At the Asha 501 launch event, Nokia also quietly announced a cool new accessory in the form of the DC-18, its latest portable charging solution. The square shaped box (57 x 57 x 14.9mm) packs a 1720 mAh battery and comes in cyan, white, red, and yellow. Inside it resides a micro USB port that can be plugged into any device that supports micro USB charging for a quick top off.
While its 1720 mAh battery might not be enough to completely charge some of the higher end devices like the Lumias or Samsung’s Android phones, but the DC-18′s 1720 mAh is enough to help get through a day. If you own a Asha device, you’ll be able to get a full charge. The DC-18 joins its elder sibling the 2200 mAh DC-16 as part of Nokia portable charging solutions.
The DC-18 features a sliding microUSB connecter, and everytime you slide it in or out, the four LED lights on the device light up to tell you how much juice is left inside the battery pack. The video demo below should give you a better idea of how this works:
The DC-18 will hit stores in June/July at an estimated price of 15 Euros without taxes. In India it is expected to launch at around the 1000 INR price point.
Note: The device in the video features LEDs that look slightly different from those in the press photos, perhaps because they were prototypes.