Ingress is an augmented reality cell phone game in which you pick between two teams, the Enlightened or the Resistance, and fight for your team to claim areas wherever you go. Sadly, Ingress can drain your cell phone battery in a matter of a few hours.
While walking around with your friends, it is inconvenient to carry extra batteries and have to switch them out in the middle of gameplay. Cheero, a company that creates power banks and is partnered with Niantic Labs (the creator of Ingress), released the Ingress Power Cube. The Ingress Power Cube is a battery pack for almost any chargeable device, with two USB ports, LED lights and an AC adapter.
Straight out the box, the LED display is illuminating and allows you to pick blue (Resistance), green (Enlightened) or white (both, considered an “unclaimed area”) while charging.
While testing it, I was amazed by how fast it could charge devices and its ability to charge two devices at once. It’s also easy to carry in your pocket or bag, measuring 6.1× 2.8 × 0.7 inches and weighing 0.6 pounds.
However, there are some small drawbacks to the Power Cube. After its power has depleted, it takes about 10 hours to fully recharge and you can’t use it while it is charging. Despite these two minor negatives, I used the Power Cube for two to three days to keep my phone charged without having to plug it into a wall. The 10-hour charging time is worth the wait when you can use the device for the next few days.
The speed of charging a device depends on what you’re charging with the Power Cube. I tested the Power Cube on an HTC M8, Galaxy S4, iPhone 5, iPod 5, Turtle Beach Headphones and a PS4 controller. It charged most devices within two to three hours, but the condition of the battery that is used on your phone matters. The Galaxy S4 took longer to charge since the battery in the phone has been overcharged multiple times by the user. This tends to happen when people don’t allow for their phone to completely die before charging it.
Overall, I found the Ingress Power Cube worth paying $55 for. I think its great for anyone, between the everyday Ingress player to the average college student or business person.
By Kaylin Espinosa