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The APC Mobile Power Pack range of high-capacity, high-efficiency external battery packs is designed to provide mobile charging for all smartphone and tablets – or any device which can be charged using a USB cable. The lightweight external batteries enable a greater range of apps to be used for longer periods, a Schneider Electric spokesman explained.

Jonathan Chiu, Vice President of IT Business, Schneider Electric Hong Kong and Macau said: “We all need more battery life at some time or other. The APC Mobile Power Pack has been designed to ensure that we can utilise the apps we need when we need them – whether that means being able to download email and documents, tweet, access gaming accounts or upload pictures and videos at festivals. The APC Mobile Power Pack means you don’t have to keep a wary eye on the battery indicator because your device has a large high-resolution screen.”

The battery packs come in two sizes: M5 (5000 mAh) and M10 (10,000 mAh). The smaller M5 weighs in at 142 g and measures under 108 mm x 65 mm x 15 mm, packing enough energy to charge the average smartphone twice. The M10 weighs 243 g and measures under 147 mm x 89 mm x 14 mm; it provides one full charge for a tablet or four smartphone charges.

Available in a contemporary high-key gloss white or black finish, they incorporate Lithium Polymer battery technology which can be charged twice as many times as Lithium Ion equivalents.  Externally, the power pack provides two output USB connections allowing two devices to be charged simultaneously, and a 4-LED battery capacity indicator.

The battery packs are charged using a supplied micro-USB connector; charge times are typically 4 hours (M5) and 8 hours (M10). Both external batteries are remarkably efficient at storing charges, it is claimed. They can be left for weeks on end with no significant energy loss. The packs work by charging the device’s internal battery in place of a mains electricity supply.

Schneider Electric has also built in important protection features to ensure long and safe operation. Chiu continued: “Many low-cost external batteries on the market do not incorporate controls to protect against common problems such as over-charging, over-discharge or over-temperature. Such conditions could result in premature battery degradation, overheating or even complete meltdown in extreme circumstances. APC Mobile Power Pack’s Protection Circuit Module (PCM) guards against issues arising because of all of the above, as well as cell over-current, USB overload or short circuit, and ultra-low dark current.”

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