Smartphones are wonderful gadgets, and we use them for almost everything, from sending messages and emails, checking bank accounts, to using them as sat nav devices, and sometimes, we even use them for making calls. But a smartphone’s usefulness ends as soon as the battery dies, after which they basically become a brick until a new power source is found. This is where portable charging devices such as the 10,000mAh EasyAcc Power Bank (2nd Gen) come in handy, with its slim design, two USB ports, and smart charging technology.
The EasyAcc Power Bank is a sleek, sturdy device that is available in a variety of color schemes ranging from black and orange/gray/purple/green to white and gray. The outer casing is made out of a durable plastic, and there is a center frame aiding rigidity. The casing has a fair amount of grip, and it’s easy to tell which end is which in the dark. There is a Micro-USB port on the left-hand-side, with the flashlight button on the opposite side. Because it only weighs 226 grams, it’s quite portable. At no point are you going to be listing to one side from the weight of carrying the device in a coat pocket or bag
The EasyAcc Power Bank is easy to hold and tends to stay where you put it. I know it’s an odd thing to say, but I used to use a cylindrical power bank which was most annoying, often rolling off of counters, taking the attached handset with it. Safe to say, the EasyAcc Power Bank doesn’t have that problem.
Besides having two USB ports on the top edge, the EasyAcc Power Bank also features 4 LED lights adjacent to the flashlight button that indicates the amount of charge remaining in the device, as well as a flashlight that is surprisingly useful.
- 2 x USB ports
- Output: 5V/2.4A (max)
- Input: DC 5V/2A
- Dimensions: 144 x 75 x 14.8mm
- Weight: 226 grams
- In the box: Power Bank, Micro-USB charging cable and user manual
Over the space of the last few months that I’ve tested the EasyAcc Power Bank, it’s been thrown into a rucksack innumerable times, dropped on both carpeted surfaces and concrete floors with no discernible damage other than a couple of minor scratches. While I wouldn’t recommend throwing the device onto the ground on purpose, it is comforting to know that it can withstand life’s daily knocks. Or at the very least, someone as clumsy as I am with my devices.
Seeing as the EasyAcc Power Bank has a 10,000mAh capacity, you might be wondering how long it takes to recharge when completely spent. The answer to this question is around 6 hours with a 2A adapter. While we were on holiday last month, power sockets were in short supply, so I would use the Power Bank to keep my Galaxy Note 4 and Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact charged up and ready to go, as well as using the built-in flashlight to get around in the middle of the night. After charging the phone and tablet, there was usually enough capacity left over to charge the phone again to around 60%. Regardless of which device you connect, the EasyAcc Power Bank will identify the type of device, and ramp up the current appropriately, to imitate the charging rate of the original charger. The Fast Charge function can either charge 2 smartphones or an iPad at full speed.
Turning the flashlight on and off is done by pressing the side button twice in quick succession. Rather than a sharp, focused light source, the flashlight emits an ambient type of light, which makes it handy for gently lighting up a tent or a small room. It probably isn’t the feature that one would buy an external battery pack for, but it is a nice-to-have feature. And unlike most torches, the Power Bank can last for hours without needing to be recharged, even when charging other devices.
As with anything that carries a charge, it’s important that it is safe and EasyAcc have built-in several safety precautions. The Power Bank has built-in protection against high temperatures, short circuits, over voltage (both input and output), as well as being safeguarded against overcharging and over discharging. If anything was to go pear-shaped, EasyAcc offers a hassle-free replacement or money-back guarantee for an 18 month period, which provides for peace of mind.
The EasyAcc Power Bank (2nd Gen) has been a pleasure to use over the last few months. The 10,000mAh capacity allows it to charge a device a couple of times over, and it’s light and sleek design give it portability, which is about all the features necessary in an external charger. You can pick up the EasyAcc Power Bank 10,000mAh (2nd Gen) for just $17.99 from Amazon for $17.99 in the U.S. or £12.39 in the UK.
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