Even though IFA has passed, one interesting element I still want to highlight is this little gadget that caught my eye. A company called Hyper Juice, which specialises in battery packs and other things, was showing off their latest un-named project: a super large but still carry-on-luggage-allowed battery capable of recharging a MacBook twice.

This unit boasts some impressive specifications. To combat the carry-on flight limit of 100 Wh, this unit fits in at 99.16 watt-hours / 27000 mAh of capacity, and can peak at 130 Watts of power delivery between its three connectors. It offers a Type-C port that can do up to 100W, a second Type-C good for 60W, and a Type-A that supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 at up to 18W. The unit is charged through the 100W Type-C port, and the rep on hand expected a 100W wall charger to be supplied with the unit.

The design is meant to emulate the products from a famous fruit company (no, not Blackberry) and this is exactly what I was told about the market: they are explicitly going after professional MacBook users. Hyper Juice states the unit is good for two full charges for the standard MacBook and just over a full charge on a MacBook Pro 15.6-inch.

The company doesn’t have a name for its halo product, partly because it has never named any of its previous products. I suggested something like this needs a good name to go into the market. I was told that it will be sold for around 399 Euro, and be available in November in at least Germany; though it should eventually be available worldwide as well.

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  • Lord of the Bored - Friday, September 14, 2018 - link

    Funny, looks more like an Apricot Qi to me.
  • XeonPlanner - Thursday, September 13, 2018 - link

    It's the air industry that limits the battery life of laptops. I wonder when they could drop the 100wh hard limit.
  • Dragonstongue - Thursday, September 13, 2018 - link

    maybe when they go full solid state, which is very much "needed" IMO...maybe this will ensure vehicles, laptops, vapes, and even smartphones can get away from their "measly" numbers they currently use.

    Flagships that are WAY more potent performance but gmpes by crud for batteries needs to die horrible death, at least a "proper" solid state style battery will allow Apple to "force" repair places to "destroy" their products without fear of explosions and fires and be able to recoup a great deal more material compared to the massive waste they currently contribute to.

    that is the next evolution IMO, solid state that charges much much faster has a much much longer lifespan and vastly reduces electronic "waste" hell, they probably could to away with a chunk of the BS electronics waste program if the makers were bloody well intelligent enough to build electronics in such a fashion that they were much easier to recoup the materials from.

    maybe 50+ years ago they were not able to do such things, but damn we are almost in 2019, and these makers are contributing big time to waste and hurting the environment by doing what they keep doing..that and the stuff they build these days is far more likely to "break" super easy, so why is it so damn hard to make recycling to reduce waste seemingly well beyond their ability *facepalm*
  • 808Hilo - Friday, September 14, 2018 - link


    39$ retail price for battercapacity in 18650 batteries. 15$ bulk, case 10$, electronics, 3$.

    Dont know how they think 400$ is appropriate pricing.
  • The Von Matrices - Friday, September 14, 2018 - link

    They're pricing toward their target buyer - MacBook users - exactly the type of people who aren't opposed to paying a few extra hundred dollars for their laptops or accessories.
  • Ian Cutress - Friday, September 14, 2018 - link

    Would it do 100W charging to PD standard though?
  • shabby - Friday, September 14, 2018 - link

    Yes, each of those cells can discharge 20a so that's 74watts per cell, the case probably has 10 cells in it so upto 740watts.
  • PeachNCream - Friday, September 14, 2018 - link

    Fabrication is a problem for a lot of people that aren't interested in the DIY process. There's also a lack of knowledge about what it takes to get the same results. The markup for engineering and assembly seems rather high despite that, but there is probably a market for it. I would also be reluctant to take any DIY battery box through airport security for fear of being dragged behind a screen to a.) explain my hobbyist battery box, b.) get humiliated/fondled by a TSA agent, and c.) miss my $500+ flight. Losing a single airline ticket's value over that sort of thing makes an overpriced retail product like this somewhat more tolerable.
  • serendip - Friday, September 14, 2018 - link

    That homemade box full of wires, circuit boards and battery cells looks less like a power bank and more like a bomb. So yes, the BOM cost might be cheap but you'll forever be on a TSA no-fly list.

    That said, does anyone carry huge power banks any more? A 20k mAh pack is a big and heavy thing and a fire hazard by itself.
  • s.yu - Sunday, September 16, 2018 - link

    lol I have a battery pack of similar capacity, the same ports (though 40W through the C port max, not that that's a problem for me who doesn't charge a C port laptop) and better made than that, I bought it at a little more than $30 and it was the most expensive model in ZMI's (subsidary of Xiaomi) lineup. Nobody ever stops me at airports.

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