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Very nice device for some needs

  • Dec 12, 2008
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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 any iPod or iPhone and allow it to connect to a computer, in order to both charge the battery and upload new songs, videos or other updates. Then, you might have some files you need to keep on hand for use at various different computers, the same ones you will use to charge and sync your iPod or phone. For that, this device comes with 2 GB of flash memory. Not enough to carry much in the way of video or songs -- but those would be stored on your iPod or iPhone anyways. But more than enough space to carry loads spreadsheets and other documents. Finally, since you'll have it around anyways, it will come in handy in case you run out of juice on your device -- and gives a much needed jolt for a few phonecalls or a longer beat session.

All of these functions are useful and could certainly make life easier -- it's not indispensible to have them all packed into one device, but for those (like me) who hate to carry around a bunch of cords and other junk wherever they go, this is a pretty nice device.

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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
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 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 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
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 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 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 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
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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 a built-in rechargeable battery.

Get Extra Power Away from Home
Take PowerLink with you for emergency power for your iPhone or iPod with 30-pin dock connector. It's easy to use: Just connect PowerLink to your iPhone/iPod, and switch on PowerLink's power. PowerLink boasts a 270mAh Lithium-Ion battery that provides 500mA powering current to the iPhone or iPod. That's equal to about 25 minutes of talk time on an iPhone. (Note: The PowerLink does not actually charge the iPhone or iPod; it powers the devices as an external battery pack.)

When it's time to recharge, PowerLink's internal battery can be charged from any computer with a USB port or through a USB power adapter. During charging, each LED takes approximately one hour to light up. It takes approximately three hours to fully charge the PowerLink's battery.

Use as Flash Drive
See that USB connector? PowerLink works just like any other USB flash drive--simply plug it into any computer's USB port and use it to take your files with you. It provides 2 GB, but it's also available in other capacities.

Use as Sync Cable Adapter
While connected to your device, PowerLink works just like a regular iPhone/iPod data sync cable to transfer files and data through iTunes, or to charge the ...

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