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Accessory Review – Macally Power Link

Manufacturer: Macally
Price: From £34

These days it’s all about multi-tasking. If you buy a phone you want to be more than a phone, it’s got to have access to the web and play games. If you get an iPod it’s got to have a calendar, contacts and games on it. So Macally, true to form, has created a product that is not just a battery pack but also a flash drive. The Powerlink is about the size of a square 9v battery with a cap at either end. One end reveals a 30-pin iPod connector and the other a USB connector. It means that as well as being a battery pack and flash drive it can be used to charge an iPod or iPhone directly from a computer. When fully charged the Powerlink can offer an hour’s talk time to a completely drained iPhone, and much more in battery life to an iPod. It’s equipped with a 270mAh Li-ion battery built in, which offers the required 500mA current to power the iPhone and iPods. It takes around three hours to fully charge the battery and once you switch the Powerlink on and connect it to your iPod or iPhone you get three LED indicators to let you know how much charge you have left. The built-in flash drive has a 2GB capacity so it can come in handy for keeping files and documents, as well as offering emergency power. For the price and the dual nature of this product we think it’s well worth a buy. It lacks serious storage space and isn’t as powerful as some battery packs, but it’s perfect if you need both in small doses and for £30 or so it’s pretty good value to boot. A very handy item in times of need.

Practicality: 8.9

Design: 7.5

Value for money: 7.0

Features: 8.0

Durability: 9.0

Kung Fu Verdict: 8.5