"Get away from it all" often means being completely disconnected from everything. Most times this is by design but other times this is just a circumstance of the area you chose to visit. One of the ideas behind our "Tech on the Trail" section is to bring technology out with us to these remote locations. But how do you power your devices once you are beyond the range of electricity?
One method is to bring along a really big battery. This is exactly what the HyperMac MBP-222
is; simply put it is a 222 Watt Hour [14.5~18.5V 4.5 Amper] battery that can allow you to power your MacBook or any number of USB powered devices. We ran this interesting device through our lab and then out on the wild to see if it is able to give us what we want, power anywhere anytime.Packaging
The box that the HyperMac was sent to us in is a plain brown affair with no markings except the word HyperMac in large bold letters.
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I do not know if this is the retail packaging or not but it is very utilitarian and not un attractive. The box is also very sturdy and would probably be able to take some very serious abuse in shipping without any harm done to the components - the manufacturer's first concern was how to protect valuable content on the inside.
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Now I know what you are thinking; it is a battery, how can it get hurt. Larger batteries are made up of smaller cells, each cell is linked to the other to make the whole. There are also circuit boards to control the amount of power released to any connected device. Any of these can be damaged by a hard enough impact.
Inside the box is a nice range of accessories, including a car charging adapter. The car adapter is not for charging the HyperMac but for use in powering your MacBook while mobile.
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One thing that is missing is a universal adapter for charging products that are not made by Apple. Now while this is a glaring omission, it is not a hit against HyperMac. They have always marketed this device as being intended for the Apple's MacBook platform and they meet that statement admirably well.
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