If you are like us and are glued to your portable device there has surely come a time when you used it a little too much. Not enough time to get back home or maybe just not a feasible time to do so you are left with the dreaded lifeless phone. What if work calls you? or what if you need help broken down on the side of a road? We take a look at a solution to such problems, in the form of the PNY 5000mAh portable Powerpack.
Being the largest of the three offered in terms of storage this unit claims to be able to charge your device three times before going dead. The unit is shipped in a nice box made partially of paper with clear PET plastic making up the window in the front that also extends to the side. The side window has a hole cut out so that you may push a button that is located on the side of the device that causes the front display to light up, telling you in percentage the amount of charge remaining inside. The back contains specifications in 3 languages along with a QR code tag if you wish to scan and learn more about the products PNY offers.
After cutting the two stickers securing the top opening to the box you can easily remove the contents inside. An instruction manual, a 6 inch long USB to mini USB cable and the Powerpack it self comes out fitted in a white plastic insert that can be discarded. The instructions are very straight foward and can be probably tossed aside. The USB cable is mean to charge the Powerpack itself either by plugging into a computer or using a wall USB charger that sadly, is not included. The Powerpack measures 115mm x 60mm x 12mm and is fairly light.
The Powerpack unit is sleek with a gloss black covering all around and rounded corners. Unfortunately right away it was noticed that it leaves finger prints very easily which had to be cleaned multiple times during the photo session to ensure good quality pictures. If you cant stand finger smudges you might want to look for a different brand that has a more matte finish but let’s not judge the book by it’s cover.
On the side furthest away from PNY’s logo printed on top are 3 USB ports. The two outer ports are USB-A connections with 2.1 and 1 amp charging rates. The central is a Mini USB port used for charging the battery pack once it has been depleted from charging other devices. We noted that one of the USB-A ports in the unit we received was slightly crooked in the housing by plugging into the port was not hard at all.
The Powerpack came with a full 100 percent charge indicated by pressing the side button so after we got our test bed set up we were ready to but the charge time and amount of charges obtainable to a real word test.
Fist thing we tested was an iPad charged alone. PNY must not be talking about tablets because we were only able to charge the iPad to 50 percent using the entire stored charge in the Powerpack. Not exactly as advertised but a 50 percent charge on your tablet should last a good while.
The iPhone 6 4.7″ fared better getting a full charge using just under 60 percent of the Powerpack’s energy. That means we could manage just under two charges for the smartphone. The charge took a little over 2 hours.
Lastly we charged our Apple Watch with the PNY Powerpack. From dead to 100 percent it took about 2 hours. Charging this device only took 10 percent of the portable batteries charge. 10 full charges while away from a power source is pretty impressive though since the watch needs to be paired with a phone it would become pretty useless after that died.
All testing was done with the 2.1 amp USB port. It should be noted that it takes the Powerpack about 4 hours to obtain a full charge using an Apple A/C adapter so charging overnight seems to be the way to go if you want the most practicality out of it.
The PNY Powerpack seems to hold it’s weight against other 5000mAh capacity portable battery chargers. The only downside we saw was the ease of which it picks up finger prints but that can easily be negated by the fact that this device sports a read out display that tells you exactly how much is left in terms of stored electricity. If you’re looking for power on the go we recommend this device although the lesser capacity units in PNY’s line up won’t be as useful we suspect a full smartphone charge is unlikely with them being only 1500mAh. At $25USD this is also a cheap solution to be had and is available in many local stores as well as online.