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A word of caution
on 16 September 2012
I wrote my original review of this product (see below) shortly after I received it. After less than 4 months of use the performance quickly declined to the point where it would no longer take on any charge whatsoever. This is rather frustrating as it is the second different charge pack for my Evoke 2XT that has failed in this way. From experience I know that the E1 battery pack for the Evoke Mio & 1S models will play for hours on end from a single charge with no noticeable decline in charge capacity over time. These may be the better option for anyone for whom portability is the top priority. Anyway, I have contacted the seller and am awaiting approval of my return request. I will update this review as events warrant. For the time being I have downgraded my review to 1 star pending a successful replacement item or refund. Here is my original review which I have left in place on the assumption that I was simply unlucky with the unit that was sent to me...
I bought a genuine Pure ChargePAK to use with my Evoke 2XT years ago and was never impressed with its performance. Particularly frustrating was the inconsistency of the maximum charge it would take. Sometimes it would charge for hours and give me plenty of portable radio use. At other times it would decide it was full of charge very quickly and then soon need to be plugged back in to the mains. When, inevitably the length of use between charges dropped to well under an hour I decide enough was enough. This replacement is far superior. For a start its hard plastic casing makes it look like a proper piece of kit. The genuine Pure version was just half a dozen rechargeable C batteries wrapped in thin blue plastic (though I notice they have improved this recently). The performance in terms of the amount of radio use between charges is way beyond anything I ever enjoyed before. This actually achieves 12 hours or more radio use from a full charge. A minor grumble is that my radio no longer displays the battery charging icon when the radio is plugged in to the mains and on charge. This means that you can never be sure when the battery pack is fully recharged. Overnight seems to do it. However, the icon does appear when the radio is unplugged from the mains and running on battery power so I can still see how much juice it has left when I am using the radio portably. The performance of this product means that my Evoke 2XT is now useful to me as a portable way to listen to radio.