Review: Heloideo Ultra Slim Dual USB Ports Power Bank

A power bank with a built-in charging cable can mean a lot of things, but if one thing that’s true about power banks with built-in charging cables is that they’re all more reliable than ones without one. Since you’ll always have a cable to recharge the device that you use the most. With that said, power banks can just have a single charging cable, or they can even go further and just have two built-in cables and also a built-in way to recharge the power bank too.

These kinds of power banks are among the most useful and you should really consider getting them. Such as this Heloideo power bank that has quite a lot of built-in components as well as parts that you can use to use your own cables. Let’s take a closer look.

Power

Power Capacity:

The Heloideo power bank is basically a Mini power bank, and this is because it has an initial power capacity of 5,000mAh. It has an average conversion during charging which means that it’s going to have a 70% conversion rate. As a result, you will receive 3,500mAh of usable power.

Heloideo for Smartphones

A power capacity of 3,500mAh is going to be most useful for charging smartphones only. Since most smartphones are going to be able to charge at least 1-2 times. Also, the main reason this power bank should be used to charge smartphones is because most people are beginning to own smartphones that have very large batteries; that have capacities of 3,000mAh+ of power.

 Heloideo Ultra Slim Dual USB Ports Power Bank
(Output Power Capacity = 3,500mAh)
Phone CapacityHeloideo Ultra Slim Dual USB Ports Power Bank
iPhone SE3,500mAh1,624mAh1,876mAh
2.1 Full Charges
iPhone 63,500mAh1,810mAh1,690mAh
1.9 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus3,500mAh2,915mAh585mAh
1.2 Full Charges
iPhone 6s3,500mAh1,715mAh1,785mAh
2.0 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus3,500mAh2,750mAh750mAh
1.2 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S63,500mAh2,550mAh950mAh
1.3 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge3,500mAh2,600mAh900mAh
1.3 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S73,500mAh3,000mAh500mAh
1.1 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge3,500mAh3,600mAh0mAh
0.9 Charge

(You Need 100mAh More for a Full Recharge)
Apple iPad Mini 23,500mAh6,470mAh0mAh
0.5 Charge

(You Need 2,970mAh More for a Full Recharge)
Apple iPad Mini 43,500mAh5,124mAh0
0.6 Charge

(You Need 1,624mAh More for a Full Recharge)

So those larger capacity smartphones are going to be able to charge only once to their full power. The Heloideo power bank does have an exceptionally low power capacity, and to have 3 charging options with such a low power capacity simply doesn’t make too much sense.

Output Charging:

There are 3 ways to charge your devices.

Built-In Cable

The portable charger has a built-in Micro-USB cable to charge your Android smartphone and any other Micro-USB compatible devices. The main flaw with the built-in cable, though, is that it’s only able to Output 5V/1.0A charging speed. So your Android smartphone may not be able to charge at its fastest charging speed.

Although the main thing about the Built-In Micro-USB cable is that you’ll always have a charging cable with you to charge.

2 USB Ports

Then there are the 2 USB ports. Each of the USB ports is able to charge at 5V/2.4A charging speeds, which is a Max Standard charging speed. Most smartphones are going to be able to charge at their max charging speeds, and tablets like iPads will charge at their max charging speeds using these ports.

With that said, the Heloideo power bank does not feature Quick Charge, so Quick Charge compatible smartphones will not be able to charge at their max charging speeds.

Input Charging:

The Heloideo power bank has two ways to recharge itself.

It uses an AC Adapter and a USB cable to recharge.

USB Cable Recharging:

The built-in USB cable to the side of the power bank is the faster way to recharge because it has a max recharge rate of 5V/2.0A. Just make sure that you’re using a 2 Amp wall charger or higher when using the USB cable method of recharging and it’ll be able to recharge it within 3-4 hours.

AC Adapter Recharging:

There’s also a retractable AC Adapter that can be used to recharge the power bank and it has a charging speed of 110V-240V/0.15A. So it’s able to recharge the power bank within the same amount of time as the USB cable; which is 3-4 hours.

Design

Size and Weight:

The Heloideo power bank is small and lightweight. The best part of this is that you get all of the lightweight and small size, along with the built-in cables.

It has a length of 5.5 inches, a width of 2.5 inches, and a thickness of 0.6 inches. The weight of it is 7.2 ounces. So it’s actually small enough that it can fit into a back pocket if you have a large enough one; and if that doesn’t work out, you can also hold it while charging your smartphone.

Functional Components:

On the long sides of the power bank is where there’s the USB cable on one side and on the other side is the Micro-USB cable. On the back is where there’s the retractable AC Adapter and on top is where you’ll find 3 LED indicators that show remaining power capacity and also a power button.

On the short side is where the 2 USB ports are. You must press the power button to begin charging.

It’s not only his power bank that does it, but another one is also capable of doing it like RAVPower’s power bank. What it’s able to do is have a lot of features that are built-in, and all the built-in components are able to easily retract themselves back into the power bank.

Build

Structure and Material:

The Heloideo power bank has a solid build even though it’s made of plastic, but even so, it’s still able to take light falls and bumps, but nothing too serious.

Tech:

On the tech side, it makes use of the basic tech features that are able to keep charging safe for the power bank and for you.

Reliability

Of course, since it has a Micro-USB built-in cable, the power bank is mostly geared towards people that are able to make use of it and ultimately will be more reliable for that user. Which is why iPhones users should look for other power banks with built-in cables that have Lighting cables that are built-in.

With that said, the power bank has two USB ports that can be used by any cable and its use of two way to recharge is very helpful because if you don’t have an AC Outlet, then you can use a USB wall charger and vice versa.

The most unreliable thing about this power bank, though, is the low power capacity and its many charging ways.

Summary:

Power:

There’s not much power capacity, but if the power capacity were higher, then the power bank wouldn’t be as small as it is. There are 3 charging options and 2 Recharging options which are very helpful.

Design:

It’s a small and lightweight power bank, and even with its many built-in components, it does a great job with concealing all of its parts.

Build:

It’s all made of plastic which was actually a good choice because it makes the power bank lightweight and even though plastic is thought to be weak, the Heloideo power bank holds up quite well.

Reliability:

Since it has a built-in Micro-USB cable, the power bank is going to be most reliable for those that can recharge using it. The use of its other 2 built-in cables and 2 USB ports are very reliable no matter what device you’re using.

Specs of the Heloideo Ultra Slim Dual USB Ports Power Bank:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 5,000mAh           Real Capacity: 3,500mAh
  • Output:

Built-In Micro-USB Cable: 5V/1.0A

USB Ports: 5V/2.4A

  • Input:     Micro-USB Input: 5V/2.0A           AC Adapter: 110V-240V/0.15A
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 5.5 x 2.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Weight: 7.2 Ounces

Conclusion:

Power bank like this Heloideo portable charger is great examples of what can be done with cables that are built straight into power bank. You have more reliability and less care of forgetting cables at home. And more focus on moving forward.

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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: Mosche 3-In 1 Power Bank

There are a lot of options that we have to charge our electronics. Car chargers are for when we’re driving, USB wall chargers are useful for stationary power and also when we want to charge many devices at once. Power banks are one of the best charging electronics though because portable power means that you can charge your devices anywhere, but the other two technologies aren’t there.

In this case, this Mosche power bank is a 3 In 1 charger. It acts as a Car, Wall and power bank charger at once and it might just be the most useful charging electronic on the market. Let’s see why.

Power

Power Capacity:

The power capacity of the power bank is only 2,600mAh, it’s not a very high power capacity at all. With that said, the goal of this charger wasn’t to provide the highest power capacity, the purpose is to be as useful as possible.

A power capacity of 2,600mAh is going to charge most smartphones at least one time and most likely a little less than a full charge because power is lost during charging. We admit that it’s not a lot of power, but it’s enough to get smartphones powered up to where they need to be.

DevicesMosche 3-In 1 Power Bank Phone CapacityMosche 3-In 1 Power Bank
iPhone SE2,600mAh1,624mAh976mAh
1.6 Full Charges
iPhone 62,600mAh1,810mAh790mAh
1.4 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus2,600mAh2,915mAh0mAh
0.8 of a Charge

(You Need 315mAh More Power Capacity)
iPhone 6s2,600mAh1,715mAh885mAh
1.5 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus2,600mAh2,750mAh0
0.9 of a Charge

(You Need 150mAh More Power Capacity
Samsung Galaxy S62,600mAh2,550mAh50mAh
1.0 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge2,600mAh2,600mAh0mAh
1 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S72,600mAh3,000mAh0mAh
0.8 of a Charge

(You Need 400 More Power Capacity)
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge2,600mAh3,600mAh0mAh
0.7 of a Charge

(You would need 1,000mAh more power capacity)

The main aspect lies within all 3 of the charging abilities of the charger, since having a power capacity means that it’s a portable charger.

Output Charging:

There are 3 ways to use this charger. It can be used as a Car charger, USB wall charger, and a power bank.

Charging Speeds

Charging works the same way with all 3 of the charging ways. There are two charging ports on the power bank, and each of them are able to Output of 5V/1.5A and the Max Output of the charger is 5V/2.1A. So it doesn’t have the greatest of charging speeds, because if you’re charging 2 devices at once, then each one will be able to get 1 Amp of charging speed.

However, the main point of this power bank is just how well you can use it. I say this because this is the universal charger, as you can take with you anywhere and have the ability to charge your smartphone anywhere. Take a look at the charging options below.

Power Bank:

Just like any other power bank, you don’t have to plug it into anywhere as it already has a power capacity and you can plug your devices into the USB ports to have portable charging.

USB Wall Charger:

The power bank has a Built-in Adapter that you simply plug into an AC Outlets and it can be used as a wall charger.

Car Charger:

There’s a car charger port that’s also built into the power bank, all you have to do is just plug it into your car’s V12 outlet and it’ll be ready for charging.

Input Charging:

Not only is the USB wall charger and Car charger option used to charge your devices, but it’s also used to recharge the power bank. The Mosche power bank is able to recharge within 3-4 hours. With that said, just remember that recharging the power bank is only for the power bank portion and that you can still use the Wall and Car charger options without a power capacity.

Design

Size and Weight:

This is the 2nd part of where the power bank shines the most. Since it’s so small and lightweight that this 3 in 1 charger can be taken anywhere.

The Mosche power bank has a length of 3.1 inches, a width of 2.7 inches and a thickness of 0.9 inches. The weight of the power bank is 0.9 ounces. So it’s very portable and can be taken anywhere. In fact, if you do get this power bank, then it’s best to take it anywhere you go because it’s just that small and useful.

Functional Components:

On one side of the power bank is where there are the 2 USB ports and they’re separated by 4 Blue LED power capacity indicators. The power button is in the center of the power bank.

On the two side is where you can find the Car charger and AC Adapter. Both of them are retractable into the power bank and when done so, the power bank just becomes a block and that makes it very portable since there aren’t any protruding pieces.

Build

Structure and Material:

The entire Mosche power bank is made of plastic, but the structure is still quite solid. We have our doubts that something this small and useful could have a good build quality, but our doubts were false because the AC adapter and Car charger port are both built-in very well into the charger.

Tech:

The Mosche power bank does have a CE and RoHS certifications, and that basically means it fits the basics of both safety tech and the material that it’s using. Thankfully, even with the many ways that it can be used, there aren’t any heating problems and that can mostly be attributed to a low Max Output, which is a smart call for a device that has 3 charging ways.

Reliability

It has a very low power capacity and quite the slow charging speeds. With that said, those are not the major points of the charger.

What does dictate its reliability is that you can use this power bank in nearly every charging situation and it’ll get the job done. Portable power is just one facet. It’s going to reliable in two other major ways that you can find use in for everyday situations.

Summary:

Power:

The power capacity is enough to charge most smartphones at least once. Charging isn’t the fastest but you can use this power bank not only for portable power but also for Car and Wall charging needs too.

Design:

It’s very small, and as a result, you can take this 3 in 1 charger wherever you go.

Build:

Although it’s not Rugged power bank and you shouldn’t go dropping it, the built-in components like the car and wall charger parts are placed very well.

Reliability:

One of the most reliable power banks. Sure it might not have the highest power capacity or fastest charging speed but it acts more than just a power bank.

Specs of the Mosche 3-In 1 Power Bank:

  • Capacity:    2,600mAh
  • Output:   Per Port: 5V/1.5A       Max Output: 2.1 Amps
  • Input:     5V/1.0A
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 3.1 x 2.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 0.9 Ounces

Conclusion:

Most the time when a power bank is reliable, we think of ones that have built-in charging cables or high power capacities; don’t get us wrong, though, those kinds of power banks are highly useful, but their purpose is singular.

This Mosche 3 in 1 power bank opens up doors to other charging electronic and that makes it universally useful.

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Review: LAX 4,000mAh Power Bank with Lightning and Micro-USB

Nearly every charging electronic requires a charging cable, or rather, EVERY charging electronic needs a charging cable. Whether it’s a USB wall charger, car charger or even a wireless charger, they all need charging cables to actually be utilized. With that said, a power bank is one of the charging electronics that needs a charging cable while you’re on the go. Leaving your house with your power bank is great, but not so great when you forgot to unplug your charging cable from your USB wall charger that’s in your room. As a result, you’re stuck with a useless source of power.

This is why power banks with built-in charging cables exist because now you’ll always have a charging cable or two with your power bank. That is what this LAX 4,000mAh Power banks accomplishes.

Power

Power Capacity:

For having a 2 built-in charging cable that gives the ability to charge two devices at once, this power bank has quite a low power capacity of 4,000mAh. However, the Max Output of 2.0 Amps evens it out because then you manage to lose less power capacity during charging. As a result, the conversion rate of the LAX power bank is about 75%, which is going to leave you with 3,000mAh of useable power.

Mostly Meant for Smartphones

It’s a small power capacity, and this is mainly because this is a Mini power bank. So you’re going to be able to get about 1 or 2 full charges for most smartphones. Another important thing to note is that even though there are two built-in charging cables, you should still charge devices 1 at a time so you make use of as much power capacity as possible for the device that you want to charge the most.

You can charge tablets with the power bank, but the power capacity isn’t enough to be worthwhile for tablets in the first place.

Output Charging:

 

There are two convenient charging options available.

A Lightning cable on one side and a Micro-USB cable on the other side. The max Output power that is available is 5V/2.0A at once. This is disappointing at first, because if you’re charging two devices at once with this power bank, then each cable will have approximately 1 Amp of speed to use.

This is why even though it’s great to have two built-in cables, it’s best to charge a device at a single time for power capacity and charging speed benefits; as you’ll have 2 Amps of speed when you charge a device alone.

It’s already a mini power bank, and the fact that it has two cables is already impressive, it’s not surprising that it has power capabilities to match the Mini size.

Input Charging:

Recharging is done through a Micro-USB Input and the max charging speed for recharging the power bank is 5V/1.0A. As long as you’re using 1 Amp wall charger or higher to recharge the power bank, then it’ll be able to recharge to full power within 2-3 hours.

Design

Size and Weight:

It’s a very small and lightweight power bank that is going to be very portable.

It has a length of 4.6 inches, a width of 2.4 inches and a thickness of 0.4 inches. The weight of the power bank is 4 ounces.

So it’s basically the size of an iPhone 5, which means that you can easily carry this power bank in your hand while you charge your smartphone; or you can place it in your pocket.

Functional Components:

The two Built-in charging cables are to the side of the power banks and each of them is 5 inches long. The Micro-USB Input port to recharge the power bank is on the short side. Lastly, on top of the power bank is where there are the power button and a LED power capacity indicator.

The power button isn’t really a button, more of a sensitive touch area that you have to press down on to begin charging. Also, there aren’t multiple LED lights to show the power capacity. Instead, there’s just one Blue LED light that blinks to show the amount of power capacity that’s left.

4 Blinks = 100%

3 Blinks = 75%

2 Blinks = 50%

1 Blinks = 25%

This kind of method to measure power capacity is highly unusual and rather difficult to check the power. It would be better to have multiple lights to check the power.

Build

Structure and Material:

The entire power bank is made of plastic, and it has a very strong build.

Tech:

On the tech side, the power bank has lots of safety tech features to make sure that charging is stable when you’re charging 1 or 2 devices at once.

Reliability

The main reason that you’re getting this power bank is because you have both Micro-USB and Lightning chargeable devices. Once you get this power bank you’ll have a chance of charging those devices at all times with the power bank because the power bank has those cables built-in. So the reliability is really good because you’ll always have the necessary cables to actually use the power bank.

With that said, the power capacity is small and will only be able to charge most smartphones 1 or 2 times at most. It’s a Mini power bank that has 2 Built-in charging cables.

Summary:

Power:

It only has 3,000mAh worth of usable power capacity. Also, the Max Output of power is 2 Amps at once. It might seem rather bad, but the powering capabilities of the power bank go right in line with what the power bank is. Which is a Mini power bank, that has two built-in charging cables.

Design:

It’s as small as an iPhone 5, and that means you can hold it in a single hand or place it into your pocket. Portability is not an issue. However, the way of telling the power capacity could be better.

Build:

The entirety of the power bank is made of plastic. Not a rugged power bank but it holds its own.

Reliability:

If you have both Micro-USB and Lightning devices, then this power bank is going to be useful as you’ll always have a way to recharge both of those kinds of devices.

Specs of the LAX 4,000mAh Power Bank with Lightning and Micro-USB:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 4,000mAh            Real Capacity: 3,000mAh
  • Output:  5V/2.0A Max Output
  • Input:      5V/1.0A Via Micro-USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: Single Blinking Light
  • Size: 4.6 x 2.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Weight: 4 Ounces

Conclusion:

The LAX power bank is a very capable portable charger that might seem underpowered, because, well it is. But with the two built-in cables, the power bank is better than most mini power bank because it can charge two devices at once with cables that will always make it useful.

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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: RAVPower 23,000mAh Power Bank

When it comes to high capacity power banks, a lot can be done with them. This is mainly because high capacity power banks don’t aim to be small like mini power banks, and even though power banks, in general, are all portable; high capacity ones don’t have to be the most portable. Instead, the is the aim is to have a lot of capabilities with the power that it has. These kinds of power banks go further with not only with their power capacities but also their charging ways.

This RAVPowe 23,000mAh power bank is such a power bank that holds onto those capabilities because it has 3 very useful ways to charge your devices.

Power

Power Capacity:

It has a high initial power capacity of 23,000mAh and for good reasons too, because the power bank can charge 2 USB chargeable devices as well as a Laptop using its DC Output port. With that said, the Output power capacity that you’re going to receive is going to depend on how you’re using the power bank. This is because using all 3 of the charging options is going make more conversion of power to happen and then you have more energy going through multiple charging cables and power is lost there too.

With that said, this power bank actually has a very good conversion rate of 75% and that means you’re going to be receiving about 17,200mAh of usable power capacity. It can still fluctuate depending on how you’re using the power bank, but the average conversion rate is 75%.

RAVPower for Smartphones

Most smartphones are going to be able to charge 6 times or more to their full power. Even the high-capacity smartphones like the Galaxy S7 and Google Pixel that have battery capacities at or near 3,000mAh are going to be able to charge 6 times to their full power. So smartphones that have low capacities than those are going to be able to charge a lot more times.

DevicesRAVPower 23,000mAh Power Bank
(Output Capacity = 17,200mAh)
Phone CapacityRAVPower 23,000mAh Power Bank
iPhone SE17,200mAh1,624mAh15,576mAh
iPhone 617,200mAh1,810mAh15,390mAh
9.5 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus17,200mAh2,915mAh14,285mAh
5.9 Full Charges
iPhone 6s17,200mAh1,715mAh15,485mAh
10.0 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus17,200mAh2,750mAh14,450mAh
6.2 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S617,200mAh2,550mAh14,650mAh
6.7 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge17,200mAh2,600mAh14,600mAh
6.6 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S717,200mAh3,000mAh14,200mAh
5.7 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge17,200mAh3,600mAh13,600mAh
4.7 Full Charges
Apple iPad Mini 217,200mAh6,470mAh10,730mAh
2.6 Full Charges
Apple iPad Mini 417,200mAh5,124mAh12,076mAh
3.3 Full Charges

RAVPower for Mini Tablets

The power bank is also capable of charging tablets numerous times over. If you’re charging mini tablets like the iPad Mini 4 with its power capacity of 5,124mAh or a Galaxy Tab with a battery capacity of 4,000mAh, you’re going to be able to get about 3 full charges. An iPad Mini 2 will be able to get 2.5 full charges because it has a slightly larger power capacity of 6,470mAh.

RAVPower for Full-Sized Tablets

If you plan on charging a Full-Sized 12 inch iPad with a capacity of 10,000mAh then that’s possible too because this RAVPower power bank is able to charge it 1.5 times.

RAVPower for Laptops

Last but not least, since this power bank can charge laptops, you also have to consider a number of times that it can charge yours. In this case, we’re targeting a Dell Inspiron that has a battery capacity of 7,800mAh. If you do plan on charging a Dell laptop with a battery capacity that large, then it’s going to result in 2 full charges for a laptop. Not bad considering that this is a power bank and you sit wherever you want while the power bank charges your laptop.

Output Charging:

There are 3 charging options to use.

USB Ports:

The speeds of the USB ports are quite odd. This is because 1 of the ports has a charging speed of 5V/2.5A and the other one is capable of outputting 5V/1.0A.

You should always use the 5V/2.5A port first because it’s going to give you the faster-charging speed and only use the other port if you plan on charging 2 USB devices at once. With that said, the power distribution of both of the ports is quite bad because one port has a lot of power and the other one just has a very slow charging speed.

The usual case with these high capacity power bank is charging power is shared through each of the ports. The Max Output of 3.5A with the USB ports would be best used if each of the two ports were able to Output 5V/2.4A, and so that way there wouldn’t be a compromise with one port.

DC Charging:

On the DC Charging side, the DC Port is able to deliver a charging speed of 9V/12V/16V/19V/20V – 4.5A.

4.5 Amps is the Max Output of the power bank. You have to note what the charging power requirements are for your laptop if you want it to charge at its max charging speed.

With that said, it’s quite amazing that this power bank is able to charge 3 devices at once, it’s just the 1 USB port that only has a charging speed of 5V/1.0A isn’t a very smart design choice to have with this power bank.

Input Charging:

The RAVPower power bank uses a DC Input to recharge itself because it’s a much faster way than using a Micro-USB method of recharging. The recharging speed is 12-24V / 2A and as a result, the power bank will be able to recharge within 6 hours.

It’s a very fast recharge speed and we’re glad that RAVPower went with a more efficient way of recharging.

Design

Size and Weight:

The main thing to remember with power banks that have high power capacities and that are also able to charge laptops is that they’re going to be quite large.

This RAVPower power bank has a length of 7.2 inches, a width of 4.8 inches and a thickness of 0.7 inches. The weight of the power bank is 1.2 pounds. So it’s large and heavy, and clearly not the type of power bank that you’d hold and charge a smartphone with. With that said, it’s still portable in the way that you can take it with you anywhere, place it down and charge your devices comfortably.

Functional Components:

On the Side:

All charging parts of the power bank can be found on the side; and that’s where you’ll be able to find the DC Output and Input ports, as well as the 2 USB Output ports.

On Top:

On top of the power bank is where there’s a power button and an LCD screen that shows the power capacity in a percentage manner, as well as the Voltage that’s being outputted when it comes to charging a Laptop.

Charging automatically starts when you plug a device in either of the USB ports or the DC Output port. You can change the Voltage amount that’s to be outputted when charging a Laptop by holding down the power button and then tapping the power button to select Voltage options of 9V/12V/16V/19V/20V.

Build

Structure and Material:

The entire power bank is made of plastic but it’s still built very well. A solid enough build quality that is going to be useful for everyday use but it’s best to not drop the power bank because it doesn’t have any reinforcements that are able to absorb shock damage in the event of a fall.

Tech:

On the tech side, this high capacity power bank doesn’t do anything too special other than making use of safety tech to keep you and your devices safe even when you’re charging 3 devices at once.

Reliability

This high capacity power bank is going to be perfect if you plan on charging your laptop with it. However, if you only plan on charging your smartphone or tablet wth the device, then you’re only using half of what its main features are.

It’s a very portable power bank that’s able to charge laptops, and that’s how it’ll be most reliable, by charging laptops.

Summary:

Power:

There’s enough power capacity to charge smartphones, tablets, and laptops multiple times. There are two USB ports, and even though it’s awesome that you can charge 2 USB devices at once, one USB port has a slow charging speed of 5V/1.0A. You can charge a laptop using the DC Output port, and that can result in being able to charge 3 devices at once.

Design:

It’s large and heavy, but that doesn’t mean it’s not portable. This high capacity power bank can be taken anywhere, it’s just that you’re going to have to set it down when you use it.

Build:

Nothing special about the build quality, but the power bank does hold its own and it’s quite sturdy which is great if you’re using it daily.

Reliability:

Even though it has a very high power capacity and 3 ways to charge devices; using the DC Output to charge laptops is its signature features that are going to give you optimal reliability.

Specs of the RAVPower 23,000mAh Power Bank:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 23,000mAh            Real Capacity: 17,200mAh
  • Output:  

USB Port 1: 5V/2.5A

USB Port 2: 5V/1.0A

DC Output Port: 9V/12V/16V/19V/20V – 4.5A

  • Input:     12-24V / 2A Via DC Input
  • LED Power Indicators: LCD Display
  • Size: 7.2 x 4.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Weight: 1.2 Pounds

Conclusion:

High capacity power banks such as this RAVPower 23,000mAh power bank are very useful not only with their power capacities but with their charging capabilities. Charging a laptop while you’re away from a stable source of power is going to be very useful.

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Review: Anker PowerCore Fusion

The goal of power banks is to become the best portable power source, and that is one of the main reasons that power banks are one of the best charging electronics today. Since it’s charging power that you can anywhere, every other charging electronic out there is going to have you chained down to just a charging cable. However, power banks come in different sizes, and categories and each of them bring new innovation to how the power banks can be useful. With that said, the main thing for a power bank is having the ability to be a lot of things while still holding power and portability.

That’s what Anker has achieved with this Anker PowerCore Fusion. It’s a USB wall charger as well as a power bank.

Power

Power Capacity:

This Anker PowerCore Fusion has a power capacity of 5,000mAh. You’re going to be getting a pretty average conversion during charging with a 70% conversion of its initial power capacity. With that, you’re going to be able to get a 3,500mAh power capacity to actually use with the devices that you charge.

Anker PowerCore Fusion for Smartphones

So this means that this power bank is most useful for charging smartphones because most smartphones have a power capacity that is as high as the Output power capacity or near it. This isn’t a bad thing though since high capacity smartphones like a Galaxy S7 is going to be able to charge to its full power once, and for a large capacity smartphone that’s actually a lot. For smaller capacity smartphones like a normal iPhone 6 will be able to get about 2 full charges.

That’s really the purpose of this power bank in the first place, is to be used by smartphones.

 Anker PowerCore Fusion
(Output Power Capacity = 3,500mAh)
Phone CapacityAnker PowerCore Fusion
iPhone SE3,500mAh 1,624mAh1,876mAh
iPhone 63,500mAh 1,810mAh1,690mAh
iPhone 6 Plus3,500mAh 2,915mAh585mAh
iPhone 6s3,500mAh 1,715mAh1,785mAh
iPhone 6s Plus3,500mAh 2,750mAh750mAh
Samsung Galaxy S63,500mAh 2,550mAh950mAh
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge3,500mAh 2,600mAh900mAh
Samsung Galaxy S73,500mAh 3,000mAh500mAh
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge3,500mAh 3,600mAh0mAh

You need 100mAh more power capacity for a Full Recharge
Apple iPad Mini 23,500mAh 6,470mAh0mAh

You need 2,970mAh more power capacity for a Full Recharge
Apple iPad Mini 43,600mAh5,124mAh0mAh

You need 1,624mAh more power capacity for a Full Recharge

Not Really for Tablets

Using the Anker PowerCore Fusion with larger devices like tablets isn’t going to bode well since not even this power bank is able to charge Mini tablets to their full power.

Output Charging:

There are two USB ports on the PowerCore Fusion.

When you have the PowerCore Fusion plugged into an AC Outlet

The Anker PowerCore Fusion is able to plug into an AC Outlet because it has a built-in AC adapter. However when you plug the power bank into an AC Outlet, the charging speeds of the ports go down and this is mainly done so the power bank doesn’t damage itself with overheating; since when you plug the power bank in an AC Outlet, it’s recharging and that is called Pass Through charging. As you can use the power bank and recharge it at the same time.

So while the power bank is plugged in, the charging speed of each port is 5V/2.1A.

PowerCore Fusion by Itself

When the PowerCore Fusion is being used as a power bank, then each of the ports is able to Output 5V/3.0A. That’s a very fast charging speed as most smartphones are going to be able to charge at their max charging speeds. Additionally, a 3 Amp charging speed is going to be able to charge USB-C compatible devices near their max charging speeds; but it’s important to know that USB-C compatible devices are really only able to charge at their max speeds when you’re using a USB-C to USB-C connection.

This power banks and other Anker power banks like this Anker PowerCore II are taking the first steps to making 5V/3.0A charging speeds a standard on power banks now.

Input Charging:

There are two ways to recharge the PowerCore Fusion. You can use the AC Adapter by plugging the power bank into an AC Outlet, or you can use the Micro-USB Input port.

Recharging Using the AC Adapter

The charging speed of the AC Adapter is 100-240V~0.5A 50-60Hz; however, it’s important to know that if you’re charging your smartphone while the power bank is plugged into an AC Outlet, that charging your smartphone is the priority and recharging of the power bank happens after your smartphone or other device is fully charged.

Recharging Using the Micro-USB Input Port

The Micro-USB Input port has a max recharge rate of 5V/2.0A. So you should use a 2 Amp wall charger or higher to get the fastest recharge speed. Either way, using both recharging methods will result in the same recharge time of 3-4 hours.

Design

Size and Weight:

It’s a very small and lightweight power bank. Or is it a USB wall charger?

It has a length and width of 2.8 inches and the thickness of the fusion is 1.2 inches. Very small, although the thickness is quite large and might make it difficult to place into a pocket. It weighs 6.7 ounces, so it’s very lightweight and when you couple that with its very small size, then this power bank can easily be held in a single hand.

Functional Components:

It’s as easy to use as it’s easy to hold.

On the front facing side is where there are 2 USB ports and the Micro-USB Input port. On the side of the power bank is where there’s the power button, and 3 Blue LED power capacity indicators.

Lastly on the other end of the power bank is the AC Adapter that is able to fold in and out of the power bank. This is very convenient because when you fold the AC Adapter in, all the sides are even and the PowerCore fusion practically becomes a square.

Charging automatically starts when you plug a device into the power bank to recharge, and that leaves the power bank with the ability to check the power capacity left.

Build

Structure and Material:

Even though the PowerCore fusion is made of plastic, it’s built very well with none of its parts being loose or poorly placed. With that said, don’t go dropping it because it will get damaged, but in a constant use kind of way this power bank is very strong.

Tech:

The Anker PowerCore Fusion makes use of Anker’s Multi Safe Protection System that is able to keep charging safe for your and your devices. Best of all, it’s great that charging speed decreases when the power bank is plugged into an AC Outlet so the power bank doesn’t overheat and damage itself during charging.

Reliability

This is basically a Mini power bank because it has a 5,000mAh power capacity that is able to charge most smartphones one single time. So you’re not getting this power bank for a long lasting power capacity.

However, the reliance is on the double feature that it has. Since you can use this as a USB wall charger, have the power bank fully charged, and then disconnect it. Once disconnected, the USB wall charger becomes a portable charger that can practically be taken anywhere and offers fast charging.

The main reason this power bank has 2 USB ports is because it’s a USB wall charger and is basically like the Anker’s PowerPort 2. Having the 2nd port in power bank mode is just a plus.

Summary:

Power:

It’s a USB wall charger and power bank in one. The power capacity is only going to be able to charge smartphones to their full power at least once or twice. The charging speed is lower when the power bank is plugged into a USB wall charger and speeds are faster when it’s in power bank form.

Design:

The size is very compact with the power bank basically being a small square and very light weight.

Build:

There aren’t any reinforcements to save the power bank from a fall but it’s still a solid power bank.

Reliability:

This is not only a reliable power bank, it’s also a reliable wall charger as you can use it while you’re stationary and keep the charging going while you’re on-the-go.

Specs of the Anker PowerCore Fusion:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 5,000mAh            Real Capacity: 3,500mAh
  • Output: 

Used as a USB Wall Charger: Each Port Outputs 5V/2.1A

Used as a Power Bank: Each Port Outputs 5V/3.0A

  • Input:    Via AC Adapter: 100-240V~0.5A 50-60Hz        Via Micro-USB Input Port: 5V/2.0A
  • LED Power Indicators: 3 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 2.8 x 2.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Weight: 6.7 Ounces

Conclusion:

Power banks like these are very helpful because they combine two of the most helpful and use charging technologies. Some as limited as wall charging are able to become very free by becoming a power bank.

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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: 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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