A $15 Must-Have iPhone Accessory

Apparently, you can buy a decent external iPhone (s aapl) battery solution for $15 — or less. Fellow geek, Josh Bancroft, was leery of the MonoPrice offer, but decided to take the low-cost risk. And after reading his thoughts as well as some other reviews, I’m ready to splurge for my own external battery. Why this battery over others, you ask? The answer can be summed up in one word: value.

For $15.23 — less if you purchase multiple units — you get a portable battery pack with an iPhone dock that’s easy to tote anywhere. It weighs 68 grams and measures in at 62 x 68 x 16 mm, so tossing it in a gear bag on the way out is a no-brainer. The battery capacity might be the best attribute at this price — we’re talking about 2200 mAh, which ought to charge an iPhone nearly two times on the go. My iPhone 3GS is able to go a full day on one charge, so for a small investment, I could stretch that out to three days in a pinch. I doubt I’ll ever be away from an electrical outlet for that long, but if I ever forget my USB charger or cable for the iPhone, all is not lost. For as much as I use the iPhone for apps and the web on a daily basis, I’m sold!