Richard Solo DX001 battery pack

Looking for a last-minute stocking stuffer for the iPhone/iPod/iPod Touch lover in your life? The Richard Solo battery pack delivers an extra charge on the go to any iPhone, iPod Touch or iPod (excluding the Shuffle or 3rd generation models). Richard Thalheimer, founder and creator of the Sharper Image, created Richard to sell a similar range of products exclusively online.

I recently tested two models: the DX001 and the DX007. Both have the same weight (1.75 ounces) and dimensions (2 1/2″ x 1 3/4″ x 1/2″ thick). The DX007 differs in that it has a built-in flashlight and a round pin connector. Both come with a retractable USB cable and an AC adapter.

Richard Solo DX001 battery pack Richard Solo DX007 battery pac Richard Solo DX007 battery pack with flashlight on

You can simultaneously charge both the iPhone and the Richard Solo battery pack! The battery snaps onto the iPhone (Touch or iPod) using the Apple standard 30-pin connector and then both can be plugged into either a wall outlet or a computer’s USB port. From what I noticed, the iPhone charged first, then the battery.

Richard Solo battery pack charging to USB

The built-in smart circuitry will additionally prevent the battery from overcharging. The battery is polymerized lithium-ion and can be recharged over and over again for many years without developing “memory”.

The unit contains three colored LED lights which show the battery charge status.

Richard Solo battery pack long bar

There’s a long bar to indicate a fully charged battery, a half bar when the battery is giving or taking a charge, and a red light that remains on while the backup battery is being charged.

Richard Solo battery pack red and half bar charge status

If you’re using the backup battery with the iPhone, a solid green light will let you know that the Apple device is ready to go with a full charge. The flashing red light indicates the battery’s need to be recharged from a power source.

Richard Solo battery pack red light indicator

What I Liked
– Lightweight, easy to carry, and scratch-proof
– Both the iPhone and the battery can be charged at once
– When charging the battery alone, use Apple’s cute little white plug as an alternative to the AC charger adapter if desired
– Not having to use an external battery charging case that adds bulk to the iPhone

Richard Solo battery packs showing Apple charger

What I Didn’t Like
When I attached a fully charged battery to the iPhone, it took a bit longer than expected to charge back to 100%. While my iPhone was at 50% charge, I plugged in the fully charged battery and over half an hour later, the iPhone had reached 75%.

I found that this product’s advantages far outweigh the only negative point I could come up with. For the price point, it’s a valuable piece of insurance for anyone on the go with their favourite iThing.

Canadian shoppers will be glad to know that many Richard Solo products can be shipped up North.

I was sent the Richard Solo battery for the purpose of this review.


  • Comment by George — December 13, 2010 @ 12:22 pm

    This looks great. I need to get my iPhone some extra juice. Was debating the Mophie, but you’re right, it’s kinda bulky.

  • Comment by Thomas W. — December 13, 2010 @ 4:45 pm

    Glad I’m not the only one who finds those built-in charging cases a bit heavier!

  • Comment by Shirlee — December 14, 2010 @ 8:38 am

    Very cool 🙂 Great pix. I am going to order a bunch for coworkers.

  • Comment by Paul B. — December 14, 2010 @ 9:31 am

    I love your photos –have used Richard Solo batteries in the past for my 3G and now know that the latest and greatest round of battery packs of theirs are good to go. Lots of iPhone 4 products took forever to get to the shelf!

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