Kickstarter project- "Voltus" battery + USB 3.0 hub for MacBook

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  1. cmagno, May 22, 2015
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    Came across this TechCrunch article about a new Kickstarter project for our rMB's:

    http://techcrunch.com/2015/05/19/voltus-gives-the-12-inch-macbook-a-battery-boost-two-new-usb-ports/

    The combination battery + USB hub is pretty attractive and I'm considering backing the Pro model. I was thinking the battery would be nice for traveling, and I need a hub anyway so it would be nice to combine the two. It charges at the full 29W rate and does USB-C passthrough too. Has anyone backed it? Any thoughts?

    Edit- here's the Kickstarter link- https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/voltus/voltus-mobile-power-expansion-for-your-macbook/

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    Doesn't look like they're coming out with a combination battery / hub though, I think that's the main value behind this project.
     
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    - I think that's precisely what the products I linked to are. But I could be wrong.
     
  5. bmclaurin, May 22, 2015
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    Yes there is, check the 3rd tab on the Anker site.
    The issue is that the build isn't very nice with Anker products and it only has one USB-C port, The voltus can be powered through USB-C while it's also powering the MacBook, I backed one :)
     
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    Nice!! I missed that in the announcement. Not sure what you mean by poor Anker build quality. I've had nothing but top notch stuff from them in the past.
     
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    Looks like the Anker products are just batteries- no integrated USB hub.
     
  9. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Could be. I just can't see the utility of having three USB-A ports to power three extra devices (in addition to the rMB). Which is why I'm guessing it's a hub.

    And if you look at the short description: "Fast charging, high capacity portable chargers for USB-C devices". You could infer from that that they're not for charging USB-A devices. And then what would the USB-A ports be for if not for hub functionality?
     
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    It's hard to tell, but based on the brief product description and photo, it appears you're right. And, as mentioned previously, unlike the Voltus, the Anker appears to only have a single USB-C port, so apparently no pass-through charging. The Voltus Pro looks like a great solution. I decided to back it, so we'll see. Thanks for posting this.

    However, I do wish the Voltus was offered in even higher capacities than the Pro model, which is rated at 55 Wh. I currently have the Anker Astro E7 25600mAh 3-Port 4A battery pack, which equates to 128 Wh (about 133% more capacity than the Voltus Pro).
     
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    - 39.7 Wh.
     
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    Well, after running out of battery in the middle of a meeting today, I decided to back the Voltus Pro. Looking forward to trying it out!
     
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    Personally I think it`s overpriced for the functionality, add in HDMI or DP the Voltis would be far more compelling, as it is, it`s just a battery with a USB passthrough.

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    I finally decided to back this one over the others. Simple design, but with what seems like good functionality.
     

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