Today we’re going to take a look at the Incipio Offgrid. It’s a battery backup with Qi charging. As many of our readers know, battery backups are a dime a dozen and you can buy one cheaply and quickly. Incipio has given its Offgrid battery backup a pretty awesome ability to make it stand out from the crowd – the ability to recharge it with a Qi charger.
Qi is a growing technology that lets phones and other devices charge wirelessly. The ability to get rid of even one wire in my everyday life is something I really value. I wish that the battery backup let you charge your Qi devices on it, but unfortunately you can only recharge the battery backup itself. Less convenient than it could be but still has some awesome functionality.
Another standout feature is the size. Measuring only half an inch thick, 4 inches tall and a hair over 2 inches wide, it can easily fit in your pocket if you’re on the go. I like to keep mine in my back pocket if we’re out walking around so I can top off my phone or my wife’s phone while we’re at lunch. At 4000 mAH, it doesn’t have the highest capacity but Incipio offers an 6,000 mAH and 8,000 mAH options without the Qi functionality. 4,000 will get you two full charges on your iPhone and about 1 to 1.5 charges on most popular Android devices. Given the size, I think that the capacity is right in line with what you should expect.
The Offgride battery backup has one USB (2.1A) output and one micro USB input to recharge it if you choose not to use the Qi charging ability. There are four lights on the face and a power button on the left to let you know how much juice you have left in the tank. I prefer an LCD screen with a more exact representation of your battery but there’s place on the Offgrid portable battery big enough to house one.
The Offgrid Portable Battery will run you $70 on Incipio’s website or Amazon and while that’s more than you’ll pay for most 4,000 mAH portable battery backups, you have to ask yourself if the Qi charging ability and small size is worth it. Personally I’d rather go cheaper but I can definitely see someone paying for this convenience. It’s a well made device and will make your life easier.