Review: MyCharge Mini Power Bank

MyCharge Mini Power Bank

7.5

Power

6.0/10

Design

9.0/10

Build

9.0/10

Reliability

6.0/10

Pros

  • Has a small size

Cons

  • Has a Very Low Power Capacity
  • Won't Charge most devices to full power

Power banks that are small, will almost always have low power capacities.

With that said, a low power capacity isn’t really enough for many people not to purchase Mini power banks because the portability is the main event of the show.

This is because power banks were created with portability in mind, and we want our portable chargers to be as portable as possible. Overall, as long as the power bank is able to charge our smaller portable devices like our smartphones, to a good point of power, then it’s a pretty good power bank.

This is the My Charge Mini Power Bank. It has a small power capacity, in this case, the amount of power that it has might just be a little too small.

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Power

Power Capacity:

The Power capacity of this MyCharge Mini power bank starts at 2,000mAh, and the good news is that the power capacity doesn’t deplete too much during charging. It’s good news because even an initial power capacity of 2,000mAh isn’t enough to charge most smartphones to their full power.

So the Output power capacity is quite average and all that really needs to be done to figure out how much power you’ll actually be using is just by doing: 3.7 x 2,000 which would equal 7,400mAh.

Then you’d divide that number by 50, and in the end, the Output power capacity that you’ll actually be able to use is 1,480mAh.

It’s with this power capacity that you’ll be able to charge most smartphones about halfway or near their full power. At least, this is going to be the case for most smartphones because most Modern smartphones now have battery capacities of 2,000mAh or higher.

Smartphones that are able to charge to their full power or at least full power are smartphones like the iPhone 5 or iPhone SE because they have battery capacities of about 1,500mAh.

 MyCharge Mini Power Bank (Output Power Capacity = 10,000mAh)Phone CapacityMyCharge Mini Power Bank Left Over Capacity after One Charge

# of Full Charges for the Device
iPhone SE1,480mAh1,624mAh0mAh Left Over

You Need 144mAh for a Full Recharge.
iPhone 61,480mAh1,810mAh0mAh Left Over

You Need 330mAh for a Full Recharge.
iPhone 6 Plus1,480mAh2,915mAh0mAh Left Over

You Need 1,435mAh for a Full Recharge.
iPhone 6s1,480mAh1,715mAh0mAh Left Over

You Need 235mAh for a Full Recharge.
iPhone 6s Plus1,480mAh2,750mAh0mAh Left Over

You Need 1,270mAh for a Full Recharge.
Samsung Galaxy S61,480mAh2,550mAh0mAh Left Over

You Need 1,070mAh for a Full Recharge.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge1,480mAh2,600mAh0mAh Left Over

You Need 1,120mAh for a Full Recharge.
Samsung Galaxy S71,480mAh3,000mAh0mAh Left Over

You Need 1,520mAh for a Full Recharge.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge1,480mAh3,600mAh0mAh Left Over

You Need 2,120mAh for a Full Recharge.
Apple iPad Mini 21,480mAh6,470mAh0mAh Left Over

You Need 4,990mAh for a Full Recharge.
Apple iPad Mini 41,480mAh5,124mAh0mAh Left Over

You Need 3,644mAh for a Full Recharge.

Output Charging:

Of course, like many other Mini power banks, this MyCharge Mini uses only a single charging port and it has a charging speed of 5V/1.0A.

Not a very fast charging speed but similar Mini power banks basically have the same charging speed. If you’re searching for a small power bank that has a fast charging speed, then you must take a look at power banks with higher power capacities.

For smartphones, a charging speed of 5V/1.0A is just fine, but not the best.

Input Charging:

The MyCharge power bank has a recharge speed of 5V/1.0A and that means all you need is a 1 Amp USB wall charger to charge it at its max charging speed. The good part of having a very low power capacity is that the power bank recharges to its full power in just 1 hour.

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Design

Size and Weight:

Even though the MyCharge Mini is lacking in its areas of power, the portability of this power bank is where it really shines. Since the power capacity is so low, it means that the size of the power bank is going to be very small.

That’s because the MyCharge Mini has a length of 2.8 inches, a width of 1.4 inches and a thickness of 0.9 inches. The weight of the power bank is only 2.7 ounces.

So it might be a little large with its width, but that’s the only flaw concerning its size. This is the type of power bank that you’re able to fit into your pocket or you can hold the MyCharge Mini in your hand while you’re charging your smartphone and using it.

Functional Components:

On one is where there’s the USB Output charging port that you’d use to charge your devices and on the opposite side is where the Micro-USB Input port is.

Then on the side is where there are the power button and 4 White LED power capacity indicator.

The power bank is easy to use as charging automatically starts once you connect a device to the USB port. If charging doesn’t start automatically, then you can press the power button to begin charging. Overall, the power button is really meant for checking the power capacity that’s left.

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Build

Structure and Material:

The entire power bank is made of plastic, and it uses very few parts to its make itself whole. This is a great thing because the fewer the pieces there are means there’s more structural integrity. With that said, the power bank isn’t shockproof, so it’s best to be careful with not dropping the power bank onto the hard flooring.

Tech:

On the tech side, it uses the basic the safety that most portable chargers use to keep charging safe for you and your devices.

Reliability

If you’re searching for the absolute bare bones of a Mini power bank then this MyCharge Mini is it. The power capacity is lower than even mini power bank standards, but the good part to this is that it holds onto an average charging speed that most power bank with its size has.

However, this portable charger isn’t really meant for charging even smartphones to their full power and that can be a large disadvantage if you want a full charge for your smartphone that has a big battery capacity.

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Summary:

Power:

The power capacity is really small and the charging speed is not too fast. Perfect power for those emergency times when you need more power, but not enough for a full power recharge for most smartphones.

Design:

It’s an easy to use power bank that has automatic charging and a power button to check the power capacity. However, the main reason you’re going to purchase this MyCharge Mini is that of its very small size that can literally be taken anywhere.

Build:

There are few parts used to make the power bank whole and that’s a great build aspect because there’s a stronger structure as a result.

Reliability:

If you’re alright with the power capacity that may not be able to charge your smartphone to its full power, then the MyCharge Mini is a great Mini power bank. With its very small size that gives you a free range of portability.

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Specs of the MyCharge Mini Power Bank:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 2,000mAh            Output Capacity: 1,480mAh
  • Output:  5V/1.0A 
  • Input:    5V/1.0A Via Micro-USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 2.8 x 1.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 2.7 Ounces

Conclusion:

In this case, this is where a low power capacity basically becomes too low.

The MyCharge may not have a power capacity to charge most smartphones on the market to full power, however, the very low power capacity means that it has a small size that can be taken anywhere you go.

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