Review: Jackery New Spark

Here at Charger Harbor, we’re big fans of Car Jumper Power Banks. This is because they’re the ultimate kind of device that you can have in your car because they’re able to jump start your car and they can charge your smartphone too. In addition to those two awesome features, these power banks are also built very well and can withstand some harsh conditions to stay in your car. Also, almost all of them use an LCD screen to tell power capacity more easily.

This one of Jackery’s latest creations. It’s called the Jackery New Spark and it holds the same standard that most of Jackery’s power banks have. Let’s take a look at what it’s got.

Power

Power Capacity:

The initial power capacity is 18,000mAh and there are two 2.4A charging ports with the power bank. Also, the Max Output of the power bank is 4.8A, so the Output power capacity is going to depend on how you’re using the power bank. If you’re using two charging ports at the same time, then more energy will be lost because there’s power converting in the batteries of the power bank and going through the charging cable you’re using.

With that said, you’re going to receive an average conversion rate of 70% that’s going to result in an Output power capacity of 12,500mAh. This is still a very high power capacity, and this Jackery New Spark power bank is basically a high capacity power bank.

Jackery Spark for Smartphones

As a result, for charging smartphones, most phones are going to be able to charge 5-6 times or maybe, even more, depending on what smartphone you’re charging. However, even high capacity smartphones like the Galaxy S7 or iPhone 7 Plus are going to be able to charge to full about 4.5 full times. So if you have a smartphone that has low capacities than those, you’re in for even a longer lasting power capacity.

Jackery Spark for Mini Tablets

Charging tablets don’t pose a problem either, because when it comes to charging mini tablets like an iPad Mini 4 or iPad Mini 2, then this Jackery Spark is able to change them to their full power about two times. However, if you’re on the Android side of tablets and charging a Galaxy Tab A, then that’s going to result in about 3 full charges because most Galaxy Tabs have a battery capacity of 4,000mAh.

Jackery Spark for Full-Sized Tablets

Even charging full-Sized tablets like an iPad Air 2 is going to go well because it has a capacity fo 7,340mAh, which is going to result in a 1 single full charge, while still leaving more power in the power bank. The same goes for Apple’s largest tablet, their 12-Inch iPad that has a battery capacity of 10,000mAh. The Jackery Spark is able to charge it to its full power, but it’s questionable whether it’ll always leave extra power capacity to use because these kinds of very large tablets use a lot of power to function.

DevicesJackery Spark
(Output Capacity = 12,500mAh)
Phone CapacityJackery Spark
iPhone SE12,500mAh1,624mAh10,876mAh
7.6 Full Charges
iPhone 612,500mAh1,810mAh10,690mAh
6.9 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus12,500mAh2,915mAh9,585mAh
4.2 Full Charges
iPhone 6s12,500mAh1,715mAh10,785mAh
7.2 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus12,500mAh2,750mAh9,750mAh
4.5 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S612,500mAh2,550mAh9,950mAh
4.9 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge12,500mAh2,600mAh9,900mAh
4.8 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S712,500mAh3,000mAh9,500mAh
4.1 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge12,500mAh3,600mAh8,900mAh
3.4 Full Charges
Apple iPad Mini 212,500mAh6,470mAh6,030mAh
1.9 Full Charges
Apple iPad Mini 412,500mAh5,124mAh7,376mAh
2.4 Full Charges

Jump Starting Cars

When at its full power, the Jackery New Spark power bank is able to jump start a 6L Gasoline or 6L Diesel Engine cars about 30 times. That’s a lot of jumps and even if you use the power bank to charge your smartphone or tablet, you’re still able to have a lot of jump starts on hand. Just make sure that the power bank has more than 25% of power capacity left before jump starting your car; otherwise, it might not work.

Output Charging:

There are two powering options. The first are the two USB charging ports. The other one is the Jump Starting portion.

Powerful USB Ports

Let’s start with the 2 USB ports. Each of the charging ports is able to deliver a charging speed of 5V/2.4A. 2.4 Amps is a Max Standard charging speed which is going to charge most devices at their max charging speeds. With that said, it’s important to know that this power bank does not feature Quick Charge, as a result, it will not be able to charge those Quick Charge compatible smartphones at their max charging speeds.

However, most smartphones will still be able to charge at their max chargings speeds. What’s even better, is that tablets like iPads will be able to charge at their max charging speeds because they have a max charge rate of 2.4A.

Powerful Power Altogether

The Max Output of the power bank is 4.8A all at once, which means you can use the full power of each of the two charging ports at once. So you can charge two tablets at their max charging rate or two smartphones as well. The USB charging ports are very powerful.

Jumping Cars

The starting Current when Jump Starting a car is 300A and the Peak is 800A. It’s with that power that you’re able to jump start either 6L Gas or Diesel Engine cars. The power bank is able to jump start 12V car engines.

Input Charging:

Like most Power bank jump starters, this one recharges using a DC Input port. Jackery New Spark comes with a Car charger and a Wall charger to recharge the power bank and it recharges at a speed of 15V/1.0A. As a result, the 18,000mAh power bank is able to recharge to its full power within 7-8 hours.

The car charger is very convenient because you can recharge the power bank while you’re driving.

Design

Size and Weight:

It’s a large and heavy power bank. Car Jump Start power banks are not meant to be portable. Sure, you can hold this, or place it into a bag, but for the most part, that’s just not the preferable options because of how heavy they are.

It has a length of 7.2 inches, a width fo 3.6 inches, and a thickness of 1.5 inches; and it weighs 1.4 pounds. So it’s best to keep the power bank in your car where it’ll be most useful.

Functional Components:

Most of the functional parts are on a single side of the power bank.

On the Long Side

Starting from left to right, here’s what you’ll find: The Jumping Ports, DC Input port, the 2 USB Ports, the power button and the LCD screen. On the short side of the power bank is where there’s a 300 Lumen flashlight.

How Charging Works

The power bank is easy to use because charging automatically starts when you plug a device into the power bank. The power button is used to turn on the flashlight and also Jump Start your car.

Power Button for the Flashlight

Hold the power button down to turn on the flashlight, and once the flashlight is on, you can cycle through the different modes. The flashlight modes include Constant, Strobe and SOS modes. Unlike flashlights on many other power banks, this power bank uses a very bright flashlight that is 300 Lumens bright. Very useful for emergencies.

How to Jump Start cars with the Jackery Spark

To jump start your car, just press the power button, connect the cables to the power bank, and then connect the jumper cables to your car’s battery. Wait for the light on Jump Cable Adapter to turn from Red to Green then you can crank your car. Once your car has been started, wait 30 seconds and then remove the Jumper Cables from your car. It’s just like jump starting a car using another car, it just that you’re using a 1 pounds device instead of another 2-ton vehicle.

The LCD Screen is very useful because it shows how much power capacity is left to use and also shows the amount of power that’s being outputted during charging.

Build

Structure and Material:

It’s an absolutely solid power bank and in a way, it actually fits into being a Rugged power bank. This is because this Jackery New Spark has an Enclosure level of IP54. This is no way near the Enclosure safety levels of true Rugged power banks but not many Jump Starter power banks are built to this point.

It’s with an IP54 Enclosure that the power bank is able to protect itself from dust and water sprays. It’s not able to withstand heavy dust or water exposure or it will get damaged. Also, the power bank is structurally solid that it can withstand bump and hits; it’s not shockproof but still tough.

Tech:

On the tech side, this Jackery Spark power bank uses Lithium Ion batteries. This is a very good choice because if the power bank were to use Lithium Polymer batteries, then there would be a higher chance that the batteries would expand and ultimately break the power bank. However, the use of Lithium Ion batteries lessens the chances of the expansion of batteries.

The power bank can be safe from 140° Fahrenheit all the way down to  -4° Fahrenheit. Jackery made sure that this was completely safe to keep in your car at all times. Also, it’s important to remember that the power capacity of the power bank will last for 6 months without usage.

Reliability

This power bank is going to be very reliable if you keep it in your car at all times; since you never know when you’ll come back to a dead battery. Not only that, the power bank can jump start a wide range of vehicles.

In addition to being able to jump start cars, this power bank has two USB charging ports with 2.4A charging speeds for each and a 4.8A Max Output that allows you to take advantage of both of the port’s full power.

Even though it is a power bank, it’s not meant to be held and used because it’s too large and heavy.

Summary:

Power:

The power capacity has an average conversion that will result in a power capacity to charge both smartphones and tablets multiple times over. The USB ports have very fast charged and the Jump Starting capabilities are great for a nearly every vehicle out there.

Design:

It’s large and heavy. The most logical thing to do is to keep the power bank in your car because that’s where it’ll prove to be more useful.

Build:

An Enclosure rating of IP54 is quite light but it’s able to take light water exposure. Just remember not to crank your car continuously for long periods of time because that’s going to result in overheating and can cause damage to your power bank.

Reliability:

It’s a very reliable power bank for charging either your smartphones or tablets, and it can even Jump Start your car. It’s not very portable, but that’s not the point. Keeping it in your car will prove the most reliable place to have it.

Specs of the Jackery Spark:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 18,000mAh            Real Capacity: 12,500mAh
  • Output:   Per Port: 5V/2.4A       Max Output: 4.8 Amps
  • Input:      15V/1.0A Via DC Input Port
  • LED Power Indicators: LCD Power Capacity Display
  • Size: 7.2 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches
  • Weight: 1.4 Pounds

Conclusion:

The Jackery New Spark is a new generation Jump Starter power bank. It can charge devices multiple times over while still being able to charge at very fast charging speed of 2.4A and it even has a Max Output of 4.8A. However, power banks like these are not portable as they’re very large and heavy.

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Review: Lumsing 15,000mAh Power Bank with Quick Charge 3.0 and USB-C

The most useful aspects that a power bank can have is to have the ability to charge multiple devices at the same time. With that said, when a power bank does have the ability to charge multiple devices at once, the next important thing to look out for is what those charging ports are capable of doing. That should be the case with quality power banks and the ones that you plan on purchasing are that the charging ports should have fast charging speeds and the Max Output of the power bank should be high enough so that you can use the fast charging that each port has.

In this case, this Lumsing power bank has quite a few ways to charge and all of them are able to accommodate both standard charging devices, as well as fast charging compatible devices like Quick Charge and USB-C.

Power

Power Capacity:

The power capacity of the power bank starts at 15,000mAh and you’re going to be receiving an average conversion rate of 70%. There’s energy lost during charging because the energy from the batteries has to convert itself to go to the device that you’re charging and also you have to take into account that energy passes through a charging cable and power is lost there too. As a result, you’re going to be receiving about 10,000mAh to 10,500mAh of power capacity to actually use.

How Does the Power Bank do when it comes to Smartphones?

A power capacity of 10,000mAh is able to charge to charge most smartphones up to 4-6 times. Charging high capacity smartphones like the Galaxy S7 is going to result in 3 full charges. However, if you have smartphones with a lower capacity than that, then this Lumsing power bank is going to be able to charge it about 4-5 times. Either way, you can expect numerous charges for lots of smartphones.

 Lumsing 15,000mAh Power Bank with Quick Charge 3.0 and USB-C(Output Power Capacity = 10,500mAh)Phone CapacityLumsing 15,000mAh Power Bank with Quick Charge 3.0 and USB-C
iPhone SE10,500mAh1,624mAh8,876mAh
6.4 Full Charges
iPhone 610,500mAh1,810mAh8,690mAh
5.8 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus10,500mAh2,915mAh7,585mAh
3.6 Full Charges
iPhone 6s10,500mAh1,715mAh8,785mAh
6.1 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus10,500mAh2,750mAh7,750mAh
3.8 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S610,500mAh2,550mAh7,950mAh
4.1 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge10,500mAh2,600mAh7,900mAh
4.0 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S710,500mAh3,000mAh7,500mAh
3.5 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge10,500mAh3,600mAh6,900mAh
2.9 Full Charges
Apple iPad Mini 210,500mAh6,470mAh4030
1.6 Full Charges
Apple iPad Mini 410,500mAh5,124mAh5376
2.0 Full Charges

How Does the Power Bank do when it comes to Tablets?

Moving into tablets, this power bank can also charge them quite well, or at least it can charge Mini tablets very well. This is because mini tablets like the iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 4 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab have power capacities of around 4,000mah to 6,000mAh. So you can charge those tablets about once to their full power and still have power left to use.

Output Charging:

There are 3 options for charging when it comes to this power bank. The

  • Smart USB port
  • the Quick Charge USB port
  • USB-C charging port

Smart USB Port

This USB port is mainly meant for standard charging devices because it has a charging speed of 5V/2.4A and it can charge smartphones that are not compatible with Quick Charge at their max charging speeds. The same goes for tablets in general because an iPad has a max charging speed of 5V/2.4A and as a result, this port can charge it at its max charging speeds.

Quick Charge Port

This port is mainly for Quick Charge compatible devices. With that said, you can still use Non-Compatible devices with this charging port, but for standard charging devices, this port will only output 5V/2.0A charging speed. So if you’re charging a non-compatible Quick Charge devices, always use Smart USB charging port.

For Quick Charge devices, though, this port will be able to charge those devices very quickly at charging speeds of 5V/3.1A | 9V/2.0A | 12V/1.5A.

USB-C

Lastly, the USB-C port on this power bank can be used as an Input and Output port.

You’re going to need a USB-C to USB-C charging cable to use this port as an Output port to use with your USB-C compatible devices. It has a charging speed of 5V/3.0A and can charge your USB-C compatible smartphones at their max charging speeds. Not only can it can it charge compatible smartphones, this port can also charge newer MacBook that use USB-C to recharge as well. However, if you do choose to charge a MacBook, it will charge very slowly.

Input Charging:

There are two ports that can be used to recharge this Lumsing power bank. There’s the USB-C port that can be used as an Input port, and there’s the Micro-USB Input port as well. Both of the Input ports have a recharge speed of 5V/2.1A. With that said, if you’re recharging the power bank only using a single charging port, then a full recharge will happen in about 9 hours.

However, there’s a much faster way to recharge the power bank and that’s by using both the USB-C and Micro-USB Input ports at the same time; this way the recharge speed will be 4A and the recharge time will be 5 hours. It’s important to now that you must use a 2 Amp USB wall charger to recharge the power bank as fast as possible.

Design

Size and Weight:

It’s not too large, and about the size of a smartphone.

This Lumsing power bank has a length of 6.2 inches, a width of 3.1 inches, and a thickness of 0.7 inches. The weight of it is 12.4 ounces. Not too large or too small, and neither is the power bank lightweight. For the most part, you can hold this power bank, but most likely not for long periods of time; of course if you’re charging multiple devices at once, this thing is going to have to be set down.

Functional Components:

All of the charging ports are an on a single side of the power bank, and this includes the 2 USB charging ports, USB-C port, and a Micro-USB Input ports. To the long side of the power bank is where you’ll find the power button, and on top of the charger is where there are 4 Blue LED power capacity indicators.

Charging automatically starts when plugging a device into one of the charging ports, so the power button is mainly meant for checking the power capacity that’s left.

Build

Structure and Material:

It has a solid build, and even though the power bank is made of plastic, it can still be used every day without wearing down.

Tech:

On the tech side, the Lumsing power bank uses Short-Circuit, Surge protection and other safety measures to make sure you and your devices are safe during charging.

Reliability

This Lumsing power bank is very powerful with all of its charging options because each of them is able to provide powerful charging for each kind of device that they’re meant for. A standard device will charge at its max speed with the Smart port, a Quick Charge compatible device will charge at its max charging speed with the Quick Charge port and you can charge USB-C compatible devices with the USB-C port as well.

Most power banks in the 15,000mAh power capacity take quite long to recharge, but that’s remedied because this power bank is able to recharge within just 5 hours because you can use 2 Input ports to recharge it faster.

With all that said, this power bank is going to be the most reliable for those that can use the special charging tech like Quick Charge and USB-C charging that this power bank features. If you want this power bank and you’re only using it to charge a standard device, then you’re going to be using only 1/3 of the power bank’s capabilities.

Summary:

Power:

Even after its conversion, this power bank can still charge smartphones numerous times to their full power capacities. It can even charge the tablet, however, it’s best to use it with Mini tablets because it can charge most of them once and still leave power left over. There are plenty of ways to recharge devices, and two of the three ways are mainly for fast charging technologies.

It can recharge 2x times faster than most traditional power banks because you can two of the Input ports at the same time.

Design:

It’s not too large but it can be difficult to carry for long periods of time. This is because it weighs quite a bit.

Build:

The Lumsing power bank has a tough build but it’s by no means a rugged power bank.

Reliability:

For the most part, this power bank is built on the assumption that you either have a Quick Charge or USB-C compatible device, since this power bank has both of those charging technologies; using those charging technologies is what’s going to make charging more reliable and overall makes this power bank reliable.

It’s best to reconsider for another power bank if you just plan on charging your standard charging device with it.

Specs of the Lumsing 15,000mAh Power Bank with Quick Charge 3.0 and USB-C:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 15,000mAh            Real Capacity: 10,000mAh
  • Output:

Normal USB Port: 5V/2.4A

Quick Charge Port: 5V/3.1A | 9V/2.0A | 12V/1.5A

USB-C Port: 5V/3.0A

  • Input:      Both Micro-USB and USB-C Input Ports: 5V/2.0A       Max Input: 4 Amps
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 6.2 x 3.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Weight: 12.4 Ounces

Conclusion:

Power banks that have many charging ports can have a hard time proving what they’re capable of. That’s not exactly the case here because each of the ports is highly capable delivering fast charging speeds on this Lumsing power bank.

The only problem we see is that this power bank is quite objective with what it offers and that it’s mainly meant for those that are able to use the fast charging tech options that it features.

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Review: iMuto 20,000mAh LEO SL200QC Power Bank

Charging electronic companies usually make multiple different versions of their power banks because they know that the needs of everyone are different. Some power banks have smaller power capacities and therefore they have smaller sizes and are lightweight; those kinds of power banks aren’t very useful for multiple charges, though. That’s why charging electronic companies have a separate category for their higher capacity power banks because those are the kinds that are going to charge devices multiple times over.

In this review, this iMuto power bank is quite similar to the 30,000mAh version and 20,000mAh version of the iMuto power bank that we’ve already reviewed on Charger Harbor. However, there are indeed differences with this iMuto 20,000mAh Quick Charge power bank. Let’s see what it has.

Power

Power Capacity:

The power capacity starts at 20,000mAh. Depending on how you use the power bank, the Output power capacity, the capacity that you’ll actually be receiving, is going to fluctuate. This is because one of the charging ports on this iMuto power bank has a Quick Charge charging speed and the other charging port is a normal 2.4A charging port.

Using the Quick Charge charging at the same time as the 2.4A port is going to make the conversion of energy less stable and you’re going to receive 60% of a conversion with that. However, if you’re using either Quick Charge port as a normal port or using the 2.4A port as well, then the conversion is going to be or stable and give a 70% conversion rate during charging.

To simply put.

Quick Charge charging – 60% efficiency – 12,000mAh of Output Power Capacity

Normal Charging – 70% efficiency – 14,000mAh of Output Power Capacity

Power Capacity for Smartphones:

With that said, for the most part, you’re going to be able to get 4.5 full charges for most smartphones. Although we’re mostly measuring it from smartphones that are compatible with Quick Charge and those kinds of smartphones usually have power capacities close to 3000mAh. If you’re charging smaller battery capacity smartphones, then you’re going to be able to get about 6 full charges for them. So high capacity power bank title that this power bank has does stand true even after the conversion of power has taken place.

DevicesiMuto 20,000mAh LEO SL200QC Power Bank (Output Capacity = 13,000mAh )Phone CapacityiMuto 20,000mAh LEO SL200QC Power Bank
iPhone SE13,000mAh 1,624mAh11,376mAh
8.0 Full Charges
iPhone 613,000mAh 1,810mAh11,190mAh
7.1 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus13,000mAh 2,915mAh10,085mAh
4.4 Full Charges
iPhone 6s13,000mAh 1,715mAh11,285mAh
7.5 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus13,000mAh 2,750mAh10,250mAh
4.7 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S613,000mAh 2,550mAh10,450mAh
5.0 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge13,000mAh 2,600mAh10,400mAh
5 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S713,000mAh 3,000mAh10,000mAh
4.3 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge13,000mAh 3,600mAh9,400mAh
3.6 Full Charges

Power Capacity for Tablets:

Going into charging tablets, things are still great because the power capacity to use is still going to give out full charges. If you’re either charging an iPad Mini 2 or 4, the iMuto power bank can give either  1-2 full charges with all of its power capacity.

If you’re charging high range tablets like the iPad Air 2 with its 7,000mAh power capacity, then you’re going to fair about 1.7 full charges. Or if you’re charging a Full Sized 12-inch iPad with 10,000mAh battery capacity, then the power bank will be able to charge it once to its full power and still have some power left over to use as well.

Overall, the power capacity that this iMuto portable charger has is indeed high power capacity and you’re going to be able to charge numerous types of devices either multiple times or the high capacity ones a few times or once. Very versatile power.

Output Charging:

There are two USB charging ports.

The Quick Charge Port:

One of the USB Ports features Quick Charge 3.0 and it has to charge speeds of 5-6V/3.0A | 6-9V/2.0A | 12V/1.5A. So you can charge your Quick Charge compatible smartphones with this port. Also if you’re using non-compatible Quick Charge devices with this port, then it’s going to Output 5V/2.0A charging speed.

The Normal USB Port:

The other USB port has a 5V/2.4A charging speed and it’s going to charge most Non-Quick Charge compatible devices at their max charging speeds; for example, this port is labeled iM-Power and is able to charge tablets like iPads at their max charging speeds because iPads have a max charging speed of 2.4 Amps.

Overall, the Output charging is quite powerful for both standard charging devices and those that are compatible with Quick Charge and we like that the power bank doesn’t favor one over the other too much.

Input Charging:

The recharging is actually faster than most 20,000mAh power bank on the market because it uses Quick Charge tech to recharge. The iMuto power bank recharges at speeds of 5V/2A | 9V/2A | 12V/1.5A via a Micro-USB Input Port. With that said, if you want the power bank to recharge at Quick Charge speeds, you must use a Quick Charge wall charger.

It’s with a Quick Charge wall charger that you’ll be able to charge the power bank within 6-7 hours.

Design

Size and Weight:

The most noticeable difference between this iMuto power bank and its other versions is the size differences.

This iMuto power bank is generally a lot longer and thinner than the other ones we’ve reviewed.

It has a length of 6.7 inches, a width of 3.2 inches, and a thickness of 0.9 inches. So quite a lot longer but it’s easier to hold because it’s thin. Although, the bad part about this is that the power bank weighs 1 pound and so for the most part, this isn’t a power bank that you’re going to be holding in your hand for very long.

Functional Components:

 

The 2 USB Output charging ports, the Micro-USB Input port, and the power button are all on a single short side of the power bank. On top of the power bank is where there’s an LCD power capacity display that shows the power capacity in a percentage manner.

It’s an easy to use power bank because charging automatically starts when you plug a device into the power bank and that leaves the power button with the main function of checking power capacity. The LCD display is integrated seamlessly within the body of the power bank.

Build

Structure and Material:

All the black parts of the iMuto power bank are made of plastic and the portion where the charging ports are is made of Aluminum Alloy that’s colored in a Goldish color. It’s a solidly build a charger that doesn’t have too many separate pieces holding it together; also the choice of not making the hold portable charger Aluminum is a great decision because then that would make it very heavy.

Tech:

On the tech side, the power bank doesn’t do anything too special but it does use the basic safety tech features that are able to keep you and your devices safe during charging.

Reliability

This iMuto power bank is going to be very useful for those that own either Quick Charge compatible devices, as well as standard charging devices. You don’t need a Quick Charge device to get the most out of this power bank and that ‘s the best part because it can still deliver fast charging speed even if you use a Non-Quick Charge device on the QC port. Charging speeds are universally quite fast with this power bank, the same goes for the recharging speeds because you can use a Quick Charge wall charger to recharge the power bank faster.

It’s the size and weight of the power bank that can pose a problem with portability because it’s large and heavy.

Summary:

Power:

It features Quick Charge tech that’s able to charge QC compatible devices at their max charging speeds, and you can also charge standard charging devices at their max charging speeds using the 2.4A port. Even recharging is really good because you recharge the power bank at Quick Charge speeds.

There’s a lot of power capacity to use even after its conversion.

Design:

It’s long and thin, but the main problem is that it has a heavy weight of 1 pound. The use of an LCD power capacity display is a lot more accurate than just a couple of dots.

Build:

It has a solid build, nothing too special though so don’t go dropping it.

Reliability:

The iMuto power bank is reliable for those that are looking for a high capacity power bank and for fast charging at the same time. The best part about this is that it can be very useful for both Quick Charge device users and normal device users.

Specs of the iMuto 20,000mAh LEO SL200QC Power Bank:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 20,000mAh            Real Capacity: 12,000mAh – 14,000mAh
  • Output:

Normal USB Port: 5V/2.4A

Quick Charge Port: 5-6V/3.0A | 6-9V/2.0A | 12V/1.5A

  • Input:    5V/2A | 9V/2A | 12V/1.5A via a Micro-USB Input Port
  • LED Power Indicators: LCD Power Capacity Display
  • Size: 6.7 x 3.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 1 Pound

Conclusion:

This iMuto 20,000mAh with Quick Charge has a place within the market and it’s a universal place that’s able to keep those that use this power bank full of power. It doesn’t matter if you use the Quick Charge or not because either way, the charging speeds are going to be fast.

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Review: DBPower 18,000mAh Jump Starter Power Bank

Portable power is a very reliable thing to have. Of course, I’m talking about a power bank because a power bank is able to charge most of the portable devices that we use on a daily basis like our smartphones, tablets and even laptops. With that said, there are power banks that go even further than that because they can even power devices and jump start cars. This is one of the main reasons why Charger Harbor loves power banks so much; it’s because power banks can be transformed for other uses and still have their regular uses of charging USB chargeable devices.

Even though there are a lot of Jump Starter power banks on the market, this DB 18,000mAh Jump Starter Power Bank has a high capacity and its capabilities of not only jump-starting cars is impressive but also its ability to power devices and charge devices is too.

Power

Power Capacity:

The Output Power Capacity

The starting power capacity of the DBPower bank is 18,000mAh and you’re to be receiving an average conversion rate when you’re using it. An average conversion rate meaning about 70% of the initial power capacity that the power bank starts with. It’s always important to remember that during charging, the power within the batteries of the power bank are going through a conversion of power, and energy is lost there. In addition to that, when the energy goes through a charging cable, then power is lost there as well, and as a result, the power capacity that you’re actually going to be able to use is about 12,500mAh.

It’s still quite a lot of power capacity because you can charge plenty of devices with it multiple times. Let’s go over what you’re going to be able to charge.

Charging Smartphones

On the smartphone spectrum, the Output power capacity of the power bank is going to charge most smartphones 4 times or more. For this power bank review, we’re measuring smartphones that have a battery capacity of 3,000mAh. This goes for most newer smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S7, iPhone 7 Plus or Google Pixel because they all are in the range of capacities of 3,000mAh and yet they’re going to charge 4 times to their full power capacity.

With that said, if you have a smartphone that has a lower battery capacity than those, then you’re going to get about 5-7 full charges.

DevicesDBPower 18,000mAh Jump Starter Power Bank (Output Capacity = 12,500mAh)Phone CapacityDBPower 18,000mAh Jump Starter Power Bank
iPhone SE12,500mAh1,624mAh10,876mAh
7.6 Full Charges
iPhone 612,500mAh1,810mAh10,690mAh
6.9 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus12,500mAh2,915mAh9,585mAh
4.2 Full Charges
iPhone 6s12,500mAh1,715mAh10,785mAh
7.2 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus12,500mAh2,750mAh9,750mAh
4.5 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S612,500mAh2,550mAh9,950mAh
4.9 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge12,500mAh2,600mAh9,900mAh
4.8 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S712,500mAh3,000mAh9,500mAh
4.1 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge12,500mAh3,600mAh8,900mAh
3.4 Full Charges
Apple iPad Mini 212,500mAh6,470mAh6,030mAh
1.9 Full Charges
Apple iPad Mini 412,500mAh5,124mAh7,376mAh
2.4 Full Charges

Charging Mini Tablets with the DB Portable Charger

The usual case with the Output power capacity for most power banks is that it’s so low that charging tablets with the power bank becomes a second thought. That’s not the case here because this DBPower portable charger is going to do a good job at charging tablets. At least for Mini tablets that is. An iPad Mini 2 is going to be able to charge about 1.4 times and an iPad Mini 4 will fair about 1.9 full charges.

If you’re charging a Galaxy Tab tablet, with most of them having a battery capacity of 4,000mAh, then you’re going to have about 2.5 full charges. So in this case, this power bank is able to charge even most tablets multiple times as well.

Charging Full-Sized Tablets

Even charging a Full-Sized 12-Inch tablet isn’t too much of a problem because you can charge one to its full power only once, and still have 2,000mAh of power left over to use.

Charging Laptops with the Power Bank

Also, something that we’ll be getting into with this power bank is that it has the ability to charge Laptops with its DC Output port. However, it’s not compatible with MacBooks, you can still charge Laptops like Dell and HP ones. Take, for example, a Dell Inspiron has a power capacity of 5,200mAh, so you can charge it 2 full times. Or other Dell Laptops that have 7,800mAh battery capacities so those will take about 1.6 Full charges.

Jump Starting Vehicles

The first important thing to know about the power capacity when it comes to jumping starting your car is that you must have 25% or more power capacity in the power bank in order to jump start.

With that said, the power bank is able to jump start 6.5L Gas or 5.2L Diesel engines about 30 times if the power bank has a full power capacity.

Output Charging:

The charging power of the DB Power bank is actually quite good because one of the USB charging ports has a Max standard charging speed of 5V/2.4A and the other port has a charging speed of 5V/2.1A.

Charging with USB Ports

2.4A Port:

Use this charging port first, because it’s going to be able to charge most devices at their max charging speed. This goes for most smartphones and tablets like an iPad that have a max charging speed of 2.4 Amps. Although, this power bank does not have Quick Charge and it will not charge your Quick Charge compatible devices at their max charging speeds.

2.1A Port:

This port is a very close second and you’re going to want to use this when you’re charging two devices at once. It’s not much different than the 2.4A port, just a little slower.

Charging with DC Port

DC Output Port:

The power bank has a DC Output port that is mostly useful for charging Laptops. For one reason is because the power bank comes with 8 laptop adapters and also because you can adjust the Voltage that’s being outputted from 12V/16V/19V.

Jump Starting

Jump Starting Vehicles

The starting current when it comes to jumping starting cars is 300A and the max current is 600A.

Input Charging:

For some reason, when it comes to Jump Starter power banks, the recharge method that is used is DC input. We’re not complaining though because this power bank is able to charge at 15V/1.0A. As a result, an 18,000mAh power bank is going to be recharged within 4-5 hours.

It comes with a car recharger so you can recharge the power bank in your car, and it also comes with a wall charger to charge it in your house.

Design

Size and Weight:

So the power capacity alone isn’t exactly, what’s making the power bank large. It’s also all the charging options and the fact that you can jump start your car; so the circuitry for that has to be made as well. With that said, this power bank is really meant to be set down.

It has a length of 8 inches, a width of 4 inches, and a thickness of 1.25 inches. It weighs 2.8 pounds. Very large and heavy. So as good as its powering capabilities are, you’re going to be limited by how far you can take this thing. I think it’s best to just have it stored in your car since that’s where you’re going to need it the most.

Functional Components:

Most of the functional parts of the power bank are on a single side.

On the Long Side

On the side is where you’ll find an LCD power capacity display/power output display, a DC Output port, a power button, the 2 USB charging ports, a DC Input, a switch for the Jump Cables, and the jumper cable ports.

On the Short Side

On the short side is where there’s a LED flashlight and on top of the power bank is where there’s a compass.

How it Works

Charging automatically starts when you insert devices into either the USB Output port or the DC Output ports. With that said, the power button still holds a vital function by being able to turn on the flashlight. Hold down the power button to turn on the flashlight, and once it’s turned on, you can tap the power button to switch between 3 versions of the flashlight: Constant, Strobe, and SOS.

The LCD screen shows the power capacity in a percentage manner which is a much more convenient and accurate way of telling power capacity than just a couple of dots. It also shows the Voltage that’s being outputted.

How to use the Jump starter

The jump starter ports are covered by a flap. Once the jumper cables are connected to the power button, turn on the switch next to the cables to “ON”. Once it’s on, connect the Negative to the Negative and Positive to the Positive on the battery of your car. Wait about 14 seconds before cranking your car.

You shouldn’t crank your car for more than 4 seconds as that can cause damage; also you should give a 30-second cooldown for the power bank in between cranks.

Build

Structure and Material:

The entire power bank is made of plastic, but that’s not really a bad thing because the power bank has a very thick structure to it. It doesn’t go into the rugged category but it’s built well enough that you can place this in your car and drive, and it’ll take the bumps and hits while you’re driving.

Tech:

On the tech side, the power bank makes use of the basic safety tech to keep you and your devices safe during charging. With that said, most jump starter power banks have a common problem and that is when jump starting is taken too far, the batteries within the power bank can expand.

This is why it’s vital to heed the warning of not cranking too long and to give the power bank a cool down after a crank is done.

Reliability

We highly recommend that you get this power bank and place it in your car. This power bank isn’t really meant to be taken to other places because of just how large and heavy it, so you’re better off getting a power bank that’s just a plain power bank.

However, with this DBPower portable charger, you can charge 2 USB chargeable devices, use the DC Output port for laptops and you can jump start vehicles. All those power options are going to be perfect to use and reliable enough for when you’re on the road.

Summary:

Power:

The power capacity is enough to charge most devices multiple times. You can charge USB devices, a laptop and even jump start cars that have a 6.5L Gas engine or a 5.2L Diesel Engine up to 30 times when you have a full charge with the power bank.

Design:

It’s very large and very heavy. It’s best to place this power bank in your car, which is where it’ll hold the most use.

Build:

It might not have a rugged build, but it does have a tough build that’s able to withstand hits and bumps. One very important thing to remember is to not push the power bank too far when it comes to jumping starting cars.

Reliability:

The lack of portability, or rather the ease of it that you get this with this power bank make it unreliable on that parts.

For everything else, though, this DBPower power bank does a great and it’s one of the most reliable devices that you can keep in your car.

Specs of the DBPower 18,000mAh Jump Starter Power Bank:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 18,000mAh           Real Capacity: 12,500mAh
  • Output:  

USB Port 1: 5V/2.4A

USB Port 2: 5V/2.1A

DC Port: 12V/16V/19V

  • Input:    15V/1.0A Via DC Input
  • LED Power Indicators: LCD Power Capacity Display
  • Size: 8 x 4 x 1.25 inches
  • Weight: 2.8 Pounds

Conclusion:

We think DBPower did a great job designing this power bank because it has all the traits that you’re going to need when you head out on the road. Whether it’s your smartphone at a lower battery power or your laptop. If you come back to your car and it has a dead battery, you can jump start. There’s no need for a tow truck when you purchase a power bank like this and there’s no need to really stress about power in general either.

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Review: MAXOAK 13,000mAh Power Bank

We’ve already reviewed two of MAXOAK’s most famous power banks with their 50,000mAh and 30,000mAh portable chargers having not only high power capacities but also being able to charge lots of devices at once. With that said, this power bank from MAXOAK takes a more simple approach because it has a 13,000mAh power capacity with just two charging ports. So let’s see if a more simple approach with a power bank is what MAXOAK is good at, or if they should just stick with creating large behemoth portables chargers.

Take a closer look at this 13,000mAh MAXOAK power bank in this Charger Harbor review.

Power

Power Capacity:

How much Power you’ll really be getting

The power capacity starts at 13,000mAh and you’re going to end up receiving quite a normal Output power capacity through the conversion process during charging. The conversion is 70% efficient and that’s going to result in about 9,000mAh of power capacity that you can actually use with the devices that you change.

Charging Smartphones

With that said, this MAXOAK power bank is going to be most useful to charge smartphones with, because you’ll be able to charge most smartphones multiples times. A smartphone with a large battery capacity like an iPhone 6 Plus with its 2,915mAh battery will be able to charge 3 times to its full charge. The same things is true for a Galaxy S7 with its 3,000mAh capacity that will also be able to charge to full power about 3 times.

So if you have a smartphone that has a smaller battery capacity than either an iPhone 6 Plus or Galaxy S7 you can expect to get as much as 3 full charges and most likely even more.

 MAXOAK 13,000mAh Power Bank
(Output Power Capacity = 9,000mAh)
Phone CapacityMAXOAK 13,000mAh Power Bank
iPhone SE9,000mAh1,624mAh7,376mAh
5 Full Charges
iPhone 69,000mAh1,810mAh7,190mAh
4 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus9,000mAh2,915mAh6,085mAh
3 Full Charges
iPhone 6s9,000mAh1,715mAh7,285mAh
5 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus9,000mAh2,750mAh6,250mAh
3 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S69,000mAh2,550mAh6,450mAh
3 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge9,000mAh2,600mAh6,400mAh
3 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S79,000mAh3,000mAh6,000mAh
3 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge9,000mAh3,600mAh5,400mAh
2.5 Full Charges

Charging Mini tablets with the MAXOAK 13,000mAh Power Bank

Charging tablets with the MAXOAK power bank can be done too, but it’s best to charge Mini tablets like the iPad Mini 2, 4 and Galaxy Tab series. If you’re charging either an iPad Mini 2 or 4 then you’ll be able to get a single full charge and then possibly another halfway charge. Charging a Galaxy Tab with their 4,000mAh power capacity will result in 2 Full possible charges.

Charging Full-Sized Tablets

If you’re charging Full-Sized tablets like an iPad 12-Inch, then you’ll actually get quite close to its full power because a Full-Sized iPad has a power capacity of 10,000mAh and so it’ll get to about 90% of its power.

Output Charging:

Output charging is good but it could be better.

We say this because one charging port delivers a charging speed of 5V/2.1A and that’s good. The other charging port Outputs 5V/1.0A, which isn’t good because that’s a slow charging speed for a lot of devices.

So if you’re only charging a single device with this power bank, you should always use the 2.1 Amp port because that’s going to provide the faster charging speed. Only use the 1 Amp port if you’re charging two devices at once. With that said, at least each of the charging ports is able to use their max power because the Max Output of the power bank is 5V/3.1A.

Input Charging:

The MAXOAK power bank has a recharge rate of 5V/1.5A and as long as you’re using a 2 Amp wall charger it’ll be able to charge to its full power within 8-9 hours.

Design

Size and Weight:

Not too large of a power bank but the weight can feel a bit heavy if you’re holding it for long durations of time. MAXOAK mentions that you can fit it into your pocket but we find that to be a joke. It’s best held in the hands.

It has a length of 4.7 inches, a width of 2.8 inches, and a thickness of 0.8 inches. The weight of the power bank is 10.7 ounces.

Functional Components:

The 2 USB Output ports are on a single side and there’s a Micro-USB Input port on there too. On the long side of the power bank is where there’s the power button. On top of the power bank is an LCD power capacity display that shows the power capacity in a percentage manner. With that said, it’s important to know that the LCD display only shows two digits, and so when the power bank shows “99” when it’s recharging, that means it’s full.

Charging automatically starts, however, there have been cases that when a device is connected, the power bank doesn’t detect it; then you have to press the power button to begin charging.

Build

Structure and Material:

The siding of the power bank is made of Aluminum and the center piece is made of plastic. It has quite a strong build, and even though it’s no rugged power bank, we think that it can do well with a drop to a soft covered flooring.

Tech:

On the tech side, the MAXOAK power bank doesn’t do anything too special. Since it doesn’t use any special batteries, the conversion rate of the power bank is average, but it does use safety tech to keep you and your devices safe during charging.

Reliability

The MAXOAK 13,000mAh power bank is quite reliable because even after conversion, the power capacity is still quite solid that you can charge some devices multiple times over. Charging speeds could be better, or rather the Charging design could be better because you can’t charge 2 devices at very fast charging speeds at the same time since one port only offers 1 Amp of charging speed.

Even though it won’t fit into your pocket, the 13,000mAh power bank is still reliable to take anywhere you want.

Summary:

Power:

The power capacity holds up well, and you’ll be able to charge smartphones multiple times even if they have large power capacities. Charging speeds shouldn’t be set to individual charging ports because in this case, one port will deliver slow charging only.

Design:

Not the lightest or the thinnest but this 13,000mAh power bank holds up with a short length that makes it easy to hold in a single hand. The use of an LCD power capacity display is very helpful.

Build:

On the physical side, it’s a surprisingly strong power bank.

Reliability:

We think that it holds up quite well as a portable power bank that you can rely on for those times when you need charging in an emergency.

Specs of the MAXOAK 13,000mAh Power Bank:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 13,000mAh            Real Capacity: 9,000mAh
  • Output:   Port 1: 5V/2.1A    Port 2: 5V/1.0A   Max Output: 5V/3.1A
  • Input:    5V/1.5A Via a Micro-USB Input Port
  • LED Power Indicators: LCD Digital Display
  • Size: 4.7 x 2.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Weight: 10.7 Ounces

Conclusion:

So this MAXOAK 13,000mAh power bank isn’t nearly as impressive as MAXOAK’s 50,0000mAh and 30,000mAh power banks. Although it does well enough to get the job done. The power capacity is still enough after conversion and you can still charge two devices; albeit, the charging design could use some work.

We highly recommend this power bank for getting the basics down very well, and the use an LCD power capacity display is more helpful than a few dots to tell the power capacity.

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Review: iDaye 14,000mAh 2-Port Power Bank

Now that most power banks have 2 charging ports, the next step is for you, the customer, to know what those charging ports are capable of. Just because a power bank can charge 2 devices at once does not mean that it’s a great power bank because those charging ports might have slow charging speeds or one port might have a fast charging speed and the other port has a slow charging speed. That is mostly the case with a few power banks on the market which is why it’s important to know what portable chargers hold value when they have 2 charging ports.

This is the iDaye 14,000mAh power bank that has 2 charging ports and enough power capacity to last you quite a while. However, let’s take a deeper look to see how it fairs in the field.

Power

Power Capacity:

The iDaye power bank starts with a power capacity of 14,000mAh and that’s going to change during charging. Just how much will it change? Quite a bit.

This is because the power bank uses just regular Regular Lithium Polymer batteries that convert energy just efficiently enough, and then there’s transfer of power through the charging cable and to the device that you’re charging. All of this is going to make the conversion of energy at a normal rate fo 70% and that’s going to result in an Output power capacity of 9,800mAh. This amount of power capacity, although quite a lot lower than the initial one, is still useful for charging 2 devices at once and charging smartphones a few times over.

Charging smartphones with the iDaye Power Bank

For example, you’ll be able to charge an iPhone 6s about 5 times to its full power capacity or you can charge a Galaxy S7 to its full power 3 times over. So for the most part, you’re going to want to charge smartphones with the iDaye Power bank, because despite it boasting a 14,000mAh, the Output power capacity that you’ll actually receive is lower than that.

Charging Mini Tablets with the iDaye Power Bank

If you do plan on charging tablets, then we recommend taking the Mini route and mostly charging Mini tablets because that way, you’ll be able to charge tablets like the iPad Mini 2 or iPad Mini 4 series once, and still have enough power capacity on the iDaye power bank to charge a smartphones to its full power.

Charging Full-Sized Tablets with the iDaye Power Bank

Charging a full-sized tablet like the iPad 12-Inch version will result in the portable being close to its full power, but it’s going to take the entire power capacity of the iDaye power bank.

DevicesiDaye 14,000mAh 2-Port Power Bank (Output Capacity = 9,800mAh)Phone CapacityiDaye 14,000mAh 2-Port Power Bank
iPhone SE9,800mAh1,624mAh8,176mAh
6.0 Full Charges
iPhone 69,800mAh1,810mAh7,990mAh
5.4 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus9,800mAh2,915mAh6,885mAh
3.3 Full Charges
iPhone 6s9,800mAh1,715mAh8,085mAh
5.7 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus9,800mAh2,750mAh7,050mAh
3.5 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S69,800mAh2,550mAh7,250mAh
3.8 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge9,800mAh2,600mAh7,200mAh
3.7 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S79,800mAh3,000mAh6,800mAh
3.2 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge9,800mAh3,600mAh6,200mAh
2.7 Full Charges

Output Charging:

There are 2 charging ports on the iDaye power bank and thank goodness the charger doesn’t have set charging speeds on the charging ports.

Each of the 2 charging ports is capable of an output of 5V/2.1A and the max output of the charger is 3.5A. So if you’re charging 2 devices at once and the power bank is being pushed to its charging limits, then each of the charging ports is going to be outputting 5V/1.75A. That’s not a bad charging speed for 2 devices charging at once, and it’s a really good charging speed for smartphones. However, it’s important to know that this power bank does not feature Quick Charge and so it won’t be able to charge Quick Charge compatible smartphones at their max charging speeds.

Also, if you want to charge a tablet as fast as possible, then it’s best to charge it alone because when you add another device while a tablet is charging, then it will most likely limit the charging speed of the tablet.

For the most part, the charging speeds and design are done very well; but if there’s just one flaw, it’s that having each port Output 5V/2.4A would have been better because that’s the max charging speeds for most tablets like iPads.

Input Charging:

The max recharge speed for the iDaye power bank is 5V/2.0A and as long as you’re using a 2 Amp wall charger, the power bank will be able to recharge within 7-8 hours. If you’re using a 1 Amp USB wall charger, then it can very well take about 16 hours for a full recharge.

Design

Size and Weight:

 

It’s quite a large power bank but not too large that you can’t hold it in a single hand, we just think that it should be smaller and easier to hold because it is bulky.

It has a length of 5.7 inches, a width of 2.8 inches, and a thickness of 0.7 inches. The weight of the power bank is 9.6 ounces. Not the lightest or smallest power bank, but it does well enough; provided that you’re willing to carry around the half a pound weight that it has.

Functional Components:

On the short-side of the power bank, is where you’ll find 2 USB charging ports and a single Micro-USB Input port. On the long side of the charger is where there’s a power button and on top of the power bank is where there’s 4 Blue LED power capacity indicators.

If there’s just a single important thing to know about the iDaye power bank, it’s that charging DOES NOT automatically start. Once you connect a device to the power bank, then you must press the power button to begin charging. This kind of design is actually old and most power banks are supposed to automatically start charging, without that, there’s a possibility that you may connect your device and forget to even press the power button to begin charging.

Build

Structure and Material:

It’s made of plastic and it’s very sturdy so it can be used every day. There are just 2 pieces that make the charger whole with just the top and bottom piece.

Tech:

iDaye doesn’t specify what safety protections they use with this portable charger, however, they do have the certifications like FCC, CE and RoHS to set the basis for safety for you and your devices at least.

Reliability

The iDaye power bank is meeting just at the line with it being a good power bank. There’s nothing too special about the power capacity, or size of the portable charger. However, what makes it very reliable is that it has just enough power capacity, and the charging design is great for charging 2 devices at once because charging speeds are not limited to just a port.

We think that if you need a 2 port power bank that’s going to provide enough longevity and charging power, then this iDaye power bank is the one for you.

Summary:

Power:

The power capacity that you can actually use is quite a lot lower than the initial one because of the conversion of energy. Charging is good with the charger because it has a max Output of 3.5A and each of the charging ports has a charging speed of 5V/2.1A.

Design:

Not small or even lightweight; however, you can still manage to hold the charger if you wanted to, or place it into a bag to make portability more bearable.

Build:

Not the strongest build but it’s built well enough that it can be used every day.

Reliability:

The iDaye power bank meets just at the line of what we consider a great power bank because it has a power capacity to charge smartphones multiple times, and it can even charge some tablets to their full power.

Conclusion:

This iDaye 14,000mAh portable does an alright job, because all of its aspects simply go together very well with its power capacity, charging power, and size. If there’s just one hold up, it’s the fact that you have to press the power button to begin charging and that’s just plain old school.

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Review: RAVPower 18,000mAh Element Car Jump Starter

Power banks that double as car jump starters are generally better than normal power banks. Not only because they can jump start your car but also because their build quality and charging power is better. They’re built really well to keep it in your vehicle for the long-term and surprisingly the charging speeds for the charging ports are quite fast.

In this case, though, this RAVPower 18,000mAh Element Car Jump Starter goes a step further with its capabilities because it can even power appliances with this DC Output port and that can be very useful for those times when you’re either going camping or on the road during a road trip.

Power

Power Capacity:

The power capacity of the RAVPower car jumper power bank starts at 18,000mAh. When you include usage of Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries that are able to withstand higher temperature quite well during charging (Although these are basically Lithium Polymer batteries) and the inefficiencies of energy being transferred through the charging cable; then the conversion rate of the RAVPower bank will be an average 70% and that’s going to result in an Output power capacity fo 12,500mAh.

Using the RAVPower Element Charger on smartphones

It’s very useful to use this power bank when you’re either out on the open road or just using it in a normal manner because it’s going to be able to provide about 6-7 full charges for an iPhone 6s and the same can be said about most Android smartphones as well. Although you’ll be getting about 4 full charges for smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S7.

Using the RAVPower Element Charger on Mini Tablets

The Output power capacity is very useful for charging tablets and that’s especially true if you’re charging Mini tablets like the iPad Mini 2 and Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 has a power capacity of 5,124mAh and the iPad Mini 2 has a 6,470mAh power capacity and as a result, you’ll fair about 2 full charges for them. However, what we find awesome is that you can just charge one to its full power and still have 6,000mAh of usable power left to use.

Using the RAVPower Element Charger on Full- Sized Tablets

On the higher end of charging tablets, like Full-sized ones like the iPad 12-Inch version, that’s going to take all of the power capacity from the RAVPower power bank to charge, because the iPad 12-Inch tablet has a power capacity 10,307mAh. Even then though, you’ll end up with a 80% charge on the iPad, which isn’t that bad at all.

DevicesRAVPower 18,000mAh Element Car Jump Starter (Output Capacity = 12,500mAh)Phone CapacityRAVPower 18,000mAh Element Car Jump Starter
iPhone SE12,500mAh1,624mAh10,876mAh
7.6 Full Charges
iPhone 612,500mAh1,810mAh10,690mAh
6.9 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus12,500mAh2,915mAh9,585mAh
4.2 Full Charges
iPhone 6s12,500mAh1,715mAh10,785mAh
7.2 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus12,500mAh2,750mAh9,750mAh
4.5 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S612,500mAh2,550mAh9,950mAh
4.9 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge12,500mAh2,600mAh9,900mAh
4.8 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S712,500mAh3,000mAh9,500mAh
4.1 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge12,500mAh3,600mAh8,900mAh
3.4 Full Charges

Jump Starting cars with the Power Capacity:

The power bank can jump start 3L Diesel Engines and 6L Gas Engines about 20 times; just keep in mind that you need to have the power bank powered to its full capacity to get 20 full jump starts. Having the power bank have less than its full power will ultimately result in fewer jump starts.

Output Charging:

The USB Charging Ports

There are 2 USB Output charging ports on the power bank and they both offer different charging speeds.

5V/2.1A Charging Port:

Use this charging port at all times when you’re just charging a single device because most devices charge at 2 Amps or higher. That’s true for smartphones and tablets and this charging port is going to be very useful charging tablets at/near their max speed.

5V/1.5A Charging Port:

The charging speed of 1.5A isn’t actually that bad but it’s still slower than the other charging port and this charging port should only be used when you’re charging 2 devices at once.

DC Output:

The power bank has a cigarette lighter port that you can use a car charger with and that charger has a DC cable, so you can power appliances that are powered up to 120 Watts of power. This is very useful for those times when you have a mini fridge on the road, or maybe even a small vacuum in your car. The use of having this power bank being able to charge your smartphones/tablets devices, power appliances, and Jump Start your car are all the things that make it an awesome power source to have.

Another way to look at the DC Output is that it has an Output power of 12V/10A.

Jump Starting cars

The power bank has a Peak Current of 600A and that’s enough Current to jump start cars that have V6 and even V8 engines.

Input Charging:

It uses a DC Input to recharge itself and you can use either the Home power adapter or the Car charger that the power bank comes with and it recharges at a 15V/1.0A charging speed. As a result, the 18,000mAh power bank will be able to recharge to its full power capacity within 5 hours. Not a bad recharge time for such a high power capacity.

Design

Size and Weight:

Since this is a higher power capacity power bank and has 3 ways to use it, that also means that it’s a large and heavy portable charger. Call it equivalent exchange if you will.

It has a length of 7.3 inches, a width of 5.1 inches and a thickness of 1.2 inches. It weighs 2 pounds. You’re never going to actually carry the power bank in your hand, but only when you’re actually taking it out to use it. So it’s best to keep the charger in your car or in your backpack when you’re camping/hiking in the outdoors (Although keeping it in a backpack would still make you feel the heavy weight).

Functional Components:

Even with all of its features of powering devices, the power bank is quite easy to use.

Where things are on the power bank

This is because most of the charging components are on a single side. On the back side of the power bank is where the DC Output is and it’s covered by a flap that’s labeled 12V/10A, Then there’s a long flap that covers the DC Input and 2 USB charging ports; lastly there are the Car Jumper sockets that are also covered by a flap.

On the top of the power bank is where there’s the power button and 4 LED power capacity indicators; on the side is where there’s a flashlight that is actually very bright and can practically be compared to regular flashlight brightness. The flashlight is turned on by holding the power button down for about 3 seconds and once it’s on you can press the power button to cycle from its 3 versions of either Regular, SOS, and Flash.

How to use the JumpStart Feature

To Jump-start a car, simply connect the jumper cables that the power bank comes with into the jumper sockets and connect the Positive and Negative cables onto your car battery; then press the power button and wait for the Red light on the jumper cable device to turn off and for the Green light to come on, and once that happens you can turn on your car.

The main thing that you’ll notice is that the power bank has a handle on it and that makes it very useful for holding the charger, and using the flashlight because you’re basically holding it like a torch then. The handle is retractable too which makes storing the power bank very easy.

Build

Structure and Material:

The power bank is made of plastic but it’s very durable with most of its components being overlapped, which makes having the power bank in your car a completely possible thing to do.

Tech:

On the inside, the power banks have safety tech features such as Temperature control, Short-Circuit and Surge protection to keep you and your devices safe during charging or when you’re jump starting your car.

The use of Lithium Iron batteries

In addition, the power banks uses Lithium Iron batteries that are perfect for this power bank because when you jump start cars, that’s demanding a lot of power from the batteries which result in a lot of heat; the Iron batteries manage the heat better and that means there’s much less of chance of the batteries expanding and damaging the power bank.

Also, the Lithium Iron batteries are able to make the power bank last up to 2,000 recharges which is basically 4X more than the average lasting time.

Reliability

This is one of the best power banks to own on the market. The only unreliable aspects that we can truly identify is that it’s large and heavy, which can make it difficult to take places, but it’s mostly meant a stay in your car.

With that said, all the other features are highly reliable because the power bank has 3 powering options that can be used either in an emergency for jump starting your car, or a more regular usage of charging devices like your smartphones or tablet. You can even power small appliances.

All of this can be done with a device that you can carry in your hand, and it’s vital to have reliable power in your car when you’re on long rides.

Summary:

Power:

The power capacity does go through an average conversion rate, but with the power capacity that’s actually usable, it can actually charge smartphones and tablets multiple times. When the power bank is fully recharged, then it can jump start a car 20 times, and it has a DC Output that can power appliances like Mini Fridges.

Design:

It’s large and heavy, but that’s to be expected when you have a device this large.

Even though it has lots of powering methods. the power bank is still easy to use with its 4 main functions.

Build:

It has a strong and sturdy build that’s perfect for storing in your car. On the inside, RAVPower took a very smart approach because they’re using batteries that are able to better withstand the power it takes to jump start a car’s battery.

Reliability:

With the powering capabilities that this power bank has, we think it’s vital for people to own something like this RAVPower portable charger because all the capabilities that it holds can be relied upon for anybody.

Specs of the RAVPower 18,000mAh Element Car Jump Starter:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 18,000mAh            Real Capacity: 12,500mAh
  • Output: 

USB Charging Ports:     Port 1: 5V/2.1A        Port 2: 5V/1.5A

DC Output:     120 Watts of power

Jump Starter:   Peak Current of 600A

  • Input:      15V/1.0A Via DC Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 7.3 x 5.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Weight: 2 Pounds

Conclusion:

Car jumper power banks are doubling as life savers, or at least this one does because you can charge your smartphone, power a mini-fridge, and jump start your car with it. Also, the flashlight is a lot better than most power banks have. If you need a small but reliable source of power while you’re on the road for work or for a vacation, then this RAVPower Element Car Jump Starter has got you covered.

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Review: RAVPower 14,000mAh Element Car Jump Starter

At times we’re surprised by what power banks are able to accomplish because they can have many different features to them. Some power banks have different charging speeds and then there’s the special charging tech behind the charging speeds like USB-C or QuickCharge. There are some power banks that are made for the outdoors because they’re shockproof and waterproof to protect themselves against dangers that would normally damage other power banks. There’s also solar power banks that recharge using their solar panels.

In this case, though, this is the RAVPower 14,000mAh Car Jump Starter power bank that’s able to jump start cars and still has the ability to charge devices like smartphones and tablets. There are also some other features that make it stand out.

Power

Power Capacity:

The power capacity of the RAVPower Car Jump Starter starts at 14,000mAh and it’s going to change quite drastically because of the inefficiencies during charging because a conversion of energy is taking place. This can be attributed to the batteries that it uses with Lithium Polymer batteries and then the usual loss of energy through the charging cable. As a result, you’re going to be left with about 8,000mAh of Output power capacity that you’ll actually be able to use.

How well it charges Smartphones

Yes, we know that’s a lot of power capacity that missing from the initial one but you should know that many other power banks on the market basically have the same kind of conversion rate. So it’s with an 8,000mAh Output power capacity that you’ll be able to charge most smartphones about 3 times or more. If your smartphone has a battery that’s 2,000mAh then it’s going to be getting 4 full charges; so even with the Output power capacity being lower than the initial one, it can still provide lots of charges to a smartphone.

How the Power Bank fairs against Tablets

Moving onto charging tablets, it still does a great job because if you’re charging an iPad Mini 2, then the RAVPower power bank will do a full recharge and still have about 1,500mAh of power capacity left. Or if you’re charging an iPad Mini 4, that’s going to leave about 3,000mAh of more power capacity to use. Ultimately, if you do decide to charge tablets with this power bank, that’s entirely possible but the best experience is to charge it with Mini tablets rather than Full-Sized ones.

Full-Sized Tablets

If you choose to charge Full-Sized tablets like an iPad 12-Inch series then, unfortunately, you won’t be able to charge it to its full power. This is because the Battery capacity of the Full-Sized tablet is 10,307mAh and as a result, using the entire power capacity will charge the iPad to about 80% of the way through.

DevicesRAVPower 14,000mAh Element Car Jump Starter (Output Capacity = 8,000mAh)Phone CapacityRAVPower 14,000mAh Element Car Jump Starter
iPhone SE8,000mAh1,624mAh6,376mAh
4.9 Full Charges
iPhone 68,000mAh1,810mAh6,190mAh
4.4 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus8,000mAh2,915mAh5,085mAh
2.7 Full Charges
iPhone 6s8,000mAh1,715mAh6,285mAh
4.6 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus8,000mAh2,750mAh5,250mAh
2.9 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S68,000mAh2,550mAh5,450mAh
3.1 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge8,000mAh2,600mAh5,400mAh
3.0 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S78,000mAh3,000mAh5,000mAh
2.6 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge8,000mAh3,600mAh4,400mAh
2.2 Full Charges

Jump Starting Cars

The power capacity is still high enough to jump starts car that has either a 5L Gas Engine or a 3L Diesel Engine up 20 times. With that said, the power bank must be above 60% power capacity to jump start a vehicle, so there’s actually enough power to use.

Output Charging:

There are 2 USB charging ports on the power bank and each of them has a charging rate of 5V/2.1A. That’s not the amazing part, though, what is the amazing part is that the Max Output for the charging ports is 4.2A; so you can use both of the charging ports at their max charging speeds at the same time.

A charging speed of 2.1 Amps is very helpful for charging smartphones and tablets because most smartphones will be able to charge at their max charging speeds, except for smartphones that are compatible with Quick Charge because this power bank does not feature Quick Charge technology.

Tablets will be able to charge near their max charging speeds because tablets like iPads have a Max recharge rate of 5V/2.4A, and this power bank comes close to that at 5V/2.1A.

Car Jumping Charging:

The starting current of jumping a car is 280A and the Peak current is 550A. That’s enough power to jump start cars that either has V6 Engines or V8 engines.

Input Charging:

Strangely, the RAVPower power bank isn’t recharged through traditional Micro-USB input port and it’s actually recharged through a DC Input. It’s with the DC Input that you can either use the 15V Wall charger or 15V Car Charger to recharge the power bank. The recharge rather when using either of these recharging options if 15V/1.0A and that result in the power bank being recharged within 5-6 hours, which is a really short charging speed in comparison of being recharged using a Micro-USB input.

Design

Size and Weight:

One of the most important things to remember about Portable Car Jumper power banks is that they’re large and heavy. This stands true for this RAVPower power banks.

This is because it has a length of 6.7 inches, a width of 3.3 inches and a thickness of 1.4 inches. The weight of the power bank is 1 pound. So you’re not going to be holding this power bank, like, ever. As a result, you should have the power bank in your car.

Functional Components:

Almost all the functional parts of the power bank are on a single side of the charger.

On the long side is where you’ll find the power button, the 2 USB charging Output ports, the DC Input port, the ON/OFF Switch for jump starting and the jump-starting ports. On top of the power bank is where there’s the LCD Screen that shows the power capacity in a percentage manner and the Output charging speeds. On the short side of the power bank, is where there’s a LED flashlight.

Charging automatically starts when you plug a device into either one of the two charging ports, but the power button still has some key features to be used with.

The power button can be pressed once to turn on the LCD Screen to check the power capacity when you’re not actually using the power bank. Also, to use the Flashlight, you have to hold the power button down; the flashlight has 3 main features which are Solid Light, SOS, and Flash. To turn from different versions of the flashlight, simply press the power button once the flashlight is on.

To use the Power Bank as a Car Jump Starter, you need to lift up the flap to show the Jumper sockets, and then plug the Jumper cables into the sockets. Once that’s done, connect the Jump cables to the battery of your vehicle with Red being Positive and the Black being Negative; then switch the Jump Start Switch on the power bank to ON. Just wait until the Jumper cable’s light turns from Red to Green and then Start your car.

Build

Structure and Material:

The power bank is very well made even though it’s made of plastic it’s still durable. It has a thick plastic casing that makes it withstand bumps and hits while it’s in your car and you’re driving around.

The Jumper cables have Copper clamps and the outside housing is made of plastic.

Tech:

On the tech side, the power bank makes use of lots of charging tech like Short-Circuit, Over-Current, and Over-Charging protection to make sure that you and your devices are safe during charging.

Reliability

We think it’s very reliable to have this power bank within your car at all times because you never know when you might come back to your car and it has a dead battery. In those times, you have to call Triple A and that can cost a few hundred dollars. Or you can simply use this power bank to save you those high costs, anxiety and being stranded; to instead being confident that you can start your car up.

Also after you start your car up, you might notice that your smartphone is low on battery power. Well, look at that! The power bank that you used to Jump Start your car can also charge your smartphone! This is what reliability is and we think that this RAVPower portable charger is going to be very useful in those unexpected times.

Then there are the 2 methods of recharging the power bank with either the Wall Charger or Car Charger; this way, you can have the wall charger at home and have the car charger in your car at all times so if the power bank does need recharging, you can do so while you’re driving.

Summary:

Power:

The power capacity of the RAVPower power bank goes quite a lot lower than its initial power capacity losing about 6,000mAh. Even so, the 8,000mAh power capacity is still useful to charge smartphones lots of times and also to charge tablets a single time while having a little bit left.

For Jumpstarting vehicles, there has to be at least 60% of power capacity left. With that said, it can jump start a car potentially up to 20 times.

Design:

It’s a large and heavy power bank, so your best bet is to just place the charger in your car. The use of an LCD screen is really nice because you can tell the power capacity in a more accurate manner. Using the jump starting part of the power bank is actually quite easy.

Build:

It has a strong build and takes moving around, hits and bumps while it’s in your car and you’re driving around.

Reliability:

We think that everyone should have a power bank that doubles as a jump starter because you never know when you might need it and when you do have it in a time of need then that’s when it will be able to save you. Not only for jump starting your car, which is the main reason why this power bank was made, but also to charge devices like your smartphone.

Specs of the RAVPower 14,000mAh Element Car Jump Starter:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 14,000mAh            Real Capacity: 8,000mAh
  • Output:   Per Port: 5V/2.1A     Max Output: 4.2A
  • Input:   15V/1.0A Via DC Input
  • LED Power Indicators: LCD Display
  • Size: 6.7 x 3.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Weight:  1 Pound

Conclusion:

The RAVPower Car Jump Starter has proved itself to be very resourceful because it can jump start cars lots of times and the same goes for charging smartphones. Although the conversion of power capacity during charging could be better.

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Review: PowerAdd X7 20,000mAh Power Bank

Most power banks these days seem to feature most of the same features and by that we mean they all have the same power capacity ranges, similar sizes, and Outputs. With that said, at this point what makes a power bank better that other ones is the small details that they have. The small details are the ways that the charging speeds are set up, the conversion of power, and the recharge rates. Those are the things that are more important than just what’s on the surface, and those are differences that you should pay attention to when you’re purchasing a new power bank.

This is the PowerAdd Pilot X7 20,000mAh power bank. Let’s see if it has all the details to make it an extraordinary power bank.

Power

Power Capacity:

The power capacity of the PowerAdd Pilot X7 starts at 20,000mAh and that can change quite drastically because the power bank doesn’t make use of any special batteries because it uses the common Grade A+ lithium Polymer batteries and the there are inefficiencies when the power goes through a charging cable as well.

As a result, you’ll be getting about 70% of a conversion rate and that’s going to be about 14,000mAh of power capacity that you’ll actually be able to use. With that said, even though a conversion rate of 70% is very normal with lots of power banks, you’re still losing 6,000mAh worth of power that could have been used to potentially charge a smartphone 2 more full times.

It’s with 14,000mAh of power that is able to charge most smartphones 5 times or more and you’ll be able to charge to charge an iPhone 6s about 8 full times. So for smartphones, even though the Output power capacity is a lot lower than the starting one, it’s still very useful and the power bank can be used for days without needing a recharge.

If you’re charging Mini sized tablets then you’ll be able to get about 1.7 charges, and charge full-sized tablets will result in 1.3 full charges. Ultimately, even though the conversion rate of the power capacity isn’t that good, it still manages to get charging devices to their full power very well.

Output Charging:

This is where the powering capabilities of the PowerAdd X7 aren’t designed that well and many other portable chargers on the market make the same mistake too.

The mistake that is made is that each of the charging ports has their own fixed charging speed and as a result when you’re charging 2 devices at once, one device will always have the short end of the stick that has the slower charging port.

5V/2.1A Port:

This charging port is labeled to be the charging port that you’d use tablets with and even though this makes sense because tablets are able to charge their fastest at a 2 Amp range and higher; smartphones are also able to charge at their max charging speed with 2 amps also.

So even if you’re only charging a smartphone with the power bank, it’s best to use the 5V/2.1A charging port that has 2 Lightning marks on it. Since using the “Smartphone” charging port only Outputs 1 Amp which will limit your charging speed.

5V/1.0A:

Labeled as the smartphone port, this charging port is best to be avoided because it just outputs a single amp and most devices have their max charging speeds above that. With that said, when you’re charging 2 devices at once with the power bank, choose the what devices you want to charge faster and place them accordingly with the charging ports.

On the bright side, the Max Output of the power bank is 3.1A and that means you can use the full power of each of the charging ports at the same time.

Input Charging:

If you’re using a 2 Amp wall charger to recharge the PowerAdd power bank then that will result in the max recharge rate 5V/2.0A so the power bank will recharge to its full power capacity within 11-12 hours.

Design

Size and Weight:

When you have a larger power capacity, the power bank is going to be larger too.

The PowerAdd X7 has a length of 6.1 inches, a width of 3.1 inches and a thickness of 0.9 inches. Even though it’s not humongous, what makes holding the power bank a cumbersome thing is its weight of 15.7 ounces and that’s basically a pound.

Functional Components:

There aren’t any surprises here with how the power bank functions.

On the short-side of the charger is where you’ll find 2 USB charging Output ports and a flashlight in-between them. A micro-USB Input port can be found on the long side of the charger. On top of the power bank is where there is a power button and 4 Blue LED power capacity indicators.

Charging automatically starts when you plug a device into the charger and it automatically stops charging either when the device is fully recharged or when there aren’t any devices connected to the power bank.

That leaves the power button with 2 main functions of checking power capacity and turning on the flashlight by holding it down for 3 seconds to turn it on and holding it down again to turn it off.

Build

Structure and Material:

The build of the PowerAdd X7 is nothing special but it’s still pretty good with the center piece having 2 separate pieces and the other 2 pieces are its side panels. The thickness of the plastic is very high.

Tech:

The power bank makes use of the common safety tech like Current-Control, Over-heating, and Over-Charging protections to make sure that you and your devices are safe during charging.

Reliability

Even though the PowerAdd power bank is reliable, there are not many parts or really any parts of the power bank that make it extraordinary. The power capacity can have a better conversion rate, the charging speeds can share their current throughout each of the charging ports and the weight of the charger could be lighter.

There really aren’t parts that make it better than average and it’s within the major parts of the power bank is where most of the problems lay.

Summary:

Power:

The power capacity isn’t that high because the conversion rate is just at 70% so you’re missing a lot of power. Charging speed design is quite bad for when you’re charging 2 devices at once because one device will always be getting the slower charging.

Design:

It’s a small power bank but a heavy one that can make it seem larger than it really is.

Build:

The build is strong and makes use of very thick plastic but that most likely won’t save it from a drop to a hard floor.

Reliability:

For what it has at the surface, the PowerAdd power bank has reliable parts. However, it’s the things within the major portions of the portable charger that make it very mediocre to rely on.

Specs of the PowerAdd X7 20,000mAh Power Bank:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 20,000mAh            Real Capacity: 14,000mAh
  • Output:   Port 1: 5V/2.1A     Port 2: 5V/1.0A
  • Input:   5V/2.0A Via Micro-USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 6.1 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 15.7 Ounces

Conclusion:

What have we learned from this power bank review?

It’s that even though a power bank has lots of major features like a high power capacity, 2 charging ports, and a small size; the main things to look out for is what each of those things offers in detail. Whether power capacity is going through a good conversion rate, if the charging speed design is good for charging 2 devices at once or if the small power bank is even lightweight.

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Review: Anker PowerCore Turbo Portable Charger

We’ve mentioned it many times before how power banks can be very versatile. Some of them are large, slim or just very small. Some have lots of charging ports and some of them even have multiple recharging ports to make them recharge faster. The way portable chargers are able to have lots of different aspects are able to contribute to the final product. This is why we at Charger Harbor love power banks so much. There’s so much to choose from and most of them are pretty good, but it’s important to know what a power bank specializes in.

In this case, it’s the rapid recharge rate and when we say “Rapid” we mean some really fast recharging for this Anker PowerCore Turbo that actually uses a Car Charger to be able to charge as fast as possible. Read on to know more about this highly unique charger from an amazing charging electronic company, Anker.

Power

Power Capacity:

Unlike many if other power banks, this one doesn’t do that well with its conversion while it’s charging and this is most likely because it doesn’t use Panasonic batteries, and if we’re assuming that you’re using the full power of the PowerCore Turbo, then the Output power capacity will be quite a lot lower than the initial one.

With that said, Anker states that an iPhone 6s can almost get six full charges, and well, that means that the PowerCore Turbo is only capable of outputting 10,290mAh of power. Which means that you can potentially lose about 6,000mAh of power if you’re using the power bank at its full Output power of  4.8A. Going from 16,000mAh of power to 10,000mAh of power is insane.

Like we said, that’s most likely the Output power capacity that you’d receive if the power bank is being used to its limits, and that’s likely not going to be the case, and you’re mostly likely going to average at 12,000mAh of power capacity that you’ll actually be able to use.

12,000mAh of power is still a lot of power as a power bank, and you’ll be able to charge smartphones lots of times just as the iPhone 6 is able to do and you can also charge higher capacity smartphones like the Galaxy S6 about 4 times to its full power. Also, if you’re charging tablets, it can provide power to them too.

Charging Mini sized tablets will have them charge to their full power and leaving the PowerCore Turbo power bank with enough power capacity to likely charge a smartphone to its full power. Also, charging Full-Sized tablets will take the entire power capacity to charge them to full power.

DevicesAnker PowerCore Turbo Portable Charger (Output Capacity = 12,000mAh)Phone CapacityAnker PowerCore Turbo Portable Charger
iPhone SE12,000mAh1,624mAh10,376mAh
7.3X Full Charges
iPhone 612,000mAh1,810mAh10,190mAh
6.6X Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus12,000mAh2,915mAh9,085mAh
4.1X Full Charges
iPhone 6s12,000mAh1,715mAh10,285mAh
6.9X Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus12,000mAh2,750mAh9,250mAh
4.3X Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S612,000mAh 2,550mAh9,450mAh
4.7X Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge12,000mAh2,600mAh9,400mAh
4.6X Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S712,000mAh3,000mAh9,000mAh
4X Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge12,000mAh3,600mAh8,400mAh
3.3X Full Charges

Output Charging:

The Output charging doesn’t have very many flaws and the only one that will seem apparent is for those that own Quick Charge and USB-C compatible smartphones. Since this power bank doesn’t make use of 3 Amp charging through its charging ports and it doesn’t have Quick Charge either.

However, for all your other USB charging devices, this power bank is very powerful just as Anker’s other portable chargers are. This is because each of the 2 charging ports is able to Output 2.4 Amps and with that charging speed all of your standard charging devices will be able to charge at their max charging speeds. Best of all, the Max Output of the PowerCore Turbo is 4.8A so when you do have 2 devices charging at once, then each of the 2 will have a 2.4A potential charging speed to make use of.

Overall, you can even charge 2 tablets like 2 iPads at the same time and both of them will be charging at their max charging speeds.

Input Charging:

Turbo Car Charger:

This is where the PowerCore Turbo Charger is it’s most interesting since the power bank has 2 ways to recharge it. Let’s go over the most interesting recharging way first.

The reason why the PowerCore Turbo is so special is because it can be recharged through its DC Input port. The PowerCore Turbo comes with a Turbo car charger that is able to charge it at an 8.7V/14A  charging speed once you connect the car charger into your V12 outlet within your car.

As a result, the PowerCore Turbo 16,000mAh power bank will be able to fully recharge within 1.5 hours. Yes, you have read that correctly, this 16,000mAh power bank is able to recharge to its full power within 1.5 hours when you’re using the car recharging method. With all of that said, the fast recharging is really awesome but it’s VITAL for you to know that you SHOULD NOT use the Turbo recharging method when the engine of your car is off because that way it will deplete the power of your battery and soon enough you’ll have a dead battery and you car won’t start.

Micro-USB:

Of course, you’re not forced to place the power bank into your car for it to recharge and instead, you could use the Micro-USB Input port that the PowerCore also features. The Micro-USB input has a recharge rate of 5V/2.0A and if you’re using a 2 Amp wall charger to recharge the power bank it’ll take 10-11 hours for a full recharge.

In comparison to the Turbo recharge and the Micro-USB recharge, once you experience the faster one, you most likely will hate the Micro-USB way of recharging and we really would have liked that Anker creates a wall charging way to recharge the portable charger as well. Since lots of us don’t spend hours in our cars, and even though some of us do, it’s not exactly to recharge a power bank. Is it?

Design

Size and Weight:

It has the usual measurements that you’d expect from a power bank with its power capacity. So it’s large but too large and you’ll most likely be able to hold it and use it. If anything, it’s the weight that makes it the most cumbersome.

The PowerCore Turbo has a length of 6.4 inches, a width of 2.6 inches and a thickness of 0.9 inches. The weight of the charger is 13.6 ounces. So it’s not too large and a bit on the heavy side.

Functional Components:

It functions very similarly that other Anker power banks are able to function, meaning that it’s an easy to use power bank.

The 2 USB output charging ports can be found on the short side, as well as the Micro-USB input port. The power button is top of the charger which as 4 Blue LED power capacity indicators. The DC Input can be found on the long side of the charger.

Charging begins automatically when you connect a device to the USB charging ports, and it stops when there are either no devices connected or when the device(s) that it’s charging are fully charged.

Build

Structure and Material:

It’s a very well-built portable and even though it’s made of plastic, which isn’t sought to be the toughest kind of material; it does well with its placing.

This is because the PowerCore Turb has 3 mains pieces that make it whole. There are the centerpiece and the 2 top and bottom pieces that are depressed into the power bank.

Tech:

Be rest assured that the Turbo Charger has quite a lot of safety tech that it uses like PWM, Voltage Regulator, and MCU that make charging with this power bank even when it’s at the limit, a very safe experience.

Reliability

Highly reliable in nearly all areas and we can actually say for once that if you need a recharge for a power bank as fast as possible, then this one is it. Yeah, the power capacity can charge smartphones multiple times over and also charge tablets; and the charging speed is very fast with their 2.4 Amp charging a Max Output of 4.8A is great.

BUT

the recharge time of 1.5 hours is an aspect with portable chargers that isn’t very common and the fact that we’re dealing with a 16,000mAh power capacity just makes it more amazing. So what makes the Turbo so reliable isn’t just the way that you use it, it’s the way that it can be ready to use again after you’re done using it.

Summary:

Power:

Has a higher power capacity that is perfect to charge smartphones and is able to charge tablets about once. Output charging is powerful, but what really takes the cake is the recharge rate through its DC Input port.

Design:

It’s large but not so large that you’re going to have trouble holding it, but it’s the weight that can make it troublesome.

Build:

A solid build and along with its fast Output and blazing fast Input charging are lots of safety tech features that makes sure that everything goes smoothly.

Reliability:

Even though all of its aspects are highly reliable, the main thing that makes it reliable is that it can become reliable again to you in a very fast manner through its recharging.

Specs of the Anker PowerCore Turbo Portable Charger:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 16,000mAh            Real Capacity: 12,000mAh
  • Output:   Per Port: 5V/2.4A       Max Output: 4.8A
  • Input:

Recharging Through DC Input: 8.7V/14A

Recharged Through Micro-USB Input: 5V/1.0A

  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 6.4 x 2.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 13.6 Ounces

Conclusion:

Most of the aspects of the PowerCore Turbo power bank seem normal until you get to its DC Input recharging method. When you take that into account, then its recharging will become the most amazing thing. With that said, we do find it bizarre that you can only get a 1.5 hours recharge only when you’re in your car. Just keep the engine on.

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