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Review, Teardown: Askborg ChargeCube 20800mAh Powerbank (M021)

When it comes to power banks, while some users are content to have a moderate-sized unit that charges their phone a few times, there are other users who really demand as much capacity as practical. For those users looking for … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Anker PowerCore+ 10050 (A1310) QC2.0 Power Bank

When it comes to discussing power banks and USB charging in general, it’s hard to overlook Anker branded products. The company was started by a group of friends working at Google, and has since put out a multitude of USB … Continue reading

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Review: Three Cheap Unbranded 1×18650 “DIY” Power Banks

A common theme I hear from readers is “well, those cheap power banks are rubbish, so why don’t I build my own?” I suppose that is not a bad thought, although designing one properly takes a bit of skill and … Continue reading

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Examined: Li-Ion/Li-Poly-based Power Bank Charge Current Profiles

It’s been a long time since I posted anything about power banks. Believe me, I would have liked to bring you some more reviews, or updates on cycle life testing, but due to my PhD commandeering my dual-measure multimeter I … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Apotop Wi-Copy (DW21) 5200mAh Power Bank

Towards the end of 2014, I entered a competition held by Scorptec for a chance to win an Apotop Wi-Copy power bank. Guess what? I won! Thanks Scorptec! As a bit of a hobbyist photographer, backing up photos and keeping … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: P.Power (or Generic Unbranded) 12000mAh Power Bank

Back in January 2013 (which seems a long time ago), before I started all of this powerbank testing, as someone who was none-the-wiser, I bought one of my friends a pair of “generic” unbranded power banks. The cost was about … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: *Fake* Xiaomi (Mi) NDY-02-AD Silver 10400mAh Power Bank

It might seem that I’ve been singing the praises of Xiaomi/Mi power banks lately, and that’s because they’re very good products. However, the journey to obtain the product is often fraught with more difficulty than expected. In my case, when … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Xiaomi (Mi) NDY-02-AD Gold 10400mAh Power Bank

This post comes to you thanks to a generous reader from Germany (thanks Tobias!), who decided to contribute a power bank for testing. Unfortunately, the reader didn’t tell me what it was before it was dispatched, and it turns out … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Xiaomi (Mi) NDY-02-AD Silver 10400mAh Power Bank

On an earlier post about power bank endurance and modification, Joy Test made a recommendation in the comments for me to test a Xiaomi, otherwise known as Mi, branded power bank. This is a Chinese manufacturer, which is most widely … Continue reading

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Further Investigation: Power Bank Endurance Issues and Modification

Through many tests of power banks, there seems to be many metrics by which they can be judged and their performance determined. While I have focused on capacity as the first metric, and determined some power banks to be outright … Continue reading

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Exploration: Improving Power Bank Ripple Performance

Those who have been following along in my power bank testing articles will note that the vast majority that I have looked at have hardly been impressive. Some things seem rather fixed – for example, the voltage regulation which is … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: World Solution Technology (WST) A28 8000mAh Power Bank

This will be the last of a long series of power bank related posts, at least for a while. You have no idea how glad I am, since testing easily will drive you nuts. Without further ado, the last power … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Wonderful Life Because of You 8400mAh(?) Power Bank

Just like the tree that keeps on giving, the power bank rabbit hole goes quite deep. This one is a pretty “generic” looking set, to the point that I didn’t know what to call it. No clear indication of capacity … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Power on the go! 6000mAh Power Bank

If you haven’t already guessed it, testing power banks gets a little tiring after a while. But it doesn’t matter, because I might as well do it while I still have some motivation to keep going – this one’s thanks … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Lanu Power LP-401B 4400mAh Power Bank

Here comes another power bank thanks to an anonymous donor. This particular power bank is a Lanu Power LP-401B 4400mAh power bank, packaged in the same package with the words “Quality Assurance” as the LP-406B reviewed earlier. As a result, … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Moko Technology MK555 8000mAh Power Bank

Thanks to the anonymous donor, here’s another power bank subjected to the “Gough” treatment. This one, like many others, comes in a very “generic” colour cardboard box packaging with a clear plastic window. The power bank and its included pouch … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: “Quality Assurance” LP-406B 5200mAh White Power Bank

The next cab off the rank is this relatively generic looking power bank. Packed in a cardboard glossy colour box with window, there’s no trace of any manufacturer on it – merely the words “quality assurance”. I suppose I’ll use … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Lipstick Battery LED 3000mAh Silver Power Bank

The power bank testing and reviewing continues, courtesy of the anonymous donor. Testing and reviewing is a fairly involved process, easily taking up two weeks to complete. It is hoped that by testing these “anonymously” supplied power banks, we would … Continue reading

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Tested: Two Naked Power Bank Internals (5600mAh, 4400mAh)

In some of my previous power bank postings, people have expressed interest in knowing which power banks are good and which power banks aren’t. Further to that, I did invite readers to donate power banks for testing. Thanks to one … Continue reading

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