OnePlus 10000mAh Mobile USB Power Bank Review

Introduction


Mobile power is something that’s on most of our minds, no doubt several times a day. Watching your battery life drain towards the end of the day can be a painful process, especially if you know you’re a few hours away from being able to charge your device and you’ve already got that “less than 10%” warning message on your device. When you need to watch that YouTube video, check those important emails, or simply browse Facebook to stop you from becoming bored to death on the Train, you’ll want to know you’ve got the power available to get it done.

The latest mobile USB battery from OnePlus promises impressive performance, touting a 10000mAh battery, which is more than enough to charge most modern smartphones at least three times.

“Every inch of the OnePlus Power Bank was designed with you in mind. Sleek lines, gentle curves, and an emphasis on minimalism create the ideal companion for your OnePlus One. Available in Silk White and Sandstone Black, the soft glow of the Power Bank’s battery indicator LEDs is awoken with a gentle shake. Without any buttons or excess weight, it’s everything you need and nothing you don’t. Perfectly simple.”

The OnePlus power bank is available in Sandstone Black or Silk White; we have the Sandstone Black at our disposal today. There are two 5v 2A USB ports on offer, although these convert to 1A when two devices are connected. What’s really interesting is that it weighs just 220g, significantly lighter than any other similar size power bank I’ve ever seen!

The packaging is pretty minimal, although confusingly the box for our black power bank has an image of the white one on the front; that could confuse a fair few people.

Around the back, you’ll find the power output ratings, all pretty standard stuff. You’ll also notice the “true” rating of the battery is 9760mAh, close enough to 10k that you likely wouldn’t notice the difference.

Open up the box and we find the power band, which is nicely secured with some padding around it and a protective plastic film.

Under the power bank, we found a flat-type Micro-USB to USB cable, which can be used to charge the battery and then reversed to charge your mobile device, as well as an easy to follow user manual.

First impressions of the OnePlus are very positive. As I said before, the unit is incredibly lightweight, which is a huge bonus given that this is something you’ll like want to carry in your pocket, hold in your hand or have in your bag when in use; no one likes carrying around anything heavy for too long!

There’s a pair of USB ports on the end, which are rated at 2A for one device, but change to 1A when two devices are being charged at the same time. I like this design, as some chargers has a dedicated 1A and a dedicated 2A port; you can plug into either and get 2A without having to check which is which. There’s also a 5V 2A Micro-USB in, perfect for quickly charging the battery back up between uses.

The design is pretty funky, with a rounded edge on the top and left, and a flat side with silver trim on the other two. This gives it a nice sleek and modern look, a lot nicer than the often plastic brick designs we see from most power banks.

The finish and quality are premium from head to toe and the sandstone finish provides the unit with excellent grip and great visual appeal.

It’s quite a large device, but no bigger than most high-end smartphones; it’s about the same size as my Xperia Z3.

Patriot, Luxa2 and Antec USB Battery Head-to-Head Review

Introduction


Smartphones, eBook readers, tablets, portable gaming devices and so much are vital to our daily lives. Ok perhaps not all the devices we use each day are vital, but they’re important to each user in their own way. One thing many of these devices, if not all of them, is that they run on batteries and these days you’ll find that most devices have a built-in battery that is charged via USB, or if you’re an Apple fan, a lightening cable. There’s nothing worse than being on a night out, away on a business trip, out camping, or even just relaxing at home, only to find out your battery is dying or has died. We’re not always within easy reach of a charging socket and carrying around the mains adaptor isn’t always the most practical solution. This is where mobile USB battery recharges come into play and today we’ve got three solutions to try out. The real question is, which one is best suited to your needs?

In the office today I have the Patriot Fuel+, the Antec Lifebar 10 and for something a little different, the Luxa2 PL1. Each of these is designed a little differently from each other, so let’s get right to it and see what they have to offer.

The PL1 was included in this test, as I loved the unique approach to its design. It doesn’t come in a leather pouch, it is the leather pouch.

The stitched design is really nice and it’s quite slim too, meaning it’s going to fit easily in your jacket pocket or handbag very easily. It’ll also look more stylish that a big hunk of plastic.

There’s a magnetic cover on one end, just flip it open and you’ll find the microUSB charging socket (in) and the standard USB charging socket (out). The PL1 is rated for 2800mAh.

The compact size is easy to hold in your hand and the overall quality feels very good.

The Fuel+ is a lot bigger than the Luxa2 device. It’s got a stylish white and red theme, but it’s quite clear that this is a big mobile battery. There’s a set of LED lights down the side to show you how much charge is remaining, as well as a master power button.

There are two charging ports on the Fuel+, a 2.5A and a 1A; perfect for charging a high power device such as an iPad, as well as a mobile phone at the same time.

The Fuel+ is rated at 900mAh.

It’s not very big overall, as you can still hold it in the palm of your hand, but it is quite thick, meaning it’s not going to be suitable to fit in your pocket.

The Antec Lifebar is the largest and the heaviest of the three devices and comes with a metal exterior that not only looks great but also makes the unit feel more durable than the others.

Like the Fuel+ it has two charging ports, a 2.1A and a 1A.

There’s a small power button on the end, which could be a little better in terms of quality if I’m honest, but there’s also an LED light that can be used a torch if you double tap the power button. There’s also four small LED lights above the charge (in) MicroUSB that show the current charge remaining.

The Lifebar is slim enough to hold in your hand, but it’s length and weight make it a little too much to keep in your pocket.