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Just what niche does this product fill exactly? Seems expensive for not doing that much.
It fills a niche for a battery backup. If you’ve never been doing work on a plane or stuck in an airport while watching a movie with a dying iPad, MacBook, or even a laptop, then maybe you just don’t get it. If you have, then you should know that this is one of the highest mAh backup batteries that you can buy, and it’s priced accordingly. This could be a lifesaver. If you should be so inclined, spare me some snarky comment about never using Apple products, because it has been done to death. It would also work on an Android tablet, FWIW.
Firstly, I will agree with your description of why this product exists. I also think it is well worth the price, as I've seen other powerbanks cost as much or more for less. Second, I think people reply with snarky comments because you feel the need to separate Macbook from the laptop category. I understand it utilizes a different operating system, but it is still a laptop.
I specified the MacBook and iPad because of the USB-C connector this thing has, which are used on the newer MacBooks and the iPad Pro. Many Windows based laptops can not be powered with a backup battery via USB of any type, so that is why I mentioned both. Finally, I have noticed that if I mention anything Apple in a post, there is always some person who feels the need to make a snarky comment about how they would never lower themselves to buy an Apple product. Every. Single. Time. So, I thought I would see if I could avoid that for once. I never understood the whole fanboy thing, honestly. They all are in the business of taking your money, and it is silly to for people to spend their time online cheering for any of them.
I agree. I saw right away they were comparing it to a generator lol. Not too bright!!
Well actually most MICROSOFT branded laptops, i.e. the Surface Book and Surface Laptop DO support USB-C charging.
Granted at least in the 15" variant the power draw is way higher than the USB-C port they use supports. I think it maxes out at 30 watts or so, which is enough to make your laptop last a crazy long time but not to charge it while in use. Although with that particular laptop/tablet even the dedicated charging port wont handle the battery draw while the laptop is gaming. Maximum is 90 watts and it can draw up to 100 watts.