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PowerPackXL backup battery.


I should start by saying a huge thank you to Powerpackxl for sending out these review units to have a play with.

Starting with build and aesthetics I would have to say that the PowerPackXL Mini comes up trumps due to it’s small and compact size. No bigger than a credit card and only as thick as maybe three or four credit cards it fits easily and discreetly into a wallet or shirt pocket. Made from plastic and very lightweight you never know it’s there. Build quality is nice and only shows a small seam around the back.

I was sent one black and one pink, so a choice for the ladies purse is available too. Their website claims the ability to charge a flat phone to 70%, though there is no mention of the phone itself.

The built in cables are short and fit very snugly into the end of the body of the 1020 mAh battery hiding there until required, one is a standard Micro USB and the other is a MFi certified lightning connector. I was able to test this battery on an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus giving very consistent results with a completely flat iPhone 6 taken to 37% and from 50% to 88% before needing a recharge and the 6 Plus gaining 21% and 22% which is more than enough for those end of day calls, texts and Facebook notifications that you were desperate to look at while the boss was around. Charging is easily facilitated via a supplied USB to Micro USB lead and takes approximately 1 hour 20 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes from your USB port on any laptop or desktop or a standard USB wall charger. Charge level is also indicated by four green LED’s giving you an idea of battery percentage, a huge plus point on such a surprisingly cheap product.

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Definitely worth having in your arsenal of weapons against that dreaded flat battery and the sulky face your other half will ask about when you arrive home.

They offer corporate branding for those of you looking to get your name out there (a damn fine way to get seen in my opinion) and the price is very fair indeed. You can pick one up from the company website using the link at the top of this post or pop over to Amazon UK and try your luck on a deal.

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Taking charge.


We’ve all been there at some time or other, you need to send a text/email/make a call and you’re mobile phone / tablet has other idea’s.

Well this may be the answer for you.

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Introducing the NEWTRENT IMP120D iCARRIER. Straight out of the box we find a neat compact device of minimal weight bearing the NEWTRENT logo in white printed on the front panel, an included USB to MICRO USB cable for charging the device, a micro fibre carrying pouch and an instruction booklet.

The box tells you it is not fully charged although the unit they kindly sent me for review was approximately two thirds charged so was able to be used immediately though for the purposes of testing I decided to fully charge it ready to be put through its paces.

Aesthetically the device is very pleasing to the eye coming in a matt black finish (that shouldn’t finger print too badly) with a vibrant blue band around the edge which contains the power switch and two USB ports, both of which will output a maximum of 5v / 3.1 A ,powered by a Li-ion polymer battery with a capacity of 12000mAh / 3.7v so will charge most if not all of the mobile phones and tablets out there on the market today. The power button also doubles as a charge indicator having three blue LED‘s around it which flash while charging showing the state of charge, which is done via a USB port or a USB wall charger which is not included. the amount of charge cycles is 500.

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It is said that this charger will add 10 hours of tablet usage over Wi-Fi and 9 over cellular. And estimates for the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 are 45 hours talk time over 3G and 70 over 2G, an additional 50 hours of video play with the speakers on and 30 hours internet browsing over 3G running up to 45 hours over Wi-Fi.

Now as a lover of all tech related gadgets getting my hands on one of these was a little like having an extra birthday, as I am a fairly heavy user of Apple (and other manufacturers) products and quite frequently have to put the brakes on towards the end of the day before my battery dies, especially as on some weekends I may be working out in the sticks somewhere and would rather not say to a customer “Please may I plug my phone into your socket”. A little cheeky in my book.

This chargers case is pretty tough and resilient if a little hollow sounding when you tap it, the power button is positive and gives good feedback, it’s a simple press and hold (approximately 1.5 s) and away you go charging whatever you have plugged into it. A great feature of this charger is it will charge two devices at once which is a big plus if I have to travel away from home on occasions.

All the USB’s and LED’s are clearly marked in white fonts and the print is understandable unlike some devices where it can be too badly printed leaving you wondering what they say. The size and shape make it a little bulky for say, your jeans pocket but for the most in general I don’t find it too big and weight is a little on the heavy side but these are nothing but paltry niggles, as the benefits far outweigh them.

A nice plus point to this charger over some others on the market is the addition of a cloth bag to keep it in when not in use, as this helps keep dust, pocket lint and other such detritus out of the ports.

In daily use I found that when a USB cable is plugged in it automatically wakes the device up, so this piqued my interest so leaving the unused cord attached I turned the device off (long hold on the power), then connected my iPhone 5 which to my surprise did not reawaken the device. This in no way has affected my use I just find that odd.

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Using this device as a daily charger was my way forward in testing, so casting my usual chargers aside, from a full charge it was all I used to see what I could get from it and I have to admit I have not been disappointed.

Upon my first charge that I believed was full but found later it wasn’t I managed to get almost two full charges on my iPhone 5 (which I felt was faster than from the mains) and also a nearly full (from 17%) charge to an iPad 2. Certainly not to be sniffed at.

I recharged the unit over night this time from the mains using one of my iOS device chargers. Charge time is fairly long from empty so make sure you allow plenty of time, I recommend over night. So further along the line subsequent charges have returned awesome results like a full iPad from empty and two and a half iPhone 5’s from empty all on one charge. Charging the iPhone 5 also is much quicker than charging it from the mains so out and about you could just stop for a snack and top your mobile up just enough to see you through to the evening.

So the good points are many, and the only points I could pick at would be that I’d prefer a metal case but then that would offset the extremely good value for money. You can find the link at the bottom of the page to get one from Amazon.

To round up this post I would like to thank Newtrent for sending me this product out for review, and say to all those out there who have considered (but not bought) a power pack then do it. I have no qualms in saying that this is probably one of the most useful add ons you could get for your devices whether a phone, a tablet or a sports cam, if it can charge from a USB then it should charge from one of these.

Check out the video below.

And here's the Amazon link for the product. IMP120D

Protection


So if your all up to date you will have seen my video posted on YouTube last week (which you WILL have LIKED and SHARED) and now it’s time I shared my thoughts and observations on the Macaron case for the iPhone 5 by iOttie.

For me a case is purely for protection, it’s looks are an added bonus, IF it looks nice but then looks are down to individual taste after all.

Now from a protection point of view this case performs amazingly well with a hard poly shell on the rear giving impact protection and a tough rubberised material forming the rest of the case and no drop in functionality of the device.

The hard shell at the rear is a bit of a fingerprint magnet but wipes with a soft cloth very easily and only shows very light scratching after a week and a half bouncing around my pocket in a workshop environment where i occasionally lean against benches and machinery.The rubberised part of the case is still fairly impact resistant and stands up to knocks very well. My iPhone 5 suffered no damage whatsoever.

My only gripe is the depth of the recess for the mute switch being a little too deep for my fingers which are reasonably slender.

My personal feeling towards the looks in photos and video is that it looks rather bulky and awkward but in the hand I find it not to be so bulky at all and grippy enough to hold one handed and looks (although a little different from the slew of cases out there) rather handsome.

This case can be bought in 6 different colours for the iPhone 5 and 5 different colours for the Galaxy SIII from iOttie.com for a very (in my opinion) fair price of $29.95.

Well worth a look if you’re in the market for a case.

 

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