The largest problem facing portable computing has been – and probably always will be – power. While there are lots of ways to charge mobile devices batteries, the idea of one device to power them all was as realistic as flying unicorns. Or at least it was until the USB-IF finally released their USB Power Delivery standard and Trontium’s Reactor power pack was envisioned.
While it will certainly not be the last, the Trontium Reactor is a 3lb., 9-inch by 2.8-inch aluminum tube that has been packed with high density batteries (capable of 290W hours of energy); sophisticated electronics for charge/discharging; and three 100W USB 3.0 ports. Each port is able to supply upwards of 100W power so you can actually use a USB-PD splitter cable to recharge a tablet and 3 smartphones at full power – over 9 to 50 times depending on how you use it. Ultimately, you will be able to recharge a laptop thru each port when on the go. That’s the power of, eh, USB Power Delivery. Mix in a glowing LED indicator ring to show you when the device is charging or in use and you have the idea behind this made-in-California device.
Keep in mind that while it can be charged via any 5 to 20V power source, its bundled 100W USB charger (3.5-hour recharge time) or a car adapter (5-hour recharge time) are the only ways to recharge a timely manner. Additionally, devices which you want to power via the Reactor will obviously have to either support USB Power Delivery standard for heavy-duty charging or at the least support USB charging.
For the time being, this means the Reactor will be limited to recharging phones, tablets and other such mobile devices, and will not be able to power say a laptop or a monitor like Trontium infer it can. As time goes by, this will change but at $299, this waterproof power pack canister is going to be hard to justify for many. Early adopters however can pre-order one for an estimated September delivery.