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Macally PowerLink Emergency Battery Pack with 2 GB Pen Drive for iPod and iPhone

18 Ratings: 1.7
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The new PowerLink USB Adapter for iPhone is a convenient three-in-one device that most any iPhone or iPod user would find handy. The PowerLink combines a USB memory stick for storing files, a 30-pin cable for syncing your iPhone/iPod, and a charger with … see full wiki

17 reviews about Macally PowerLink Emergency Battery Pack...
review by . January 07, 2009
I wasn't exactly how useful this device would prove to be for me.    I don't have an iphone, but if I did, I would like the added battery power feature, because with my regular phone, I've been in the situation more than once where I'm about to lose power or have left the house with it already dead.    So, back to me. I have a 4GB 2nd Generation Nano. It's been corrupted before, and I've had to reset it. I'm not faithful about backing up my files, so I've …
review by . December 23, 2008
....but falls short in my opinion unless you're an iPhone owner. Although it certainly works fine with my iPod, power with regard to music probably does not constitute an emergency (in most circles). I can certainly see the worth, however, in being stranded with a only a dead iPhone and this nifty little gadget to keep you company. Definitely a useful thing to have, but limited in its functionality and usefulness unless, again, you're an iPhone owner.      DYB
review by . December 23, 2008
The Good:    *Tiny size that will fit in your pocket.      The Bad:    *Emergency Power only lasts for several minutes.  *Has 2 caps on both sides that can easily get misplaced.  *On/Off switch is tough to control.  *2GB flash transfer speed isn't fast.      The Bottom Line:    While Macally makes an effort of making all-in-one device for your Apple …
review by . December 21, 2008
I received a Macally PowerLink Emergency BatteryPack with 2 GB Pen Drive for iPod and iPhone as part of the Vine review program from Amazon. At first glance, I really loved the idea... Extra power for my iPhone should I be running low, and 2 GB of flash drive storage when you need to carry around or transfer a sizable file. But it ends up being a case of doing a number of things OK but not excelling in any one particular thing. As a result, it fails my "must have" test.    As …
review by . December 18, 2008
Of all the possible uses for this device, the best one is as an emergency power back-up to an iphone. My husband used it when his iphone ran low, and he got about twenty minutes of good use out of it.    I tried it with my ipod, which I purposely didn't recharge just to see how it would fare. It did fine, but then I can't imagine what would constitute an "emergency" with an ipod! (I like music, but I'm not gonna die without it.)    It also works fine as a …
review by . December 18, 2008
The most impressive use of this little device for me so far has been as a 2GB USB drive, which is substantially more storage space than any of the flash drives I had around before and has proven very handy for moving movies and other large files from PC to Mac. I haven't yet used the emergency-battery capability, or employed this to connect my iPod to the computer.    The main reason I haven't done those things yet is because the little thing disappeared about the time I returned …
review by . December 17, 2008
Plus the backup power feature is a good idea, but the amount of power it offers (in terms of run time) is not all that great. It's pretty good for an ipod, but I was only able to get about 10 minutes of run time on an iphone. I suppose it could be a good item to have for that emergency phone call that you have to make when your battery is low/dead, but other than that, it's not of major use.     If you remember to bring it along and keep it charged, it could be a handy gadget …
review by . December 13, 2008
As an IT professional, I have an interest in gadgets like the Macally PowerLink Emergency Battery Pack. On the surface, this seems like a cool accessory to own, and offers more versatility than just a plain flash drive.    As a flash drive, 2GB is small by today's standards. A decently rated Kingston 2GB flash drive is priced below $10. I couldn't find a way to transfer data from the flash drive to the Apple device either. The much higher price of this item makes the flash capabilities …
review by . December 12, 2008
This seems like one of those clever inventions that perfectly satisfies a certain set of needs that many iPod and iPhone users are likely to feel. For those users it will be indispensible. If you don't feel that specific set of needs, this is not the device for you.     First of all, you might just not enjoy lugging around your iPod/iPhone usb cable everywhere you go, in case you might need to recharge or sync. This little device works as an adapter that will plug into almost …
review by . December 10, 2008
I have mixed feelings about this product. It offers a few benefits, but none are really compelling reasons to justify the cost.    The best-functioning feature is the ability to use it as a USB flash drive. Works well, although it is not the fastest drive I've used. Not a slow-poke, but no speed demon either. But, you can pick up a USB drive in the same size for a fraction of the cost, and also get one that is a lot less bulky.    The backup power feature …
review by . December 07, 2008
The Macally Powerlink is a useful product to have handy. Not only can it serve as a 2 gig flash drive, but it also serves as an emergency power source for your Iphone or Ipod touch. Please note - that it is only good as an "emergency" source of power since it only holds enough of a charge to give you an additional 10-15% charge.    Pros-    - 2 Gigs of flash memory  - Easy to use  - Comes with an USB extension cable to help with the synchronizing &nbs …
review by . December 06, 2008
This is definitely an interesting concept. Take a USB key, which people generally either carry around or keep in a desk drawer to make quick transfers or take a few files home. Then take an iPod backup battery, and meld it into the same housing. The result isn't the tiniest thing around (check the pictures I submitted for a quick size comparison), but overall it isn't unreasonably large, particularly if you aren't planning to keep it in your pocket.    The only negative, other …
review by . December 04, 2008
Exactly as stated in its name, the "Macally PowerLink Emergency Battery Pack" is meant to be primarily used in EMERGENCY situations in which a user has misjudged the available charge in an iPhone or iPod. When a few more minutes of battery power will make all the difference in the world (something near an hour, actually) the PowerLink will be a blessing.    Additionally, this little gadget also functions as a 2 gig flash drive, plenty of space to store numerous spreadsheets, …
review by . December 03, 2008
I can't give an opinion on use for the iPhone since I do not own one but this is a great emergency battery for the iPod. Keep in mind that is unit will not charge your iPod battery, it is just to use in case your battery dies and you need power for a short period of time. The unit will allow my iPod to work for about 30 minutes after the iPod battery has drained. Great concept if you are going for a walk or bike ride and forgot to charge you iPod. Since it is wide in size, when it is plugged directly …
review by . December 03, 2008
The idea underlying Macally is cool: combine a iPod/iPhone sync cable with a flash drive and emergency power pack. Unfortunately the execution here isn't all that could be hoped for.     First, there are four components to worry about. The main unit itself, the sync cable and two removable end caps. No carrying case, no pouch. The end caps, I bet, will be lost quickly. The unit is useless without the cable, so you'd better round up a pouch and try not to lose the cable.     …
review by . November 30, 2008
Decent accessory for your iPod or iPhone. If you are one of those people who carry their iPod with them a lot but are less likely to bring along the charger cable than a memory pen drive, then this product is for you. It's very simple in what it does as it should be. It works straight out of the box and there is no need to install any special annoying software. It works well with XP, Vista and OS X operating systems.     The only think I wish it had is a key-chain link: that …
review by . November 30, 2008
The Macally Powerlink Battery Pack for Iphone and Ipod is a compact device measuring 3/4 inch by 2 ½ inches and having a 30 pin connector on one end and a USB connector on the other. Caps keep connector ends protected for transport. A User's Guide and a female USB extension cable comes in the box with the Powerlink. A three-in-one device, the Powerlink combines a battery pack and a flash disk with a 30-pin Ipod data sync connector.    The unit has a data activity LED to show …
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