Austin, Texas-based ReishLabs has launched what is claimed to be "the fastest USB power bank in the west," boasting over four amps of charge current from a pair of 18650 batteries.
"I think I speak for everyone when I say it feels like electronics aren't built to last," a company representative explains of the inspiration behind the design of the Axiom USB power bank. "USB battery banks are no exception, once the batteries wear out you have to throw the whole device away and buy a new one. It's not fair, environmentally sustainable or honest."
"The ReishLabs Axiom comes with standard size replaceable 18650 rechargeable batteries. If the batteries ever wear out simply open the case, remove the old batteries and replace them with a pair of new 18650 batteries."
Having user-replaceable batteries isn't the power bank's only selling point, though: ReishLabs boasts of a considerably higher-than-average charge current. "Capable of charging at an incredible 4+ amps," the company explains, "this bad boy can charge a 4000mAh phone in less than an hour and a half."
The power bank, which includes the circuitry and a 3D-printed housing but not the 18650 batteries required to run it, is now available on the ReishLabs Tindie store at $30.