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MEGATech Reviews: Caseco Power Beacon 3-in-1 Battery Charger
Have you ever wanted a portable battery pack for your phone that comes with a built-in 12V charger for your car? That's the Caseco Power Beacon and they've thrown in a flashlight for good measure.
Pros
  • Convenient all-in-one design
  • Comfortable soft-touch materials
  • Compact size
Cons
  • Power indicator lights are too dim
  • Only 3000 mAh capacity
  • 12V charger doesn't rotate 180 degrees
6Overall Score

Battery life on our smartphones has been a concern for years. That’s why carrying around a USB power bank has quickly become a standard way of life. Especially now with everyone wandering into graveyards to play Pokemon Go. But what about when you need to recharge that power bank too? The Caseco Power Beacon aims to be an innovative solution that addresses all these problems.

More Than Just Another Power Bank?

MEGATech Reviews: Caseco Power Beacon 3-in-1 Battery Charger

At its most basic level, the Caseco Power Beacon will do what every other USB-powered battery pack is going to do. It has a standard USB port, in this case spitting out 2.4A of fast-charging power, to keep your mobile devices going. That’s all par for the course and stores are spilling at the seams with these kinds of products. But the Power Beacon is a 3-in-1 product. That’s what makes it different.

In particular, it features an integrated 12V vehicle charger. This flat wand of sorts swings out and plugs straight into your car’s 12V port, something us old geezers used to call the cigarette charger. Curiously, the charger doesn’t swing out a full 180-degrees. It stops short at about 130 degrees are so, which can make it awkward depending on the layout in your car.

The idea is that you can charge your Power Beacon while driving. Then, it can be full and ready to go when your phone needs a top up. It also works as a car charger, so you can charge your phone while behind the wheel too. The smooth rubberized finish provides an air of confidence and the 3000 mAh capacity is enough to charge most current smartphones to 100% from empty.

The Handy Little Mobile Gadget That Could

MEGATech Reviews: Caseco Power Beacon 3-in-1 Battery Charger

One other feature that you’ll find is the integrated flashlight. Sadly, that single LED is rather sad and you’re probably better off using the flashlight function on your phone. Interestingly, if you hold that single button a second time, the LED will enter a “rapid flash” mode. That could actually come in handy during a roadside emergency, like changing a tire on the side of a highway at night.

That’s all good news, but power banks have come a long way in recent years. They’re a lot thinner and boast a lot more capacity. The relatively thicker profile of the Power Beacon, measuring almost 25mm, is necessary to accommodate the 12V charger. As a result, it’s just not as sleek. And you still need to carry around your micro-USB cable (or Lightning for iPeople) to actually use this thing.

While an entirely different kind of product, the TYLT POWERPLANT has a built-in microUSB cable that I’d argue is more useful. Add in the fact that it can be picked up for as little as six bucks. Yes, it’s thick too, but it’s got more capacity at 5200 mAh.

MEGATechie Power Beacon of Hope or MEGATechie Hit the Road, Jack?

MEGATech Reviews: Caseco Power Beacon 3-in-1 Battery Charger

I recognize what Caseco is trying to accomplish with the Power Beacon, just as I recognize what they’re trying to do with the Fone Wallet. In both instances, the solution they provide doesn’t really satisfy the particular problems I experience. I’d be more inclined to buy a separate (and much more compact) car charger in addition to a smaller, thinner and more capacious power bank. But hey, maybe it’s the perfect product for the road warrior in your life.

The Caseco Power Beacon 3000 mAh 3-in-1 battery pack sells for $29.99 in your choice of black/red (as shown) or white/green. It comes with a 30 day money back guarantee and a 1-year warranty.


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