Poweradd Pilot 2GS 10,000mAh Dual USB Portable Charger
- Has Enough power capacity to charge a single smartphone about 3 times or more. Tablets can charge near full.
- You can charge 2 devices at once.
- A small size that is very portable.
- Charging speeds are mostly slow and the PowerAdd power bank only has a 2.1A Max Output.
- Lots of build issues with the power bank ceasing to work and that causes bad reliability issues.
The race to create the smallest and slimmest power bank that has a high power capacity is always going on. That’s because that’s what most people are looking for in a power bank.
When a portable charger has a small size and is still able to hold onto its power capacity and charging capabilities, then it’s simply more valuable. The main unstated goal for power banks is for them to be as small as possible while still maintaining their charging power.
This is the PowerAdd 10,000mAh power bank. It features quite a few things that you would think it otherwise wouldn’t have because of its size, but it has quite a lot to offer.
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This PowerAdd power bank has an initial power capacity of 10,000mAh and the Output power capacity can burn quite a lot lower than the initial one. This is mainly because the PowerAdd power bank uses Lithium Polymer batteries and those kinds of batteries tend to result in quite poor conversion rates.
With that said, since this power bank does have 2 charging ports and only a 2.1 Amp Max Output which we’ll be getting to soon in this review, there’s not much of a difference in Output power capacity with the way that you use the power bank. So most of the time the Output power capacity will usually be 7,000mAh.
With an Output power capacity of 7,000mAh, you can expect to mostly charge smartphones as they’ll be able to charge about 3 times or more. If you’re going to the tablet range of charging with this power bank, it can be done but you’re going to have to use the entirety of power capacity.
Charging even Mini-sized tablets like the iPad Mini 2 and 4 ones, you’ll need all the power capacity that this power bank has to offer. Going into the larger full-sized tablets, then the PowerAdd power bank will be able to charge them to about 70%.
It’s a pretty good output power capacity, but we highly recommend purchasing this power bank knowing well that it’s meant to charge smartphones and other small power capacity devices multiple times. By doing so, you’ll be able to constantly use the power bank without recharging it for quite a while.
|Devices||Poweradd Pilot 2GS 10,000mAh Dual USB Portable Charger (Output Power Capacity = 7,000mAh)||Phone Capacity||Poweradd Pilot 2GS Left Over Capacity after One Charge
# of Full Charges for the Device
|iPhone SE||7,000mAh||1,624mAh||5,376mAh Left Over
4.3 Full Charges
|iPhone 6||7,000mAh||1,810mAh||5,190mAh Left Over
3.8 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
4.0 Full Charges
|iPhone 6s Plus||7,000mAh||2,750mAh||4,250mAh Left Over
2.5 Full Charges
|Samsung Galaxy S6||7,000mAh||2,550mAh||4,450mAh Left Over
2.7 Full Charges
|Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge||7,000mAh||2,600mAh||4,400mAh Left Over
2.6 Full Charges
|Samsung Galaxy S7||7,000mAh||3,000mAh||4,000mAh Left Over
2.3 Full Charges
|Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge||7,000mAh||3,600mAh||3,400mAh
1.9 Full Charges
|Samsung Galaxy S8+||7,000mAh||3,500mAh||3,500mAh Left Over
2 Full Charges
Output Charging: Port 1: 5V/2.1A Port 2: 5V/1.0A Max Output: 5V/2.1A
Charging speeds for the PowerAdd 2GS power bank are quite poor.
One of the charging ports on the power bank can charge at 5V/2.1A and that’s nearly at a Max standard charging speed of 5V/2.4A. This port is great to charge tablets and any other devices that you want to charge quickly.
Then there’s the other Output charging port that is 5V/1.0A, okay so it’s quite a slow charging speed and we thought that the Max Output of the power bank was going to be the 3.1A since we’re just adding the Max Output of each charging port.
However, that not the case. Instead, when you’re charging 2 devices at the same time, the max charging speed of the power bank is only 2.1 Amps.
So this means if you’re charging 2 smartphones at the same time, they’re both only going to be limited by 1 Amp each, and that is some really slow charging. If you want to charge a tablet as fast as possible then it must charge alone with the Blue 2.1 Amp port.
This kind of charging power design is highly limited as it’s limiting the charging speed for both devices being charged and ultimately it makes charging 2 devices at the same time a bad idea.
Input Charging: 5V/2.0A
The power bank uses a Micro-USB Input port to recharge itself and you can recharge at its max charging speed of 5V/2.0A by using a 2 Amp wall charger. If you’re using a 2 Amp wall charger then it can be fully recharged in 6-7 hours.
Size and Weight
At the beginning of this review, we talked about how power banks are meant to small while still maintaining their high power capacity and fast charging status.
Well even though this power bank hasn’t proved itself as having the largest power capacity or even the fastest charging, it does a great job at keeping what it’s capable of in such a small and portable size.
It has a length of 5.4 inches, a width of 2.9 inches, and a thickness of 0.5 inches. It weighs quite heavy for its size at 9.1 ounces. If you can bear the size, this power bank can potentially fit into your pocket, and more specifically your back pocket.
Holding it in your and while you charge your smartphones is also not that bad of an option. You’re going to want to anyway, considering how low the Max Output is.
One of the best things about this power bank is how everything is on a single side of the charger.
Yes, all the functional components of the power bank can fit on a single side. On the side panel is where you’ll be able to find the power button, 4 LED power capacity indicators, the Micro-USB input port, and the 2 Output charging ports.
Charging automatically starts when you plug a device into the power bank and that just leaves the power button with the function of simply checking the power capacity.
Structure and Material
It’s a well-built power bank that holds itself together with 3 separate pieces. Them being the large center Aluminum piece and 2 side panels that are made of plastic.
It’s a strong power bank for everyday use, although you should be careful about dropping it since it doesn’t have anyway if withstanding shock damage in the event of a fall.
With that said, the power bank has been knowing for problems in regards to the Micro-USB Input port. The problem is that the components within the Micro-USB port can come out if you quickly remove the Micro-USB charging cable from it too quickly.
On the tech side, there’s nothing too extraordinary about the power bank. It does, however, use a Multi-Safe protection system that makes it a safe power bank to use. As a result, even though the power bank uses Lithium Polymer batteries, the safety tech can prevent them from expanding during charging.
It’s not just this PowerAdd power bank that has trouble being useful in the long-term. It’s also other PowerAdd power banks that have problems with their reliability. This is because there have been many cases with customers buying this power bank, using it, and only to have it wear down and stop working. We’re talking about a few years of using it and it wears down like natural.
This power bank can stop working and begin breaking itself quite, unfortunately.
There have been incidents of it just stop charging and the charging ports like the Output and Input ports just coming out of line, therefore it makes the charging ports useless. A problem like that is highly prevalent with the Micro-USB port.
It has enough power capacity to charge smartphones multiple times, and that should be the main focus of charging. Charging speed is a real let down as the Max Output of the power bank is only 2.1A when you’re charging 2 devices at once.
It’s a pretty small and slim power bank that you can hold quite easily and if you wanted to, this power bank can even fit into your pocket.
The build is on the mediocre side as it has an Aluminum centerpiece and 2 side panels that are made of plastic. With that said, the power bank does tend to wear down and can stop working, and that goes into reliability issues.
Even though this power bank is quite good when it’s working like it’s supposed to, there’s a high potential that it could just stop working out of nowhere. A product that stops working has no use. Luckily, PowerAdd has a 24 Month Warranty.
Specs of the Poweradd Pilot 2GS 10,000mAh Dual USB Portable Charger:
- Power Capacity: 10,000mAh
Port 1: 5V/2.1A
Port 2: 5V/1.0A
Max Output: 5V/2.1A
- Input: 5V/2.0A Via Micro-USB
- LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
- Size: 5.4 x 2.9 x 0.5 inches
- Weight: 9.1 Ounces
PowerAdd power banks are quite good but for this PowerAdd 2GS, there’s still a lot of work to be done and we think that it’s either due for an upgrade or they might as well just pull it from their arsenal of power banks.
That’s because it doesn’t have that many high-quality things going for it and when you couple that with the array of problems that you could have, then it’s not worth getting.
With that said, though, PowerAdd has plenty of other power banks on the market that they’ve done a splendid job at creating. Charger Harbor will get to reviewing those real soon as well.