Good for charging many devices.
Power is a must and portable power is becoming the norm rather than the exception. I often find myself with more day than battery and often look for ways to charge my devices, specifically my Nintendo 3DS XL, iPhone 6s Plus and iPad Air 2. My family and I have recently begun to enjoy camping, both tent camping and motorhome camping. In these situations, I do not always have readily available AC current to charge my devices. Here the EACHINE Model X-power X3 device becomes an option to have on hand. Luckily, I have one to review for you today. The external packaging shows a slip cover with 4 colors of Power bank. I have the black device, which is my favorite color of the four options. The second would be white followed by blue and then red. Further evaluation of the outside of the packaging shows that the device is meant to charge PDAs, MP3 players, iPads, PSP and iPhones. The back of the slip cover displays clearly a 2-year warranty and a rather prominent warning about the lithium battery.
The device is sleek and about the size of a deck of cards. The specifications inside the instruction manual state 12.5cm x 6.2 cm x 1.5 cm. The battery can be charged 500x and is a 6000mAh battery claiming to charge an iPhone 2-3x. There is a list of compatible models Apple: iPhone 5s, 5c, 4s 4 3GS iPod touch, iPad 1,2,3,4 air, Mini Retina. Amazon: kindle fire hex and all kindle models. Nook tablet, color, NDS, portable wifi. PSP but not Vita. Google Nexus 7 and 10. Samsung Galaxy S4, S4 mini , S3 and mini, S2, Note 1,2,3 Epic 4G, Galaxy Nexus. Multiple HTC, Blackberry, Motorola, LG, Sony. If you notice this does not include the iPhone 6/6+, 6S plus, galaxy S5 or six. There’s also no mention of Nintendo compatibility.
The Power Bank has a single input charging point on the bottom that charges via micro USB input (cord included). It has four available outputs, two of which are on the bottom adjacent to the input port and two on the sides of the device. The ports along the bottom of the device require additional USB charging cables. The port to the left of the input is a 5 V 2 amp output and the one to the right is a 5V 1 amp output. The two output ports along the sides are included USB and micro USB chargers. This is a neat feature in that you now have two included methods of charging without any additional cables. The bottom ports allow you to charge any device that can be charged via USB, which is a nice feature. However, this is confusing as there is a clear list of compatible models.
There is a battery indicator on the front that shows 25, 50, 75, 100% by the number of lights illuminated. It takes about 6-8 hours to charge the bank. The power bank status can be evaluated by pressing the power button below the micro USB cable. I took this device camping recently and used it to charge my iPhone 6s Plus (not on the compatible list). I was able to fully charge my phone from 10% to 100% at roughly 1% per minute. After charging my iPhone the battery showed two flashing green lights, which showed about 50% power remaining in the bank. I was able to get about another 50% charge from the remaining battery the following day. Thus the promise of 2-3 charges was inaccurate as I got 1.5 charges on my iPhone 6s Plus 2800mAh battery.
I have repeated this and find that I can get roughly 2 charges if starting at >20% power. Otherwise, I get roughly 1.5 charges. The iPad air 2 also received about 1% charge per minute, charging from about 20% to 100% and again left about 50% remaining in the battery. My Nintendo 3DS XL charged just as well again at about 1% charge per minute. I was able to go from about 50% to 100% with the remainder, after charging the iPad air 2. I like the idea of this device that I can take this device and my USB to lightning adapter and can charge my iPad, iPhone, and my 3DS XL, and my wife’s Samsung galaxy S5 without having to carry multiple USB cords. I don’t like that there is a compatible list and all my devices are not listed. A quick Amazon search finds a handful of 1 star 2 star and 3 star results showing defective device complaints and failure of the bank after a few months.
There is an included warranty listed as 2 years, which may be of interest to those individuals. As of now I have used this bank around 10 times and have not any issues. The Amazon site shows more compatibility than the included manual. I suspect this is due to printing of the manual before release of the newer devices. Ideally I would take a power bank with a larger battery camping, one that could recharge my phone 3-5x or one that could recharge via solar power. I have reviewed a similar device previously. For now I have not experienced the complaints as seen on Amazon, I will continue to use his device.
I believe 4/5 stars is a great score, great idea, convenient inclusion of 2 charging cables, compact size and great design. I am concerned about the negative reviews on Amazon, but last I checked it had 68% 5-star ratings I would recommend this device. The instruction manual English can use a little editing. Also, the compatibility list needs updating. Honestly a QR link to a website would be better, allowing regular updates to the information. Lastly, the manual states that there should be 1x Nokia DC2.0 connector (not in my packaging), 1x 30 pin connector (not in my packaging), 1x mini USB connector ( not in the packaging). I still have an iPad 2 in addition to my iPad air2. I do not miss the Nokia connector, but it is a let down that the 30 pin and mini USB connectors are missing. Please see photo to the right to see the missing adapters. Image found on Google image search, company name remains on the image
I would purchase this device again. Hopefully, with the missing adapters included.
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