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Great battery life, well built, 2 ports!
on May 28, 2013
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.
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.) . . . I'm out. . . that's all I have
It's a great device for a great price. Hopefully it lasts for a long time and 3 years from now I'm wishing I had bought more than 1.
Update: I've now owned this little beauty for over 5 months, and it has traveled to Ecuador and back with me. Since it has set for a few months on my nightstand and I can confirm that it holds a charge and doesn't have any self drain that I can detect which is awesome for not KILLING THE BATTERY. Everyone probably already knows this, the fastest way to kill a battery is to let it sit at 0 volts (dead) for a while which is what over time eventually does when not being actively used.
This was a life saver on the plane. I watched 2 movies on the my phone while plugged in (keeping my phone at 100%), then charged my brothers tablet (back to 50%), then charged my sisters phone (back to 60%). Even then, there was still a bit left for me on the bus to the hotel.
Basically, I still love it.
Another update. lol.
Owned this for over a year now. It was sitting on my nightstand for another chunk of time, unused. Picked it up and still had charge, but I charged it up to full and went on a 10 hour road trip.
Since I listen to music with my phone (Samsung S3) and the cigarette lighter adapter causes hum, I used this guy to keep my phone up and running. About 5 hours in, my wife's phone was toast from playing games, so I swapped out the cable since mine was still at 100%. About that time, one of the kid's Nabi tables died, so we plugged it in too for a couple of hours. During the last hour, I unplugged everything else and put my other kiddos tabled and there was still juice!
Seriously, what more could you as ask for? 4 devices on a 10 hour trip kept up and running during consistent usage.