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.

Silicon Power Introduced High Capacity Power Banks

Nothing is worse than having your mobile gadget run out of power while you’re on the go and that is where mobile power banks come into play. An extra large battery to charge your batteries. Silicon Power has just introduced their newest two power banks, the Power S102 and the Power S82.

The Power S102 features an impressive 12000mAh while the Power S82 comes with an 8000mAh capacity. Both come with two charging ports, allowing you to charge two devices simultaneous with up to 2.1A each.

When fully charged, the Power S102 has enough juice to charge an iPhone 6 around 4.4 times which in return means that you can go a long time without having to be near an outlet.

S102 and S82 offer a 10-second Power Saving Mode so that the power bank will turn off automatically in ten seconds when devices are fully charged and conventional protections such as over current protection under voltage, over voltage and SCP are built in to provide safety for both the power bank and your mobile devices. A 4-level LED indicator lets you easily see the charging status at any time.

They S102 and S82 both come with a warranty of 13 months and product liability insurance up to USD 10 Million.

‘Better Re’ Made a Use for Old Phone Batteries

Better Re, a new project on Kickstarter with a goal of $50,000 by designer Enlighten has been funded by 648 backers. The idea behind this is it reuses batteries from your old smartphone (so long as it’s of the removable sort) to transform it into an external power source to charge gadgets such as mobile phones, tablets, and even laptop. They claim that we replace our smartphones in every two years and the batteries are still about 80% efficient which is quite wasted and unharnessed. On the greener side of things, it will serve the purpose instead of us mining for more Lithium as demand increases.

This is offered in two variants, the base tier is priced at $39 and includes the shell that turns your lithium-ion battery into an external power source and a USB cable, while the “full” package is at $55 and gets you the case, a USB cable, a used battery (with at least 80% efficiency) and engraved panels for the case. Enlighten believes that if batteries shrink, the shell can adjust the size of Better Re to fit them. If you are looking for a cheaper option, ‘Single Green Package’ which is the only good deal as the ‘Early Bird’ is unavailable.

ADATA Launches PV120 Power Bank with Leather-Like Exterior

ADATA launches its PV120 Power Bank featuring a leather-textured exterior with smooth metallic side-striping, a bright LED power level indicator, and several charging ports, and a sizable capacity of 5100mAh for even the most demanding gadgets or multiple charges.

The new ADATA PV120 Power Bank will be available in three different colours, black, white, and blue/cyan. One to match each gadget colour and personal taste.

A really cool feature is that you can charge the power bank while you use it to charge a device. This of course requires more power to go in than out, but it is a great additional feature.

Safety is always an issue when dealing with electrical currents and ADATA thought of that too. The PV120 Power Bank comes packed with six safety features including over-temperature protection, over-charge protection, short-circuit protection, over-voltage protection, over-discharge protection, and over-current protection. On top of that, it also comes with flame-resistant shielding for even greater safety.

The new ADATA PV120 Power Bank isn’t available yet, but shops around the world already have it listed with an estimated time of arrival of less than a week. The price starts at €19.99, which really isn’t much considering what you get.

Mushkin Reveals a New Line of On-The-Go Battery Packs

If you’re one of those people, always on the go and finding yourself with flat batteries in your smart devices, then you might want to invest in a mobile battery pack. More and more of them become available and Muskin has revealed their new reVIVE family of portable battery packs.

“As modern lifestyles and careers demand greater use of smartphones and tablets, a secondary demand rises for increased battery life to bolster constant on-the-go device usage. Our reVIVE battery packs serve as an affordable remedy to a draining mobile platform,” said Nicolas Villalobos, Director, Global Marketing at Mushkin Inc. “Mushkin’s reVIVE battery packs are just one of many CE-type products to launch from Mushkin in the future.”

The new reVIVE series power banks have a dual 5V USB output, one at 1A and one at 2.1A. This enables you to charge both tablets and smartphones at the same time. With a capacity between 4400 and 13200 mAh, you’ll be able to do this multiple times before you have to recharge the unit itself.

The reVIVE battery packs also feature over-charge protection, over-discharge protection, and short-circuit protection. Release is scheduled for March, but no word on pricing yet besides the term “affordable”.

Thanks to Mushkin for providing us with this information

 

Adata PV100 4200mAh USB Battery Review

Introduction


Modern day smartphones are awesome, we can use them to make phone calls (although fewer people do these days), text message, use a wide range of apps, play games, browse the internet, check out emails or most importantly, share cat memes with each other. It doesn’t matter how you use your phone, truth is we’re all using them more and more. Our mobile devices are getting more and more powerful each year, while also becoming more and more energy-efficient, but the issue remains that our battery life is rarely enough to get us through a full day of wasting time on our favourite device.

There is of course a solution to our power needs and that is mobile recharging devices such as the Adata PV100 that I will be taking a quick look at today. These small devices come in all shapes and sizes, but more often than not they’ll feature a rechargeable internal battery and a USB port for connecting your device. Plug them into your phone, tablet or similar device and you’ll be able to recharge on the go, handy for those times you’re nowhere near a plug socket, or don’t have time to stop and charge.

The PV100 is a relatively compact device, packing 4200mAh charging capacity, which is more than enough to charge your average smart phone at least once, some lower power devices may even get a few charges out of it. For example, my HTC One X+ has a 2100mAh battery, so in theory I should be able to get two full recharges out of the PV100 for my device.

Unfortunately I don’t have the packaging for the PV100 as I was given it directly at a trade show by Adata and I needed to employ its charging features immediately, then I lost the box… whoops. So let’s get right to it and see what comes bundled with the battery.

In the box you’ll find the PV100 device as well as a nice white USB to microUSB charging cable, it’s fairly short, but enough to fulfil the task in hand and there is nothing stopping you from using your own cable (eg; lightening cable for iPhone) should you need to.

LUXA2 P-MEGA 41600mAh World’s Largest Power Station Review

Introduction


Power stations and rechargeable battery packs are becoming  necessity in this day and age, especially for those on the go such as myself. I’m an avid iPhone user and I maximise the full potential of my device in terms of using it as a phone, diary, email client, web browser, social media hub and much more. With this great amount of power in the palm of your hand, comes a great power loss in terms of battery life. While iPhones are notorious for their battery life, it’s Android and Windows devices too, and it’s happening on a larger scale as well.

The iPad is renowned for having amazing battery life, whereas other tablets aren’t as fortunate, and suffer with much poorer battery life, and while you’re on the go, it always seems to be that point when you desperately need to use your device, to find it’s about to get cut short. You can try the obvious of turning the brightness down, disabling Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, location services and such, but sooner than later; it’s going to die. When you are faced with this situation, you can buy a mobile battery charger, which range from the cheap Chinese knockoffs to the plethora of more expensive certified units on the market.

We’ve looked at them from a variety of brands in the past, and generally you’ll find everyone is making them including ADATA, Coolermaster Mobile, Patriot and more, but these generally hover around the 5000mAh mark. Of course there are smaller capacities, which demand a smaller footprint, making it perfect for handbags and pockets. Others can warrant a 9000mAh capacity but of course, with this, comes a larger, bulkier device. The question is; what if you want something for you and your friends?

Picture this if you will; you are off camping, and while you have the bright idea of taking  an in-car charger and relevant cable, you will generally only have one cigarette lighter point, and 5 of your friends want to charge their devices at the same time, as you all sit around the fire Whatsapping and Facebooking each other, though you are only 2 feet away. Luxa2 believe they have a solution to this socially awkward situation with the P-MEGA 41600mAh power station with its ability to charge up to 6 devices at once with 3 being able to give that extra juice at 2A for tablet devices in a relatively small form factor device.

This device isn’t for the faint-hearted and if you think that you mis-read, I will confirm that this is a staggering 41600mAh power station that can easily charge 3 tablets and 3 mobile phones concurrently, making this perfect for friends and family when your smart devices really are your livelihood.

The biggest issue with the P-MEGA is that every media outlet has exclaimed that it’s huge but looking from the dimensions above, for something with such a huge capacity battery, it’s pretty well sized. The box reflects this well and makes a big marketing stand to tell us that it’s the “World’s Largest Power Bank”.

The back of the packaging highlights some of the main features of the unit and also gives us a glimpse of how it can look when you have 6 devices connected to it.

Inside you get a handy leather bag to transport the unit, a quick start guide, power connector cord and three different plug faces including US, European and UK.