Hands On: Nokia DC-16 Portable Charger

In all the hype surrounding the high profile launch of the 41 Megapixel powered Nokia 808 and the Lumia 900 world edition, it was easy to miss out on another excellent addition to Nokia’s accessory lineup, the DC-16 portable charger. The great looking device comes in a bunch of colours, focuses on fast charging and packs a very decent 2200 mAh as battery capacity.

It can be charged via microUSB and ships with a USB cable that also houses a microUSB port in the front. However, if you plug your iPhone cable in, that should work just as well. It features 4 LED lights in the bottom to tell you how much of juice is left inside it.


  • Dimensions: 120 x 23,3 x 23,3 mm
  • Weight: 75g
  • Battery capacity: 2200 mAh
  • Output current: 950 mA
  • Stand-by time: After 3+ months stand-by time over 75% capacity left
  • Charging time: 5 hours maximum
  • Charging interface: micro-USB (in/out) and standard USB (out)
  • Battery cycle life: 500+ cycle

Here is a hands on video in which I give the device a quick once over. It will retail at about 25 Euros before taxes, which is about 1600 INR. It is expected to go on sale in the first quarter 2012, which translates to this month itself.

What I specially liked about the DC-16 was its design, the long cylindrical shape means that it will be easy to slide into the pocket along with the phone. Most other portable chargers are thick rectangular blocks that cause a huge bulge in the pocket if you attempt to carry them along with the phone.

3 thoughts on “Hands On: Nokia DC-16 Portable Charger”

  1. perfect traveling companion; i can’t wait to get my hands on one that ive already been looking :/

  2. hi!

    let me come straight to the point

    1. Can i use this to charge an iphone4s?
    2. If i can, how many times can i charge it?
    3. Do i recharge the DC 16 via a computer/laptop?



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