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.