External power backup

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  1. bjablonka8120

    bjablonka8120 New Member

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    I have an external power backup which I use for my Galaxy S4. It connects via USB cable on one end and the S4 plug on the other end to the phone. I would like to use that backup for SP 3 but the charging cable does not come apart with one end being a standard USB port and the other the standard SP 3 charging plug. I tried to find a cable but without success. Do you guys have any ideas? Thank
     
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    Give it some time for 3rd party to come up with the new magnetic connector. If you check eBay or Amazon, there are lots of SP/SP2 connectors for external battery pack already.
     
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    As far as I can tell, as of 7/9/2014, this is the only place that is selling a surface pro 3 cable which can be connected to an external lithium ion battery pack. http://www.mikegyver.com/Surface-Battery-Car/

    I have not bought or used those products so I can't vouch for them. The battery can be bought separately on Amazon for $99. mikegyver site is currently charging $99 just for the cable. ouch. hopefully more third party cables will come to market soon.
     
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    When I saw the battery is 2.85lb , I was LOL,get it out please, who need a brick ,kill someone.?
     
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    WTF, haven't seen it cost a million? Who are you ,$500 for a brick, give me a break.
     
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    I wasn't referring to the first one listed that costs $480. Keep in mind, that battery is rated to fully recharge the SP3 4 - 8 times. Most people probably don't need that much charge but some might if they are camping or away from a power source for long periods.

    I was referring to the second battery listed. You can buy that battery separately on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BB5VQCE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 for $99. It will charge a wide range of smartphones and other tablets as well as laptops. I'm just waiting for someone to come out with a 3rd party charging cable for the SP3 with a 5.5mm x 2.5mm female end because I'm not willing to pay $99 for a cable.

    I think that MikeGyver site is charging what they want because they are first mover and there are currently no other options. That will change with time.
     
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    Hi everyone... I am new to the Surface 3 (had a pro before) but have that same issue with battery life (2 hours in full mode??? - sucks) and looking for options for an external battery. I noted somewhere that a company offers an external battery that plug in to the min USB? Is this indeed possible on the Surface 3? Otherwise the external battery that dnachef is suggesting is a great option but an adapter cable at $99.00 is a bit excessive even for desperate people like me to find a solution to extend battery life.
     

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