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Panasonic preps USB battery pack for phones and tablets

updated 02:20 pm EDT, Mon April 9, 2012

Panasonic QE-QL301 to power iPads and more

Panasonic took an unusual step into mobile accessories Monday through the unveiling of a new external battery pack. The flagship QE-QL301 can share its maximum 10,260mAh of power between two USB devices at once. At four times the power of even a well-equipped smartphone, it has both the power to give meaningful extra battery life to two devices, including to tablets like the iPad.

A full seven chargers will be part of the lineup, although not all will have the same features. Twin USB ports will be available on smaller 1,430mAh (QL102), 2,700mAh (QL101), and 5,400mAh (QL201) packs; a 1,900mAh QV201 stick relies only on USB to charge and can't be powered up at the same time. Three wireless charging models will have just one USB port, but the 2,700mAh (PL102), 5,400mAh (PL202), and PL301 (8,100mAh) batteries will support Qi wireless power through an optional charging pad for those devices that have a suitable contact point or adapter.

Japan gets the battery packs first on May 28. It's not known if the range will appear in the US, although their universal nature will allow them to ship largely unchanged for any international release. [via Impress]

by MacNN Staff



  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    One more reason to avoid removable batteries...

    Why on Earth would anybody care to swap dying batteries,
    when you can carry around the Panasonic QE-QL301!

  1. mbanks

    Joined: Dec 1969


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    Is there a need for an additional product like this? I have loved my xp8000 (Energizer/Xpal brand) and am seriously considering an xp18000. Both offer more flexibility than these Panasonics would seem to offer.

    Yeah, there are a LOT of batteries that do this that are really lousy batteries, but this isn't exactly an area devoid of competition.

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