Editor’s Note: This piece first ran on our sister site, The Loadout Room, back in March of 2022. I’ve updated it a bit for 2023, just in time for the Holiday season, and because you gearheads out there said you want to see more gear reviews on SOFREP. Your wish is our command. And yes, I’ve used all this stuff myself and give it my personal two thumbs up. — GDM

When it comes to portable chargers, I’ve always needed them, but I’ve never exactly been excited about them. After all, what could be exciting about a rectangular charging block that is utilized solely for charging my electronics? Are they necessary for me? Yes. Exciting? Not. At least, that’s what I thought…

Like some of the other items I’ve recently reviewed, I first came into contact with Dark Energy products at their booth at the 2022 SHOT Show. I first noticed a large banner behind the booth that read “WATERPROOF DROP PROOF CRUSHPROOF.” There were a couple of mannequins in the booth wearing tactical gear and some small gear items strategically placed around the booth.

Dark Energy booth at SHOT Show 2022. (Author photo)

I asked the rep in the booth what exactly I was looking at. He said, “We make virtually indestructible electronics chargers for use by military and other government personnel, but we also offer all of our products to anyone who wants to purchase them.” I asked him what made their product any different from the portable charger I brought to Las Vegas, and he just said, “Here, check it out.”

First Reaction

He handed me the charger they call the Poseidon Pro. My first thought was how light it was. Beyond that, its rugged polymer body had knobby grip pieces on it that felt great in my hand. It gave the impression that it would be secure in your hand, even if you were wearing gloves.

Later in the day, I returned to the booth and met the founder of Dark Energy, along with their General Manager. Both of them were incredibly friendly, and they agreed to send some product samples my way so I could check them out for you, our SOFREP readers and members.

About a week after returning home from SHOT Show, I was greeted with a package I was pumped to open. The Dark Energy had made it to my home…in none of the “bad energy” ways…at least I hoped!