MiLi King – Big portable power, 18000 mAh, charge everything without a wall plug
By Troy Saxton-Getty
A few months back we tested the Sparq2 portable battery pack and ever since we’ve been on a mission to find better and better battery packs for recharging portable and mobile gadgets, the MiLi King seems to really be the king and here is why.
The MiLi King has 18000 mAh, the Spark2 has 6000 mAh of capacity. Most of the portable power packs are between 1500-3000 mA in capacity. This means you can actually run a laptop 2-3 time longer then it’s internal battery by having the MiLi King along.
Additionally, you can recharge your iPhone 12+ times before you have to plug the MiLi King back into a wall outlet.
Of course a quick walk through the airport Brookstone store netted us 2 battery products to test on a two week extended trip around the globe. The MiLi King got a workout charging every product in our travel bags and we still couldn’t run this thing out of power.
It’s funny, personally on trips like this I get wall plug anxiety and when you go international you get wall plug adapter anxiety on top of it, every time you stop somewhere you want to get the mobile phone, laptop and other goodies plugged in so they can soak up the power because you don’t know how long you will have to go until you find power again.
No longer is this an issue for us, one MiLi King power pack in the backpack and you are golden for a week or more of travel and you won’t have to plug in your mobile phone to the wall once. It is kind of tough breaking the power outlet panic, for a bit we kept plugging the MiLi King into every outlet until we began trusting this little baby to tank up our power hungry gadgets… Now it’s more of a game to see how long we can go without plugging it in.
The battery pack is long and slender, its about as large as you would want to carry in a back pack, but for 18000 mAh, it’s worth it.
The MiLi King comes with just about every power adapter you could imagine, it covers just about every standard notebook and portable connector, 20+ adapters and the usual mobile connectors for iPhone, Mini and Micro USB etc.
Although it comes with a nice little draw string tote, once you have the power brick, the standard computer power cord and the MiLi King it’s a bit of a commitment to carry it in a light weight back pack. If you know you are coming back to the power brick in a day or two you can ditch the heavy cord and charging brick.
Something that we found cool is you can charge something while the MiLi King itself is being charged. there is a LED power display, you press a button on the side and the icon and power percentage light up, while it’s charging from the wall this stays on and the icon is animated so you know the MiLi King is taking the charge.
One of the challenges with these types of units is they have to support multiple output or charging voltage and amperage levels, for example, USB, 9-12V and 16-20V for certain notebooks, so its tough to design into the product. The MiLi King design supports this well. with a native USB outlet, you can simply plug your mobile in using it’s normal power cord.
You will have to make sure before you leave, pick out the power connectors and cords to support what you are taking. Oh, btw, it does NOT support the Apple MagSafe power connector, so no Mac support. (Apple has a patent on this connector so its not just the MiLi folks that can’t support it, its everyone but Apple and a few rouge folks. A battery pack company went as far as buying replacement Apple power cords, cutting the end off and wiring them into their product and Apple went after them)
After two solid weeks of pushing the MiLi King, I would highly recommend it for longer trips or times when you could be multiple days without a wall plug, for a day trip, a smaller battery pack or a battery pack case for your mobile is a better option. If you need to power an array of items, laptop, game gadget, phone(s) the MiLi King is perfect.
From a design perspective its built well, We just don’t like lugging around the power cord that is no different than an old desktop and the charging brick is the same as a full sized notebook.
We do like the adapter options, multi-voltage support and the simple and flat design, it fits nicely in the backpack.
If you have a lot of power hungry gadgets in your bag, this is a travel “must have”, if you go long bouts without power for even one device, the MiLi King is the power pack to have.