It’s not the lightest, most portable charger in the world, so don’t go into it with expectations of going to brunch with this in your back pocket. But if you’re going on a flight out of town or a day sightseeing with the family, the INTELLI ScoutPro 240 Watt Powerbank is all you will need to charge everything that you carry.
- MagSafe and Apple Watch compatible
- Can charge 15-inch MacBook Pro on the go
- It’s versatile and can charge up to five items at once
- I wish that it had one more USB Type-A port
- The size could be a bit more streamlined, but considering all of the components included (MagSafe, Apple Watch, etc.), that it can charge up to five devices at once, and the size of the internal battery, it’s a fair trade-off
Before smartphones starting touting the massive internal batteries that they have right now, you would never catch me without a small battery pack in my back pocket. While I may not carry them as much anymore due to the pandemic, with the world opening back up, I’ll need something in my everyday carry to keep my devices juiced up, and here’s why I think the INTELLI ScoutPro 240 Watt Powerbank may be the best solution.
Available for pre-order on Indiegogo, I received an earlier unit of the INTELLI ScoutPro 240 Watt Powerbank. This is a do-it-all battery pack that adds functionality in ways even I didn’t think were possible from a battery pack. Since I received a pre-production unit of the ScoutPro, there wasn’t much of an unboxing to do, with everything essentially being the ScoutPro itself and the USB-C to USB-C cable for charging. One major difference between the pre-production model that I received and what’s shipping now is that they have since upgraded the display, so keep that in mind as you look at my photos compared with the one above.
The INTELLI ScoutPro 240 Watt Powerbank has a 24,000 mAh/88.8 Wh capacity. This is a large capacity for charging that’s to its Lithium Graphine Composite batteries that allow for more accurate charging. With over 195w of power delivery, you can charge literally everything, including your MacBook Pro.
Complete with two USB-C ports, a USB-A, MagSafe (Yes, MagSafe), and a dedicated charger for Apple Watch — the ScoutPro legitimately does it all, and it will be my battery pack for the foreseeable future.
It’s not the lightest, most portable charger in the world, so don’t go into it with expectations of going to brunch with this in your back pocket. But if you’re going on a flight out of town or a day sightseeing with the family, the INTELLI ScoutPro 240 Watt Powerbank is all you will need to charge everything that you carry. In my real-world use case, the ScoutPro has gone on bike rides with me, and it was so handy that I didn’t need to bother bringing a cable to charge my devices as my iPhone 12 Pro Max uses MagSafe to charge.
On the early sample that I received, the MagSafe compatibility meant that the power bank was simply compatible with MagSafe; it would not fully charge to 15W due to limitations from Apple. The model I received does, however, charge at 5W, which is just fine for me. The version on Indiegogo is saying that it is fully compatible with MagSafe now, and it will charge at 15W.
The MagSafe is super sturdy and will latch to your phone with ease, allowing me to stow the ScoutPro in my RoadRunner on my road bike on my rides when the battery is low.
INTELLI says that the ScoutPro also fully supports Huawei SuperCharge, Oppo & OnePlus 22.5W charging, OPPO 40W charging, and Samsung fast charging for the Galaxy S21/S21+ & Note 20.
The built-in Apple Watch charger actually is amazing as well, allowing your watch to lay flat on the surface. If you have one of the new Apple Watch bands that do not de-latch, you may find some difficulty getting the band itself around the power bank, but in this case, I would suggest just docking the watch itself without the band. It charges at 2.5W, which is suitable for the Apple Watch, and got me from 20% battery life to 80 % in a little over 30 minutes.
With the INTELLI ScoutPro 240 Watt Powerbank, there’s a 55 minute recharge time from 0 to 100% just for the charger itself, which is surprising seeing its dimensions (5.4″ long by 3.3″ wide by 1.14″ thick), but honestly, this Swiss-army knife of charging is all you’ll ever need. So if its size is a hindrance for you, consider its ability to charge up to five devices all at once; it’s a fair trade-off when you need the power.
The ScoutPro is now a permanent fixture in my everyday gadget bag, and I intend to travel with it in the next few weeks to visit family for the first time in a very long time. On Indiegogo, the INTELLI ScoutPro 240 Watt Powerbank is available for as low as $139, which is amazing considering it can replace so many things, including the need for a physical cable if you have the right devices. If you think about it, Apple’s MagSafe Duo Charger is $129 by itself, so you’re getting a hell of a value here.
If there’s one thing that I wish I could change, however, it would be potentially adding one more USB-A port. I know we’re in a world of USB-C, but having that extra availability for people to charge up one more device is fantastic. So regardless of which type of device you have, be it headphones, GoPros, Nintendo Switches, Phones, Tablets or Bluetooth Speakers, the ScoutPro can do a little bit of everything, and that’s where my appreciation for it brings me to the conclusion this is a MUST-have product in your everyday carry, your travel gear, or in many cases your nightstand if you want to avoid an overly complicated setup to charge your devices.
You can pre-order the INTELLI ScoutPro 240 Watt Powerbank for as low as $139 on Indiegogo; delivery is expected in September 2021.
Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample
What I Like: MagSafe and Apple Watch compatible; Can charge 15-inch MacBook Pro on the go; It’s versatile and can charge up to five items at once
What Needs Improvement: I wish that it had one more USB Type-A port; The size could be a bit more streamlined, but considering all of the components included (MagSafe, Apple Watch, etc.), that it can charge up to five devices at once, and the size of the internal battery, it’s a fair trade-off