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UK portable power manufacturer Powertraveller has launched a portable charger for netbooks that will give users up to six additional hours of extra power on their device. Called the minigorilla, it also has enough power to recharge a an iPhone five times, and will also do the trick for Sony Vaio notebooks, MP3 players and handheld game consoles, among other portable gadgetry.

UK portable power manufacturer Powertraveller has launched a portable charger for netbooks that will give users up to six additional hours of extra power on their device.

Called the minigorilla, it features multi-voltage functionality ‚ it will charge devices across the spectrum of 8.4V, 9.5V, 10.5V (specially included for Sony Vaio users), 12V and 19V.

The minigorilla will also charge smaller devices (mobiles, iPods, MP3 players and hand-held games consoles) via the 5V USB socket and is capable of charging these smaller devices and netbooks simultaneously.

The minigorilla weighs in at 265g and measures just 150 mm x 83 mm x 14 mm. Easy-to-use one button technology allows users to simply choose which voltage their device requires. Just select the correct voltage and connect to the minigorilla with the appropriate tip.

The minigorilla will fully charge an iPhone five times

Included are 20 interchangeable tips for the most popular netbook brands, including Sony, Toshiba, ASUS Eee PC, Samsung and Lenovo, as well as tips for other makes of mobile phones and other hand-held gadgets.

The minigorilla will charge the full Apple series including the Nano, iPod Classic, iPod Touch and iPhone ‚ including the new 3GS. The minigorilla will hold enough power to recharge an iPhone five times before it then needs recharging.

‚Power on the go is a huge issue for any gadget lover ‚ and netbook users are no different,‚ says Jerry Ranger, CEO and Head of R&D at Powertraveller. ‚We took the latest Lithium Polymer technology from our best selling powergorilla and applied it to the minigorilla, creating a highly powerful yet lightweight portable charger for netbooks.‚

Safety features include: voltage limitation protection, current limitation protection, short circuit protection, anti-discharge protection, over-charging protection and over-heat protection.

At the heart of the minigorilla beats a high energy Lithium Polymer rechargeable battery (with total energy capacity of 9000mAh).

To recharge the minigorilla, users can turn to a worldwide mains charger or to the sun, using Powertraveller’s solargorilla solar charger. It takes three hours to completely recharge a flat minigorilla from the mains.

The minigorilla is also compatible with other devices, including e-readers, handy-cams and digital cameras.

The minigorilla connected to a Lenovo netbook

The minigorilla is Powertraveller’s third portable power solution for the IT market. It joins the powergorilla laptop charger and solargorilla solar charger launched in September 2008.

The minigorilla will retail at £99.95 in the United Kingdom. It is not yet available in South Africa but can be purchased online from the UK.

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