TeckNet® iEP380 5000mAh Dual-Port External Battery Pack and Charger for "The new iPad" the 3rd Gen ipad, iPad 2, iPad mini, iPhone 4S 4 3G, iPod Touch (1G to 5G), Android (Samsung Galaxy Note S S2, HTC Sensation EVO Thunderbolt, LG Optimus V), Blackberry (Bold curve Torch), Droid(Motorola Razr), Plus Major Tablet PCs with 5V input (Samsung, Blackberry, HTC) - Black
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It also comes in useful if you forget to charge your phone; just hook it to the battery and stick it in your bag and in an hour or so you're phone is charged without any inconvenience. It's also handy having two sockets, as you can charge two devices from the one wall socket, and also cut down the number of chargers you have to carry with you. I carried just the iPhone charger with a generic USB cable and was able to charge everything from the battery pack.
One point to note is you will need to pick up special USB cables for some devices, the PSP Go will not work with the standard USB cable that comes with it, you need a generic cable (for some reason the Sony cable doesn't follow the USB spec properly and will not charge the device). Once I got a third party cable (available on Amazon) it worked fine.Read more ›
OK so now for information on the use of it.
Firstly the Pro's
fits in the pocket really well and you hardly notice the extra weight in a coat or bag. The cord is a wound one so takes up a small amount of space even when plugged in so I have often used the device to charge my phone while it is in my coat pocket and this works quite well.
The dual USB outputs are a godsend. My and my partner went on a day trip and the weather turned really bad while we were out and we had several hours to wait for the coach home. We found a nice cosy pub to snuggle up in and both got out our mobile phones and hooked them up to the battery pack. 3 hours later and not only had this stopped both our phones from dying due to us hammering the internet and watching movies on them but they were both fully charged and the unit was still reporting strong power.
The host of connectors that come with it are very good and fit most of the items i have had the urge to try and charge with it, including PSP and a digital camera.
OK now the Con's
The capacity stated on the item is 5000mah and although it does perform well I have calculated that I only get about 3200mah out of it before it turns off.Read more ›
The plus points are easy: it has a large 5000mAh capacity battery; dual sub ports for charging two things at a time; and a fistful of connectors for different devices (iPhone 3G, iPhone 4, Sony PSP Go(I had to buy a special cable - so google around for this), Ipods, Kindle etc.) although you can always use your original usb cables for your devices (often longer and for things like a Zune with unusual connectors the only option) to give you more options.
As far as recharging goes, well it will fully re-power a Samsung Galaxy S2 from completely empty to full a couple of times and will do nearly two complete re-powers my psp and a couple of kindle recharges - or a combination of the above.
The two usb charge ports means that you can charge the technet from one usb socket and in turn charge two devices from the technet - this is really useful if you only have one usb charge point - say in a hotel.
With the increasing ubiquity of usb adapators and dc socket connectors, with the right cables you can pretty much recharge anything with this making it a very useful travel accessory (I even commute with mine just as I get so annoyed if my phone runs down after 4 hours of Tower Raiders lol).
Delivery was fast and the device was well packaged. It comes with small soft black bag as well as the connectors.
So, why doesn't this get five stars?
There are a couple of things to be aware of though. The first time I used the technet (and I have heard this from friends as well) it didn't really hold its charge, barely managing one full recharge of my Galaxy S2 (and resulted in much grumpiness in the house!Read more ›
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I took this to Glastonbury last year to avoid all the queues for the charging tents and it was a life saver. Read morePublished 5 months ago by DM
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Exactly what I needed! Charge lasted well enough to keep my sat nav going for the whole of my week's holiday.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer