Saturday, October 26, 2013

Product review: Bolse® AON3 11200mAh External Battery Pack for Cellphones and Tablets

I tested Bolse® AON3 11200mAh External Battery Pack with Samsung Galaxy 7.7 Tablet (ICS 4.0.4) iPad Mini, Pyle 9" Tablet (ICS 4.0.4) and SanDisk Sansa Clip+ player.

I received this power bank from the manufacture for an honest review be it positive or negative. One of the benefits of being requested to test different power banks is that it gives me an opportunity to compare them to each other using the same charging test, so I can compare them using "apples to apples" comparison. This set of tests allows me to provide unbiased results as the numbers speak for the performance of each unit. They can also help to do comparison shopping when selecting a power pack that works best with your device.

My methodology is to charge each mobile device on each port of the unit for 10 minutes and measuring how much each unit was charged in that 10 minute period. In addition I tested charging two mobile devices at the same time. Each line in the table below represents a separate 10 minute test.

I use Battery App by Elvison to determine how each device recognized the charging source. 'AC' status means the charging is at full charging rate. 'USB' status indicates charging at a lower charging rate. 'Discharging' status means that the charging rate is below the power that the device is consuming so it slows down the discharge rate but does not re-charge.

➨ Key finding:
✔ I found that this power pack worked much better with my Samsung Galaxy tablet than it did with iPad Mini.
✔ Be very careful when peeling the protective plastic cover, it peeled off the lettering on the face of the power pack (see attached photo)

➨ General features:

Bolse® AON3 11200mAh external battery weighs 8.8 oz. Its size is 6.75" x 3" 0.75". It has two ports labelled out1 (5V/1A) and out2 (5V/2.1A).
It has a built in LED light. To turn it on you need to press on/off button twice in quickly. The light is not super bright, but could be handy in an emergency. It comes with a really nice nylon carrying pouch.

The external battery comes with 5 connector tips. Neither my iPad Mini nor Samsung Galaxy had a connector that fit and I had to provide my own. Pyle tablet takes a standard micro USB which was included in the set. The package also includes a 19" charging cable.

➨ Test Results:

✔ Samsung Galaxy 7.7 tablet
1A port ~~ AC ~~~~~ 3% change in charge in 10 minutes
2A port ~~ AC ~~~~~ 5% change in charge in 10 minutes

✔ iPad Mini tablet
1A port ~~ AC ~~~~~ 1% change in charge in 10 minutes
2A port ~~ AC ~~~~~ 1% change in charge in 10 minutes

✔ Samsung Galaxy 7.7 and iPad Mini at the same time
1A port ~~ AC ~~~~~ 1% change in charge in 10 minutes (iPad Mini)
2A port ~~ AC ~~~~~ 4% change in charge in 10 minutes (Galaxy 7.7)

✔ Pyle 7.7 tablet
1A port ~~ USB ~~~~~ 1% change in charge in 10 minutes
2A port ~~ USB ~~~~~ 1% change in charge in 10 minutes

✔ SanDisk Sansa Clip+ MP3 Player
1A port ~~ worked
2A port ~~ worked

➨ Key finding:

✔ This power pack performed above average for Galaxy 7.7 Tablet and below average for iPadMini. It performed average for Pyle tablet.

✔ The plastic covering that was supposed to protect the power pack caused damage to the finish. When I removed it some of the white lettering transferred to the plastic leaving the power pack with lettering and on/off button partially rubbed off.

Galaxy 7.7 is my work horse tablet, I give this power pack 5 stars for how well it did with the Galaxy Tab. I am docking 1 star for iPadMini performance and the plastic packaging that was not tested not to cause cosmetic defects.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link

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