If you’re anything like me, chances are you can zip through the battery on your BlackBerry device pretty quickly. Even with two batteries, I still find myself searching for an outlet on some of my busier days. Thankfully there are plenty of devices out there to help give your battery a boost without the need of a charger or outlet. One of these devices is the Just Mobile Gum++ Backup Battery.

What is it?

The Gum++ is a backup battery that you can plug your phone into to give the battery life a boost. It’s shaped like a little box and measures about 7.8 x 5.8 x 2.4 cm all around, and weighs about 131 grams. On the top of the battery are five tiny green lights that indicate how much life is left and a small circular power button. One end has a standard sized USB port, while the other has a micro-USB port. The Gum++ packs a whopping 6000 mAh battery inside it’s small casing. Included in the box is a USB to micro-USB cord that measures about 6 inches. It comes in three colors: black, white, and silver.

The Good

Man does this charge your phone quickly! I’ve been using the Gum++ for a couple of weeks and it’s saved my phone on more than one occasion. I can have my phone plugged in for about 10-15 minutes and it will boost my battery life enough to get me through the next few hours.

The Gum++ is also small enough to carry in your purse, backpack, fanny pack, or even your pocket. The included cord is short enough to stay out of your way, but long enough to not be useless.

6000 mAh means that you can get more than one full charge out of this bad boy. On days when I’ve left my charger at home, the Gum++ had enough juice to fully charge both of my Z10 batteries, plus help out a friend who has an Android phone. (To be fair, he uses the battery more than I do, but that’s just because he has an Android.)

This battery is not only for BlackBerry devices; all you need is to plug in your own usb cord and you can charge pretty much anything that takes a battery.

The Bad

Yes, the Gum++ is small enough to fit in your pocket, but part of me thinks it could be just a little bit smaller. I would like to see the size of the device distributed a little bit differently. Maybe make it a little thinner and longer so it doesn’t leave so much bulk in my pocket.

As I said, there are many gadgets out there to charge your smart phone without a charger or outlet, (such as the Battery Charger Bundle for the Z10 and Q10) and this one is not exactly the best one out there. The main reason for that being the steep price of $89.95 from the manufacturer website.


Should I buy it?

If you’re in the market for a battery charging solution, go with the Battery Charger Bundle. If, for some reason, you’re reading this article and you don’t own a BlackBerry Z10 or Q10, or would like to give a great gift to a smart phone power user, grab the Gum++.