Anker 2nd Gen Astro 6000mAh (2A Output) Portable Charger External Battery Pack Review

Anker® 2nd Gen Astro 6000mAh (2A Output) Portable Charger External Battery Pack with PowerIQ™ Technology for iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, iPad Air, mini, Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3, Galaxy Tab 3, 2, Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10, HTC One, One 2 (M8), MOTO X, G, LG Optimus, other Smartphones and Tablets (Apple 30 pin and lightning, Samsung 30-pin adapter, not included)

Anker Astro 6000mAh External battery Charger Pack

Anker Astro 6000mAh External battery Charger Pack

  • The smart charging port, powered by PowerIQ™ technology, intelligently identifies each connected device and speaks its language – guaranteeing the fastest charge time for EVERY device (up to 2 Amps).
  • 6000 mAh of capacity and an energy efficiency rate 10% above previous generation Astros and many current standard alternatives charges the iPhone three times and large-capacity phones like the Galaxy S4 almost twice.
  • A “shake” starts a charge or displays the remaining power level. The ultra-low power consumption (100000 shakes consume less than 1%) 10-LED power meter balances accuracy and aesthetics.
  • Sturdy construction and matte finish withstand bumps and drops. Grade A cells and premium chips ensure reliability. Input: 5V / 1A; Use a 1A adapter (not included) with the included USB cable for the fastest charging time (6 hours).
  • Package contents: Anker® 2nd Generation Astro External Battery, micro USB cable, user manual.

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Awesome charger! Came pre-charged, which is nice. Got this for my 14yr old daughter who was about to go on her first long-distance field trip with her school on a 6 hour bus ride, so we wanted to make sure her phone battery was NEVER an issue. Once I received this charger, I actually had it for a few days before my daughter had to leave, so I let my own phone battery run out (I have a DRIOD RAZR MAXX which has a double-life battery BTW) and then charged my own phone to test it out. AWESOME! Not only did I it charge my phone to 100% within @ 3 hours, but I was also using my phone while it charged. Additionally, the charger STILL had about 40% charge left after the initial charge, which I then used it again to re-charge my phone a second time to almost 100%. Nice!

So, bottom line is, pay the additional $10 bucks and get this charger over the smaller “Lipstick” version because it is much better, not too much bigger than the other one, this one has a “smart charger” to properly charge your specific phone correctly (won’t burn out or over charge your phone battery) and is just plain perfect; compact on the outside, yet beefy on the inside at the same time!

RAVPower Luster 3000mAh External Battery Charger – Power Up!

+RAVPower is always one of the more trusted names when it comes to batteries, and this Luster Series I got my hands further supports the quality behind the +RAVPower name. Sometimes when we think quality, we think high prices to follow. However, you’ll be pleasantly surprised how much this amazing battery actually costs.

The +RAVPower Luster comes in an assortment of colors. The capacity of the Luster is 3,000 mAh, which is enough to top up just about any phone / phablet on in the market today. Unlike many other chargers we see, our phones here at +Android Coliseum recognize this Luster Series charger at AC speeds according to our battery info apps, where others commonly clock in at USB speeds, which we all know is much slower.

Common connections make using the Ravpower Luster easy to use. Charge your external battery, then reuse that same cable to charge your phone, life made simple.

Though probably not the reason you’re going to buy the +RAVPower Luster, it’s also a very bright flashlight, which also has a strobe light mode for when you’re in distress and need assistance.

+RAVPower did a great job designing the Luster series. It looks beautiful, and with an assortment of colors to catch the eye any anyone’s taste. It’s small enough to fit in any bag, pocket, even skinny jeans for the ladies. This battery is the perfect size and capacity to carry everywhere you go.

The icing on the cake here is the Ravpower Luster is currently on sale for $14.99USDalthough sadly for Canadians we have to pay double at nearly $28 which is still an amazing deal for the quality of battery you’ll be getting. So if you’re in need of a quick charge in those long adventures life throws at you, be ready to power up with Ravpower.

[amazon template=iframe image&asin= +RAVPower is always one of the more trusted names when it comes to batteries, and this Luster Series I got my hands further supports the quality behind the +RAVPower name. Sometimes when we think quality, we think high prices to follow. However, you'll be pleasantly surprised how much this amazing battery actually costs. The +RAVPower Luster comes in an assortment of colors. The capacity of the Luster is 3,000 mAh, which is enough to top up just about any phone / phablet on in the market today. Unlike many other chargers we see, our phones here at +Android Coliseum recognize this Luster Series charger at AC speeds according to our battery info apps, where others commonly clock in at USB speeds, which we all know is much slower. Common connections make using the Ravpower Luster easy to use. Charge your external battery, then reuse that same cable to charge your phone, life made simple. Though probably not the reason you're going to buy the +RAVPower Luster, it's also a very bright flashlight, which also has a strobe light mode for when you're in distress and need assistance. +RAVPower did a great job designing the Luster series. It looks beautiful, and with an assortment of colors to catch the eye any anyone's taste. It's small enough to fit in any bag, pocket, even skinny jeans for the ladies. This battery is the perfect size and capacity to carry everywhere you go. The icing on the cake here is the Ravpower Luster is currently on sale for $14.99USD although sadly for Canadians we have to pay double at nearly $28 which is still an amazing deal for the quality of battery you'll be getting. So if you're in need of a quick charge in those long adventures life throws at you, be ready to power up with Ravpower.

Anchor Devices with Anker Astro E4 review

Anker Astro E4 External Battery Charger Power Bank

Anker Astro E4 External Battery Charger Power Bank

If you can’t imagine life without your electronics, you know how important it is to keep those batteries charged up. Thankfully, external batteries enable us to charge up anytime, even while on the go. Turn to the Anker Astro E4 to keep your gadgets and gizmos powered up, prolonging the life of your electronic devices’ batteries along with the length of time you can go about your life without worrying about finding an outlet.

Design

With two high speed ports to keep you connected while you re-charge, the Anker Astro E4 external battery has 13,000mAh capacity with 5v/2A output and 5v/2A input. Weighing just 10.8 oz. and measuring 4.9 x 3.0 x 0.9in, this device is easy to carry with you anywhere you go. It comes with connective adapters to make sure you can use it with most devices.

Benefits

You know only too well the frustration of having the battery on your cell phone waste away before your eyes as you rush to that meeting with no time to plug in, or the frantic search for a free outlet at the coffee shop before your laptop dies and you miss the deadline on an assignment. With the Astro E4 battery backup handy, you won’t need to worry about missing that important phone call or getting lost in the middle of nowhere with no GPS. No need to wait for one device to finish charging before juicing up the next, as this device is a multi-tasker that can power up your phone along with your tablet – and keep you connected to the world while you wait. This device packs in the power – enough to charge up your smartphone three times over, maybe more depending on your phone battery size.

Reviews

Voted best external battery pack by Lifehacker, this powerful, slim, affordable device was the clear favorite in a reader poll. Reviews posted on the Anker website proclaim the Anker Astro E4 to be one of the best tech-related gadgets around, holding plenty of charge – enough for three or four cycles of charging for a Galaxy s4, says one consumer. The built-in flashlight is a nice bonus, as are the extra cables included in the carrying case.

Tips and More

This device is compatible with USB cables other than those included in the packaging. Astro E4 works with new Apple iPhones (5s and 5c) but you need to use the cables that came with the phone. You can charge two devices simultaneously but need to keep in mind that the total output current won’t exceed 3A. If you have trouble using the Astro E4 to charge your electronic device, check that all connections are secure and that the cables are functioning properly. Also, check to ensure that the E4’s voltage is compatible to your electronic device by referring to the instruction manual, product label or adapter.

Limitations

The Astro E4 cannot charge Samsung or Asus tablets. Again, it works iPhone 5s and 5c but Apple connector is not included; you need to use the one that came with your phone.

 

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RAVPower Lipstick Charger 3000mAh External Battery Charger Review

Wait, why would I need to charge my lipstick?

There’s probably no doubt that a portable charger would be a great addition to your many devices, but you might wonder which is the best portable charger for your money.  I know I did! My parents saw a lipstick charger at the Verizon store, and thought about buying it but it was $40+!  I told them not to worry, I’d get them lipstick chargers online for cheap. Then I realized I know nothing about lipstick chargers, and I’d better figure it out quick. Everyone loves to save money, but nobody likes to find out the hard way their inexpensive item is really just cheap… or worthless.  So, I did some searching and found cute little chargers online that were about $14 each. I bought two and they arrived in about 3 weeks.  One of the chargers and one of the cords was dead on arrival. I contacted the seller, exchanged several messages, only to be told I had waited too long to file a complaint. I’d filed literally within a few days! Oh, “sorry, I forgot,” he said.  To make a long story short, he wanted me to send the charger back at my expense. It wasn’t my fault it arrived dead. Finally he said I could send a picture of it plugged in and not functioning. Only then, and over a month later, did he refund my money.  The ones I bought were 2200 mAh and besides one completely not working, the lower battery capacity means you can only get one full charge from it.  Disappointing.

So, when I learned about RAVPower and they offered to send each GimmieGirl one to try out, in our choice of colors, I was excited!  We have put together the finer points about this lovely gem of a charger that should answer any questions you may have. But, if you still have more let us know!

RAVPower 3000mAh External Battery Charger Pack Power Bank

RAVPower 3000mAh External Battery Charger Pack Power Bank

RAVPower® Luster 3000mAh External Battery Pack Portable Charger Lipstick-Sized (Ultra Bright Flashlight with High/Low/Strobe Modes) for iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, 4, iPod; Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, Note3, Note2; Nexus 5, Nexus 4; Motorola Razr Maxx, HTC ONE, most Smartphones and other USB-charged devices - Price $19.99 on Amazon (list price $49.99)

Hear it from the GimmieGirls:

DebbieTechnologically speaking, the RAVPower Luster Lipstick charger has a 3000 mAh battery capacity. What does that mean? Let’s start with what a mAh is first. A milliamps hour or mAh is a measurement of energy current that a battery can discharge in one hour. This is important to know because it tells us the strength of a battery: the bigger the mAh, the more energy capacity. Here is an analogy, think of the mAh as the size of a car’s gas tank. The bigger the gas tank in similar cars, the more gas it will hold and the longer it will run. The higher the mAh means longer run time. So, say compare a 3000 mAh battery in this charger to a 2000 mAh battery; the higher capacity battery (bigger number) will last longer andcharge devices faster.

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Just how much juice can it give your cell phone? Using the iPhone 5 as an example, whose battery capacity is 1440 mAh, the RAVPower Luster portable charger will deliver just over 2 full charges to the iPhone 5 before the RAVPower needs to be recharged (keep in mind using the included flashlight will also drain the RAVPower’s battery). Here’s the math: 1440 + 1440 = 1880, which is the amount needed to charge an iPhone 5 twice.  Actually, 1440 goes into 3000 (the capacity of the charger) 2.08 times, which means you probably could use the flashlight a little and still get two full charges. Check your phone’s battery capacity to see how many charges you could get!

TIP: To take advantage of the RAVPower’s quick charging capabilities, don’t use your phone while it charges. If your phone’s battery gets to the red zone while shopping, plug it into your portable charger and throw it in your purse. By the time you are done with your errand, your phone should be good to go!

Overall, I am extremely satisfied with the RAVPower Luster portable charger. It’s quick, compact and inexpensive; three things I value the most in tech gadgets!

TrishPractically speaking, I take my iPhone everywhere I go. I use my iPhone as a phone obviously, as a radio to play music, as a map, as my shopping list, as a GPS, as a camera — you name it, that’s my iPhone! There’s nothing worse than being out and about and having my iPhone battery start to die. You never know if there is going to be an emergency and you need your phone to call 911, or reach your family.  Car chargers are great, but you need to be IN your car to use one. It’s very frustrating having to conserve my battery life in case my phone decides to die when I’m not at home. I have 3 kids and 1 on the way. I feel it’s VERY important if I have a phone on me at all times, especially if I’m outside of my home. With my RAVPower Portable Charger, if my phone battery is dying, I plug my phone into the portable charger right inside my purse and continue with whatever I am doing! No more worrying about my phone dying while I’m out running errands with my children!

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RAVPower also has a built-in flashlight. This light is extra bright and has 3 different settings:  bright, dim and strobe. I can’t tell you how many times I have needed a flashlight, especially if we arrive home late with the children. Instead of stumbling in the dark to the house, I can pull my charger out and use the flashlight so everyone can see! This would be ideal in emergency situations such as power outages, if it’s dark and you need extra lighting, or to be able to have your phone charged at all times in case you need your phone in an emergency. I think we can all agree having our phones is VERY important when we are away from home! All I can say about this portable charger is that it truly is a life savor, or at least it has been for me so far! I really enjoy the convenience of charging my phone outside of the home and the car, and I enjoy the ease of use. It’s also the most perfect size for us women to stash inside our purses!

Heather: A different kind of lifesaver… A few months ago I stopped smoking with the help of those super popular Vapor eCigs. They are great cause they are portable, but its difficult to keep up with their charge! Once its dead, there is no hitting it! What a pain when you’re out & about! In comes my pretty little pink RAVpower stick! I plug my eCig in for a bit, and I am good to go again! 

Alternate uses: The most use I have gotten out of mine so far is from charging up the portable devices my little girl likes to take along for the car rides including the PS Vita and Tablet, it has helped bring them back to life (and saved my sanity!!)

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I love the fact that its really light weight. I keep it in one of the side compartments of my purse for on the go (it comes with a pocket clip for the guys). Its rather attractive too. They have 5 sleek and vibrant colors to choose from, so its easy to find something that fits you. I picked their fun hot pink color! I absolutely love the fact that it comes with an attached flashlight! It actually has 3 different settings High, Low, and Strobe (think unexpected emergencies). 

In all, this is a great little affordable dual purpose gadget that is guaranteed to save the day!

Reylin:  First off, iPhone users, you’ll notice that the portable charger comes with a USB cable that can not be used with iPhones, but do not lose it.  It’s for charging the RAVPower charger. When charging your phone, you’ll need to plug your own iPhone charge cord’s USB end into the portable charger. If you do not have an iPhone, the USB that it comes with is compatible with most HTC, Samsung, Google, and Motorola phones.

rav-cords

Now, to get the best use out of this charger you’ll need to make sure the portable charger is fully charged. When I first got the portable charger, I used it right away to see if it would work (which it did, it charged my phone up to 50% before it died), instead of charging it first. I would advise anyone using this to charge it fully before using. There are two lights that indicate charge level:  blue means it’s fully charged and red means it’s not. 

The first time I fully charged the RAVPower charger, I left it plugged in overnight. When I did that, it charged my completely dead phone up to 100% with power to spare.  I decided to see how many uses I could get out of it, so I charged my iPod also. It charged it up to 60% before it died. After doing that, I plugged the portable battery in and timed how long it took for the light to turn from red to blue (dead to fully charged), and it took about 4 and a half hours to recharge the RAVPower charger. So, no need to leave it plugged in overnight to charge.

It took a little under 2 hours to fully charge my iPhone

A couple of small issues I had was I noticed after charging my phone up to 40%, the portable charger felt a bit warm. Also, the flash light randomly turned on. This wasn’t a big issue at all, but I couldn’t figure out why.

Overall I think this is perfect for days when I’m gone all day. It takes 4 hours to fully charge, but takes a little under 2 hours to fully charge my phone. AND I can get two charges out of it, which is more than enough for me if I’m gone all day.  All I have to do is make sure this is in my bag, and I never have to worry about my phone dying on me while I’m not home. Just remember to make sure the battery is fully charged (remember the light will be blue). Otherwise, you may not get a full charge on your phone.

Small but Powerful:
Lipstick design at only 2.57oz, fit easily into your pocket, purse or bag. A whopping 3000mAh capacity enable you run your iPhone 5 for another 6hrs.

Extra Flashlight Function:
The only external battery chargers on Amazon that have 3 modes flashlight function. Great for Camping, Riding and Nocturnal lighting.

Charge Multiple Devices:
Standard USB output, compatible with any mobile devices with DC 5V input. Charge your mobile devices while it is charged.

Specification:
Capacity: 3000mAh
Input: DC 5V / 1A (Standard Micro USB Port)
Output: DC 5V / 1A
Warranty: 12 Months Warranty
Size: 4.17″ x 0.9″ x 0.9″
Weight: 2.57 oz.

Compatibility:

iPhone 5S 5C 5 4S 4,iPod (please use the original 8Pin / 30Pin Cable from Apple)
-1 x Micro USB Connector: 
HTC: One X, S, V/Sensation XE XL/EVO 4G/Radar 4G/Inspire 4G/ ThunderBolt
Samsung: Galaxy S4/S3/Note 3/Note 2/S2 /Nexus/Galaxy Note/Focus S/Infuse
Google: Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Google glass
Motorola: Droid Razr, Bionic/Atrix 2/riumph
- Other cell phone, MP3, MP4, digital camera, and other with DC 5V input
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RAVPOWER LUSTER SERIES PINK LIPSTICK CHARGER – REVIEW

Raise your hand if you’ve ever needed your phone in a desperate situation (checking someone’s FB status, stalking a HauteLook sale, texting, etc.) and have it completely die on you. Mine has actually gone from 20% to 1% in two minutes. I don’t even know how that’s possible. Needless to say, it leaves a girl feeling pretty naked without an active phone. I mean, how else are you going to look busy texting when someone you don’t like approaches you?

RAVPower 3000mAh External Battery Charger pack power bank

RAVPower 3000mAh External Battery Charger pack power bank

Say no more. RavPower has you covered! A few months ago, I was sent this pretty pink power bank charger to try out. All you have to do is connect your phone to the power bank (with your own USB charger cord, of course) and wa-la! It’ll charge away. I’ve always wanted one to stick in my purse and have just in case I’m ever in the above situation.

http://www.ravpower.com/ravpower3000externalbatterypackpink.html

http://www.ravpower.com/ravpower3000externalbatterypackpink.html

Straight out of the box, the  power bank charged my phone about 30% and then died out on me. No biggie. For straight out of the box, that’s pretty awesome. After charging the charger itself, it gave my phone a full charge and about 40% the next time I had to charge it.

What I really liked about this power bank (beside the fact that it’s hot pink and saves my phone from it’s death bed) is that it has an incredibly bright (at least that’s what my fiance told me when I accidentally flashed it in his face) LED flashlight built into it with three different settings: low/high beam and disco party strobe. Another cool thing about it is that it has an automatic on/off button. Once you uplug your phone from it, it turns off, saving your battery juice for next time.

To charge the charger itself is easy (well, now it is). I had no clue how to charge it and for awhile, thought it was broken. That is until I read the manual and saw that it’s supposed to come with a USB to Micro USB charger that you can connect to a USB port to charge. Mine didn’t come with one. It happens and was no worries for me, I just ended up using my fiance’s Galaxy Note2 charger.
This power bank is compatible with:
iPhone 5S 5C 5 4S 4,iPod (please use the original 8Pin / 30Pin Cable from Apple)
-1 x Micro USB Connector: 
HTC: One X, S, V/Sensation XE XL/EVO 4G/Radar 4G/Inspire 4G/ ThunderBolt
Samsung: Galaxy S4/S3/Note 3/Note 2/S2 /Nexus/Galaxy Note/Focus S/Infuse
Google: Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Google glass
Motorola: Droid Razr, Bionic/Atrix 2/riumph
- Other cell phone, MP3, MP4, digital camera, and other with DC 5V input
Overall, I actually love this. I can’t even count how many times this has come in handy while out. Having this makes me feel a little bit safer about being out at night because I know if my phone dies, I’ll have a bright flashlight and extra charge in my purse.

 

Review: Anker Astro 6000mAh External Battery Charger for Smartphones

Anker Astro 6000mAh External Battery Charger power bank

Anker Astro 6000mAh External Battery Charger power bank

Need to extend your phone’s life on the go? Check out the Anker Astro 6000mAh – it carries enough juice to make it through the school day, work day, or that weekend trip! Unlike other power packs, the Anker is tiny and lightweight, but still carries enough oomph to recharge your phone or tablet from dead to full up to four times.

Anker Astro 6000 mAh External Battery Charger Features at a Glance

  • Compatibility: works with every smartphone and tablet model
  • PowerIQ™ smart power port technology identifies connected devices – guaranteeing the fastest charge time for EVERY device
  • Small, lightweight design (weighs about 130 grams) in three colors (black, lime, yellow)
  • 6000 mAh of capacity = 2-4 smartphone recharges, depending on phone’s own battery capacity (iPhone = about 3 full charges, Galaxy = about 2 full charges)
  • Shake it to start a charge or display remaining power level.
  • Sturdy construction and matte finish to withstand all manner of abuse
  • Grade A cells and premium chips ensure reliability. Input: 5V / 1A; Use a 1A adapter (not included) with the included USB cable for the fastest charging time
  • Charges to full in 6 hours
  • 500+ charge cycles
  • 18 month warranty

Package contents: Anker® 2nd Generation Astro External Battery, 12″ long micro USB cable, protective bag for charger, user manual.

Anker Astro 6000 mAh External Battery Charger Review

Portable power -it’s one of those little things that just makes life easier.

Recharge your dead phone on the go! Recharge your phone anywhere – no access to AC wall chargers or car chargers needed. Take it with you when you travel and survive those long flights and road trips with the peace of mind that your phone or tablet battery will last the whole way. Best of all, this external charger is small enough to fit into your pocket.

Anker Astro 6000mAh External battery Charger pack Power Bank

Anker Astro 6000mAh External battery Charger pack Power Bank

Anker Astro 6000 Charging Capabilities

Connect your device to the charger and  with the proper cable and the battery pack charging starts automatically.

Capacity

The “6000″ refers to how many mAh or “milli-ampere-hours” the battery contains. In practice, the typical capacity is about 30% less than the advertised mAh.

You can find out how many mAh your phone or tablet battery has and compare it to the capacity of a charger to figure out roughly how many charges you should be able to get from the battery pack. For example, an iPhone 5 has a 1,440 mAh battery. Some charge is “lost” in the charging process as heat, voltage conversion, powering the internal electronics of the battery itself (this is normal). The Anker Astro operates at about 83% efficiency, which is considered excellent (most battery chargers operate around 70% efficiency). In practice, the Anker Astro offers about 4700 mAh of battery juice for your phone.

With 4,700 mAh actually available to your phone, the Anker Astro 6000 could recharge a dead iPhone 5 about three times. The Nexus 4, with its 2,100 mAh battery, could get just over two full charges out of the Anker Astro 6000.

Charging Compatibility

Here’s a few common smartphones and how many charges they should be able to get out of the Anker Astro:

  • Galaxy S5 (2,800 mAh): almost 2 full recharges
  • HTC One M8 (2,600 mAh): almost 2 full recharges
  • iPhone 4S, 5, 5S, 5C (1,432 – 1,570 mAh): about 3 recharges
  • iPad 2 (6,944 mAh): about 70% of a full recharge
  • iPad 3 (11,560 mAh): about 40% of a full recharge
  • iPad mini (6,470 mAh): about 70% of a full recharge
  • Kindle Fire (8,400 mAh): about 55% of a full recharge
  • Nexus 4 (2,100 mAh): about 2 full recharges
  • Sony Experia C (2,390 mAh): about 2 full recharges

Most full-size tablets have around 11,000 mAh battery capacity – nearly twice what the Anker offers. The Anker Astro is too small to be of much use if you need to charge a tablet on the go.

We love the Anker Astro’s smart USB port with PowerIQ technology to detect your device’s charging capability and adjust to it. This feature enables the Anker Astro to work with a huge variety of devices, even those purchased overseas.

Charging Speed

The Anker battery itself takes about 6 hours to charge from empty to full if you charge it from an AC wall charger (AC wall charger not included – here’s a link to our favorite wall charger on Amazon.com). Charging via USB 2.0 is much slower – about 11-12 hours.

Your phone or tablet’s charge speed is determined in part by the cable you’re using to charge it.

Anker Astro 6000 Physical Design

  • Slim design
  • LED capacity indicator
  • Rugged build
  • Comes in 3 colors
  • Matte paint is resistant to scratching

LED Capacity Indicator

  • Light ring “animates” as it charges
  • Shake the Anker battery to light up the ring and see how much juice remains

To check the battery pack charge status you have to shake the battery and the LED ring lights up.

For device compatibility, you can’t beat the New Trent iCarrier IMP120D. If you’re using phones or tablets by major manufacturers like Apple, Samsung, Nokia, Sony, etc, you won’t have any compatibility issues.

Bring Your Own Cable

Like nearly all external battery chargers, the Anker Astro assumes you already have a charging cable on hand for your device. As long as your charge cable has a USB plug on one end to plug into the Anker Astro, you’re good to go.

Note: The Anker Astro does not not come with an AC wall adapter! If you’d like to charge this thing from a normal electrical outlet, you’ll need an AC to USB adapter. We recommend the highly-rated and very affordable dual-port New Trent NT90C wall charger.

Anker Astro 6000: What’s in the box? Package includes the Anker external battery, a micro USB charging cable, protective case, and instruction manual.

Overall Value

For less than $30, the Anker Astro 2nd Gen 6000 is a slam dunk. With nearly 1,000 positive Amazon reviews, it’s hard to argue with the utility of a compact external battery for your smartphone.

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Anker Astro E5 Portable Charger Review

I recently bought an Anker Astro E5 15000mAh Dual USB Portable Charger Ultra-High Density External Battery. The Astro E5 has been selling for half its original cost on Amazon, so it seemed like a good time to purchase it. For the last month I have been playing with it and testing its ability’s for camping trips and outings I plan on taking this summer, the results pleasantly surprised me.

Anker Astro E5 External Battery Charger Power Bank

Anker Astro E5 External Battery Charger Power Bank

First let’s talk about the design, it’s nothing spectacular but it also isn’t an eye sore. Size wise it is about the size of a Samsung S4 but 2-3x thicker and heavier. The Astro E5 has two USB charging ports a 2 amp and a 1 amp, both ports can charge at the same time. In my testing, I did not check to see if the 2 amp charges at 1 amp when two devices are charging, but it did not matter because it satisfied my expectations while charging two devices. It also has a small LED flashlight built in that puts off a good amount of light.

In using the Astro E5, I immediately noticed some things about it that I never expected. Both the 1 amp USB port and the 2 amp USB port seemed to charge much faster than almost all my wall chargers (I have 8 chargers by the way), and when it did not the ports still kept up with a wall charger. Every other external charger I have ever used was not able to maintain this charge speed. It was completely unexpected; I would have been happy with it taking a few hours to charge. A secondary benefit of theAstro E5 for campers is the built in flashlight. The flashlight is just a LED bulb so it should not put any significant drain on the battery. I have found myself using this novel addition all over the house, from spotting fish hiding in a cave, in my fish tank to using it when I take the dog out to go to the bathroom at night so I do not step on previous land mines he has dropped in the grass.

The fluff features such as charging two devices at once and a flashlight built in, was not the reason I bought the Astro E5. However, now that I have seen how useful these features are I probably won’t buy another device without them. My perspective is that this is an emergency device to keep your phone charged if power goes out or to keep my devices charged while camping. Those so called fluff features are pretty important in the cases I plan to use the Astro E5.

So how does this device stack up when it comes to what I bought it for, charging a device?

It excels; the 15000mah claim is pretty close to spot on. I tested three aspects and tested it with a Samsung Note 2. I was able to keep my phone charged for an entire week off it with moderate use. It was also tested in a low signal area over an eight hour day and still had more than 50% charge left after keeping the phone plugged into it like it was a wall charger all day. To give you an example I lose about 100-300% of my battery a day in this area, and I had music streaming off Spotify all day intensifying the usage. Certain days I can get my phone to start draining while charging if I pull enough juice at this location and the Astro E5 was able to keep my phone at 100% all day. The final test was to not charge the Astro E5 back up till it was completely empty, and only charge the Samsung Note 2 in the off state after its battery completely died. The Samsung Note 2 has a 3100mah battery. I was able to completely charge this battery over four times before Astro E5 died .

In closing, I highly recommend picking up an Anker Astro E5 15000mAh Dual USB Portable Charger Ultra-High Density External Battery. Especially at the 50$ price point 50% cheaper than its entry price of 100$. The Astro E5 is an extremely well made product that lives up to its claims. To be noted I cannot charge my phone seven times as their documentation suggested but I also have a much larger battery in my phone than most phones have. It is a Samsung Note with a behemoth screen!

RAVPower Luster 6000mAh External Battery Pack Review

The RAVPower Luster External Battery Pack is a 6000 mAh smartphone and device charger that connects using USB that includes a handy coiled USB cable and a carry pouch.

RAVPower 6000mAh External Battery Charger Power Bank

RAVPower 6000mAh External Battery Charger Power Bank

Ease of Use, Performance: 5/5
Look & Feel: 5/5
Features: 4/5
How much I enjoy: 5/5

Recommendation: 5/5 Stars

The RAVPower Luster External Battery Pack is a 6000 mAh USB charger with 2.1 amps of power that includes the handy coiled USB cable and a carry pouch. The RAVPower Luster has enough power to charge a smartphone or other mobile device several times with enough amperage to charge higher draw devices like the iPad.

The RAVPower Luster is about 3.67 by 1.61 by .85 inches and has the power button on one side while the connections are on the end. The micro USB connection is for charging your devices while the male USB connection is for charging the external battery pack.

The RAVPower Luster also has an LED light on the end for help in finding your way in the dark that turns on and off using the power button. To charge your devices you simply connect them to the male USB connection and press the power button but you do have to remember to press the power button.

You do need to power the pack on in order to charge your devices and you can use the four blue LED lights under the silver band to tell how much power the pack has. The four blue led lights are not very bright and in full sunlight may be a bit difficult to see but it works well enough for an indicator.

The LED lights do give you some idea of the charge of the external battery pack and the 6000 mAh charge can last for a really long time. According to RAVPower the 6000 mAh Luster will run your iPhone for 15 hours plus 40 hours of extra talk time and an additional 150 hours of music play.

The Luster External Battery Pack also has short circuit, overload and over current protection for a safer device as well as a handy one. I have had the RAVPower Luster for a month and had no problems charging my numerous mobile devices including a Samsung smartphone, Nexus 7 tablet and my BlackBerry Playbook.

The only thing I had any concern with was remembering to press the power button to start charging my device which is common on some of the external battery packs. The RAVPower External Battery Pack is a great pack that has plenty of power to charge your mobile devices several times and is handy in a compact size.

The RAVPower Luster comes in four colors, costs about $30 and is available from Amazon, Newegg and other websites as well as RAVPower. I highly recommend the RAVPower Luster 6000 mAh as a powerful external battery pack that works well and is a very handy size for pocket or briefcase.

RAVPower Luster Website

RAVPower Luster @ Amazon

Pros
Power to charge iPad and other high draw devices
Convenient size
Easy to use

Cons
You have to press power button to begin charging

RAVPower Deluxe 14000 mAh External Battery

Electronics have become, for better or worse, a way of life for most people. Between cell phones, tablets, laptops and other portable devices, our dependence on electronics has never been greater. With portable electronics comes batteries, and managing battery life between charges, a fact that you iPhone users know especially well.

So today we’re going to talk about keeping your electronic devices powered up in both normal day to day use as well as emergencies, using the RAVPower Deluxe 14000 mAh External Battery.

Specs and Features

Capacity 14000 mAh
Output 5V / 2A and 5V / 1A
Input DC 5V/1A
Weight 10.2 ounces
Size 4.8 x 0.8 x 3.2 inches
RAVPower 14000mAh External Battery Charger power bank

RAVPower 14000mAh External Battery Charger power bank

The RAVPower Deluxe has three 5V ports – two output ports, one of which is 1A and the other 2A, and a 1A input port. The 1A output port is meant to be used on small devices like a smart phone, whereas the 2A output port is for larger devices like a tablet. To recharge the RAVPower Deluxe, you plug the Micro USB connector into the input port, and either plug into a USB port (like on a computer) or connect to a USB wall charger(preferred).

My RAVPower Deluxe came with 2 coiled USB cables and 4 cable plugs shown here. These plugs (Mini USB, Micro USB, Nokia DC 2.0 and Samsung 30 pin) allow you to connect to many different devices.

Tthe RAVPower Deluxe also has an LED flashlight built in for emergencies. Now you aren’t going to want to depend on this small LED flashlight as your sole emergency source of light, but it works well for its size, and is also nice to use when connecting cables in the dark.

The unit is made of plastic, but seems to be fairly scratch resistant and durable for what it is. I wouldn’t go tossing it down a mountain or anything and expecting it to work, but regular use, including bouncing around in a backpack, hasn’t caused any issues so far.

Since it’s a 14,000 mAh Li-ion battery, the device isn’t small. It’s going to be about twice as thick as your smartphone, and roughly the same height and width depending on your phone. Here’s a photo of the RAVPower Deluxe next to my Motorola RAZR HD MAXX.

RAVPower 14000mAh External Battery Charger

RAVPower 14000mAh External Battery Charger

Compatibility

According to RAVPower, the Deluxe is compatible with:

  • iPad 4 3 2,iPad Mini, iPhone 5 4S 4,iPod (please use the original 8Pin/30Pin Cable from Apple)
  • 1 x Micro USB Connector:
    • SmartPhones: Samsung/HTC/LG/Motorola/BlackBerry/Nokia/Sony/etc
    • Tablets & eReader: Google Nexus 7/Nexus 10
  • 1 x Samsung 30pin Connector: Galaxy Tab, Galaxy Tab 2,Galaxy Note
  • 1 x Mini USB Connector: some cell phone, MP3, MP4, digital camera, and other with mini USB slot digital devices
  • 1 x Nokia DC 2.0 Connector: Nokia cell phone with DC 2.0 port

I certainly did not test all of these devices, but so far the RAVPower Deluxe has worked with all of the devices I’ve tried, which includes two Motorola smartphones, iPhone 4 and 5 and a Kindle Fire HDX tablet.

RAVPower In Use

I’ve used my RAVPower Deluxe quite a lot of the past few months. My first real experience was using it this year at SHOT Show, where I had a couple different battery backups with me, the largest of which was the RAVPower. Every day at lunch, Dan and I would both plug into the RAVPower Deluxe while we ate to charge our smartphones. We did this three days in a row. Additionally, I used the RAVPower randomly throughout the week, and through all of this use, I didn’t recharge the RAVPower unit. Since SHOT, I’ve used it in the woods, traveling in the car, and I frequently keep it with me as a battery backup should the need arise.

How many times will it charge your device? The answer to that question will depend on many factors, including your device’s battery size and the rate at which the RAVPower is discharged, 1A vs 2A (see Peukert’s Law). Having said that, here are some charging generalizations according to RAVPower: “7-8 charges on your iPhone 5, 4S and 3 charges on your Google Nexus, 86% charges on your iPad 3/4.”

Wrapping Up

Overall I’m very pleased with my RAVPower Deluxe. It has worked flawlessly, charges devices fairly quickly, and has plenty of power for most uses. The only downsides I’ve found so far are the plastic casing (which you should expect at this price point) and the 1A input. Even connected to a wall, at 1A input, it takes several hours to charge the unit.

At the time of writing, you can purchase a RAVPower Deluxe 14000mAh External Battery for around $40, which in my opinion is a pretty good deal. If you’re in the market for a battery backup, or don’t own one yet, take a look at the RAVPower Deluxe.

 

 

 

Featured: Top 10 Best Battery Packs for the HTC One M8

HTC M8

HTC M8

The HTC One M8 has a slightly larger battery than last years model, but still not enough for heavy users. And unfortunately it does have a non-removable battery so you won’t be able to put on an extended battery from the likes of Zero Lemon and others. But thankfully there are plenty of portable battery chargers available that work with just about any Android device, including the new HTC One M8.

RAVPower Element 10,400mAh External Battery Pack

RAVPower’s got a nice external battery pack as well. This is the Element which has a 10,400mAh battery backup inside to charge all your devices. Now it’s not as big as the previous one we listed, but it is about half the price. So we can’t really argue with that, now can we?

RAVPower Element 10400mAh External Battery Pack Portable Charger Power Bank (Dual USB Outputs, Ultra Compact Design), for iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, 4, iPad Air, 4, 3, 2, Mini 2 (Apple adapters not included); Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, S2, Note 3, Note 2; HTC One, EVO, Thunderbolt, Incredible, Droid DNA, Motorola ATRIX, Droid, Moto X, Google Glass, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, LG Optimus, PS Vita, GoPro and More

Powerocks 7800mAh External Battery Pack with Dual-USB ports

Here’s a nice external battery pack from Powerocks. I actually reviewed a few of their battery packs earlier this year. All of which I was very impressed by. This one is a 7800mAh battery pack, which can charge many phones at least once and maybe a second or third time. That all depends on your phone. Like if it’s the DROID Maxx, it probably won’t charge it more than once. This one also has dual-USB ports so you can charge two devices at once. Which is pretty nifty. All this for under $50!

7800mAh External Battery Pack Dual USB ports and Charger for iPad2, iPad, iPhone 4S 4 3Gs 3G, iPod Touch (1G 2G 3G 4G 5G), Motorola Droid, HTC Android Phone, Blackberry, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, HTC flyer, and much more

Anker Astro Slim2 4500mAh Ultra-Compact Portable External Battery Backup Charger

The Anker Astro Slim2 is one of many external battery packs that Anker has available. This one is a pretty slim and compact one that works pretty well. It’s not the largest capacity, but it’ll work to get you through the rest of your day. It works with just about every microUSB device, including Apple products, however you’ll need to supply your own cable for iPhones, iPods, and iPads.

Anker® Astro Slim2 4500mAh Ultra-Compact Portable External Battery Backup Charger Power Bank Charger for iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, 4 (Apple adapters not included), iPod, Samsung Galaxy Note, Galexy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S2, Galaxy Nexus, HTC One X, One S, Sensation G14, ThunderBolt, Nokia N9 Lumia 920 900, Blackberry Z10, Sony Xperia Z; Google Glass, GoPro and More

RAVPower 14000mAh External Battery Charger power bank

RAVPower 14000mAh External Battery Charger power bank

RAVPower 14,000mAh External Battery Pack

Here’s a massive battery pack from RAVPower. You may not want to carry this one everywhere as it is probably pretty heavy. After all it is a 14,000mAh battery pack. Think of it as carrying about 4 of the Galaxy Note 3 batteries with you. Good thing about this is it has 2 USB ports for you to charge your phones, and tablets from.

RAVPower KnightRider 14000mAh External Battery Charger Portable Power Bank Pack for iPhone 5 (Lightning Cable not included), 4S, 4, iPad 4, 3, 2, Mini, iPods; Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, S2, Note 2; HTC One, EVO, Thunderbolt, Incredible, Droid DNA; Motorola ATRIX, Droid; Google Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10; LG Optimus [4 mobile phone connectors]

EC TECHNOLOGY 22,400mAh Portable Battery Pack

This one is actually the biggest capacity external battery pack I’ve seen. This one is a 22,400mAh battery. Which is a little less than double the previous battery pack from PowerGen. This one is pretty slim too. Although, I’m sure it’ll be pretty hefty as well. It also has 4 Smart LEDs which indicate the power left, and it also has a built in flashlight.

EC TECHNOLOGY New 22400mAh Portable Ultra-high Density External Battery Pack Backup Charger 

EasyAcc 12000mAh Power Bank

This power bank from EasyAcc has about 4 different USB ports, so you can really charge just about everything all at once. It’ll work with just about every microUSB device out there, and it is also fulfilled by Amazon. So you know what that means? Amazon Prime’s free two-day shipping is available.

EasyAcc® 12000mAh Power Bank 4 USB 3.5A Output Portable Charger High Capacity External Battery Pack for iPhone 4S 5S 5C, iPad, Nexus 7 10, Galaxy S4 S3 Tab 3 2,Andorid Smartphone, 5V Tablets, Bluetooth Speakers headset, Google Glass, Gopro etc.[Output: 0.5A ~ 2.1A; Black]

Tylt Upplant 2

Here’s a pretty small one from Tylt. They actually don’t make a whole lot of external battery packs yet. They mostly make cases with batteries inside for certain phones. But that might change. I actually reviewed this one earlier this year and actually quite liked it. It’s pretty lightweight and it does have a 5200mAh battery inside.

Tylt UPPLANT2-T Powerplant for Micro USB Devices – Battery – Retail Packaging – Black

Limeade Blast 15,600mAh Battery Pack

The Limeade Blast is a pretty slim batteyr pack that does come in different sizes. There’s a 6000, 13000, 15600, 18000, and a 24000mAh version of this battery pack. That’s some serious juice right there. This particular one is the 15,600mAh battery pack and it’s on sale for $50. Which isn’t bad at all.

USB External Battery Pack 15600mAh (Black Limeade Blast L156X) Charger with built-in Flashlight for iPhone 5, 4S, 4, iPad Mini, iPods; Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, S2, Note 2; HTC One, EVO, Thunderbolt, Incredible, Droid DNA; Motorola Moto X, ATRIX, Droid; Google Nexus 4 ; LG Optimus

New Trent iCarrier 12000mAh Portable Dual-USB Port External Battery Charger

New Trent is also a pretty familiar company for creating great external battery packs. This one is a 12000mAh battery pack that has two USB ports so you can go ahead and charge two devices at once. Which is a pretty big deal. Now you won’t have to worry about which device should you charge first.

New Trent iCarrier 12000mAh Portable Dual USB Port External Battery Charger/Power Pack for Smartphones, Tablets and more (Now w/Micro-USB charge port)

Anker Astro E5 15,000mAh Portable Battery Pack

Here’s my personal favorite, this one’s from Anker. It’s a pretty large battery pack, but it’s a 15,000mAh battery pack so it’ll last you a while. It does have two USB ports so you can also charge a couple of devices at once using this one. There’s also LED lights showing how much juice you’ve got left.