The fantastical world of the unicorn intersects with everyday tech practicality in the WattzUp Unihorne charger. Modern phones go through their batteries so fast, it can be hard to keep up. Sometimes waiting until you get to your power cord means hours with a dead phone, especially if you don't have a car. You can stay fully charged if you keep this unicorn in your backpack or purse. Its USB port will keep a range of devices ready for use, including iOS and Android phones.
This adorable unicorn emoji-shaped charger is just quirky and cute enough to have imitators so beware if you are considering this for a Christmas gift. We bought one unicorn-shaped USB charger that looked like the WattzUp Unihorne, but it did not work. When we bought the real thing, though, directly from WattzUp, it worked fine.
This product comes fully charged, but when it runs out of juice you just plug it into your computer for a recharge. A red light comes on when it is being charged so you know what is happening. We found that after a night of being plugged into a laptop it was ready to charge devices again. While the imitation charger barely moved the needle, the real WattzUp Unihorne Charger was able to juice up a variety of Samsung and Apple phones. It did not charge as fast as conventional methods – it took our Samsung test phone from 7 to 57 percent battery in two hours – but if you were down to the red zone and far from home, the battery boost would be very welcome.
Even though it is, of course, more portable and convenient than finding a wall outlet, the unicorn charger is sort of heavy. It may also seem bulky if you do not carry a larger purse or backpack. Its cuteness may help you forgive its bulk, though, and it might be nice to not have everyone in the family fighting over whose device gets to be plugged into the car on a road trip. When the old iPhone you gave your kids for gaming runs out of juice, this charger could bridge the time gap between wall charging opportunities in different states. It might also be a lifesaver for your kids after a sleepover when it is time to call home for a ride and their phone is out of battery.
The WattzUp website lists a few products that it is designed to charge – iPhone 5, 5s, 6, 6+, 6s+, and Samsung Galaxy S6, S7 and S7 Edge. WattzUp lists a few cameras specifically too – GoPro, and point and shoot Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic and Olympic cams. With a USB port and the right cord, you should be able to charge just about anything, though.
You can even charge vaporizer pens and video game controllers like Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and WiiU. The one charging capability it does not claim is tablets. The exact wording is that it "does not provide significant charge for tablets."
There are lots of mobile chargers out there, but few are as cute as the WattzUp Unihorne. Watch out for imitators because not every unicorn charger actually works. Stowing the WattzUp Unihorne charger in a backpack or in your car means you will always have enough power on your various devices, wherever you are, even if your day goes long.