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Readers Team Wheelie Bag
Readers Team Wheelie Bag
Offered by Martin Berrill Sports
Price: £43.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Cheap for a reason but value enough for its purpose to hold huge amount of gear and to wheel very short distances., 20 May 2016
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This review is from: Readers Team Wheelie Bag (Apparel)
Make no mistake, this is a cheap bag, so you are not paying for top durable quality. Its a huge huge capacity to hold club gear ideally to remain in storage at your clubhouse. Material is floppy and clearly not a tough construction. Wheels are low profile, so with heavy contents, the base will bulge and scrape ground with prolonged use, so expect holes in base to develop over time. I bought this as a holdall for club cricket gear to wheel a short distance from the club house storage to the pitch and it meets that intended purpose.

Its adequate for holding large amount of gear but dont use as a regular long haul journey. Its cheap for a reason but its value enough for its purpose.

There are no bat holders but there is one seperate compartment at end of bag to hold smaller items such as gloves, balls, etc.


[Pack of 5] TECHGEAR® Sony Xperia Z5 Premium MATTE ANTI GLARE Screen Protector Cover Guards With Cleaning Cloth & Application Card [Not for Xperia Z5 or Z5 Compact]
[Pack of 5] TECHGEAR® Sony Xperia Z5 Premium MATTE ANTI GLARE Screen Protector Cover Guards With Cleaning Cloth & Application Card [Not for Xperia Z5 or Z5 Compact]
Offered by TECHGEAR Solutions
Price: £3.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Its anti glare as promised but degrades the display quality very slightly. NOT recommended if using virtual reality headsets., 20 May 2016
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The protector applies easily enough but you do have to guide the bubbles away using the provided smoother.

There is a slight graininess to the display in using this protector and if you want to be using your phone inside a virtual reality headset then forget it, as the protector absolutely ruins virtual reality display. For this reason I wont be using this protector any more, and since bought a glass tempered one that is more appropriate for my needs.

The pack comes with five protectors which I guess means, gives you 5 chances to apply the protector properly (a bit excessive in all honesty, you should get it right first or second time). But perhaps the extras suggests that each one will wear down quickly? Maybe, hopefully another reviewer will update and report (sorry it wont be me).

But it does what it claims...its anti-glare. If that's your main reason, then go for it.

If however, you are after a protector that doesnt degrade the quality of display, especially for virtual reality headsets and for invisibility, then I highly recommend you go for a the Pthink tempered glass (sold here on Amazon) which also applies to the screen much easier.


Sony Folio Book Case Cover with Clear Back for Xperia Z5 Premium by Made for Xperia - Black
Sony Folio Book Case Cover with Clear Back for Xperia Z5 Premium by Made for Xperia - Black
Offered by TheTechTree-UK
Price: £11.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely quality exec feel but a disappointment in design for proper protection due to no latch to keep front cover closed., 20 May 2016
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This has a nice tactile touch and quality executive feel to it. But I really dont like that it doesnt have at least some sort of wraparound latch to keep the hinged front cover firmly on. It feels incomplete in its protection. If the phone drops for instance that cover door will just open out freely and the phone display itself can still potentially impact the ground with the lid open apart. the back and corners of phone are protected by the inner perspex which nicely snaps the phone but its the freely open front cover that undoes the effectiveness.

Also, its not great for keeping dust and dirt away as too much of the phone is exposed around.

A disappointing product.


Xperia Z5 Premium Screen Protector, PThink® Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Sony Xperia Z5 Premium 5.5 inch (Not for Z5) with 9H Hardness/Anti-scratch/Fingerprint resistant (Sony Xperia Z5 Premium)
Xperia Z5 Premium Screen Protector, PThink® Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Sony Xperia Z5 Premium 5.5 inch (Not for Z5) with 9H Hardness/Anti-scratch/Fingerprint resistant (Sony Xperia Z5 Premium)
Offered by PThink UK Store
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for those using smartphones in a virtual reality headset as it is completely invisible. Not scratch free though., 20 May 2016
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If need a protector that does not degrade the display quality...especially when used for Virtual Reality headsets, then this glass tempered protector works an absolute treat. Using phones in virtual reality headsets magnifies the screen so any obstructions, dirt become very noticeable, killing the immersion. But this screen cover is completely invisible and my virtual reality experience is unaffected by it.

Another thing I loved is the beautifully simple and clever way the protector applies itself onto the screen, as I simply drop the protector onto the screen and watch the bubble smooth out automatically all the way to the edges on its own like a magic trick. No forcing bubbles out was necessary.

The protector also came with a "KFC" style wet wiper packet to clean the display before applying the protector and a regular microfibre dry glass wipe cloth.

I have now been using this for over a week and I noticed a couple of very small scratches. So this is sadly not a a scratch free protector hence the loss of one star but at least it protected the phone display itself.


Pasonomi® 3D VR Glasses, Virtual Reality Headset for 4~6 inch Mobie Phones for 3D Movies, Games, with adjustable focal/pupil distance (2016 New Version)
Pasonomi® 3D VR Glasses, Virtual Reality Headset for 4~6 inch Mobie Phones for 3D Movies, Games, with adjustable focal/pupil distance (2016 New Version)
Offered by Pasonomi Global
Price: £26.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best VR headset in this price range I list pros and cons - (this is the same model as VR Fiit but under different branding), 30 April 2016
This is my second VR headset which I am afraid I bought elsewhere but similar price at eighteen quid. My previous one was a Hiem III headset which I have reviewed in detail here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R2DPYONOOAGF6A/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B01AYVSXVM&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=560798&store=electronics

That previous headset had 6 negatives: 1: Terrible design phone placement using suction pads 2: Ventilation holes were blocked by suction pad 3. no lens wipe and lens had no protective covers, 4: No nose padding making it uncomfortable to wear longer than ten minutes 5: No Cardboard QR code and 6: too much Light leaks in

This Chinese made headset which has different name brandings around is actually the VR Fiit. It is far superior than the Hiem III in 5 out of those 6 negatives

Pros:
1: Phone placement is using stable multiple click sliders which expands to a huge length, including my Sony Erickson Z5 Premium 154mm long phone with 5.5 inch screen. An absolutely

2. Ventilation is excellent and even includes a lot of space to put mini ice packs behind the phone for phones that overheat quickly.

3. Not essential but a nice touch, this includes a lens wipe and the lens were covered with a protective layer for packing.

4. There is nose padding...hoorah, very rare! Although I do wish it had a little more padding. But it is maneuvrable to position on your desired spot on your nose.

5. 102deg FOV lenses makes a very noticeable difference over the standard 60/90 deg lenses in most VR headsets. You still get a slight tunnel effect but very minimal. This FOV is very enjoyable and I think its actually just right as any bigger than that, SDE (Screen Door Effects, ie the lines between the pixels giving a mesh look) will become much more of a nuisance. For my phones, it is just right. Especially for movie watching.

6. The foam padding itself is surprisingly lovely. Its spongy, springy, and has a very smooth texture. I actually find it superior to the more expensive leather as it doesnt make you feel hot over time as leather can do.

7. The headset has a good light weight balance but if you have a heavy phone, your nose will feel the pressure.

8. Biggest surprise for me was that, I can actually wear the headset with my spectacles on! Its a slightly snugger fit than on the Hiem III but because of the spongy paddings, its comfortable to wear with specs. Having said that, I found I prefer to not wear the specs and readjust the focus as this gives you a wider field of view even though a wider field of view does increase the SDE (screen door effect) slightly. But important thing is you have the choice for your own personal preference.

9. Darker enclosure. Compared to the Hiem III, this is a much better enclosure with no light leaks except for a tiny bit under the nose. But for me, its enough to feel very immersed. There is also a circular mask included to apparantly cut more light out but in so doing it cuts the corners of the FOV plus its a bit of a hassle to insert it as you have to snap the phone holder levers off than slot them back in. Too much hassle and not worth risking breaking the levers.

10. Has a see through front panel for use as in Augmented Reality (AR) apps. Potentially useful feature that most other headsets dont have.

Negatives:
1. NO Cardboard QR code given! This is hugely important...thankfully, a custom QR code is available by googling "VR Fiit QR Code" for it. Select the Hypergrid Business page at top and scroll down for VR Fiit (you'll see the picture looks exactly the same as this Pasonomi one. Use that QR code to calibrate your headset so that your VR Apps work 100% effectively. Very important you do this.

The less knowledged would not have known they need this QR code. Most VR apps depends on the Cardboard QR code settings, although some VR apps have their own claibration settings but not all do.

2. Although a huge plus to have variable focal distance adjustment...its very very cumbersome to achieve it as you have to take the headset off and screw/unscrew each lens individually bit by bit, putting on back the headset each time to test if adjustment is better focused, and doing it for each eye...oh boy good luck, it took me a while. This is a lazy feature because the lens are supposed to be screwed in as part of the lens fitting but they cut corners by using the threads to double up as a Focal Distance adjusters instead of incorporating an external forward/backward lever adjustment as many other similar price headsets implements.

3. It seems that in achieving the increased 102 deg field of view, the lenses are actually closer to your eyes than other headsets. This means your eyelashes touches the lens and dirties it up. This can be annoying.

4. No magnetic button. This would have been a convenient feature to make it compatible with the Google Cardboard apps but it just means you need to either open the front panel and touch the screen then snap back in...or buy yourself a bluetooth controller which you can buy for seven quid on Amazon. A bluetooth controller is essential in my opinion for many VR apps anyway.

Now despite this headset scoring high on every physical aspect and even surprising me with surplus features in being able to wear specs on choice. Negatives 1 and 2, lose this headset a star out of principle, even though you can find the QR code by searching the internet.

Overall, I am really enjoying this headset with my Sony Ericsson Z5 Premium (its 4k display makes this potentially the best phone in the world for VR btw...but the apps need to do more to support the resolution) and it also performed very well with my 1080p Samsung Galaxy S5.

4/5 stars...at average twenty quid, this really looks to be the best headset for its price range unless there is another that has all the positives I mentioned and addresses all the negatives, costing no more than thirty quid...but so far there doesn't seem to be such a "perfect" headset around.

I intend to buy more headsets and find that holy grail of mobile phone VR headsets :)


Gunn and Moore 606 2016 Wheelie Bag - Blue, One Size
Gunn and Moore 606 2016 Wheelie Bag - Blue, One Size
Price: £28.97

2.0 out of 5 stars Do no buy this bag if you want to use the wheels, it is useless., 30 April 2016
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This bag suffers from terrible balance when wheeled. You can not wheel this further than two feet without it toppling, its infuriating. No matter how you load balance the contents inside, the bag will topple

The only way to use the bag is by hand holding it by the straps or by your shoulder which is a very tight squeeze due to the zip lid pocket under the handles.

The material is sufficient, handles padded, stitching and zip are ok.

Make no mistake, though, this is a cheap cricket bag but it would suffice for your junior size holdall if you are prepared to carry by hand.


3D VR Headset Glasses, YSSHUI FiiT Virtual Reality Mobile Phone 3D Movies Games with Resin Lens for 4.0-6.0 Inch Cellphones
3D VR Headset Glasses, YSSHUI FiiT Virtual Reality Mobile Phone 3D Movies Games with Resin Lens for 4.0-6.0 Inch Cellphones
Offered by YSSHUI Co., Ltd
Price: £17.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect but certainly the best VR headset in the price range that I have enjoyed. I list 9 positives and 6 negatives., 22 April 2016
This is my second VR headset which I am afraid I bought elsewhere but similar price at eighteen quid. My previous one was a Hiem III headset which I have reviewed in detail here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R2DPYONOOAGF6A/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B01AYVSXVM&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=560798&store=electronics

That previous headset had 6 negatives: 1: Terrible design phone placement using suction pads 2: Ventilation holes were blocked by suction pad 3. no lens wipe and lens had no protective covers, 4: No nose padding making it uncomfortable to wear longer than ten minutes 5: No Cardboard QR code and 6: too much Light leaks in

This Fiit VR headset is far superior than the Hiem III in 5 out of those 6 negatives

Pros:
1: Phone placement is using stable multiple click sliders which expands to a huge length, including my very long Sony Erickson Z5 Premium 154mm long phone with 5.5 inch screen.

2. Ventilation is excellent and even includes a lot of space to put mini ice packs behind the phone for phones that overheat quickly.

3. Not essential but a nice touch, this includes a lens wipe and the lens were covered with a protective layer for packing.

4. There is nose padding...hoorah, very rare!

5. 102deg FOV lenses makes a very noticeable difference over the standard 60/90 deg lenses in most VR headsets. You still get a slight tunnel effect but very minimal. This FOV is very enjoyable and I think its actually just right as any bigger than that, SDE (Screen Door Effects, ie the lines between the pixels giving a mesh look) will become much more of a nuisance. For my phones, it is just right. Especially for movie watching.

6. The foam padding itself is surprisingly lovely. Its spongy, springy, and has a very smooth texture. I actually find it superior to the more expensive leather as it doesnt make you feel hot over time as leather can do.

7. The headset has a good light weight balance but if you have a heavy phone, your nose will feel the pressure.

8. Biggest surprise for me was that, I can actually wear the headset with my spectacles on! Its a slightly snugger fit than on the Hiem III but because of the spongy paddings, its comfortable to wear with specs. Having said that, I found I prefer to not wear the specs and readjust the focus as this gives you a wider field of view even though a wider field of view does increase the SDE (screen door effect) slightly. But important thing is you have the choice for your own personal preference.

9. Darker enclosure. There are no noticeable light leaks into the headset and with a special mask included as an optional fit on, its even better but I actually prefer the headset without the mask for that fuller FOV. The mask cuts the corners off and besides, it takes a bit of effort to fit in as you have to pull out the phone holder levers and I hate to do that. Compared to my previous headset, the enclosure is dark enough as it is without that mask.

Negatives:
1. NO Cardboard QR code given! This is hugely important...thankfully, a custom QR code is available by googling for it. But the less knowledged would not have known they need it. Its important because VR images needs to be specially aligned for different headsets. VR Software depends on the Cardboard board QR code settings. Some VR software have their own distortion and pupil distance adjustments but not all.

2. The headset came with a software package which is all in Chinese. Not a big deal at all as this is just superflous extra. Plenty of content on the app store anyway and dont forget to download Google Cardboard suite.

3. Although a huge plus to have variable focal distance adjustment...its very very cumbersome to achieve it as you have to take the headset off and screw/unscrew each lens individually bit by bit, putting on back the headset each time to test if adjustment is better focused, and doing it for each eye...oh boy good luck, it took me a while. This is a lazy feature because the lens are supposed to be screwed in as part of the lens fitting but they cut corners by using the threads to double up as a Focal Distance adjusters instead of incorporating an external forward/backward lever adjustment as many other similar price headsets implements.

5. It seems that in achieving the increased 102 deg field of view, the lenses are actually closer to your eyes than other headsets. This means your eyelashes touches the lens and dirties it up. This can be annoying.

6. No magnetic button. This would have been a convenient feature to make it compatible with the Google Carboard apps but it just means you need to buy yourself a bluetooth controller which you can buy for seven quid on Amazon. A bluetooth controller is essential in my opinion for most VR apps anyway.

Now despite this headset scoring high on every physical aspect and even surprising me with surplus features in being able to wear specs on choice. Negatives 1 and 3, lose this headset a star out of principle, even though you can find the QR code by searching the internet.

Overall, I am really enjoying this headset with my Sony Ericsson Z5 Premium (its 4k display makes this potentially the best phone in the world for VR btw...but the apps need to do more to support the resolution) and it also performed very well with my 1080p Samsung Galaxy S5.

4/5 stars...at average twenty quid, this really looks to be the best headset for its price range unless there is another that has all the positives I mentioned and addresses all the negatives, costing no more than thirty quid.

I intend to buy more headsets and find that holy grail of mobile phone VR headsets :)


HueLiv RIEM3 VR Headset Google Cardboard, Virtual Reality for 3.5-6'' Smartphones for 3D Movies Games, Immersion Experience Anywhere Anytime, White
HueLiv RIEM3 VR Headset Google Cardboard, Virtual Reality for 3.5-6'' Smartphones for 3D Movies Games, Immersion Experience Anywhere Anytime, White
Offered by HueLiv UK
Price: £16.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Such promising specs is let down by poor design...but if you mod it, it will be great. Especially for spectacle wearers, 7 April 2016
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Spec-wise, this is a very promising headset.

Its the only headset I have seen that actually enables you to keep your normal prescriptions glasses on if you are are a spectacle wearer. It has head straps. Large lenses. Adjustable pupil distances. And it has the Google capacitive button (though in all honest, a bluetooth controller would be an ideal addition for many VR apps to avoid getting phone out of the headset so many times).

The headset delivers on all the above plus I also love how the forehead rest has a hinged padding.

What a shame then that it fails on the very basics which I shall now list here:

1. Phone placement is badly designed as it holds your phone via suction pads. This means your phone has to have a smooth surface back to stick well. Mine doesnt have a smooth surface back, (Samsung Galaxy S5), so it slides off after a couple minutes use. Two padded fixers are provided as an inelegant alternative and arent sufficient enough to stop the phone shifting either. Tacky. However, if your phone has a smooth back, this may not be a negative for you. However, you can mod it with your own padding to rectify this issue.

2. See those nice well placed ventilation holes at the front to prevent the phone from overheating? Well, as proof of the laziness of the developers, they totally undo that feature by sticking the suction pad right ALL over those holes. Thankfully, that camera cover partition can come off but then that leaks in more light. Now some phones and apps over heat the phones quicker than others. So you will need to mod a cooling system to it if you want to use it longer. My solution was to rip out the useless suction pad (useless for my particular phone). Additionally I buy a resusable cool gel pack to cool it further so I can get longer use out of it. Or if you prefer, mount a small fan.

3. The headset has no nose padding and so is very uncomfortable on the nose. No matter how much I alleviate the headset weight off my nose with the overhead strap, the headset becomes painful after a few minutes. Once again, you will need to somehow mod this youseld and apply your own padding...essential, if you really want to buy this headset and use for longer than 10 minutes.

4. Not a biggie but most headsets seem to include a lens wipe...this one did not and furthermore, it really needed it as the lens were very dirty out of the box. It looked newly packaged, its just for some reason, where ever this was packed, it was in a dirty environment! Being a spectacle wearer, I used my own glass wipe to clean it.

5. No QR codes for specific model VR alignment was included. I managed to find a specific one for this Hiem 3 headset on the internet though (google it, you'll find it). It doesnt include any VR demos either. It did give just one QR in the instruction booklet which was just a link to a youtube 3D demo video (not VR).

6. The headset leaks in a lot of light, through grill gaps but through the thin white casing itself, forcing one to use it in a dark room for a more effective and immersive experience. But again, you can mod this by cover those side grills.

If you really want this headset (I dont blame you given the feature for spectacle wearers to keep the specs on) then you have to work hard on modding all above 6 points to making this headset worthwhile. The good news is that when you do mod it, the headset is actually pretty great and even the best for spectacle wearer if wanting to keep your specs on as I do. If however, you do not want to keep your specs on, then you may struggle as this doens offer a focal adjustment as many others headsets do.

So to eliminate the above negatives you will need 1. Smooth back phone (or mod the headset carriage to stabilise the phone), 2. remove suction pad or add cooling mod 3. Apply your own nose padding 4. have your own lens wipe. 5. Google your QR codes for this specific handset 6. Switch off lights in your room or apply further dark coverings all over the Handset to insulate your virtual environment from external light sources. If you got any more questions, by all means, comment and I will do my best to answer.

In terms of the VR performance, the large headset lens do an admirable job and given the pupil distance adjustment, enables me to fine tune the limitations of my phone's display to the maximum immersion effect. My phone is a 5.1 inch screen with 1080p resolution. This is probably the lowest resolution display you should use to enjoy VR. You will get a lot of SDE (Screen Door Effect...ie the lines between every single pixel, giving a "looking through a mesh" appearance) which when moving in the virtual world can lead to strobing and eye strain. The higher resolution, or more specifically, the higher the pixel density of your phone, the least SDE you will suffer. So if you have a Galaxy S7 which is a 1440p resolution 5.1inch display with 577 ppi, you will get the very best out of any VR headsets. The S7 Edge has the same resolution but because it is a larger screen at 5.7inchs it has a lesser pixel density of 534 ppi and so will suffer slightly more SDE but because of its large screen, will give a more immersive experience in VR. SDE really matters when watching movies on a virtual cinema. But bigger phone displays can give you more immersion, particularly with larger lens headsets such as this one to take advantage.

For those with good eye vision or contact lens wearers, this may not be a worthwhile headset unless you really need the capacitve Google button. But honestly, its better to have a seperate bluetooth controller anyway and perhaps seek another headset that gives less hassle dor modding it and more comfort.

Sorry to give this a three star but the shortcomings were too serious for my personal needs but perhaps not for you, hence my lengthy review.

Btw, I am a fully paid customer. I will update this review on further use and recommended apps.
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Kingston 32 GB UHS Class 1/Class10 microSDHC UHS-I Flash Memory Card (Included microSDHC to SD Adapter)
Kingston 32 GB UHS Class 1/Class10 microSDHC UHS-I Flash Memory Card (Included microSDHC to SD Adapter)
Offered by NMicro Technology (ship from Taiwan 7-21 business days)
Price: £5.53

5.0 out of 5 stars superb value high performance 32GB micro sd card, 29 Mar. 2016
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I am reviewing the 32GB UHS Class 10 MicroSD

My card looks genuine (ie sharp printing, special Kingston "g" font, serial number clarity. I did a Crystal Mark read/write test which gave me 19 MB/s Read and 16MB/s Write on USB 2. I also used an Android app called SD Insight to verify its manufacturer which stated Phison Electronics Corp. This is correct as Kingston uses Phison as their chip manufacturer. Some reviewers state that this means its a fake. Not true. Google Kingston and Phison for the facts. Actual storage capacity was 31GB which is excellent.

This card can be used for recording HD video with no issues. What it wont do is 4K video as the that is not the rating of this card. Although this is a class 10 card, its only a UHS class 1. For 4K video recording, you need UHS class 3. I use this on my Samsung Galaxy S5 and it performs well for all the phone's multimedia/camera/video functions.

I like the fact that the card has a lifetime warranty but always back up your personal files/photos as cards can curropt easily, for all sorts of reasons.

For just six or seven quid, this is superb value.


AUKEY 28000mah Power Bank Multi-voltage (5v 12v 16v 19v) External Battery Pack with Quick Charge for laptop Hp, Dell, Sony, Lenovo, iPad, iPhone 6, 5s, Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and Many Other Devices-Sliver
AUKEY 28000mah Power Bank Multi-voltage (5v 12v 16v 19v) External Battery Pack with Quick Charge for laptop Hp, Dell, Sony, Lenovo, iPad, iPhone 6, 5s, Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and Many Other Devices-Sliver
Offered by Tianyue Dazzling
Price: £199.99

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best value high capacity high voltage battery on Amazon but a big lie in its spec. I FULLY TEST and COMPARE 3 different brands, 27 Mar. 2016
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I am reviewing the Aukey 28000mAh version (just to be clear as Amazon ridiculously groups reviews of different products).

If you havent time to read my full review, then in short, this battery is the best value high capacity polymer lithium battery on Amazon, in terms of juice per pound. BUT if you are after the highest capacity charge available in one unit, then Deben Tracer 21mAh will give you the longest despite its lowest claimed capacity. If you have time, do read on as there is more to it all of this and deceptions to be aware of.

The specs on this battery appear to be great. A Lithium Polymer type battery which is a superior type storage to normal Lithium Ion. Large 28000mAh of storage, weighing just 600-700g. Operates at high voltage for devices such as laptops and other 12-24V devices. Comes with a few adapters but no where near as much as say the Power Gorilla. Unfortunately, while the Power Gorilla and Deben Tracer batteries supply a cigarette lighter adapter for camping 12V devices, this Aukey does not supply one and neither does Aukey sell one optionally. This is a crucial omission for those of you that want to power 12V camping/car charger devices or for laptops that this battery do not provide an adapter for...such as the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook which I own... BUT luckily I found a great solution for this which I'll describe at the end of the review!

Now dont be ever FOOLED with these claimed high capacity specs. I have come to realise that all of these brands LIE with the exception of Deben Tracer. Its a disgrace in false advertising as I will prove and demonstrate the shockingly real world performance. However, despite this lie, the Aukey is very cheap and still turns out to be the best value but not the longest charge. It claims 28000mAh but its actually only 9000mAh....I know, incredible difference, huh? Another thing to be very wary of when other reviews say they charge a device for say an hour and the battery indicator gives 80% remaining....well, the battery remaining indicators are almost always a complete deception. You may think you have 80% left but actually probably only 30% is actually remaining. Its understandable when reviewers give a good rating based on the battery indicator as we instinctively trust it. Sadly, you must never trust it, although it can be calibrated and reflect the truth...you wont know if it is calibrated or not. The Aukey battery indicator is awful anyway. It has a circle of light which reduces as the battery is discharging but its hard to tell how where the end mark of the light is as the whole circle is still illumunated but partly faint and partly full but not with sharp clarity.

I shall prove the charge capacity by pitting the Aukey against two other Polymer Lithium batteries (both available at Amazon) that I own under exact same conditions in real world use.

I know some expert reviews will use voltmeters and stats to make their judgement (which are useful). Well, I did the same initially and all look good. But that kind of testing never gives the whole story. What matters most to you and me is how much juice will it REALLY give us for our money and how it performs when put to real world practical use when compared to other batteries of similar type under same operating conditions.

So these were my results of each battery testing under the same conditions (ie consistently same laptop CPU usage and at room temperature). In each case my laptop starts from 10% of battery charge.

Results for AUKEY 28000mAh: (cost: Fifty-Two pounds)

7:52pm laptop 10%
9:22pm laptop 51%
10:13pm laptop 76%
10:17pm laptop 77% Aukey battery depleted, laptop begins discharging

Total: 2hrs 25mins discharge from full charge to near depletion, providing 67% charge to my Dell ultrabook XPS 13 laptop on a 18-22 CPU usage.

Results for POWER GORILLA 21000mAh: (cost: One Hundred and Thirty pounds)

11:57pm At room temperature. laptop at 10%
1:00am laptop 42%,
1:21am laptop 52%,
1:48am laptop 65%,
2:03am laptop 62%, Gorilla depleted, laptop begins discharging

TOTAL: 2 hrs 6mins discharge from full charge to depletion, providing 55% juice to my Dell Ultrabook XPS 13 laptop.

Results for DEBEN TRACER 14ah (ie 14000mah): (cost: One Hundred and Sixty pounds)

1:04pm laptop 10%.
4:19pm laptop 97%
disconnected battery at this point. laptop drained down to 10% again
6:45pm resume tracer battery discharge, charging laptop at 10%
7:27pm laptop 29% . Tracer Battery depleted, Laptop begins discharging

TOTAL: 3hr 57mins discharge from full charge to depletion, providing 106% charge to my Dell ultrabook XPS 13 laptop on a 18-22 CPU usage.

So look at that, incredible. The Deben tracer which claims to produce just 14ah (ie 14000mAh) compared to the Aukey's 28000mah, considerably outperforms the Aukey by providing my laptop with a further 29% more of juice. But the Aukey in turn outperformed the grossly priced Power Gorilla by providing my laptop with a further 15% more juice.

And there you have it. The Aukey 28000 lasted half hour longer to discharge and charged 67% of my laptop as opposed to the Power Gorilla's 55%...yet costs nearly eighty quid less. The Aukey is also extremely naughty in its capacity storage claims but at least it doesnt cost anywhere near as much as the other two batteries..

So lets ignore all these nonsense claimed power capacity figures and simply compare the cost per every 1% juice provided to my laptop: (please remember, all costs are as of time of writing).

Power Gorilla 21000mah (one hundred and thirty pounds) pence per 1% juice: 236p
Deben Tracer 14000mah (one hundred and sixty pounds) pence per 1% juice: 150p
Aukey 28000mah (Fifty-two pounds) pence per 1% juice: 78p

So clearly, Aukey is the big winner for best value for money, getting more charge for your buck (3 times better value than the Power Gorilla and nearly twice better than the Deben Tracer). Even though your laptop or devices will have different charging rates, the relative comparisons of each battery would be the same.

The Deben Tracer wins for complete honesty in its specs which even though claims much lower capacity than the other batteries, delivered by far the most juice...but not at the best value. If you are not concerned about value for money and just want the highest capacity available, then you could perhaps go for the Deben Tracer 21ah.

Now if you have a laptop or device that this Aukey provides an adaptor for AND a matching operating voltage, then you are rocking. However, if like me, you have a device like my Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook that does not match any of the Aukey's output voltages (my Dell is a 19.5V) or you want to use it to charge 12V travel or camping equipment with a cigarette lighter plug then this wouldn't have been suitable...but luckily I found a great solution, one that requires one purchase if just wanting to connect your 12V car charging devices or two item purchases if wanting to connect your incompatible laptop.

So, in either case you will need a female cigarette light socket adapter that has the right size DC plug to fit into the Aukey and a 12V cigarette lighter power adapter for your laptop. Only one manufacturer I have found that provides the right fitting adapter which you can buy from Amazon, here: (I cant give direct link it seems so just search for the following)

XTPower® DC Adaptor with Cigarette Lighter Socket

For those of you with incompatible Dell laptops (ie such as those operating at 19.5V) then you also need an appropriate car charger adapter for your model which you can seek from this list:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_18?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=dell+laptop+car+charger&sprefix=dell+laptop+car+charger%2Ccomputers%2C130

Very important: You must set your battery to 12V when using this solution as the laptop car charge adapter will step up the voltage to the required 19.5V.

For other laptops, you will have to do your own search but I am sure you will find one for your brand.

One more test I made on this battery is its ability to charge in very cold weather. As an amateur astronomer/astrophotographer, I need it to work for me mostly outdoors at nights. Know that ALL lithium batteries drain faster in colder temperatures, that is simply their nature. The Aukey performed admirably and far better than the Power Gorilla. The best cold temperature performer was the Deben Tracer. If you do use it on cold temperature environment, you can house it in an insulation pocket of some kind but make sure its has enough ventilation (ie leave one end of the battery exposed).

There are other lithium polymer batteries available on Amazon (such as the MAXOAK 50000) which I wish I can also test and compare but I simply cant buy them all, sorry! They are much more expensive anyway.

I hope this serves as a useful analysis for you. I just hate seeing companies ripping off customers KNOWING that customers wont know they are being ripped off because innocently, customers trusts the claimed figures and what the battery level remaining meter shows.

All in all, despite its naughty claims, I highly recommend the Aukey 28000mah for sheer value for money in comparison to other batteries and the ability to at least provide 3/4 more juice to your laptop (amount depends of course on your laptop). Of course you will need to spend a little more on the aforementioned adapters if you need to connect incompatible items.

Value for money is 5/5, but drops a star for naughty capacity claims and the lack of a 12V female cigarette lighter adapter socket.
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