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USB batteries to the rescue!

February 13, 2015

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Seemingly everything is USB-powered these days, including electronic music gear such as the Akai MPX16, Novation MiniNova/UltraNova/Bass Station II, Roland TB-3, and Waldorf Rocket. Sure, you can run them off a laptop or smartphone charger, but a hefty USB battery may work as well. Because I like to play mobile gigs, I recently bought a Monoprice 10392 dual-port USB battery pack (monoprice.com; $20). With its 8,000-mA capacity, this 4.5-inch-long, metal-clad beast powered my Korg Triton Taktile, a motorized LED mood light, and a Ploytec PL2 synth (hanging off the Taktile’s MIDI jack) for ages. The Taktile draws only 550mA, so theoretically the battery would last 14.5 hours.

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