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Photive 3000mAh Portable Backup External Battery Charger for iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3, Nexus 4, HTC One, One 2 (M8), Nokia Lumia 520, 1020 and most other Smartphones

by Photive
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  • 3000mAh Portable Battery Charger. 1 Amp Output for Rapid Charging.
  • Compact, portable and stylish Design. Convenient to carry in your bags
  • Provides you with some extra juice when you need it most. Its small size allows you to carry the power source wherever you go
  • Compatible with all mobile phones charged by USB port. Includes a Micro USB cable
  • Charges: Cell Phones, iPod, iPhone, iPad, Amazon Fire Phone, eBook readers (Kindle, Nook, Sony Readers, etc), Digital Camera, MP3/MP4 Players and other USB Devices

Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 3.5 inches, 1 inches, 1 inches
  • Weight: 3.04 ounces
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Product Description

Photive portable Power Bank is the perfect companion for your cell phone,Smart Phone eBook, PDA, iPhone, iPod, and most other USB powered devices. This high capacity universal battery is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand,yet provides 3000mAh of power with a 1A USB output; ideal for long flights and business trips.Works with multiple devices, including mobile phones, Bluetooth headsets, smartphones/PDAs, MP3 players, portable gaming devices, digital cameras, GPS devices and more

Popular Compatible Models:
Apple: iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, 4, 3GS / iPod (Use your original Apple Lightning to USB cable for iPhone 5)
Samsung: Galaxy S4, Galaxy SIV, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2 ,Galaxy S2 I9100,Galaxy S I9000 Galaxy Nexus / Galaxy Note / Focus S / Infuse
Motorola: Droid Razr, Bionic / Atrix 2 / Triumph
LG: Nexus 4, Optimus 4X, 2X, V, S, T, 3D, 7
Nokia: Lumia 920 900 710 800 / N8 / N9
Blackberry: Z10, Torch, Curve, Bold
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S, X10 / PSP / Nook Color / MP3 MP4 MP5 / GoPro
Many More

Specs
• Battery Type: Lithium Ion
• Capacity: 3000mAh (5V)
• 1A USB output (5V)
• Compatible with all mobile phones charged by USB port
• Charges: Cell Phones, iPod, iPhone, iPad, eBook readers (Kindle, Nook, Sony Readers, etc), Digital Camera, MP3/MP4 Players and other USB Devices
• 1' micro USB cable included


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 1 x 1 inches ; 3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • ASIN: B00BFY59BA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (906 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,118 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 14, 2013

Customer Reviews

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Size: 5200 mAh 2 USB OutputsColor: White Verified Purchase
Had it for about a week now, and love it so far. Will update if things go south, but I'm not expecting that it will.

Here are my observations so far:

1.) Great battery life. Charged my Samsung G3 from 20% twice AND ran a USB fan all night on 1 charge with plenty left.
2.) Left it unplugged for several days and didn't notice any "fast acting" self-discharge. Will it sit on a shelf for a month? Who knows.
3.) LOVE the micro USB cable. Almost everything I own is micro so I've got tons of those, plus I can charge the Photive via the cable, unplug it and then charge my phone with the same cable. I haven't accidentally plugged it into itself and don't plan to. Hopefully it wouldn't melt down.
4.) Charging temp is cool, powering temp is cool. Again, a good sign. Charge time for my phone was longer than wall-plug charging, but not terrible.
5.) The 4 battery life led's are bright. Have to cover them at night, but they are also VERY clear and indicate instantly how much power is left.
6.) Pack feels well built and solid. No rattle or shake, and seems very compact. I haven't chucked it at the wall (obviously) but based on experience would NOT expect it have issues if dropped occasionally.
7.) Shuts off when nothing is plugged in. Powers on when something is.

Cons?
a.) the POWER button doesn't really do anything but show you battery status when nothing is plugged in. Holding it down and pushing when something IS plugged in doesn't shut off power. Maybe it should be labeled "status" instead?
b.) Bright LED's at night? Pretty standard brightness and honestly unless I didn't want ANY lights, this really isn't a valid complaint. A bit of white tape if it bugs you or steal a smiley sticker from a kid. :-)
c.) . . .
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Size: 3000 mAh 1 USB OutputColor: White Verified Purchase
This is one of the best portable charger/battery that I have tried over the years. The 5V and full 1Amp of this unit charged a iPhone 5 from less than 20% to full in less than two hours and there is plenty more power left to fully charge other devices (1 mifi devices and a Galaxy) over the next couple of days.

It is lightweight and slim. Think of it as a longer version of the standard iPhone charge block (about the length of 2 AA batteries).
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Size: 3000 mAh 1 USB OutputColor: White Verified Purchase
It just works. It has a micro-usb port in it that you plug into any micro-usb charger to charge it. then it also has a regular USB port that you use to plug your phone/ipod/kindle/psvita or anything that can charge using a regular USB port and it is just like it plugged into a regular wall charger.

The 1000mAh output means that it should take roughly the same amount of time to charge your device as it would take when it is plugged into the wall, and the 2600mA capacity should be enough capacity to be able to fully charge your device at least one time (just divide 2600 by your battery capacity and that is how many times you can fully recharge your battery from this battery without having to recharge this battery - for my droid3 battery is 1500mA capacity, so I can recharge it fully 2600/1500=1.73 times, my ipod4g battery capacity is 930mA so I can recharge it 2600/930=2.8 times).

It is small enough to keep in my jacket pocket, it probably weights similar to a small handful of coins. I only wish there was a way for me to be able to see how much juice was left in the battery so if I don't use it for a long time I know that it is still fully charged, but for this price I doubt that would be possible - I know the large more expensive ones have that feature but those look to big and heavy for me to keep in my jacket pocket.

Overall, for this price it is a no-brainer for everyone to just keep one fully charged in their jacket or bag for those times that your device is dead and you need to use it but can't plug it in to the wall, or you don't want to be tethered to wall. I will never have to look for an outlet again in a restaurant, airport, starbucks, friends house, etc.
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Size: 3000 mAh 1 USB OutputColor: White Verified Purchase
The charger is compact and stylish and can give my Android phone about 1.5 full charges. The blue light for charging blinks until it's full and then remains solid, while the red light is similar for discharging... very helpful. I also like that it can charge itself and charge another device simultaneously, by using both the input and output ports.

The PROBLEM is that this thing broke down quickly. After only about two months of light usage, it doesn't charge, discharge, or light up. Sorry, but that's way too short of a lifetime.

I'll update my review with more positive remarks if I'm able to return and replace it with a new unit.

UPDATE: I had difficulty getting in touch with Photive, but once they found my review on Amazon, they were very helpful and shipped me a brand new one immediately. Especially good service because I had just discarded the old one in the recycling bin at work. I'm happy with the replacement, and very good customer service once you're able to reach them!!
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Size: 3000 mAh 1 USB OutputColor: White Verified Purchase
Unfortunately, if you read the reviews it seems that there are quite a few of these defective chargers being sold. I ignored the bad reviews and figured I would take my chances anyway. My bad luck, I got a defective one. Out of the box, I followed the directions and plugged it into my computer and charged the portable battery until the light stopped blinking. The next day I decided to test the charger. I plugged it into my Iphone 4S that was down to 15%. The red light went on and my phone showed it was charging. When I went to look at my phone 10 minutes later to see the progress, the light was out and no longer showed charging. The portable battery was a little warm, but nothing that seemed dangerous. I unplugged it and let it completely cool down. I tried plugging it in again and there is no light and it doesn't show it's charging. Nothing. I thought this would have been handy to carry in my purse, but unfortunately it's getting returned.

Update 10/30/13 - I'm cautiously adding another star onto my original review. I put in my request to return the item, but before I do, I decided to give it another try. I plugged the USB back into my computer and the light flashed, indicating that it was charging. When the light stopped flashing, indicating it was charged, I plugged the phone right in front of me and watched it. Starting at 73%, it managed to get up to 100% in 57 minutes. (Average about 2 minutes for each 1% charged.) Pretty much as fast as the wall charger. Since I have some time, I'm going to test it out a few more times before deciding if I want to return it or if my first experience was just some weird "fluke." Though I'm not completely sure if that "fluke" won't happen again.
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