Portable Battery Pack\Charger That's Small\Reliable?

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  1. shenan1982 macrumors 68040

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    So I bought the little 2200 mah energy to go Energizer pack a couple years ago, and that's worked well for a couple years but is wearing out. Looking for a new compact model similar... anyone have any recommendations? I've tried Anker models without much success (like many of the no-name brands they advertise one output and the reality turns out to be less). I really just need something that will get me one extra charge on the iPhone... with emphasis being on it's small size.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    Portable Battery Pack\Charger That's Small\Reliable?


    Which anker battery pack do you have? They are my favorite company for battery packs!
    Maybe this one will be good. I have this one as well:
    EasyAcc® U-bright 3000mAh Power bank Lipstick size 2.1A Output with... http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GAVCNZI/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_Fhgotb1PNKW30
    Or
    Mobile Phone Power Bank Battery Charger 3000 mAh with LED Indicator... http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HF3Z8U2/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_0igotb1T0SD02
     
  3. shenan1982 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I've had many of the Ankers, small to large. My issue with them is they always over-state the capacities.
     
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    Portable Battery Pack\Charger That's Small\Reliable?


    Which one? How much mah was the batteries you have? All battery packs loose 10-30% of their capacity from heat and converting the power which may be the reason you say that they are over rating the batteries capacity.
     
  5. shenan1982 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    As I said, I've had numerous. They're the same cheap units I have bought in Beijing and Bangkok.. they all advertise numbers 25-50% over their realistic capacities. I guess not a big deal. I think I'm going to try the Mophie power station. It seems to be a fairly trustworthy brand and the reviews show their stated capacity is reality
     
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    Mophie IMO is way over priced. Take a look at New Trent, Ravpower and Easyacc.
    The companies don't lie about the capacity of the batteries. All battery packs loose 10-30% of their capacity due to heat and power conversions, as said.
     
  7. shenan1982 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    They don't lie about capacity? BS. They've always lied about it. That's why name brands (Energizer Energi To Go, Mophie, Duracel) come at a premium. Much like Apple, the brand goes a long way in quality. The battery packs are too cheap to produce to ward off the shady makers... hence the bazillion brands.

    Thanks for reminding me why I pick Mophie... I'll actually just order the power station. Thanks.
     
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    Premium brands like mophie have premium parts that convert the power more efficiently than others, so it is closer to the advertised amount of power. I'm not trying to fight, just trying to help and save you money.
     
  9. shenan1982 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Oh I definitely would rather have longer performance life, cell quality, etc over cost. I learned from cheap chargers the hard way in the past, quality over cost.... and from the sounds of it, Mophie is the winner if cost is not an objective?
     
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    I don't have a mophie but most likely yes. Take a look at uNu and PhoneSuit. They are also premium brands IMO.
     
  11. Mike Boreham macrumors 65816

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    Not my experience. I have owned, measured carefully, returned many such battery packs as not meeting spec. Mophie are as bad as the rest.

    My latest fiasco was with a 12000 mAh Mophie Powerstation XL costing £109. Measured usable capacity about 7000 mAh. Had it replaced three times before getting refund. All units the same.

    Then I bought a 12000 mAh unit from Amazon for £19. It is also about 7000 maH usable, but at less than a fifth of the cost, and has torch and digital meter.
     
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    I have been using a Fluxmob Bolt. Compact, and has the plug built right in for recharging and use as an ac adapter.
     
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    I'm getting that next month for review from the company. Looks very cool and well designed. Do you like it?
     
  14. shenan1982 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Neither of these are "premium" .. by premium, it means a well respected brand that has a major presence in the market, and more times than not has been adopted by another major retail chain. Just because you like the feel of a brand doesn't make it premium. When Apple stocks a product, they put their reputation on the line, so if they stock it, it's one indicator of a premium brand.
     
  15. Chargerdan macrumors member

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    I've had some real good luck with Jackery packs. They all have metal cases and the capacity has been as advertised. I recommended them to others and nobody has come back disappointed.

    I also have the small Anker and that one has been good also.
     
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    Jackery and anker have excellent battery packs IMO.
     
  17. shenan1982 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I have a couple Anker.. they work, but they just feel cheap.
     
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    Yeah. I have the power station (the mid one, not the tiny or huge), and it's fantastic. I like it because the overall design and construction is very similar to my iPhone 5S...and the other brands randomly discharge or don't provide what they promise 100% of the time, whereas mophie does. One time I felt like I wasn't getting the full charge, I called mophie, they express'd me a replacement with a return label. You get what you pay for, and like apple, Mophie = quality and service.
     
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    They come at a premium price though. You can get much more power for much less money. Just sayin:)
     
  21. shenan1982 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    The exact same thing can be said about an iPhone, iPad, and any model of Mac computer. There's a reason people buy them.
     
  22. Mike Boreham macrumors 65816

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    As mentioned earlier, I have owned three Mophie Powerstation XL and two Juicepacks. They are well made and nicely designed but not one of them gave the specified output. The Apple stores I bought them from agreed with my analysis and replaced and eventually refunded me.

    As is now well known but never stated on the packaging the transfer efficiency means that even the best packs will only transfer about 70% of the power in the pack to be useful charge in the phone or iPad. I found my Mophie's were more like 60%.

    I don't know how they get past Trade Descriptions rules, although I suppose if they claim "Up to eight recharges of your iPhone" and it only gives five, they haven't actually lied, as "five" is "up to eight"!
     
  23. gamecocksown macrumors newbie

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    I don't understand why anyone would love Mophie so much. There is way better for the price, capacity and build wise. So overpriced.
     
  24. shenan1982 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Funny the Android fanboys say the same about Apple. This is going nowhere.
     
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