. It even provides simulated surround sound. MSRP is a bargain at $139.



Features and specs:

Specifications

Interface: USB, Bluetooth, 3.5 mm Stereo Input, microSD Card: up to 32GB, FAT32 file system

Weight: 338g (11.9 oz)

Color: Black, White

Frequency Response: 20–20,000 Hz

Driver: 50 mm (1.97 inches) Neodymium magnet

Battery Type and Life: Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery , Up to 10 hours battery life

Connector Type: Bluetooth 4.2

Audio Codec: SBC

Operating Range: Up to 10m / 33 ft

Wearing Style: Over-ear

Microphone: Frequency Response: 100–8,000 Hz

Controls: Touch controls (Volume and Playback controls), Power on/off, Source, Super X-Fi

RGB Ear-Cup Rings: Choose from 16 million colors

System Requirements

Windows® OS:

Intel® Core™i3 or AMD® equivalent processor

Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard

Microsoft® Windows 10 32 / 64-bit

1 GB RAM

>600 MB of free hard disk space

USB 2.0 / USB 3.0 port

Mac® OS

Mac OS X® 10.13 or higher

1 GB RAM

USB 2.0 / USB 3.0 port

PS4

Firmware Ver 5.0 or later

Available USB port

Xbox One

Xbox OS Ver 10.0 or later

Available 3.5mm port on controller

Nintendo Switch

Switch OS 5.0 or later

Available 3.5mm headphone port on console

Available USB port (in docking mode)

Voice communications supported when connected via 3.5mm port and with Bluetooth to Android and iOS Nintendo Switch Online app or VOIP client



The creative SXFI Air came in a nice looking color printed box, with photos and specs of the headphones. Materials used in the construction was mostly plastic, soft leatherette earcups and memory foam. Quality of materials as well as the fit and finish was good. Also included were analog cable and charging cable, as well as owners manual.



I like the design of the creative SXFI Air. The Super X-Fi is a game changer. I attended creative’s demo at CES the last 2 years showing off the technology. Call it goblins, elves, witchcraft, or some form of magic, it does seem to work. The simulated surround sound does work, and provide a big soundstage. The built-in mic and use of optional boom mic make it great for gaming. But if gaming isn’t your thing, pair it to your phone through Bluetooth to listen to your tunes. It even has a built-in micro SD card slot, so your phone isn’t even needed. Load up some tunes on a card and you’re good to go. The gesture control is great, and the color LED adds a cool touch. Now lets see how they sound.


Mulan: Reflections: strings were very smooth. Flute was also smooth with very good air and nice harmonics. Vocals had very good harmonics, texture and timbre. Bass had nice depth and authority. Great dynamics. Keyboard sounded natural.

Earth Wind & Fire: September- shaker and cow bell were crisp and clean. Cymbals were dynamic. Trumpets were smooth and not too brassy. Vocals were smooth with good harmonics, timber and texture.

Journey: Don’t Stop Believing – Piano sounded natural. Guitar was nice and raw. Cymbals were crisp and clean. Kick drums had nice depth and authority. Percussion was very dynamic. Vocals were very natural with nice texture. Soundstage was bigger than expected.

Lady Gaga: Starstruck – The snaps were crisp and clean and really dynamic. Bass is deep, and plays with good authority. Vocals sound natural with good resolution.



Next up is the Pioneer S9. Pioneer has a long history of providing great electronics. The Pioneer S9 wireless headphones appear to continue with it’s trend. They also provide great technology at a great bang for the buck with an MSRP of only $199.



Features and specs:

Headphone Type: Wireless closed-back stereo headphones

Frequency Response: 5 Hz–22,000 Hz (with Bluetooth connection), 5 Hz–40,000 Hz (with wired connection)

Driver Units Diameter: 40 mm (1 9/16˝) dynamic driver

Weight: 300 g (10.6 oz.)

Included Accessories: Supplied with detachable headphone cable, micro USB charging cable, and carrying pouch



The Pioneer S9 came in a nice looking color printed box with photos of the headphones and it’s features. Opening the box revealed a well protected product held in place in custom molded plastic. Materials used in the construction was actually mostly metal, with soft leatherette earcups and headband. Quality of construction as well as fit and finish was very good. Also included were the audio and charging cables, carry bag, and owner’s manual.



I really appreciate the design of the Pioneer S9 headphones. The gold color gives it an elegant look. The metal construction provides quality that should last for years of use. Having google assistant built-in provides a lot of convenience and for connectivity there’s Bluetooth as well as NFC. It’s also fully designed for Hi-Res Audio, not only through the corded audio cable, but wirelessly as well, thanks for the inclusion of Apt X-HD. There’s also the Pioneer Headphone App, where you can control the active noise cancelling play control, equalizer and bass boost. It seems to be designed for high quality sound, so let’s see how it sounds.



Mulan: Reflections – crisp, clean and smooth strings, nice low end extension of the bass with great authority. Flute was smooth with very good air. Piano sounded natural. Vocals had very good harmonics with great timber and texture.

Earth Wind & Fire: September- Shaker and cow bell were crisp and clean, guitar was nice and raw. Cymbals were very dynamic. Trumpets were smooth and not too brassy. Vocals were smooth with good harmonics and resolution of the timbre and texture.

Journey: Don’t Stop Believing – Piano sounded very natural. Guitar was nice and raw. Cymbals were crisp and clean, kick drum had very good depth and authority. Percussion was very dynamic. Vocals were smooth, very natural sounding, with very good resolution of the texture and timbre. Soundstage was large.

Lady Gaga: Starstruck – The snaps are crisp and clean and very dynamic. Bass was deep and played with monstrous authority. So much so that my earlobes were vibrating. Vocals were very natural sounding with good resolution.


Clear Audio is a fair recent newcomer, having started in 2012. But based on their quality products are gaining traction in brand recognition. Up for review today is their Flow II. It is their premium over the ear wireless hybrid noise cancelling headphone. It’s loaded with features and has an MSRP of $280.



Features and specs:

Innovative, Ironless audio driver technology delivers bold and articulate playback via high-excursion with optimized control and exceptionally low distortion

Google Assistant Voice Interface

Powerful Best in-class hybrid noise cancelling

Hi-Res Audio certified with supplied 3.5mm cable

Up-to 20 hours playback with noise cancelling enabled



The Cleer Flow II came in a nice looking color printed box with photos and specs of the headphones. Opening the box revealed a well protected product held in place by custom molded paper holder. Materials used in the construction was mostly plastic with some metal. Quality of materials used is as well as the fit and finish are very good. Also included were audio and charging cable, owner’s manual, a nice hard zipper case, and airline adapter.



Cleer uses a clean, elegant looking design. I like the way the earcups fold into itself for portability. The leatherette earcups are soft with comfortable memory foam. Gesture motions on the earcup are used to control your music. You pair it with your phone using Bluetooth and NFC. It’s designed for HI-Res Audio and delivers it wirelessly with either AptX-HD or LDAC codes. Google Assistant also adds convenience. Now let’s hear how they sound.



Mulan: Reflections – crisp and clean strings that were very smooth.  Also very good resolution, sufficient to pick up the bow coming access the string. The bass had good depth and authority. Flute was very smooth with very good air. Piano sounded natural. Vocals were very smooth with very good harmonics, dynamics and texture.

Earth Wind & Fire: September- Shaker and cow bell had good resolution and depth and were crisp and clean. Guitar was nice and raw. Cymbals were crisp and clean and very dynamic. Trumpets were smooth and not too brassy. Vocals were very natural with good harmonics and good resolution of the timbre and texture.

Journey: Don’t Stop Believing – Piano sounded very natural, guitar was nice and raw. Cymbals were crisp and clean, trick drum had very good low end extension and authority. Percussion was very dynamic. Vocals were smooth, very natural sounding, with very good resolution of the timbre and texture. Soundstage was large.

Lady Gaga: Starstruck – The snaps are crisp and clean and very dynamic. Bass had really good low end extension, and played with a ton of authority and it played cleanly. Vocals were also very natural sounding with good resolution.



Now it’s time for the Drop THX Panda. This model is a joint effort between Drop and THX. And thanks to its aggressive $400 MSRP its features, audiophiles on a tight budget will take notice. The primary feature is it’s use of ribbon planar magnetic driver, and built-in THX amp.



Features and spec:

World’s first wireless audiophile system

World’s first headphone with Drop planar-ribbon drivers (derived from Oppo Digital's PM Series)

World’s first headphone with THX AAA™ amplifier technology

World’s first headphone with LDAC + Qualcomm QCC5125

World’s first headphone with matching FR +THD measurements in passive and active mode

Headphone type: Closed, planar magnetic

Bluetooth wireless technology: 5.0

Effective range: Line of sight, approximately 10 m (30 ft)

Battery life: 30+ hours

Impedance: 26 ohms

Sensitivity: 100 dB @ 1kHz / 1mW

Isolation: -40 dB

THD: 94 dB SPL @ 300Hz < 0.1%

THX-AAA-0™ Amplifier: -130 dB THD, 2.6 uV A-wt noise, and 10 mW power consumption

Frequency response: 10–50,000 Hz

Driver unit: 55mm, ribbon planar magnetic

Microphones: Dual

Weight: 13.2 oz (375 g)



The Drop THX Panda came in a standard brown box. Opening the box revealed a nice looking hard zipper case. Opening the case showed a well protected headphones, and a small compartment to hold the cables. Materials used in the construction was mostly plastic with some metal. Quality of materials used as well as fit and finish, was very good. The earpads were made of protein leather with what feels like memory foam. Also included was audio and charging cable, and owner’s manual.



I love the design of the Drop THX Panda. They are designed from the ground up to be an audiophile wireless headphone. It all starts with the ribbon planar magnetic drivers, which provides cleaner sound than a standard dynamic driver. They do require more power than a dynamic driver, so an internal THX-AAA amp is also included in the design. Lastly you also need a quality clean signal to provide the music from your device to the headphones. To get the high bandwidth signal they employ Bluetooth and various codecs: LDAC, AptX-HD, AptX-Adaptive, AAC and SBC.



These three pieces of the equation for delivering your music: speaker, camp and signal, is what they call the 3P signal path. The ribbon planar drivers are super responsive and highly resistant to distortion. The THX-AAA amplifier provide currently the world’s lowest levels of distortion in a headphone, no matter how loud you listen to them. And for the last part of the equation, they employ the latest Qualcomm QCC5125 chipset that allows the use of several coders to get to your music to the headphones, including a couple codes like AptX-HD and LDAC that can handle Hi-Res Audio. So it sounds like the Drop THX Panda has all the pieces to provide stellar sound. Let’s see how they sound.

Mulan: Reflections – strings were not only crisp and clean, but also silky smooth with excellent resolution to hear the bow across the strings. Flute was very smooth with great air. Bass had nice depth and authority. Piano was very natural. Vocals were silky smooth with excellent timber and texture that revealed layers of resolution.

Earth Wind & Fire: September- shaker and cow bell were crisp and clean with excellent resolution and depth. Guitar was nice and raw. Cymbals were very dynamic and crisp and clean. Trumpets were silky smooth and not brassy. Vocals were extremely natural sounding with silky smooth harmonics and excellent resolution of the texture and timbre. Soundstage was wide and deep.

Journey: Don’t Stop Believing – Piano sounded extremely natural. Guitar was nice and raw. Cymbals were crisp and clean. Kick drum had very good depth and authority. Percussion was very dynamic. Vocals were silky smooth with excellent resolution of the texture and timbre. Soundstage was large with good depth.

Lady Gaga: Starstruck – The snaps were really crisp, clean and very dynamic. Bass had good low end extension, and played with excellent authority. And it played cleanly. Vocals sounded extremely natural and had a ton of resolution.


Next up is the Master and Dynamic MW65. Master and Dynamic is fairly new to the headphone scene, having started in 2014. But thanks to their premium products, their name is gaining traction in the industry. The MW65 is their top of the line wireless ANC headphone, and it shows. With an MSRP of $499, it’s not cheap, but you do get what you pay for.



Features and specs:

Active Noise-Cancelling: Feed-forward and feed-back (hybrid) active noise-cancelling technology

Materials: Leather, Anodized Aluminum

Dimensions: 165mm x 190mm x 66mm

Cables: 1.5m Standard 3.5mm Audio Cable, USB-C to USB-C Charging Cable (with USB-A Adapter)

Headphone Connection: Optional 3.5mm Passive Audio Input, Two-Prong Flight Adapter

Microphone Type: Beamforming Noise Reduction Mic Array

Voice Assistant: Optimized for the Google Assistant. Voice Assistant Enabled

Drivers: 40mm Beryllium

Weight: 245g

Ear Coupling: Over-Ear

Impedance: 32 Ohms

Ear Pads: Replaceable Lambskin-Wrapped Memory Foam

Bluetooth Profile: Bluetooth 4.2 Supporting AptX and SBC



The Master and Dynamic came in a great looking color printed box with photos of the headphones along with its specs. Opening the box showed a product held in place in custom molded cardboard. Materials used in the construction was metal and genuine leather. Quality of materials used, as well as fit and finish was excellent. Also included were high quality cloth braded audio and charging cable, cloth carry bag and owner’s manual.



I love they high quality design of the MW65. Master and Dynamic has used only premium high quality materials to provide a headphone that should last for years. The earcups and headband are made with genuine soft lambskin. The rest of the earpads and headband are made with metal.



Master and Dynamic did not stop there. They also included premium features. These include ANC, Android Assistant, Hi-Res audio and the use of AptX-HD to be able to listen to your Hi-Res Audio tracks wirelessly. The left earcup provides the power/mode button to select wireless or corded playback, the ANC mode button, as well as the audio cord connector. The right earcup houses the android assistant, +:- buttons, as well as charging port. Both earcups also house a microphone for handsfree calls and using the android Assistant, Now lets hear how they sound.



Mulan: Reflections – strings were silky smooth with excellent resolution, to hear the bow across the strings. Flute has excellent air and also silky smooth. Bass had very good depth and authority. Piano sounded extremely natural. Vocals were silky smooth with excellent harmonics and excellent resolution for texture of the timbre.

Earth Wind & Fire: September- shaker and cow bell were crisp and clean with good resolution and depth. Guitar was nice and raw. Cymbals were crisp and clean with excellent dynamics. Trumpets were very smooth without being brassy. Vocals were extremely natural. Sounding with very smooth harmonics and excellent resolution of the texture and timbre. Soundstage was wide and fairly deep.

Journey: Don’t Stop Believing – Piano sounded extremely natural. Guitar was nice and raw. Cymbals were crisp and clean. Kick drum had very good depth and authority. Percussion was extremely dynamic. Vocals were silky smooth with excellent resolution.

Lady Gaga: Starstruck – The snaps were extremely crisp, clean and dynamic. Bass had really deep low end extension and played cleanly with a ton of authority. Vocals were also really natural sounding with a ton of resolution.


Last but not least it’s time for the Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless Copper. Beyerdynamic is a great manufacturer and provides some excellent headphones. They employed their highly awarded Tesla driver, and is made in Germany. It also incorporates their sound customization software. MSRP is $699.



Features and specs:

Circumaural headphones with optimum sound quality (Qualcomm® aptX™ HD und AAC - plus aptX™ LL)

Elegant copper elements: decorative rings made of solid copper

MOSAYC sound personalization thanks to beyerdynamic MIY app

Touchpad control and more than 30 hours battery life

Made in Germany

Operating principle: Closed

Transmission Type: Wireless via Bluetooth®

Remote: Without Remote

Nominal impedance headphones: 32 ohms

weight headphones without cable : 400 g

battery runtime: More than 30 hours

Headphone frequency response: 5-40,000 Hz

Nominal sound pressure level: 100 dB

Supported Bluetooth profiles: HSP, HFP, A2DP, AVRCP, GAVDP

Codecs: aptX™, aptX™ LL, aptX™ HD, AAC, SBC




The Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless Copper came in a nice color printed box with photos of the headphones, along with it’s features. Opening the box revealed a hard zipper case. Opening the zipper case revealed a well protected headphone. Materials used in the construction was metal, plastic, cloth and foam. The headband and earpads have foam covered with a soft microfiber. The back of the earcups are plastic with copper styling. Quality of materials used as well as the fit and finish is excellent. Also included was the audio and charging cable, and owner’s manual.



The Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless Copper have a stellar design. The copper highlights are stylish. The soft Alcantara headband and soft earpads are extremely comfortable, for long listening periods. Controls on the headphones are minimal. All of the controls are found on the right earcup, for charging port, audio cable port, LED button, microphone, as well as the touch pad for gesture control.



The last part of the design is one that I really love! It’s the MIY app. We all don’t hear the same, and as we get older, we tend to lose part of our hearing. The MIY app through our smartphone, guides us through setting up a unique personal sound profile. It does this by basically taking us through a hearing test. It can then adjust the sound output based on your hearing profile. Then the app is a true game changer! Now, let’s see how they sound.



Mulan: Reflections – excellent resolution of the plucking of the strings, and hearing the bow across the strings. Strings were also as smooth as honey. Bass had very good depth and played with authority. Flute was also very smooth with lots of air. Piano sounded extremely natural. Vocals had layers of resolution with excellent harmonics, timbre and texture and dynamics.

Earth, Wind, & Fire: September- shaker and cow bell were crisp and clean with excellent resolution and depth. Guitar was nice and raw. Cymbals were extremely dynamic and crisp and clean. Trumpets were silky smooth without being brassy. Vocals were extremely natural with silky smooth harmonics and excellent resolution of the texture and timbre. Soundstage was wide and deep. Imaging also spot on.

Journey: Don’t Stop Believing – Piano sounded extremely natural. Guitar was nice and raw. Cymbals were crisp and clean. Kick drum had very good depth and played with a ton of authority. Percussion was extremely dynamic. Vocals were extremely natural sounding and were silky smooth with excellent resolution of the timbre and texture, with excellent harmonics. Soundstage was large both wide and deep.

Lady Gaga: Starstruck – The snaps were extremely crisp, clean and dynamic. Bass was extremely deep with a ton of low end extension. It also played really clean while playing with a ton of authority, so much that it got my ear lobes vibrating. Vocals were also extremely natural sounding with a ton of resolution.

 


There weren’t a lot of surprises in this years contesters.  Starting with the Creative SXFI Air, they were sufficiently well made, just not as durable as some of the other models. But they provided a ton of features with the X-Fi and built-in mp3 player, and they also sounded better than expected at their price point with a more neutral sound.  The Pioneer S9 also provided a huge bang for the buck.  They are mostly metal in construction and appear very durable, and at their price point provide a huge bank for the buck with HD Audio supported wirelessly with AptX-HD and ANC, including an app for your phone.  The sound is also great with a more neutral sound profile.  The Cleer Flow II was also built well, but just not quite as well as some of the other metal headphone models.  I did like the elegant looking design and comfortable memory foam, and they sounded great with a sound signature that was just a tad on the bright side.  The Drop THX Panda was a huge bang for the buck.  It’s not as built like a tank like some others, and does not have extra features like ANC and app for your smartphone, but it is designed from the ground up for audiophile sound.  The sound is stellar, and sound signature just a hair on the warm side.  The Master & Dynamic MW65 is built like a tank with premium products being made of all metal and real leather and sheepskin.  The sound was also premium quality, with great resolution and a sound signature that was a little on the bright side.  And lastly the Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless Copper was a premium design with made in Germany quality.  And the sound personalization software takes its top of the line sound to the next level, just they way you need it, customized to your hearing.



We also tested the wireless performance, as well as ANC performance for those models that had ANC.  The Creative SXFI performed better than spec’d, good for at least 35 feet indoors.  It did not do as well going between floors, but interior walls were not a problem. Outside it worked up to 200ft! The Pioneer S9 performed even better indoors, and was able to be paired with my LG V40 phone in the basement, as I went up to the main floor, and even to the 2nd floor.  Outside it was good to over 200ft with just the occasional hiccup.  ANC also worked well, good for about 85% reduction.  The Cleer Flow II also performed much better than spec’d.  There was the occasional hiccup on my way from the basement to the 2nd floor, but it reached the 2nd floor.  Outside it was good for over 200ft, which was as far as I took it.  The ANC also worked very well, with a perceived reduction of around 85%.  The Drop THX Panda also performed excellently with only a couple hiccups but worked up to the 2nd floor, and over 200ft outside.  The Master & Dynamic MW65 performed with no hiccups at all between 3 floors, and over 200ft outside! And I liked the 2 levels of ANC, working with a perceived reduction of around 50% on low, 85% on high.  Lastly the Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless Copper was a little disappointing on the Bluetooth.  It definitely did not like going between floors with multiple hiccups, and while it reached 200ft outside, it also had some hiccups doing so.



When it comes to headphones, there are a lot of different options and price points to choose from.  You tend to get what you pay for.  And that often tends to include build quality at lower price points.  But you still get great value like the X-Fi processing and mp3 player in the Creative SXFI Air, and ANC for the Cleer Flow II.  And some like the Pioneer S9 give you more than expected at the price point with durable metal construction, ANC, and phone app.  Based on their design, features, qualify, and performance, the Creative SFXI Air, Cleer Flow II, and Pioneer S9 have earned our Highly Recommended Award, and the Drop THX Panda, Master & Dynamic MW65, and Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless Copper have earned our Editor’s Choice Award.  For more info and complete specs, check out their websites at www.us.creative.com, www.pioneerlectronics.com, www.cleeraudio.com, www.drop.com, www.masterdynamic.com, www.beyerdynamic.com.   




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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Mophie Powerstation Go Portable Powerbank Review


Nowadays, almost everyone has a portable battery that they use to charge their phone or tablet, but what happens if your laptop runs out of battery life and you have no access to an electrical socket? Or is your car battery dies on a cold morning when you absolutely have to get to work and you have to get a jump in less than 5 minutes or you will be late? Those little batteries just won’t cut it in those situations. Up for review today is Mophie Powerstation Go.



Features and specs:

Portable Car Jump Starter

Wireless Charging on Contact

65W AC Port

Charge Multiple Devices

44,400mWh Capacity

2 Year Warranty

1.64lb

 




The Mophie Powerstation Go came in a plain brown box printed with the company name and a list of the included items. Opening the box revealed the charger held in place at the top by a spacer. Further digging reveals an owner’s manual and a cloth black bag just filled to the brim with goodies. Inside the black bag is the charger cord, two car charger cords and the car jump cord. Printed on the back bag are instructions for use to jump your car as well as a quick sketch on how to use the charger for your laptop. The bag is big enough to hold all of the car accessories as well as the charger, so you can store it in your car until you need it! Materials used in the construction was mostly plastic and metal. Quality of materials used, as well as the fit and finish, was very good. It was solidly built and feels it in hand. Also included was the owners’ manual.



I love the design of the Mophie Powerstation Go. The Mophie Powerstation Go comes in a variety of colors. The charger is designed with multiple ways to use it. First is the wireless charger circle at the top of the unit. Just place your phone there and it will connect automatically. Second is the typical three prong outlet. There is only one, but it works to run anything with a need for a wall connector, like your laptop, or a lamp or anything at all… Third are the USB ports. There are two of them for charging your phone or tablet or anything that needs a USB port. The last connector on the device is a port to plug in the included car charger. This is in case you need it to jump your car battery. The last little add in is the included flashlight. Just in case you needed a little light to see by. Each different section of the charger is activated by a push button located right next to the station you want to engage. The only exception to this is the wireless charger station, which doesn’t need to be activated. There is also a led indicator to let you know how charged your charger is. One bar = needs to be charged. This is easy to use and all but foolproof. They almost didn’t need to include the manual!



The charger worked great! We were able to get a complete charge for my laptop as well as having enough juice left to partially charge my LG V40 ThinQ phone. Rated at 44,400mWh, I was not able to get all of that out of the charger, but I was not expecting it.  I estimate I got about 43,000 to 43,500mWh, which is pretty close to full power rating.  While we didn’t have a dead battery to test the jumping feature, we are confident that would work with equal efficiency. Speaking to their rep at CES, I was advised that if fully charged and put in your glovebox incase of an emergency, it would still have enough charge after 2 years to be able to jump start your car.  I find I want to purchase one of these for each of my adult children for Christmas, as it would be an invaluable addition to any car emergency kit. And at an MSRP of only $159 it would be a great gift!


The Mophie Powerstation Go performed exactly as expected. It is a great product that is the perfect complement to anyone’s charging needs. Its built well, and is priced well with an MSRP of only $159.  Based on its design, features, quality and performance, the Mophie Powerstation Go has earned our Editor’s Choice Award! For more info and complete specs, check out their website at www.mophie.com.



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