Review: GhostTek NRGbag BackPack Power Bank

Power banks are the best kind of charging tech and this is because they’re able to be implemented within lots of way. Some power banks are able to be implemented within charging cables; others are able to have Tough Rugged possibilities and can even be immersed in water. One thing will always remain the same with all power banks though and that’s the fact they’re always going to be portable. Power banks can go anywhere and everywhere it’s just a matter of how far you’re willing to take them.

With that said, this is the Ghostek Power bank Backpack. Yes, it does have all the abilities to charge your devices and a power capacity that is able to last quite a bit. The best part is, a Backpack with a power bank is quite literally able to go anywhere.

Power

Power Capacity:

The power capacity starts at 7,000mAh and since there are 3 charging ports with the power bank, it’s going to depend on how you’re using the charger to really say what the Output power capacity will be. So if you’re charging 2 devices at once, then you’re most likely going to be receiving a 70% conversion rate and that will result in an Output power capacity of 4,900mAh.

GhostTek NRGbag BackPack for Smartphones

A usable power capacity of 4,900mAh is still very helpful and you’re going to be able to charge most smartphones about 2-3 full times. When it comes to charging smartphones with high battery capacities, then you’re going to be able to get about 1.5 full charges.

DevicesGhostTek NRGbag BackPack 7,000mAh Power Bank
(Output Capacity = 4,900mAh)
Phone CapacityGhostTek NRGbag BackPack Power Bank
iPhone SE4,900mAh1,624mAh3,276mAh
3.0 Full Charges
iPhone 64,900mAh1,810mAh3,090mAh
2.7 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus4,900mAh2,915mAh1,985mAh
1.6 Full Charges
iPhone 6s4,900mAh1,715mAh3,185mAh
2.8 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus4,900mAh2,750mAh2,150mAh
1.7 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S64,900mAh2,550mAhs2,350mAh
1.9 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge4,900mAh2,600mAh2,300mAh
1.8 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S74,900mAh3,000mAh1,900mAh
1.6 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge4,900mAh3,600mAh1,300mAh
1.3 Full Charges
Apple iPad Mini 24,900mAh6,470mAh0
0.7 Charges

You need 1570mAh More for a Full Recharge
Apple iPad Mini 44,900mAh5,124mAh0
0.9 Charges

You need 224mAh More for a Full Recharge

GhostTek NRGbag BackPack for Tablets

Also, an Output power capacity of 4,900mAh is still enough to charge a few tablets to their full power. For example, if you’re charging a Galaxy Tab with its 4,000mAh capacity, then it’s able to charge to full power once. However, other mini tablets like the iPad Mini 2 or iPad Mini 4 are going to charge near their full power but not fully.

Output Charging:

There are 3 charging ports, and each of the ports is able to charge at 5v/2.0A. What’s even better is that the Max Output of the Built-In power bank on the Ghostek backpack is 3.8A.

One charging port is outside of the backpack and the two other charging ports can be found inside the backpack.

A charging speed of 5V/2.0A is going to be able to charge most smartphones at their max charging speed and tablets will be able to charge near their max rates. However, the built-in power bank does not feature Quick Charge, so your Quick Charge compatible devices will not be able to charge at their max charging rates.

Input Charging:

What’s really great about this power bank is that it doesn’t feature the normal Micro-USB Input that’s used to recharge most power banks. Instead, it uses a DC Input that is able to recharge the power bank at 12V/1.0A. As a result, the power bank is able to recharge quite quickly within 3-4 hours.

Design

Size and Weight:

It’s an average sized backpack that you shouldn’t have problems carrying on your back.

Since it has a length of 18 inches, a width of 14 inches and a thickness of 6 inches. The weight of the backpack alone is 2.8 pounds.

Functional Components:

Compartments

The backpack has two main zipper compartments on the front. There’s one large one and the other smaller compartment is where the power bank and 2 built-in charging cables are.

Outside USB Port

On the outside, there’s a USB port that’s facing down for easier access and the USB port that’s on the outside of the backpack is the strongest design feature because you can have a smartphone charging while you’re using it like normal. It’s very convenient to have.

All the Things a Power Bank has:

The other power bank components on the outside of the Ghostek backpack power bank are 4 LED power capacity indicators, a power button, and a DC Input to recharge the power bank.

How it Works

You must press the power button to begin charging. Altogether, you can charge one device when you’re on-the-go, and when you’ve settled down with the backpack, then you can charge 3 devices at once.

Build

Structure and Material:

The build quality of the Ghostek backpack is pretty good, but it also has its faults. The main good thing is that it’s water resistant and all your vital belongings won’t get wet. However, there are compartments within the backpack that have Styrofoam lining/padding and eventually, after constant use, the lining of those can be ripped and overall the integrity of it can be compromised.

Tech:

On the tech side, the Ghostek power bank is quite good with its tech build, by that I mean it’s average. The power bank that it uses is able to give good charging speeds and is able to recharge at a good rate because it recharges uses a DC Input. There are no overheating issues, thankfully, because that would mean putting your backpack at a risk.

Reliability

If you’re looking for a way to even carry around a power bank in your hand or pocket, then this Ghostek backpack is exactly what you’re searching for. The built-in power bank is the sole reason that this backpack is going to be more reliable than just a regular backpack.

Most people that go to school and work, usually have a backpack for their belongings and since you have a backpack on for either a short or long while, then you can charge your smartphone with this while you walk. This backpack has integrated one of the most useful charging technologies with a product that most of us use every day.

Summary:

Power:

The power bank has enough power capacity to charge most smartphones 2-3 times and great charging too.

Design:

There’s not a lot of compartments when it comes to the backpack but the charging portion of the power bank is designed well; since there’s a USB port on the outside that allows for charging while you’re on-the-go.

Build:

Even though the backpack is waterproof, there are a few parts that are weak because they use Styrofoam lining.

Reliability:

If you’re thinking of getting a more than a normal backpack, then this is it because it’s able to give power while your wear it.

Specs of the GhostTek NRGbag BackPack Power Bank:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 7,000mAh            Real Capacity: 4,900mAh
  • Output:   Per Port: 5V/2.0A       Max Output: 3.8 Amps
  • Input:      12V/1.0A Via DC Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 18 x 14 x 6 inches
  • Weight: 2.8 Pounds

Conclusion:

Backpacks with charging abilities really don’t have a lot of negatives parts about them, however, they still have their limits with the way that they’re designed and are rather minimal. With that said, this Ghostek backpack takes highly useful charging electronics, which is a power bank, and implements it beautifully within a backpack.

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Review: Infinie 12,000mAh Power Bank

Power banks that have lower than 15,000mAh of power capacity aren’t usually thought to have the best charging power. I mean, many do and at the same time, many don’t. This is because the usual case is that there are power banks that fall in the “Intermediate” power capacity range; those are the kind that have two ports that have two very different charging speeds. One port has the faster speed than the other one and the other one has a very slow charging speed.

This kind of charging design is quite common and the same time bad. However, this Infinie power bank is one of those power banks that takes the smart route and is able to give fast overall charging.

Power

Power Capacity:

The power banks have an initial power capacity of 12,000mAh and since it has two charging ports, with one outputting 2.1A and the other one Outputting 2.4A, the Output power capacity is going to change depending on our you’re using the power bank. Using more charging power is going to result in more power capacity being lost.

With that said, the average conversion rate is going to be 70% and that’s basically the average conversion rate of most power banks. As a result, you’re going to be able to use 8,400mAh towards actually charging devices.

Infinie for Smartphones

8,400mAh of power capacity is actually very useful as you’ll be able to charge smartphones and tablets to their full power. You can charge most smartphones about 2-4 full times and even when it comes to charging high capacity smartphones, they’re going to be able to charge 3 times to their full power.

DevicesInfinie 12,000mAh Power Bank
(Output Capacity = 8,400mAh)
Phone CapacityInfinie 12,000mAh Power Bank
iPhone SE8,400mAh1,624mAh6,776mAh
5.1 Full Charges
iPhone 68,400mAh1,810mAh6,590mAh
4.6 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus8,400mAh2,915mAh5,485mAh
2.8 Full Charges
iPhone 6s8,400mAh1,715mAh6,685mAh
4.8 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus8,400mAh2,750mAh5,650mAh
3.0 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S68,400mAh2,550mAhs5,850mAh
3.2 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge8,400mAh2,600mAh5,800mAh
3.2 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S78,400mAh3,000mAh5,400mAh
2.8 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge8,400mAh3,600mAh4,800mAh
2.3 Full Charges
Apple iPad Mini 28,400mAh6,470mAh1,930mAh
1.2 Full Charges
Apple iPad Mini 48,400mAh5,124mAh3,276mAh
1.6 Full Charges

Infinie for Tablets

Also charging Mini tablets doesn’t pose too much of a challenge since you can charge an iPad Mini 2 or iPad Mini 4 to their full power at least once and still have power capacity left over. The same is true for Galaxy Tab tablets but you can charge most of them twice because they usually have battery capacities of 4,000mAh. Overall, the usable power that you get from this power bank is going to be very useful and last a very long time if you’re mostly charging smartphones and it can still be useful for charging small tablets too.

Output Charging:

The charging speeds are one the best parts of this Infinie power bank because it has two charging ports with very good speeds.

PowerFul Charging

One port has a charging speed of 5V/2.1A and the other one has a charging speed of 5V/2.4A. Both ports are able to charge most smartphones at their max charging speeds, but with that said, this power bank does not feature Quick Charge, so Quick Charge compatible smartphones are not going to charge at their max charging speed.

The 2.4A port should always be used first because it gives the faster charging rate, and it’s able to charge tablets like iPads at their max charging speeds.

Even though the individual charging speeds are great, what’s even better is that you can use the max power of each port at the same time because the Max Output power is 4.5A. So you can charge two smartphones or tablets at the same time and both will charge at very good speeds.

Input Charging:

Recharging could Use Work

The max recharge rate of the power bank is 5V/2.0A and as long as you’re using 2 Amp USB wall charger or higher to recharge the power bank, then the Infinie power bank will be recharged within 8 hours. Not too bad of a recharge speed but it could be shorter since 8 hours is as long as it usually takes a 20,000mAh power bank to fully recharge.

Design

Size and Weight:

Not too large of a power bank and this is quite nice considering that the power bank has 12,000mAh of power.

It has a length of 4 inches, a width of 3 inches, and a thickness of 1 inch. The weight of the power bank is about 7 ounces. So it’s small and lightweight enough that you can hold it in a single hand while you’re charging your smartphones. Of course when it comes time to charge 2 devices at once, then it needs to be set down.

Functional Components:

The functional parts of the power bank are a bit everywhere.

On one side is where there are the two USB ports, and on the long side of the power bank is where you find the Micro-USB Input port to recharge the power bank.

On top is where there’s the power button, and 4 Blue LED power capacity indicators that are very close to each other and it makes it look like it’s just a bar of power; which is pretty cool.

With that said, you must press the power button to begin charging once you’ve connected a device into 1 of the 2 charging ports. Charging does not automatically start, and that can be a frustrating thing if you connect a device and forget to press the power button because your device will not be charging. Also, when you press the power button, the LED capacity indicators turn on for a little while and then turn off to conserve power.

Build

Structure and Material:

The power bank is made of plastic and it has a well-built structure that is able to take constant use. However, it is questionable whether it can withstand drops onto hard flooring because it doesn’t have any shockproof reinforcements.

Tech:

It has all the necessary safety tech like Surge and Short-Circuit protection to make sure that charging is safe as possible even when you’re using all the power that the power bank has to offer. It also has the RoHS, FCC and CE certifications as further proof that it’s built to last through its charging quality.

Reliability

This Infinie power bank is highly reliable because of its great conversion and also the charging power that it delivers from its USB ports. So you can charge devices at very fast speeds and have them charge to their full power sooner.

Also, the power bank is portable enough to be taken nearly anywhere because of its small box shape and lightweight. It all accumulates into a power bank that is able to deliver on nearly all cylinders, except for the recharging because it takes a long 8 hours before being able to be reliable again.

Summary:

Power:

The power capacity is able to charge smartphones multiple times over and can even charge some tablets to their full power a few times too. The charging speeds are very good; this is true for the individual charging port speeds and also for the Max Output of 4.5A because you can use the max power of each port at the same time.

Design:

Not very large or heavy, which makes it perfect to be taken anywhere. However, you must remember to press the power button to begin charging. Otherwise, the device that you connect to the Infinie power bank will not charge.

Build:

It has a perfect build that you can use every day, and still have the power bank in the same condition that you got it in the first place.

Reliability:

What makes this power bank so reliable is how well it does a lot of things and they all come together to make a powerful power bank. With a high power capacity, powerful charging, and a portable design.

Specs of the Infinie 12,000mAh Power Bank:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 12,000mAh            Real Capacity: 8,400mAh
  • Output:   USB Port 1: 5V/2.4A     USB Port 2: 5V/2.1A     Max Output: 4.5 Amps
  • Input:      5V/2.0A Via Micro-USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 4 x 3 x 1 inches
  • Weight: 7 Ounces

Conclusion:

We had our doubts with this power bank and whether or not it’ll be able to surpass the mediocrity that most power banks with its power capacity have. We’re glad to say that it does.

Since it has fast charging rates with each port and the Max Output allows you to take full advantage of the charging power that’s available. Using the power bank might not be the best experience as you must press the power button to begin charging, and if you forget to press the power button, then you’re stuck with low powered devices.

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Review: DULLA M50000 Power Bank 12,000mAh

Power banks that have high power capacities and are still able to be small; are among the most useful type of power banks. This is because that’s the main goal of portable chargers in general because power banks are able to go anywhere with us and what better way is it to carry the portable power that can last longer. Not only that but with a higher power capacity comes the capabilities of having multiple charging ports.

This DULLA 12,000mAh power bank is very promising because it has a very small size while still holding onto a high power capacity that has 2 charging ports. Let’s see if it’s all too good to be true.

Power

Power Capacity:

The power capacity starts at 12,000mAh and since the power bank has 2 charging ports, it’s going to depend on how you’re using the charger that will determine the Output power capacity that you’ll receive.

With that said, we’re going to guess that you’re going to be using a single port most of the time because the power bank is quite small and portable enough to charge with just a single device held. By doing so, the conversion rate will be pretty good at 75% and that’s going to result in a usable power capacity of 9,000mAh.

DULLA Power Bank with Smartphones

A 9,000mAh power capacity is able to charge most smartphones 3-4 times to their full power, and this power bank is going to be very useful for charging higher capacity smartphones. An example of high capacity smartphones is the iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone 7 Plus that have battery capacities very close to 3,000mAh. As a result, getting 3 full charges for those phones means a lot. You may have a smartphone that has a lower capacity than those and that’s going to result in more full charges.

 DULLA M50000 Power Bank 12,000mAh
(Real Power Capacity = 9,000mAh)
Phone CapacityDULLA M50000 Power Bank 12,000mAh
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
Apple iPad Mini 29,000mAh6,470mAh2,530mAh
1.3 Full Charges
Apple iPad Mini 49,000mAh5,124mAh3,876mAh
1.7 Full Charges

Overall, this DULLA power bank is going to be very useful and long lasting when it comes to charging smartphones.

DULLA Power Bank with Tablets

Also, it can charge tablets quite well if you’re charging Mini tablets. Since an iPad Mini 2 and 4 are going to be able to charge 1.5 times to full; and a tablet like a Galaxy Tab with its 4,000mAh capacity can charge 2 full times.

Output Charging:

There are two charging ports, we’re surprised this power bank didn’t take the easy way out by just having a 2.1A and 1.0A port.

Instead what you get are 2 USB ports have a charging speed of 5V/2.0A. Now, the charging speed isn’t breaking any records, but these charging speeds are fast enough to charge most smartphones and tablets at or near their max charging rates.

Charging two devices at once with 2 Amps of speed is going to be very helpful.

Input Charging:

The DULLA power bank is recharged via a Micro-USB Input port at a max speed of 5V/1.5A. It’s important to use a 2 Amp wall charger to recharge the power bank at its max charging speed and that’s going to take about 5-6 hours for a full recharge.

Design

Size and Weight:

 

 

It’s quite a small power bank that is entirely possible to carry around in one hand, although the weight of the charger can make it difficult to carry around for long durations of time.

It has a length of 6.1 inches, a width of 3.1 inches and a thickness of 0.5 inches. The weight of the power bank is 9 ounces. So it has the length of an iPhone 6 Plus, it’s also thin. With that said, it weighs about half a pound, which can be heavy at times.

Functional Components:

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

All the Functional Parts on the Side

This is where you’ll find the 2 USB ports, a LED flashlight, the Micro-USB Input port, 4 Blue LED power capacity indicators and a power button.

Charging automatically starts when you plug a device into the power bank. So the power button is mainly used to check the power capacity that’s left by pressing the power button once; additionally, the power bank can be held down to turn on the flashlight.

Build

Structure and Material:

The large center piece of the power bank is made of Aluminum Alloy which is durable enough that the power bank won’t have any loose pieces. With that said, it’s not a rugged power bank, so it’s best to be cautious about dropping the power bank because it can get damaged through falls.

Tech:

On the tech side, the power bank has lots of safety tech that are able to keep charging safe during charging.

Reliability

It’s a highly reliable power bank for all your USB charging needs. It has a high enough power capacity to charge most smartphones multiple times and it can also charge Mini tablets to full power. There are 2 ports that have a 2 Amp charging speed, which is enough to charge most devices at pretty good speeds. Also, the size is small enough for on-the-go purposes.

With that said, this DULLA power bank doesn’t do anything too special either. The charging speeds could be faster, and the weight could be lighter. Although, those are minor hindrances.

Summary:

Power:

High enough power capacity to last for multiple charges and 2 ports to charge 2 devices at once.

Design:

It’s about the same size as an iPhone 6 Plus, but the weight of 9 ounces can feel overbearing if you’re carrying it around for long periods of time. It’s easy to use, but the use of a flashlight just seems highly unnecessary just as it does with many other power banks.

Build:

It doesn’t have the strongest build, so don’t go dropping it; however, it is useful for everyday use.

Reliability:

The DULLA power bank is a highly standard type of power bank that can be useful for multiple charges and provide some very good charging speeds. It doesn’t feature any Quick Charge or USB-C charging tech, though.

Specs of the DULLA M50000 Portable Power Bank 12,000mAh:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 12,000mAh            Real Capacity: 9,000mAh
  • Output:   USB Port 1: 5V/2.1A     USB Port 2: 5V/1.0A
  • Input:      5V/1.5A Via Micro-USB Input Port
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 6.1 x 3.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Weight: 9 Ounces

Conclusion:

We had our doubts about this DULLA power bank because of its standard 12,000mAh power capacity and 2 USB ports. But it did better than we thought it would because it has ports that don’t give a compromise and a power capacity that can actually last long.

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Review: Goal Zero Venture 30 Power Bank

Most Rugged power banks are quite large because they have more reinforcement than normal power banks to keep the charger safe. As a result, a Rugged power bank is not only larger than a regular power bank, it is also heavier. Although, there are some cases where a Rugged power bank is smaller, take for example the Dark Energy Poseidon power bank that we’ve reviewed. It is quite small and slim, and yet it holds onto its safety the same as larger Rugged portable chargers do.

This review is about this Goal Zero Venture 30 power bank. It’s quite small that it can easily fit into your hand or even a back pocket, but let’s see what else it’s capable of.

Power

Power Capacity:

The power capacity of this power bank is 7,800mAh and during charging the power capacity goes through a pretty regular conversion rate of 70%. As a result, you’re going to be getting 5,500mAh of power that you can actually use.

Goal Zero Venture for Smartphones

With that said, this kind of power capacity is perfect for charging smartphones, since most smartphones are going to be able to fully charge 2-3 times. Both high and low power capacity smartphones are able to benefit from this power bank.

DevicesGoal Zero Venture 30 Power Bank
(Output Capacity = 5,500mAh)
Phone CapacityGoal Zero Venture 30 Power Bank
iPhone SE5,500mAh1,624mAh3,876mAh
3.3 Full Charges
iPhone 65,500mAh1,810mAh3,690mAh
3.0 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus5,500mAh2,915mAh2,585mAh
1.8 Full Charges
iPhone 6s5,500mAh1,715mAh3,785mAh
3.2 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus5,500mAh2,750mAh2,750mAh
2 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S65,500mAh2,550mAh2,950mAh
2.1 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge5,500mAh2,600mAh2,900mAh
2.1 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S75,500mAh3,000mAh2,500mAh
1.8 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge5,500mAh3,600mAh1,900mAh
1.5 Full Charges
Apple iPad Mini 25,500mAh6,470mAh0mAh
0.8 Full Charges

You need 970mAh to Charge to Full Power
Apple iPad Mini 45,500mAh5,124mAh376mAh
1.0 Full Charges

Goal Zero Venture for Tablets

If you plan on charging larger capacity devices like tablets, then that can be done too, but the power capacity from this Goal Venture power bank isn’t enough to charge most tablets to their full power. It’s able to charge mini tablets to their full power like the iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 4 or the Galaxy Tab; or at least they’re able to charge near their full power. But if done so, the entirety of the power capacity will be used.

For the most part, I think this power bank has a good power capacity that could last for 1 or 2 days when you’re using it to charge smartphones; that way it’ll be able to provide multiple uses.

Output Charging:

There are 3 paths of charging that are available with this power bank. There are the 2 UBS ports and the Built-In Micro-USB charging cable.

2 USB Ports

Each the USB ports has a charging speed of 5V/2.4A. This is great because 2.4 Amps is able to charge most devices at their max charging speed. That is true for tablets like the iPads that have a max charging speed of 2.4A.

What’s even better is that the max Output is capped at 4.8A. Which means you can use the full power of 2.4A with each of the ports at the same time. So charging two devices at once won’t hinder charging speed.

Built-In Miro-USB Charging Cable

There’s a built-in Micro-USB cable that’s capable of the 2.4A charging speed just as the USB ports are, and it’s basically a way to charge 3 devices at once with the power bank. It’s a very useful aspect for those that own Android devices because you’ll always have a way to charge your Micro-USB compatible devices.

With that said, charging 3 devices at once is going to split up the 4.8A Max Output so charging may be slow if you’re charging 3 devices at once; but it probably won’t matter too much since you’re charging 3 devices at once. However, 3 devices charging at the same time is going to burn into the power capacity much faster too.

Input Charging:

There are 3 ways to recharge the power. You can either us built-in USB port and simply plug it into a USB wall charger, or you use one of the USB ports and use a Solar charger with it, and the power bank can recharge that way as well.

Lastly, you can recharge the power bank using the Micro-USB Input, which is found where the Built-In Micro-USB Cable is.

The recharge rate either through the Micro-USB Input, USB port, and Solar charging is done at 5V/2.1A. When recharging the power bank with the Micro-USB Input or USB Cable, you should use a 2 Amp wall charger or higher for a full recharge within 4-5 hours.

Design

Size and Weight:

It’s not too large or heavy of a Rugged power bank, which isn’t a very common trait that Rugged power banks have.

It has a length of 4.5 inches, a width of 3.2 inches, and a thickness of 1 inch. The weight of the power bank is 8.8 Ounces, so it’s basically just half a pound. As a result, this power bank can be placed into a back pocket or you could hold it. It can also fit into a bag.

Functional Components:

The functional parts of this power banks are a bit everywhere.

Built-In Micro-USB Cable and Micro-USB Input

On one side is where you’ll find the Built-In Micro-USB Cable, and where the cable folds into the power bank is where you’ll find the Micro-USB Input port.

Built-USB Cable and USB Port

On the opposite side of that is where you’ll find the USB cable, and that USB cable plugs into the USB port when it’s folded into the power bank.

Solo USB Port

Then on the front side is where you’ll find the other USB port that is out in the open.

LED Lights and Buttons

On top of the power bank is where there are 5 LED lights that are used to check the power capacity of the power banks and to also be used as flashlights. The left button that has the battery sign and should be pressed to check the power capacity of the power bank. The button on the other side has a light bulb that is used to turn on the flashlight. The flashlight is quite bright, but not exactly bright enough for serious use.

Overall, everything is all over the power bank, but it’s all for a purpose. The USB ports aren’t together because the USB cables folds into one of the USB ports; as well as the Micro-USB cable being able to fold into Micro-USB Input port. It’s all done for the sake of increased portability. So even though the power bank does have two built-in cables, everything is concealed and still easy to access.

There is no power button since charging automatically starts when you plug a device into the power bank.

Build

Structure and Material:

This is the strongest part of the power bank because it’s built to withstand shock if it were to drop. Also, it has an IPX6 waterproof rating and that means that when the built-in cables are folded into the power bank, then the Goal Zero Venture 30 power bank can withstand jets of water.

With that said, the main flaw with this power bank is that there’s still a USB port that isn’t covered; as a result, the power bank can very well get damaged if water were to go into that exposed USB port.

Tech:

On the tech side, the power bank makes use of safety tech that is able to keep you and your devices safe during charging.

Reliability

This power bank is for anyone that needs tough power banks that can survive against drops, as well as water. With that said, we can’t help but think that this power bank is going to be more reliable for those that own Android devices because the Goal Zero Venture 30 has a built-in Micro-USB cable that is going to be very useful for some that own an Android smartphone but not so much when it comes to an iPhone user.

However, the power bank still has 2 fast charging USB ports, and it doesn’t change the fact that there are 3 ways to recharge the power bank. When all of its traits are accumulated, this power bank is actually capable of a lot and is going to be useful for anyone that purchases it.

Summary:

Power:

The power capacity has a pretty good conversion rate that is able to charge most smartphones multiple times over. It can charge 3 devices at once really good individual charging speeds of 2.4A and has a Max Output of 4.8A.

Design:

It’s a small Rugged power bank that keeps all of its components compact, and it’s not heavy. The functional parts are a bit over the place but it’s nothing serious because it’s all for the sake of keeping everything safe.

Build:

Even with the IPX6 waterproof rating, there’s still a single USB port that is open to water.

Reliability:

The Goal Venture power bank gives a pretty big plus to those that can make use of the built-in Micro-USB cable but that’s about it. It’s going to be very useful for anyone looking for a compact, tough and very capable power bank when it comes to power.

Specs of the Goal Zero Venture 30 Power Bank:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 7,800mAh            Real Capacity: 5,500mAh
  • Output:   Per Port: 5V/2.4A      Max Output: 4.8 Amps
  • Input:      5V/2.1A Via Solar, USB and Micro-USB
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 4.5 x 3.2 x 1 inches
  • Weight: 8.8 Ounces

Conclusion:

This Goal Zero Venture 30 power bank may not have a power capacity to last you 2 weeks of camping, but it does well enough with a power capacity to charge a smartphone a few times over. Along with the power capacity comes the ability to charge 3 devices at once and at pretty good speeds.

Best of all the power bank is shockproof and waterproof but to an extent.

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Review: Dark Energy Poseidon 10,000mAh Power Bank

Even though there are a lot of rugged power banks on the market, most of them are have certain standards of what they can take. In terms of taking shock damage in the event of a fall, nearly all rugged power banks are able to take a fall. With that said, the water resistant part of a rugged power bank is what varies. This is because some power banks have different enclosure levels, and as a result, some portable chargers are able to just take withstand a splash water, some can take powerful jets of water and only a few can actually be immersed into water.

With that said, the amazing part of this Dark Energy Poseidon power bank is that it has a very rare attribute to it, and that’s the fact that it can be immersed into water constantly because it has very good Enclosure level of IP68.

Power

Power Capacity:

This Dark Energy Poseidon power bank has a power capacity of 10,000mAh and when it goes through its average conversion rate of about 70%, there’s going to be enough power capacity to charge smartphones multiple times. If you’re charging two devices at the time, then the conversion may be worse, though. With that said, you’re going to be receiving about 7,000mAh of usable power capacity.

Poseidon for Smartphones

It’s with 7,000mAh that you’ll be able to charge most smartphones 3-4 times to their full power. With that said, if you own some newer smartphones that have power capacities of 2,500mAh or 3,000mAh; then this Poseidon power bank will still hold up quite well because it can deliver about 2.5 full charges to a Galaxy S7 or an iPhone 7 Plus. If you own a smartphone with a battery capacity of 2,000mAh or lower; then you can about 4-6 full charges.

 Dark Energy Poseidon 10,000mAh Power Bank
(Output Power Capacity = 7,000mAh)
Phone CapacityDark Energy Poseidon 10,000mAh Power Bank
iPhone SE7,000mAh1,624mAh5,376mAh
4 Full Charges
iPhone 67,000mAh1,810mAh5,190mAh
3.5 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus7,000mAh2,915mAh4,085mAh
2.4 Full Charges
iPhone 6s7,000mAh1,715mAh5,285mAh
4 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus7,000mAh2,750mAh4,250mAh
2 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S67,000mAh2,550mAh4,450mAh
2.6 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge7,000mAh2,600mAh4,400mAh
2.5 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S77,000mAh3,000mAh4,000mAh
2 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge7,000mAh3,600mAh3,400mAh
1.8 Full Charges

Poseidon for Tablets

For the most part, this Rugged power bank is meant to charge smartphones and other smaller devices that have similar power capacities to that of smartphones. This is because if you’re charging larger sized devices like tablets, then it won’t do too well. Since even mini tablets like an iPad Mini 2 or iPad Mini 4 are going to be able to charge to their full power once and barely even leave any power capacity left to use.

So you can charge a tablet to its full power, but after doing so, you need to realize that there won’t be a lot of power capacity left to use.

Output Charging:

The Dark Energy Poseidon power bank uses two charging ports. One of the charging ports has a charging speed of 5V/2.4A and the other one has a charging speed of 5V/1.0A.

Using the 2.4A port should be the primary port that you should always use because it’s going to give the faster charging speed for any device you choose to charge the power bank. Since most devices are able to charge faster than 1 amp and also the 2.4A port is able to charge tablets like iPads at their max charging speed of 2.4A.

Then the 1.0A port should only be used when you’re charging 2 devices at once because it gives a slower charging speed. Altogether, even though have two charging ports have their own set charging speed is a flaw, because you’re always going to have a port with slow charging; you can still use both of the charging ports at their full potential because the power bank is capable of having a max output of 3.4A.

Input Charging:

The power bank uses a Micro-USB Input port to recharge and it has a max recharge rate of 5V/2.0A. So using a 2 Amp wall charger will provide the fastest recharge rate and will result in a full recharge time of 5-6 hours.

Design

Size and Weight:

It’s not too large of a power bank and that’s mostly because it doesn’t have too high of a power capacity and all the safety is slimmer lined on the power bank. It makes it easier to have more portability with the power bank.

Not too large of a Rugged power bank

It has a length of 6 inches, a width of 3.5 inches, and a thickness of 0.8 inches. The weight of the power bank is 11.2 ounces. So it’s quite small, and can be held in your hand because it’s also somewhat lightweight. However, it does have a lanyard hole at the end of it and that makes it possible to place the power bank onto a backpack,

Functional Components:

Most of the functional parts of the power bank can be found under the waterproof covering. Under the cover is where you can find two USB charging ports, a Micro-USB Input port, and a LED flashlight. On the top of the power bank is where there are 4 Green LED power capacity indicators, and to the long side of the charger is the power button.

Charging automatically starts when you connect a device into the power bank. So the main usage of the power button is turn on the flashlight by holding it down, and you can press it again to change it from a Constant version to an SOS version. Also, you can just press the power button once to check the power capacity.

At one end of the power bank is where you can use a rope or use a carabiner with the power bank, which allows you to latch the power bank onto a backpack for those times when you’re camping, hiking or biking.

Build

Structure and Material:

The strongest point of the power bank.

It’s covered in reinforcement from plastic to aluminum that makes the power bank able to withstand falls onto the hard ground. Even though it’s great that it can take falls because that is a likely occurrence in our everyday lives and out in the wild, there’s something this power bank does that not many other rugged power banks do. It’s the fact that it has an Enclosure rating of IP68, which means that it can withstand constant immersion into water.

Which is why Fishing is one main activity that you should highly consider taking this power bank for.

Tech:

On the tech side, the Poseidon power bank does have the necessary safety tech feature to make sure that you and your devices are safe during charging.

Reliability

With its small size and ability to take on shock and any water threats this power rugged power bank can not only be reliable in the wild but also in our everyday lives. The power capacity is high enough charge most smartphones multiple times, and it also has two charging ports. Then there’s the use of a lanyard hole as well that makes portability very easy if you’ve got a backpack.

This power bank does so many things right and that’s what makes it so reliable.

Summary:

Power:

The power capacity is enough to be used for smartphones but not exactly for larger devices like tablets. The use of 2 charging ports is welcomed but you’re going to want to always use the 2.4A port at all times.

Design:

It’s quite small and easy to use. The flashlight can be quite helpful if you’re out camping at night. The lanyard is going to be very helpful for portability.

Build:

The name of the power bank certainly matches what the Poseidon power bank is capable of because it can be constantly immersed into the water without taking damage.

Reliability:

Just know that you can get quite a lot of charges for smartphones, but it may or may not be enough power for a full week. Other than that, the power, design and strong build make this a power bank that can be used for everyday life or when you’re in the wild frontier.

Specs of the Dark Energy Poseidon 10,000mAh Power Bank:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 10,000mAh            Real Capacity: 7,000mAh
  • Output:     USB Port 1: 5V/2.4A      USB Port 2: 5V/1.0A
  • Input:      5V/2.0A Via Micro-USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 6 x 3.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Weight: 11.2 Ounces

Conclusion:

Very few rugged power banks are built like this one since this one can actually be immersed into water for a constant amount of time. The only other power bank that we’ve reviewed that’s capable of similar things is the EasyAcc rugged power bank. So it’s definitely a rare but highly useful capability to have when it comes to ruggedness.

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Review: OutdoorTech 10,000mAh Kodiak Plus Power Bank

Generally speaking, rugged power banks are usually larger. For one reason it’s because they’re built to withstand water and they’re also able to take falls and as a result, they have to have a lot of protection built on them to take heavy damage. Another reason why rugged power banks are larger is because they usually have higher power capacities because the assumption is that you’re taking the power bank into the wilderness, far away from any stable charging sources.

With that said, there are a ton of cases, that rugged power bank are still as useful in a normal everyday setting because you can spill water on them and drop them and not have to worry about the power bank getting damaged. Although the main problem is the portability.

Well this Outdoor Tech Kodiak power bank may just solve the portability problem that a lot of rugged power banks have because it’s quite small and lightweight.

Power

Power Capacity:

It has a power capacity of 10,000mAh and you’re going to be getting an average conversion rate during charging, which means a conversion rate of about 70%. As a result, this Kodiak power bank is able to provide 7,000mAh of Output power capacity that you’ll actually use.

Power Capacity for Smartphones

With that said, a 7,000mAh power capacity is most useful for charging smartphones because most modern smartphones have battery capacities of 2,000mAh or 3,000mAh, and if that’s the case, then this power bank is able to charge most smartphones 2-4 times.

 OutdoorTech 10,000mAh Kodiak Plus Power Bank
(OutdoorTech 10,000mAh Power Bank)
Phone CapacityOutdoorTech 10,000mAh Kodiak Plus Power Bank
iPhone SE7,000mAh1,624mAh5,376mAh
4 Full Charges
iPhone 67,000mAh1,810mAh5,190mAh
3.5 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus7,000mAh2,915mAh4,085mAh
2.4 Full Charges
iPhone 6s7,000mAh1,715mAh5,285mAh
4 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus7,000mAh2,750mAh4,250mAh
2 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S67,000mAh2,550mAh4,450mAh
2.6 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge7,000mAh2,600mAh4,400mAh
2.5 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S77,000mAh3,000mAh4,000mAh
2 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge7,000mAh3,600mAh3,400mAh
1.8 Full Charges

Power Capacity for Tablets

If you’re looking for this rugged power bank to charge your tablet while you’re out in the wild, it can; however we don’t recommend it because even if you’re charging a mini tablet like an iPad Mini 2 or 4 series then it’s only going to be able to charge to its full power once and the power capacity it leaves will only be enough to charge a smartphone to its full power once or maybe even less.

What you Should Really use it For:

For the most, this Kodiak power bank has enough power capacity to be used to charge smartphones multiple times and we think it’s the perfect kind of power capacity to take with you while you’re out hiking or biking for the entire day; since that’s something the power bank’s build and capacity can both handle.

Output Charging:

There are two USB charging ports. USB Port 1 has a charging speed of 5V/2.4A, and USB Port 2 has a charging speed of 5V/1.0A.

Always use the 2.4A charging port first because it’ll give the faster-charging speed for any device that you use with it. You should only use the 1A port only if when you’re charging 2 devices at once since a 1 Amp charging speed is actually very slow and most devices are able to charge faster than just a single amp.

With that said, you’ll be able to make use of both USB ports at their full potential when you’re using them both because the Max Output power of the power bank is 3.4A all at once.

Input Charging:

The Kodiak power bank is recharged through a Micro-USB Input port, and the max recharge rate of the power bank is 5V/2.0A. Use a 2 Amp wall charger for the fastest recharge rate and that will result in a recharge time of 4-5 hours.

Design

Size and Weight:

One of the best parts of this rugged power bank is the size and weight. As we mentioned in the beginning of this review, most rugged power banks are heavy and large. Not this one.

It has a length of 5.1 inches, a width of 3.1 inches, and a thickness of 0.8 inches. So it’s about the size of a smartphone, and to make it more of a possibility to fit into your pocket, the weight of the power bank is 7.7 ounces. It weighs quite a bit, but still lightweight in terms of being a rugged power bank.

You can either hold this in your hand and even place it into your pocket because it’s just that small.

Functional Components:

All of the functional parts of the Kodiak power bank are going to be found under the waterproof flap. Once you lift it up, you’re going to find the power button, 4 Green LED power capacity indicators, a Micro-USB Input port and the 2 USB Output charging ports.

When you place the flap back onto the ports, you can still press the power button through the covering and the 4 LED power capacity indicator lights still show up to tell you the power capacity that’s available on the power bank.

Build

Structure and Material:

This is the strongest part and one of the main reason to buy this power bank.

The entire power bank is constructed in a thick rubber casing, and that makes it able to withstand shock damage when it falls. However, the amazing part of its ruggedness is that the power bank is waterproof. Not only can it have water spilled on it and not get damaged, but this Kodiak power bank has an Enclosure rating of IP67 and that mean it can be submerged into water and survive.

With that said, it can be submerged in 1 meter of water and be there for 30 minutes before the water pressure comprises the power bank. Still, an amazing build because there aren’t much another power bank that we’ve reviewed other than EasyAcc’s 20,000mAh rugged power bank that also has an Enclosure rating of IP67.

Tech:

On the tech side, the Kodiak power bank does everything well enough by providing the safety tech to keep charging going smoothly.

Reliability

Most of the time rugged power banks are most useful when they’re taken into the wild frontier because they’re large and tough enough to take the wild world head on.

All of that stands mostly true for this Kodiak power bank, except it doesn’t have that high of a power capacity to last for days, but it still holds the same toughness that any other rugged power bank have, and also is very portable. It’s actually so small that it can fit into a pocket and the water resistance is so good that it can survive being submerged in water. Those are two very reliable and rare traits when it comes to rugged power banks.

Although, the main flaw, is that the power capacity isn’t mean for numerous days, for activities like camping and such. It’s reliable enough for a day or two, though.

Summary:

Power:

The power capacity after its conversion is mostly meant to be used for charging smartphones because the power capacity can charge smartphones multiple times over. The charging is quite good because there are two, and one of them features a charging speed of 5V/2.4A.

Design:

It’s a very small rugged power bank that can be held your hand or you place it into your pocket. The one main flaw with it is that it doesn’t have a lanyard hole to attach a carabiner with.

Build:

The build is the strongest part of this power bank because it can be dropped and immersed into the water without getting damaged.

Reliability:

We find this rugged power bank to be more reliable than most other rugged power banks because of its small size, and its ability to withstand immersion in water.

Specs of the OutdoorTech 10,000mAh Kodiak Plus Power Bank:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 10,000mAh            Real Capacity: 7,000mAh
  • Output:  USB Port 1: 5V/2.4A     USB Port 2: 5V/1.0A
  • Input:      5V/2.0A Via Micro-USB
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 5.1 x 3.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Weight: 7.7 Ounces

Conclusion:

If the rugged power banks that you’re currently looking at are putting you off because of their large sizes and heavy weights, then we recommend this Kodiak Plus power bank because it’s small and lightweight. However, the easy portability comes at a cost because it has 10,000mAh of power capacity to use and that might not be enough to last for days in the wild frontier.

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Review: CHUWI 10,050mAh Quick Charge Power Bank

Power banks that feature Quick Charge technology are becoming very important parts of portable charging. This is mostly due to the increase of devices that are compatible with the fast charging technology that is Quick Charge, and it makes sense because who doesn’t want fast charging?

However, it’s quite rare for a power bank to just have a single charging port and also feature Quick Charge because Quick Charge is sought to be a special charging technology but at the same time not too common. That’s changing because most people that use an Android smartphone have one that is compatible with QC. With that said, this CHUWI power bank is one of those portable chargers that has just a single charging ports also take takes advantage of Quick Charge 3.0. Let’s see if it’s also useful for those that don’t have Quick Charge compatible devices too.

Power

Power Capacity:

The power capacity of the CHUWI power bank starts at 10,050mAh and the usable power capacity that you’re going to receive is going to better than most power banks on the market. This is because for two main reasons: It uses LG battery cells that are able to give a better conversion and there is only a single charging port and that means energy is only being sent through one chord. With that said, you can either fair about 70% of a conversion rate or 75% if you’re not using the Quick Charge tech. As a result, it’s going to leave you with an Output power capacity of about 7,000mAh that you’ll actually be able to use.

Is the Output power capacity Good?

Well yeah, it’s actually great if you’re charging smartphones because you’ll be able to get about 3.5 full charges to an iPhone 7 and you can fair about 2 full charges for a Samsung Galaxy S7. Both of those smartphones have large battery capacities and yet the power bank is able to charge them to full multiple times. If the smartphone you have has a lower battery capacity, then it’ll be able to charge those more times.

 CHUWI 10,050mAh Quick Charge Power BankPhone CapacityCHUWI 10,050mAh Quick Charge Power Bank
iPhone SE7,000mAh1,624mAh5,376mAh
4 Full Charges
iPhone 67,000mAh1,810mAh5,190mAh
3.5 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus7,000mAh2,915mAh4,085mAh
2.4 Full Charges
iPhone 6s7,000mAh1,715mAh5,285mAh
4 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus7,000mAh2,750mAh4,250mAh
2 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S67,000mAh2,550mAh4,450mAh
2.6 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge7,000mAh2,600mAh4,400mAh
2.5 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S77,000mAh3,000mAh4,000mAh
2 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge7,000mAh3,600mAh3,400mAh
1.8 Full Charges

Charging Tablets

Charging tablets with the power bank isn’t too bad, as long as you’re charging mini ones like the iPad Mini 2 or iPad Mini 4 that will be able to get 1 full charge. The same goes for the Galaxy Tab A series from Samsung that will also be able to charge to their full power, while still leaving the power bank with power to spare.

If you wish to charge Full-Sized tablets, like an iPad 12-Inch version, the CHUWI power bank is able to charge the iPad to 70%.


Output Charging:

There is only a single charging port and the main attraction for this power bank is that it uses Quick Charge 3.0.

Charging with Quick Charge

So if you’re using a Quick Charge 3.0 compatible device the charging speed that you’re ging to receive are: 3.2V-20V/3.0A, and the Amperage that it offers throughout its Voltage ranges are either 3 Amps, 2 Amps, and 1.5 Amps.

Since Quick Charge 2.0 compatible devices are also compatible with Quick Charge 3.0 Tech, you can also charge them at Quick Charge 2.0 speeds of 5V/9V/12V and the same Amperage levels follow that of Quick Charge 3.0.

Normal Charging

Can this power bank still charge Non-Quick Charge compatible devices?

Yes, however, the charging speed that is offered to standard charging devices is only 5V/2.0A. It’s good, but for a power bank that is built on the premise of delivering fast charging speeds, it doesn’t deliver too well for the standard crowd.


Input Charging:

The Input charging adopts the same charging speed of Quick Charge and this is something that not a lot of power banks do. Recharging speeds are 5V/2A | 9V/2A | 12V|1.5A. With that said, as fast as the recharge is, you’ll have to use a Quick Charge wall charger to recharge the power bank as fast as possible; when that’s done, then you’ll be able to get a full recharge within 4-5 hours.

Design

Size and Weight:

For its power capacity and charging capabilities, we’d say that the CHUWI power bank does a great job at making itself portable as possible.

This is because it has a length of 4 inches, a width of 2.3 inches, and a thickness of 0.8 inches. The weight of the power bank is about 8 ounces, so not too heavy but too light either.

Functional Components:

All of its functional parts are on a single side and this is where you’ll find the power button, 4 LED power capacity indicators, a Micro-USB Input and an USB Output charging port. Charging DOES NOT automatically start, so must press the power button to begin charging your smartphone or tablet.

Build

Structure and Material:

It’s a very sturdy power bank that’s perfect for everyday use. However, we don’t think it can take falls because there aren’t any protections to make it withstand shock damage.

Tech:

On the tech side, the CHUWI power bank takes advantage of the basics such as being able to shut-off when you’re device is fully recharge, Short-Circuit, and Surge Protection. The use of LG batteries is really good because these kinds of batteries are able to last longer.

Reliability

Reliability is going to be most useful for those that own smartphones that are compatible with Quick Charge. This is because if you’re just using a standard charging device, then all you’re going to receive is a charging speed of 2 Amps.

However, those that own Quick Charge smartphones, are going to be able to charge their device VERY quickly while they’re on-the-go. Also when you take into account that the recharge speed for the power bank is also Quick Charge, then it’s most reliable for Quick Charge smartphone users because the chances are that they have a Quick Charge wall charger to recharge the power bank as fast as possible.

Summary:

Power:

The power capacity doesn’t take that bad of a hit when it converts and you’ll be able to charge most smartphones to their full power about 2 full times. The charging is mainly meant for smartphones that are compatible with Quick Charge.

Design:

A small and lightweight design that’s perfect for taking anywhere. All the functional parts of the charger are on a single side, and you must press the power button to begin charging. Although, charging automatically should be implemented because that’s more of the standard nowadays.

Build:

It doesn’t have a rugged build but it does have a strong enough build.

Reliability:

Those that own either Quick Charge 2.0 or 3.0 devices are going to get the most from this CHUWI power bank.

Specs of the CHUWI 10,050mAh Quick Charge Power Bank:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 10,050mAh            Real Capacity: 7,000mAh
  • Output:   5-6V/3.0A | 6-9V/2A | 9-12V/1.5A
  • Input:  5V/2A | 9V/2A | 12V/1.5A
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 4 x 2.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Weight: 8 Ounces

Conclusion:

The CHUWI 10,050mAh power bank is very useful for Quick Charge smartphones, and not only with its fast charging but also with its power capacity. Since you’ll be able to charge most smartphones to their full power about two times. Even though charging speeds for non-compatible Quick Charge devices are slower, it’s still acceptable enough to use. For the most part, if you have a Quick Charge smartphone, then this power bank is made for you.

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Review: Innogie JA Portable Charger 10,000mAh

The form factor of portable chargers is a very important thing when you’re purchasing power banks depending on the size and design of it, it can either be easy or difficult to carry around. There are power banks that are very small and can easily fit into your pocket, others cannot because of their larger power capacities. With that said, even higher power capacity power banks are being made to fit as much power into a small size as much as possible; Since power banks, in general, are supposed to be portable power without being too much of hassle to carry around.

This is the Innogie JA Portable charger that has a 10,400mAh power capacity and even though that’s quite a lot of power, the size and design of it can be quite frustrating to carry around.

Power

Power Capacity:

The power capacity of the Innogie JA Portable charger starts at 10,400mAh and the conversion of power is actually better than most power banks because it uses LG batteries that are able to provide more power to transfer over to your device during charging; there’s still the loss of energy that stays normal when power goes through the charging cable though. As a result, you’re going to average about 8,320mAh of Output power capacity that you’ll actually be able to use.

Charging Smartphones with the Innogie Power Bank

It’s with this power capacity that you’ll be able to charge most smartphones about 4 times. Take, for example, you’ll be able to charge an iPhone 6s about 5 full times. Or if you’re charging an Android device, that generally has larger battery capacity like the Google Pixel at its 2,770mAh battery capacity, then you’ll be able to get 3 full charges. So this power bank is perfect for charging smartphones because it can charge them many times.

Charging Tablets with the Innogie Power Bank

Moving onto tablets, even with a power bank that can charge smartphones a few times over, the Innogie power banks can even charge tablets a few times as well, with 2 full charges being the magic number. If you’re charging Mini tablets like the Galaxy Tab A series or Galaxy Tab 4, then you’ll be able to get 2 full charges. Charging Apple Mini tablets like the iPad Mini 2 or 4 is going to result in about 1.5 charges because they have slightly higher power capacities.

Lastly, if you want to charge a Full-Sized tablet, then the Innogie comes close to delivering a full charge because a Full-Sized iPad that’s 12-inches big has a power capacity of 10,000mAh and it’ll be able to charge about 80% of the way.

DevicesInnogie JA Portable Charger 10,000mAh
(Output Capacity = 5,600mAh )
Phone CapacityInnogie JA Portable Charger 10,000mAh
iPhone SE8,320mAh 1,624mAh6,696mAh
5.1 Full Charges
iPhone 68,320mAh 1,810mAh6,510mAh
4.5 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus8,320mAh 2,915mAh5,405mAh
2.8 Full Charges
iPhone 6s8,320mAh 1,715mAh6,605mAh
4.8 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus8,320mAh 2,750mAh5,570mAh
3.0 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S68,320mAh 2,550mAh5,770mAh
3.2 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge8,320mAh 2,600mAh5,720mAh
3.2 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S78,320mAh 3,000mAh5,320mAh
2.7 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge8,320mAh 3,600mAh4,720mAh
2.3 Full Charges

Output Charging:

There are 2 USB Output charging ports on the Innogie power bank and each of them has a charging speed of 5V/2.4A and that sounds really good if you’re charging only a single device with it. That’s because the power bank has a Max Output of 5V/2.4A as well, so if you’re charging 2 devices at once, with the power bank using its Max Output of power, then each of the charging ports is going to Output 5V/1.2A and that’s a slow charging speed. It’s not to say that charging 2 devices with the power bank is bad, it’s just best to do so if you’re charging 2 smartphones at the same time.

With that said, we like that the Max Output of power shared throughout each of the 2 charging ports, and if you’re charging a tablet alone like an iPad then it’ll be able to charge at its max charging speed of 2.4 Amps.

Input Charging:

The Innogie power bank is recharged through a  Micro-USB Input port that has a max recharge rate of 5V/2.0A, and when you use a 2 Amp Wall Charger, then it’ll be able to recharge to its full power within 5-6 hours.

Design

Size and Weight:

This is where things can get bit awkward because the power bank is quite large with its thickness.

It has a length of 4 inches, a width of 2.2 inches, and a thickness of 1.6 inches. The weight of the charger is 9.5 ounces. So even though the power bank is small because it has a short length and width, the large thickness can make it difficult to carry it around because you’re only going to be able to carry it in your hand and put it into a bag. Not exactly surprising but it’s still quite bulky.

Functional Components:

There are 2 sides of the Innogie power bank that holds the main functions. On one there’s an Alien looking face that has 4 Blue LED power capacity indicators and 2 Red lights that are eyes for the alien face

Then on the on the other side, there’s the 2 USB Output charging ports and a Micro-USB Input port. There’s absolutely no power button because charging automatically starts when you plug a device into the power bank and stops when there aren’t any devices connected anymore. This is odd though because a lot of power banks that do automatically start charging, still have a power button to check power capacity when they’re not being used.

Build

Structure and Material:

The entire power bank is made of plastic but it’s not brittle because the casing is all packed closely together and it’s thick as well.

Tech:

On the tech side, the Innogie power bank makes use of the regular safety that you’d expect to keep you and your devices safe. However, the most useful kind of tech is the usage of LG batteries that are able to provide better conversion of power during charging, and they also offer more charges in the long run.

Reliability

We think that the Innogie power bank is very useful for your charging needs when you’re out and about. If there’s one main flaw, is that you can’t charge 2 devices at the same time and expect fast charging speeds for the 2 devices that are charging; since the Max Output of power is low at just 2.4A.

Other than that the conversion of power is great because the power bank is able to provide multiple charges not only to smartphones but also to tablets as well. It’s a small but thick charger can be taken anywhere too.

Summary:

Power:

The power capacity is really good even when it goes through conversion, but the charging speed could use some work.

Design:

It’s a small power bank but the thickness is what makes it rather bulky. There’s no power button because the Innogie power bank solely relies on its automatic charging capabilities.

Build:

It has a solid build that is perfect for everyday use and tough enough to survive shortfalls.

Reliability:

The Innogie power bank is a great daily use charger that can provide multiple charges and superb portability.

Specs of the Innogie JA Portable Charger 10,000mAh:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 10,000mAh            Real Capacity: 8,320mAh
  • Output:      Per Port: 5V/2.4A      Max Output:   2.4A
  • Input:      5V/2.0A Via Micro-USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 4 x 2.2 x 1.6 inches
  • Weight: 9.5 Ounces

Conclusion:

If there’s anything that we’ve learned about reviewing power banks, it’s that nearly all of them have their own flaws. In this case, nearly everything about the Innogie power bank is great but the thickness can be off-putting and once you experience charging 2 devices, the things can seem a bit mediocre. Although those aren’t exactly major problems, but minor ones.

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Review: iWALK T08 8,000mAh Slim Power Bank

Power banks that have built-in charging cables are great candidates for when you’re searching for a portable charger because there’s no need to carry around a charging cable, other than recharging the power bank. There are some power banks that actually have two built-in charging cables and that’s useful to have when you have devices that use either of the charging cable, which once again absolves the need for carrying around a charging cable and more focus on just having the power bank on you. What makes a power bank with a built-in charging cable very reliable is that it has a USB charging port that can be used by any charging cable.

However, even with all that said, about how built-in charging cables are a great implementation for power banks, there’s just one more step that can be taken; this iWalk T08 8,000mAh power bank takes that step because it not only has 2 built-in charging cables, and a USB port, but it also has a USB port built into the power bank for recharging.

Power

Power Capacity:

The starting power capacity of the iWalk T08 power bank is 8,000mAh and we don’t find that to be enough power to go with the changing capabilities that this power bank has. This is because there are 3 methods of charging devices at the same time. Also, the initial power capacity of 8,000mAh won’t be what you’re receiving because there’s a conversion of power during charging and that’s going to result in an average conversion of 70%; As a result, you’re most likely going to receive 5,600mAh of useable power.

Charging Smartphones with the iWalk T08

It’s with this power capacity that you should use this power bank for mostly charging smartphone because it’ll be able to charge most smartphones 2 times or more before the power bank needs a recharge.

Charging Tablets with the iWalk T08

Charging larger devices like tablets such as an iPad, it’s best to use Mini tablets with the charger because an iPad Mini 4 has a battery capacity of 5,124mAh and so it’ll be able to charge to its full power, but it’ll take the entire power capacity of the iWalk to get there. Charging an iPad Mini 2 which has a power capacity of 6,470mAh is going to result in a near full charge.

It’s quite futile to charge a Full-Sized 12-inch iPad to its full power because it’s just going to be charged halfway.

DevicesiWALK T08 8,000mAh Slim Power Bank (Output Capacity = 5,600mAh )Phone CapacityiWALK T08 8,000mAh Slim Power Bank
iPhone SE5,600mAh 1,624mAh3,976mAh
3.4 Full Charges
iPhone 65,600mAh 1,810mAh3,790mAh
3.0 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus5,600mAh 2,915mAh2,685mAh
1.9 Full Charges
iPhone 6s5,600mAh 1,715mAh3,885mAh
3.2 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus5,600mAh 2,750mAh2,850mAh
2.0 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S65,600mAh 2,550mAh3,050mAh
2.1 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge5,600mAh 2,600mAh3,000mAh
2.1 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S75,600mAh 3,000mAh2,600mAh
1.8 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge5,600mAh 3,600mAh2,000mAh
1.5 Full Charges

Output Charging:

There are 3 ways to charge your device with the iWalk power bank and this is the strongest point of the charger.

There’s a Built-in Lightning charging cable for Apple devices like an iPhone or iPad; then there’s a Micro-USB charging cable to charge android devices. Lastly, the power bank has a USB charging port that can be used by any charging cable.

Now, this all sounds great. If you have devices like smartphones that require either a Lightning or Micro-USB charging cable to charge, then you don’t even need to carry around a cable. There’s the USB port to charge a 3rd device as well.

However, with that said, the Max Output power of the power bank is the only 5V/2.4A, so if you are charging 3 devices at once, then that’s going to result in slow charging speeds for the devices that are charging. So it’s best to charge 2 at the same time at most, and that way you won’t slow down charging too much. Even though the Max Output charging speed of the power bank is slow, you can still potentially charge most smartphones at their max charging speeds and you can even charge an iPad at its max charging speed with the Built-In Lightning charging cable if you’re charging it alone.

Input Charging:

This is the real highlight of the power bank because there are 2 ways to recharge it. There’s a built-In Input recharging cable and a Micro-USB Input. As a result, you don’t even have to carry around a Micro-USB cable to recharge the power bank because the power bank itself already has it! How cool is that?

The recharge rate of the power bank is 5V/2.0A and as long as you’re plugging the power bank into a 2 Amp wall charger to recharge, then that’s going to result in a recharge time of 5-6 hours.

Design

Size and Weight:

It’s a very portable power bank that you can take with you nearly anywhere.

 

This is because it has a length of 5.6 inches, a width of 2.7 inches and a thickness of 0.6 inches. The weight of the charger is 6.5 ounces. It’s about the size of smartphones and is so thin that it can potentially fit into a back pocket. It’s also lightweight that makes it perfect to carry around if you want to.

Functional Components:

Even though there’s quite a lot going on with the power bank, it’s still easy to use.

The 2 built-in charging cables are to the side of the power bank and at the bottom of the charger is the USB charging cable. On the short-side of the power bank is where you’ll find the USB port, power button, and Micro-USB Cable. On top is where there are 4 White LED power capacity indicators.

Charging automatically starts when you use the charging cables or the USB port; so you’re mostly going to be pressing the power button to check the power capacity.

 

 

 

The built-In USB charging cable is capable of data transfers, but it’s only compatible with doing so when you’re using the Built-In Lightning charging cable or the USB Output port; the Micro-USB built- in input cable does not feature data transfers. Just keep in mind that this may cause Pass Through charging to take place and that can be harmful to your iWalk power bank.

The Matte finish that the iWalk T08 uses is very useful for holding the charger and it’s not slippery.

Build

Structure and Material:

It’s made of plastic but it’s built very well which makes it usable for each day.

Tech:

On the tech side, there’s not much that iWalk gives to on but even when you’re charging 3 devices at once, there aren’t any hangups with things like heating up and that’s a good sign that the power bank is good at managing heat.

Other than that, the iWalk portable charger just uses regular Lithium Polymer batteries that are able to go through 500 charging cycles.

Reliability

We think that this iWalk T08 power bank is something that you should give a chance because it has 3 ways to charge from it at the same time, and the best part is that you don’t even need your own charging cable to use the power bank. You can just pick this power bank up from your desk and head out, and that can’t be said about too many portable chargers. You don’t even need a Micro-USB cable to recharge the power bank because there’s already a cable that’s built into it.

The power capacity and charging speeds aren’t the best, though, and it’s mostly meant for smartphones because that way you’ll at least be able to use the power bank multiple times over. You can use the USB Output port with any charging cable that you have.

Summary:

Power:

Not the highest power capacity to charge 3 devices at once and the charging speed isn’t that fast either. For the most part charging 2 devices at once is going to be the best option. Although we do find it awesome that you can charge 3 devices at once. You don’t need a Micro-USB charging cable to recharge it and instead, you can just use the Built-In USB cable.

Design:

It’s not that large, actually thin and lightweight; which makes it easy to take with you while you’re on-the-go.

Build:

Not the best build, but the iWalk power bank can withstand everyday use without being damaged.

Reliability:

A lot of power banks on the market are labeled “Universal Power Bank” for marketing purposes, but this iWalk power bank takes a different path because it basically can be universally used with any USB charging device at all time because it has the built-in charging cable to do so and even a USB Port to use your own cable.

Couple that with the ability to recharge using the built-in USB charging cable and this may just be the most reliable power bank ever.

Specs of the iWALK T08 8,000mAh Slim Power Bank:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 8,000mAh            Real Capacity: 5,600mAh
  • Output:   5V/2.4A
  • Input:  5V/2.0A
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 5.6 x 2.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Weight: 6.5 Ounces

Conclusion:

If the power capacity and charging speeds are improved on this power bank, it’s going to blow a lot of fish out of the water. We absolutely love that it has all the necessary charging cable to make carrying your own charging cable irrelevant.

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Review: RP-PB17 Portable Charger 6,700mAh Power Bank

Power banks that have many charging ports are sought to be the more reliable kinds of portable chargers simply because you can charge multiple devices at once. Not only that, power banks with many charging ports also generally have larger power capacities and that means that you can use them more often. With that said, power banks that have a single charging port are just as useful because they’re smaller and easier to handle. Also, you’re most likely going to have the same powering capabilities that a large power bank would have with the exception of many charging ports, and high power capacity.

This is the RAVPower RP-PB17 Portable Charger 6700mAh Power Bank and even though it has just a single charging port, it’s capable of a lot.

Power

Power Capacity:

The RAVPower 6,700mAh power bank makes use of Panasonic batteries and they’re able to improve upon conversion during charging and Panasonic batteries are able to last longer. With that said, the conversion rate of this power bank is still normal because it has a 70% conversion rate that ultimately results in 4,690mAh of Output power capacity that you’ll actually be able to use.

It’s with 4,690mAh that you’ll be able to charge most smartphones about 2.5 full times, and that really what we recommend using with this power bank. This is because you’ll be able to get multiple uses from the portable charger by simply using smartphones to charge it with.

However, the power bank can still do a pretty good job when it’s charging tablets, but mostly Mini tablets because you’ll be able to charge iPads like an iPad Mini 2 or iPad Mini 4 to about 80% of their full power, but that’s going to take the entirety of the power bank’s capacity. If you’re charging Full sized tablet like an iPad 12-Inch then it’ll be able to charge about 50% of the way through.

So the power capacity is generally designed for smartphones, but can still do a pretty good job of charging tablets; the charging speed, though, is where both smartphones and tablets can win.

DevicesRP-PB17 6,700mAh Power Bank
(Output Capacity = 25,500mAh)
Phone CapacityRP-PB17 6,700mAh Power Bank
iPhone SE4,690mAh 1,624mAh3,066mAh
2.8 Full Charges
iPhone 64,690mAh 1,810mAh2,880mAh
2.5 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus4,690mAh 2,915mAh1,775mAh
1.6 Full Charges
iPhone 6s4,690mAh 1,715mAh2,975mAh
2.7 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus4,690mAh 2,750mAh1,940mAh
1.7 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S64,690mAh 2,550mAh2,140mAh
1.8 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge4,690mAh 2,600mAh2,090mAh
1.8 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S74,690mAh 3,000mAh1,690mAh
1.5 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge4,690mAh 3,600mAh1,090mAh
1.3 Full Charges

Output Charging:

The RAVPower power bank uses a single charging port. This single charging port has a charging speed of 5V/2.4A, which is abe to charge most smartphones at their max charging speeds. Devices that won’t be able to charge at their max charging speeds are those compatible with Quick Charge, because this power bank does not feature Quick Charge technology.

You’ll also be able to charge tablets at their max charging speeds because tablets like iPads are able to charge at 5V/2.4A.

Input Charging:

It’s able to recharge at 5V/2.0A and if you’re using a 2 Amp wall charger or higher then the power bank will be able to recharge within 6-7 hours. Don’t use a lower powered wall charger because that will result in a much slower recharging speed.

Design

Size and Weight:

The highlighted part of this power bank is just how small it is.

It has a length of 3.5 inches, a width of 1.6 inches and a thickness of 0.8 inches. The weight of the power bank is 4.8 ounces only. The size and weight of the power bank come to together to make a power bank that is very easy to carry in a single hand, you can place it into a bag or maybe even your pocket, but that might be a tight fit.

This portable charger is made for on-the-go purposes, and when you couple that with its power, not many power banks are able to accomplish such feats of power and portability being combined.

Functional Components:

All of the functional parts of the power bank are on a single side of the charger, which includes the power button, the USB Output charging port, the Micro-USB Input port, and 4 Blue LED power capacity indicators.

Charging automatically starts when you plug a device into the power bank and that means the power button is mainly to check the power capacity that’s left. A really easy to use power bank that’s just as easy to carry around.

Build

Structure and Material:

The RAVPower charger has an anodized finish with aluminum alloy and that makes it durable enough to be used every day. Also, quite a surprising thing is that the center of the charger is just one single large piece and then there’s just the 2 side panels. The fewer the pieces that are used, the fewer chances it has of falling apart on you.

Tech:

On the tech side, the power bank makes use of safety tech to Control-Current, Temperature Control, Short-Circuit and Surge Control. Also, the use of Panasonic batteries makes the power bank very reliable to use in the long-run because it’ll be able to hold onto its initial power capacity for a longer time.

Reliability

Even though this power bank has just one charging port, that isn’t much of a fault because all the features that surround the single charging port are quite amazing.

It has fast charging, enough power capacity to charge smartphones multiple times and the size/weight of the portable charger make it easy to take nearly anywhere. The RAVPower 6,700mAh power bank proves that you don’t need lots of charging options or an insanely high power capacity to be deemed reliable. It’s the value that you offer.

Summary:

Power:

The power capacity is quite average in terms of the conversion bringing it down but it’s very useful for charging smartphones, which is mostly likely the reason you’re purchasing the power bank. Also, the charging speed of the single port that it uses is 2.4A and that’s able to charge most devices at their max charging speeds, which includes tablets.

Design:

It’s very small and lightweight, which makes it a great power bank to just hold while you’re walking and using your smartphone at the same time.

Build:

Even though it’s no rugged power bank, it still holds its own very well because it has an Aluminum shell and has very few pieces that make the portable charger whole.

Reliability:

You won’t be charging multiple devices at the same time and neither will you be charging tablets lots of times. However, for what it has with its 1 charging port, we think that it’s very reliable for just a single person.

Specs of the RP-PB17 Portable Charger 6,700mAh Power Bank:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 6,700mAh            Real Capacity: 4,690mAh
  • Output:   5V/2.4A
  • Input:      5V/2.0A
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 Blue LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 3.5 x 1.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Weight: 4.8 Ounces

Conclusion:

Most power banks that have a single charging port usually have slow charging, a lower power capacity and they’re simply not built very well because they’re built with the thought process of being low quality for having just one charging port. That shouldn’t be the case, though.

This RAVPower portable charger provides lots of high-quality features within each of its areas with its fast charging, power capacity holds up even when being lowered during charging and awesome portability that allows you to take the awesomeness wherever you go.

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