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KFC is one of the leading fast food chains in India. In March, the fast food chain launched the 5-in-1 Meal Box to provide a complete meal at an affordable price to their customers. But with a step forward, KFC has tied up with a digital agency, Blink Digital to launch ‘watt a box’. The box will have 5-in-1 meal with a built in power bank to charge a phone.

Delicious Fried Chicken with Phone Charging

This special box will contain features such as USB, micro-USB and Lightning connections — and even includes the cables — to charge your mobile devices with delicious 5 meals. The box comes with magnetic flaps and contains your usual meal but has a power bank integrated on its side. The best thing is the power bank is removable, so you can carry it along. The power bank claims to have a 6,100mAh battery.

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The fast-food chain has launched this limited-edition “Watt-A-Box” packages in Delhi and Mumbai. Most of these boxes are up for grabs through an online contest, although some are being gifted to customers at select stores. If you are one of the lucky winners of a Watt a Box, you’ll not only get some truly unhealthy (but simply amazing) grub, but a 6,100mAh battery with all the connections — and cables — you’ll need to charge your favorite device.

Do It satisfy the claims??

According to the test conducted by BGR this Box fall short for the claims made. They tested on iPhone 5s with the battery pack and gained 17 percent after half-an-hour. Not terrible, until you factor in that the battery bank was completely drained during that time. After recharging it to 100 percent, they attempted to charge a Redmi Note 3, but only managed to get 7 percent before the battery died again.

Clearly the box doesn’t fulfill its claims but can charge your phone at least till the time you finish your yummy food. So, as unlikely as it may seem, the best portable battery banks probably aren’t coming in KFC containers. But, that doesn’t make the promotion any less cool.

Besides, this isn’t the first time these fast food Brands—Pizza Hut, KFC, and Taco Bell—has tried such innovations. Back in September last year, KFC came up with the ‘Don’t Panic Man’ campaign in Romania, which rewarded people with a free meal for coming to a KFC store when social media platforms were down. KFC is not the only one to toy with such marketing campaigns. Pizza Hut came up with a limited edition box in Hong Kong that converted into a projector for smartphones. McDonald’s had launched a special edition of its Happy Meal boxes in Sweden that could be converted into cardboard VR headsets. Coca Cola too had a similar cardboard VR headset one could make from its 12-pack cartons.

So you never know what is next in store for these Brands to attract their customers.

If anybody tried “Watt a Box”, they are welcome to share their experiences with us. Do comment below and we are all ears to listen to your feedback.

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USB has become the charging standard of electronic devices. These days, most phones or tablets comes with a USB data-cum-charging cable which is good for connecting with either computers for transferring data/syncing the device or the wall chargers supplied with the devices for charging. Since all these devices come with USB charging support, is it safe or recommended to inter-change the chargers? In one word ‘NO’.

The main concern is, are these chargers really interchangeable? Or we are doing some sort of damage to our gadget by not using the supplied charger with it?

First thing you need to figure out if doing so will make it explode or not. This means checking the voltage and amperage on your charger to make sure it’ll work with your device. On most chargers you’ll find the voltage listed somewhere on the power brick. Voltage is what pulls energy into the device. If the voltage is too high, you might end up shorting out your devices because you’ll overload the circuits. For mobile phones and other mobile devices like the Kindle that charge with USB, the voltage is typically 5V. A laptop charger might be as high as 20V or 25V.

Don’t feed the devices with lower charging current ratings with high current chargers, it may degrade their battery, performance and functionality.

Likewise, amperage is just as important. Amps are the current that’s supplied to your device. This regulates how much power flows through from the power supply to your device. Too much current may heat up the battery, may hurt the circuitry or may make it misbehave because of static charge build up. Too low current causes less damage, but slows down the charging cycle which may deteriorate the battery charging levels or performance in the long run.

The kind of damage that you might be doing unknowingly to your devices may include:

  • Poor battery performance in long run because of improper charging
  • Too slow charging may take hours to charge the device
  • Too fast charging may affect the circuitry, touch screen performance
  • Overheating may damage the battery prematurely
  • In worst case, it might kill the device

So the easiest way to sort such troubles, is to use the supplied charger only with each of the devices so that they are being fed on what they are supposed to eat. You may have a bunch of cables and chargers looking messy, but it is better for long life and safe operation of your gadgets. And if there is no other option it is recommended to use the charger with the low voltage.

 

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