Generally speaking, rugged power banks are usually larger. For one reason it’s because they’re built to withstand water and they’re also able to take falls and as a result, they have to have a lot of protection built on them to take heavy damage.
Another reason why rugged power banks are larger is that they usually have higher power capacities because the assumption is that you’re taking the power bank into the wilderness, far away from any stable charging sources.
With that said, there are a ton of cases, that rugged power banks are still as useful in a normal everyday setting because you can spill water on them and drop them and not have to worry about the power bank getting damaged. Although the main problem is portability.
Well this Outdoor Tech Kodiak power bank may just solve the portability problem that a lot of rugged power banks have because it’s quite small and lightweight.
It has a power capacity of 10,000mAh and you’re going to be getting an average conversion rate during charging, which means a conversion rate of about 70%. As a result, this Kodiak power bank is able to provide 7,000mAh of Output power capacity that you’ll actually use.
Power Capacity for Smartphones
With that said, a 7,000mAh power capacity is most useful for charging smartphones because most modern smartphones have battery capacities of 2,000mAh or 3,000mAh, and if that’s the case, then this power bank is able to charge most smartphones 2-4 times.
|OutdoorTech 10,000mAh Kodiak Plus Power Bank|
(OutdoorTech 10,000mAh Power Bank)
|Phone Capacity||OutdoorTech 10,000mAh Kodiak Plus Left Over Capacity after One Charge
# of Full Charges for the Device
|iPhone SE||7,000mAh||1,624mAh||5,376mAh Left Over
4 Full Charges
|iPhone 6||7,000mAh||1,810mAh||5,190mAh Left Over
3.5 Full Charges
|iPhone 6 Plus||7,000mAh||2,915mAh||4,085mAh Left Over
2.4 Full Charges
|iPhone 6s||7,000mAh||1,715mAh||5,285mAh Left Over
4 Full Charges
|iPhone 6s Plus||7,000mAh||2,750mAh||4,250mAh Left Over
2 Full Charges
|Samsung Galaxy S6||7,000mAh||2,550mAh||4,450mAh Left Over
2.6 Full Charges
|Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge||7,000mAh||2,600mAh||4,400mAh Left Over
2.5 Full Charges
|Samsung Galaxy S7||7,000mAh||3,000mAh||4,000mAh Left Over
2 Full Charges
|Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge||7,000mAh||3,600mAh||3,400mAh Left Over
1.8 Full Charges
|Samsung Galaxy S8+||7,000mAh||3,500mAh||3,500mAh Left Over
2 Full Charges
Power Capacity for Tablets
If you’re looking for this rugged power bank to charge your tablet while you’re out in the wild, it can.
However we don’t recommend it because even if you’re charging a mini tablet like an iPad Mini 2 or 4 series then it’s only going to be able to charge to its full power once and the power capacity it leaves will only be enough to charge a smartphone to its full power once or maybe even less.
What you Should Really use it For:
For the most, this Kodiak power bank has enough power capacity to be used to charge smartphones multiple times and we think it’s the perfect kind of power capacity to take with you while you’re out hiking or biking for the entire day, since that’s something the power bank’s build and capacity can both handle.
There are two USB charging ports. USB Port 1 has a charging speed of 5V/2.4A, and USB Port 2 has a charging speed of 5V/1.0A.
Always use the 2.4A charging port first because it’ll give the faster-charging speed for any device that you use with it. You should only use the 1A port only if when you’re charging 2 devices at once since a 1 Amp charging speed is actually very slow and most devices are able to charge faster than just a single amp.
With that said, you’ll be able to make use of both USB ports at their full potential when you’re using them both because the Max Output power of the power bank is 3.4A all at once.
The Kodiak power bank is recharged through a Micro-USB Input port, and the max recharge rate of the power bank is 5V/2.0A. Use a 2 Amp wall charger for the fastest recharge rate and that will result in a recharge time of 4-5 hours.
Similar Rugged Power Bank
Size and Weight:
One of the best parts of this rugged power bank is the size and weight. As we mentioned in the beginning of this review, most rugged power banks are heavy and large. Not this one.
It has a length of 5.1 inches, a width of 3.1 inches, and a thickness of 0.8 inches. So it’s about the size of a smartphone, and to make it more of a possibility to fit into your pocket, the weight of the power bank is 7.7 ounces. It weighs quite a bit, but still lightweight in terms of being a rugged power bank.
You can either hold this in your hand and even place it into your pocket because it’s just that small.
All of the functional parts of the Kodiak power bank are going to be found under the waterproof flap. Once you lift it up, you’re going to find the power button, 4 Green LED power capacity indicators, a Micro-USB Input port and the 2 USB Output charging ports.
When you place the flap back onto the ports, you can still press the power button through the covering and the 4 LED power capacity indicator lights still show up to tell you the power capacity that’s available on the power bank.
Structure and Material:
This is the strongest part and one of the main reason to buy this power bank.
The entire power bank is constructed in a thick rubber casing, and that makes it able to withstand shock damage when it falls. However, the amazing part of its ruggedness is that the power bank is waterproof.
Not only can it have water spilled on it and not get damaged, but this Kodiak power bank has an Enclosure rating of IP67 and that means it can be submerged into water and survive.
With that said, it can be submerged in 1 meter of water and be there for 30 minutes before the water pressure comprises the power bank. Still, an amazing build because there aren’t many other power banks that we’ve reviewed other than EasyAcc’s 20,000mAh rugged power bank that also has an Enclosure rating of IP67.
On the tech side, the Kodiak power bank does everything well enough by providing the safety tech to keep charging going smoothly.
Most of the time rugged power banks are most useful when they’re taken into the wild frontier because they’re large and tough enough to take the wild world head-on.
All of that stands mostly true for this Kodiak power bank, except it doesn’t have that high of a power capacity to last for days, but it still holds the same toughness that any other rugged power bank has, and also is very portable.
It’s actually so small that it can fit into a pocket and the water resistance is so good that it can survive being submerged in water. Those are two very reliable and rare traits when it comes to rugged power banks.
Although, the main flaw, is that the power capacity isn’t mean for numerous days, for activities like camping and such. It’s reliable enough for a day or two, though.
Similar Rugged Power Bank
The power capacity after its conversion is mostly meant to be used for charging smartphones because the power capacity can charge smartphones multiple times over. The charging is quite good because there are two, and one of them features a charging speed of 5V/2.4A.
It’s a very small rugged power bank that can be held in your hand or you place it into your pocket. The one main flaw with it is that it doesn’t have a lanyard hole to attach a carabiner with.
The build is the strongest part of this power bank because it can be dropped and immersed into the water without getting damaged.
We find this rugged power bank to be more reliable than most other rugged power banks because of its small size, and its ability to withstand immersion in water.
Specs of the OutdoorTech 10,000mAh Kodiak Plus Power Bank:
- Capacity: Advertised: 10,000mAh Output Capacity: 7,000mAh
USB Port 1: 5V/2.4A
USB Port 2: 5V/1.0A
- Input: 5V/2.0A Via Micro-USB
- LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
- Size: 5.1 x 3.1 x 0.8 inches
- Weight: 7.7 Ounces
If the rugged power banks that you’re currently looking at are putting you off because of their large sizes and heavyweights, then we recommend this Kodiak Plus power bank because it’s small and lightweight.
However, the easy portability comes at a cost because it has 10,000mAh of power capacity to use and that might not be enough to last for days in the wild frontier.