Last time I reviewed a handy little portable power pack by Motorola. This week my review is a similar product by a different manufacturer. I first heard of Maxboost when I had been browsing phone cases on Amazon. From there I ended up looking at their Portable Power packs which I had been in the market for at the time. I was lucky enough to be chosen to participate in their VIPU Reviewer Program, and was sent this 10,000mAh charger for free in exchange for writing an honest review of it.
So how does this one stack up to the previous external battery pack I tested?
Right off the bat, you can tell this one is much bigger. Bigger in terms of physical appearance and also battery-capacity. This one has 10,000mAh of battery power in contrast to the 4000mAh that the Motorola one has. Keep in mind, however, that bigger is not always better. You may want an external battery pack to be as pocketable as possible, and this one might be a bit too large to comfortably carry around in your pants pocket. 10,000mAh DOES mean, though, that you can keep your devices juiced for a much longer time. You could charge most phones and small devices up to 5 times with the battery power in this.
This one is also great because it has 2 USB output ports. And they are both different charging speeds — one is 2.1A (suitable for tablets and larger phones) and one is 1.0A (suitable for iPhones, Kindles, etc.)
Another thing that sets this battery pack apart from most others on the market is the digital display on the front.
The display not only indicates how much power is left inside the battery pack, but it also denotes whether power is flowing OUT of the pack (something is charging) or INTO the pack (you are charging the battery pack up).
The 10,00mAh of battery power does come with a price, though. Once you’ve drained the battery pack, it takes quite a long time to charge up! (because it’s like charging your phone 5 times in a row, really!). This might not be a problem for travelers or backpackers who will keep the pack plugged in, charging, while they are sleeping at night. But if you are getting this to have a quick charging, little battery pack, you may want to look elsewhere for something in the 3,000mAh – 5,000mAh range that will still provide you with enough battery power on-the-go to give you a quick charge when traveling or in an emergency.
The pack also includes a few little adapters so you don’t have to carry around bulky wires and cables, which is nice.
The unit also has a little flashlight on the side of it. It’s a unique idea, but I’m not sure if I’ll ever actually use it. More features are always better, though!
If I could think of anything for Maxboost to improve upon for the next generation of this product, I would recommend losing the shiny, glossy housing the battery is in. It looks cheap and just gets smudged and full of fingerprints. A nice matte finish or a more rugged, grippy finish would be more practical and could appeal more towards outdoorsy folks, instead of just being another battery that sits on a shelf at home.
If you’re in the market for a 10,000mAh battery, though, I would strongly consider this one. It’s well-built and also includes a nice little cloth carrying bag.
I rate the Maxboost Electron 10,000mAh Dual Port Portable Battery 4 out of 5 stars.