With all the talk of technology and pocket computers/smartphones and portable cameras and smart devices being vital to our lives, who won’t overreact when a device dies due to lack of electricity? And with brownouts having turned into far too often power outages, it’s not hyperbole to say that having a battery power pack to juice the heck out of those devices when an electrical outlet is toast turns out to be more important than that beef jerky or power bar stuffed in a backpack. But having a power bank (i.e., battery backup) isn’t the end all — there’s different amounts of “juice” depending on the specs of the battery. Which doesn’t take into account the tech built into that bank deciding how the power is going to flow into whatever device is plugged into it. Not to mention (but we will) how simplified or involved any monitoring information the battery is releasing to the viewer.
So with all the above to take into account, what is it about the Storm 2 Liquid EDC PowerPack that makes it stand out so much? First a caveat though — what we’re holding is a pre-production model which means there might be some minor changes, although basic functionality changes wouldn’t make any sense.
Now the Storm 2 isn’t your typical black or grey brick — because it’s translucent. So all the “guts” are on display and for sure there’s a ton of electronics crammed inside that are being highlighted. Because of the translucency you can see the series of lithium-ion batteries hugging below the circuit board. Plenty of punch here too: 27600 mAh/99.36 WH.
The ports on one side look pretty innocuous, what with a USB-A output and below it a USB-C2 out. To the left of these two are two ports: a USB-C1 which can accept input as well as output and a DC port above it for inputting as well as outputting (a disclaimer points out forcibly that you don’t plug in any input device while the DC is outputting — no way were we going to ignore the warning).
All of this dry text has been necessary, because now is when all the current stored inside is going to be released. So you can be using 3 devices at one time, with a standard USB for mobiles but also a fast 100w charging port for quick-charges and a dedicated 3.3-25.2V adjustable DC barrel port output.That’s because it’s not being relegated to just powering phones or tablets, but kicking out for tailgating/camping/outside recreation uses as well. For sure you’re going to be taking this out and about and not keeping it in a desk drawer. That means gimbal cameras and drones or a MacBook Pro getting to drink up as well. Or to keep a camp cooler working out on the trail, but as far as their saying about using a soldering iron, we’ve yet to have a need for that (okay if you're working out in the backyard or in a shed/workplace free of electricity).
At the top left is a small display, looking even smaller with all the tech staring up at it. This 1 1/4th” panel features color text and a single button for cycling through the menus. Having charged the Storm 2 for 2 hours straight (said to only need 1 1/2 hours, with pass-through capabilities), a press on the yellow button brings up the Energy Management OS and while the text is very small, the combination of colors and icon blocks makes it highly readable in most lighting and that includes outside, where we are right now — overcast in Southern California. Just avoid having direct bright sunlight hitting it when using it outdoors and it will be fine. (right now we’re outside and it’s overcast). Hard presses cycle through the menus showing the various ports and below that power specifics relating to ports. These settings (display sleep, battery info,, etc.) go into great detail as to how the unit is to operate.The OS even provides warnings as to the environmental temperature’s affecting the batteries.
There’s also a reset button, should it be needed, which is behind the side cover free of ports — requiring first removal of deep set screws. As this is pre-production, it can be forgiven but a final consumer model shouldn’t work this way. One thing we know though; it’ll be airline approved for travel. Also while outside use is fine, there's nothing said about it being water resistant so take care to avoid getting it wet.
This is one strong power pack, but for sure the coolest part is that translucent chassis. For more details about the The Storm 2 Liquid EDC PowerBank, go to https://ks.storm2liquid.com