Over the last few years, we have seen power banks in various form factors. In the recent past smartphone manufacturers including LG and Motorola have tried their hands at a modular phone and now it seems like the turn of power banks. Synavolt is a 20,000 mAh modular powerbank. It comes equipped with 10 unique ports, quick charging technology and also offers data transfer ability.
The modularity of the power bank is bought into effect by snap-on modules. The overall arrangement looks somewhat similar to the Nintendo Switch controllers and the powerbank can be snapped with modules on either side. The Synavolt is rated to supply up to 100W of power across the 10-unique ports. The range of attachments/modules includes a 5-port USB adapter, Bluetooth 4.1 speaker, 12v car adapter, Qi Wireless charging pad and a 110V AC inverter.
The modules can be slid and attached on either side of the Synavolt powerbank. The input charger for the powerbank is a 1.5a barrel plug adapter as opposed to a USB port. Going by the size, the Synavolt doesn’t seem to be compact and the modules add an extra bulk to an already large powerbank. That being said the Synavolt is not designed to be sleek in any way and is more focused on being utilitarian.
The size and the list of available modules make the Synavolt a perfect accessory for travelling as opposed to a daily driver powerbank. The base unit comes with a USB-C port, 2X USB 3.0 port supporting QC 3.0 and a universal DC input. Moreover, the AC inverter will allow users to plug in their laptops even when they are away from the wall outlet, a neat touch for laptop users. I personally find the Bluetooth speaker and flashlight modules particularly interesting since both of these could end up as valuable camping tools. One can also add 4000mAh of extra capacity by snapping on the Mini Power Bank module.
The Synavolt is currently up for grabs on Indiegogo and the project can be backed from $99 and the estimated shipping date is pegged at April 2018.