Review: Griffin Survivor 10,050mAh Rugged Power Bank

Griffin Survivor 10,050mAh Rugged Power Bank

8.2

Power

8.0/10

Design

6.5/10

Build

10.0/10

Pros

  • Has a very strong build quality by being able to withstand drops and it's also water resistant.
  • A single charging port that has a Output of 5V/2.1A.
  • Small Size.

Cons

  • Doesn't have a place to use a Carabiner.

Rugged power banks that are able to withstand drops and water aren’t really thought to be that important until we need it the most. This means that we care for our electronics only when they’re in any real danger.

This mostly because we always think they’re going to be fine, but alas the unexpected can and will happen to the best of us at any time.

This is why it might be important to shell out a few more bucks so you’re expecting that unexpected event that may result in your portable charger getting damaged, and then again maybe it won’t get damaged. As long as you’ve got a power bank that’s tough enough to take those unexpected moments.

This is the Griffin Survivor power banks let’s see what we mean by being able to withstand the “Unexpected” moments and how it lives to see another day, every day.

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Power

Power Capacity:

The goal for most rugged power banks is to have a high enough power capacity that lasts for a few days and this is because these kind of portable chargers are best to be taken into territories that you may be staying in for quite a while, this goes for things like hiking and camping.

In this case, the Griffin Survivor power bank has a power capacity of 10,050mAh. It doesn’t use any Panasonic battery cells, but it uses just a single charging output, so you’ll only be charging a single device at any one time. With that said, the portable charger is going to have an average Output power capacity of 8,000mAh most of the time.

It’s with this Output power capacity of 8,000mAh that will enable you to charge most smartphones many times over.

This is true for charging iPhones, even with larger ones like the iPhone 6s Plus being able to charge 3 times to full. If you plan on charging tablets, then it’s best to go with mini ones, because the Griffin can charge an iPad Air 2 to its full power capacity only once.

For the most part, if you plan on charging devices that have similar battery capacities as smartphones, then this power bank will serve you well as it will last longer.

DevicesGriffin Survivor 10,050mAh Rugged Power Bank (Output Capacity = 8,000mAh )Phone CapacityGriffin Survivor 10,050mAh Rugged Power Bank Left Over Capacity after One Charge

# of Full Charges for the Device
iPhone SE8,000mAh 1,624mAh6,376mAh Left Over

4.9 Full Charges
iPhone 68,000mAh 1,810mAh6,190mAh Left Over

4.4 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus8,000mAh 2,915mAh5,085mAh Left Over

2.7 Full Charges
iPhone 6s8,000mAh 1,715mAh6,285mAh Left Over

4.6 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus8,000mAh 2,750mAh5,250mAh Left Over

2.9 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S68,000mAh 2,550mAh5,450mAh Left Over

3.1 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge8,000mAh 2,600mAh5,400mAh Left Over

3.0 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S78,000mAh 3,000mAh5,000mAh Left Over

2.6 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge8,000mAh 3,600mAh4,400mAh Left Over

2.2 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S8+8,000mAh 3,500mAh4,500mAh Left Over

2.2 Full Charges

Output Charging:

Even though it has just a single charging port, it doesn’t mean that it’s limited to what it can provide.

The single device that you do plan on charging with this power bank will most likely be able to charge at its max charging speed. This is because the Griffin portable charger is able to output 5V/2.1A. A charging speed that is quite close to a Max standard charging speed of 2.4 Amps.

However, this power bank will not be able to charge USB-C and Quick Charge compatible smartphones at their max charging speed. The same goes for tablets like iPads, but the Griffin comes close as the max charging speed of iPads is 5V/2.4A and this one offers 5V/2.1A.

If you’re searching for an equally rugged power bank that offers just as much safety, but with more charging options, then take a look at either the EasyAcc Rugged or RAVPower Rugged portable chargers.

Input Charging:

The recharge rate is pretty much standard as it’s able to charge at 5V/2.0A, so long as you’re using a 2 Amp wall charger or higher, the power bank will be able to recharge within 6-7 hours.

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Design

Size and Weight:

It has a blocky shape and that’s primarily the reason it’s so portable, the weight of the portable charger isn’t even that heavy considering its power capacity and rugged build quality.

It has a length of 4.9 inches, a width that spans about 3 inches and a thickness of 1 inch. As we already said, it’s also light because it only weighs 8.4 ounces. It’s half a pound but in comparison to power banks that are built the same way, it’s actually lightweight.

Functional Components:

Most of the functional pieces lay hidden and very well protected under the waterproof and dustproof flap. It’s under the flap where you’ll find the USB Output charging port, the Micro-USB Input port, and a LED flashlight.

The power button is on the outside body of the portable charger, as well as a small opening to show 4 White LED power capacity indicators.

Charging automatically starts when you plug a device into the power bank, and that leaves the power button with the main function of simply checking the power capacity.

Even though the power bank is compact and easy to use, one of the most irritating things about rugged power banks is when they don’t have a latch opening, so you can’t attach it onto a Carabiner and put it onto a backpack.

Build

Structure and Material:

This is the part where this power bank excels the most because it has a very strong build quality.

This is because the entirety of the power bank is covered in thick rubber material, as well as inner reinforcements. When the charging ports are covered the power bank then has an Enclosure rating of IP66.

An Enclosure of IP66 means that it can withstand powerful jets of water and it’s also dust-tight. The strong build quality allows it to be completely safe up to 6-foot drops. This is the type of power bank that is perfect to take with you for any situations whether it’s for the everyday use or for those hiking trips deep into the wilderness.

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Tech:

Even though Griffin hasn’t stated what safety tech the Survivor power banks exactly uses, it does have RoHS and CE certifications and those are usually clear identifiers that the power bank must be using some kind of safety tech.

Also, if for any reason the Griffin Survivor power bank stops working, you can send it back to them, and they’ll either repair it or replace it.

Reliability

The fact that Griffin states that this power bank supposed to last for Life is already setting its reliability in stone. The power bank offers a pretty high power capacity, and even though you can only charge 1 device at a time, the charging speed is quite fast and it’ll charge whatever device you’re charging at a noticeable speed.

However, the main reason to purchase this portable charger is that it’s a rugged power bank. It can take pretty high falls and resist water once the flap is covering the charging ports. This can’t be said about too many standard power banks because most of them aren’t built to that level.

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Summary

Power:

The power capacity is enough to accommodate the usage of a single charging port and the charging speeds of the Input and Output are generally fast but not the fastest that they can be.

Design:

It’s a blocky power bank that isn’t that heavy. The charging ports can be found under the waterproof and dust-tight flap covering.

One gripe that we have with this rugged power bank and a few other ones are that they don’t have any hook-able placings and that makes it inconvenient when you expect to latch a power bank like this onto your backpack.

Build:

The build is the strongest field of this power bank because it’s able to fall 6 feet without getting damaged, as well as being waterproof once the charging ports are covered.

Reliability:

You’ll be able to depend on this power bank for nearly any situation, even the situations that most power banks would be damaged in.

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Specs of the Griffin Survivor 10,050mAh Rugged Power Bank:

  • Capacity:

Initial Capacity: 10,050mAh

Output Capacity: 8,000mAh

  • Output: 5V / 2.1A
  • Input: 5V / 2.0A
  • LED Power Indicator: Yes
  • Size: 4.9 x 3 x 1 inches
  • Weight: 8.4 Ounces

Conclusion:

We found this Griffin power bank to be quite promising. Even though it could have had 2 charging ports, the use of one makes the charging experience more streamlined and as a result, you’re able to make more use of the power capacity.

It is missing a major design feature since it doesn’t have an opening to use a Carabiner, so most of the time you’re going to have to hold it.

However, out of all things, we found that most amazing aspect is that Griffin finds so much confidence in their product by offering to repair or replace it if it doesn’t work. Check that out here.

 

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