There seem’s to be quite a few manufacturers of USB device chargers. Everything from the cheap little charging sticks that give you a single charge to the larger ones that provide the ability to charge phones, tablets and other USB powered devices. I personally prefer a middle of the road charger that can charge/power my iPhone if the onboard battery dies before getting back home. If I’m out all day and using my phone on a regular basis (which I typically do) then 1 charge may not be enough, but I don’t want to carry around a larger charging pack. Enter the Streamlight EPU-5200 portable USB device charger.

I’ve been carrying and using Streamlight flashlights for several years now and have been nothing short of impressed with their build quality and performance. After doing some searching online I came across the EPU-5200 and decided to give it a try. The device had two key features that really intrigued me and convinced me to get my hands on it. First, it provides a minimum of 2 full charges to my iPhone depending on the power level of the charger. Second, the cover that goes over the USB connector is a sealed cover that is rated for IPX4 water resistance.

On my personal unit, I removed the pocket clip and slipped on an SOB Tactical Combat Band, which secures the short charging cable supplied with the EPU-5200.

The case of the Streamlight EPU-5200 is easy to manipulate, durable and water resistant making this an ideal choice for someone living an active lifestyle or working an active job.

Specifications (courtesy of Streamlight)

  • 5,200 mAh of power! Provides capacity to recharge a multitude of devices with micro-USB input:
    • 4+ full charges for Streamlight Stylus Pro® USB, Clipmate® USB and
      Double Clutch USB
    • 2 full charges for Streamlight ProTac HL® USB
    • 1+ full charges for most smartphones and tablets: 2-3 full charges for iPhones; 2 full charges for Samsung Galaxy Smartphones or most other smartphones
  • Built for professional use – high-impact, super-tough, nylon polymer construction; removeable pocket clip
  • Cover snaps in place to protect USB connector – sealed for water-resistance (IPX4 water-resistant); power button is protected from inadvertent actuation; cover tethered to prevent loss
  • Features charge status LED indicator surrounding the power button
  • Durable lithium ion battery rechargeable up to 500 times; fully recharges in 8 hours; very efficient with low self-discharge (LSD) – holds charge up to 3 months
  • Removable pocket clip grabs securely onto belts, pockets, MOLLE, etc.
  • White 5mm LED for use as a back up flashlight
  • Includes 5” (12.7cm) 2.0 USB to micro-USB cord
  • 4.45 in (11.3 cm); 5.4 oz (153 grams)

The Streamlight EPU-5200 can be purchased on Amazon for around $31