Tech Review: A battery pack for the adventurer, The Limefuel Rugged

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It’s no secret that people come to Colorado for adventure.  So it shouldn’t be a surprise that some companies here in Colorado design products with the adventure seeker in mind.  Limefuel is a perfect example of that.  They make portable battery packs to help you keep your mobile devices juiced while out and about.  The Limefuel Rugged L150XR is a battery pack designed to take one heck of a beating.

In The Box

The Limefuel Rugged looks like a portable hard drive.  It's about that size.  It has a plastic and rubberized shell and the USB input and output ports are covered by a sealed door.  Pop the door open and you'll see one micro-USB port for charging up the battery pack and 2 standard USB ports for juicing up 2 devices at the same time.

The battery pack has 15,000 mAh of battery capacity.  This means you'll get a few good charges from the Rugged.  The company claims you'll get 134 hours of additional talk time or 103 hours of web surfing time.  I couldn't test these specific numbers but they're going to be different based on every device anyhow.  None the less, you get the point.  It has enough juice to keep you going on your multi-day adventure.  When you find an outlet, you can charge the Rugged back up to keep going.

I love the cable included with the Rugged.  I know, this seems like an odd thing to say but it has a cool flip adapter to switch between an Apple lightning connector and a standard micro-USB connector.  This is a nice touch by Limefuel.  Sure, they could have just thrown in a standard cable but this is the cable that people really need.  The 1 cable that does the job of 2.

Our tests

The only way to truly test the Limefuel Rugged is to take it up into the mountains and spend a few days roughing it.  I didn't have time to do that.  So I did the next best thing, I tried to kick the Limefuel's butt!  First, I took it to the sink and gave it the standard water test.  I ran water on the pack for a good 3 or 4 minutes.  It didn't flinch.

Next, I took the Limefuel outside in the slushy snow and tested the "crushproof" claim.  I drove over it with our Fox31 SUV.  In fact, I drove over it twice.  It was covered in grime and slush when I picked it up.  I grabbed a towel, dried off the Rugged, plugged in my smartphone and it started charging.  The Rugged didn't seem to skip a beat.

Conclusion

While we didn't have a week to take the Limefuel Rugged on a "true" Colorado adventure, it clearly took a butt kicking and didn't stop.  At $85 you'll pay for that protection.  If you don't need the ruggedness, Limefuel sells less expensive non-rugged options.  If you're looking for something that will survive a trip into the mountains, down the stream and up the side of a cliff, this is it.  Best of all, it's a true Colorado company.  Their headquarters are in Boudler.

Limefuel Rugged L150XR is available for $85 at Amazon.com.