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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Product review: Bolse® AON5 11000mAh 5 USB Port 5.9Amp External Battery Pack

I tested Bolse® AON5 11000mAh External Battery Pack with Samsung Galaxy 7.7 Tablet (ICS 4.0.4) and iPad Mini.

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 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 charge 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:
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✔ I found that this power pack worked much better with my Samsung Galaxy tablet than it did with iPad Mini.

➨ General features:
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Bolse® AON5 11000mAh external battery weighs 10.1 oz, the power supplies weights 3.4 oz. Its size is 5" x 3" x 0.75". It has five USB ports labelled 1 through 5.

The external battery comes with 8 connectors for mobile devices. Neither my iPad Mini nor Samsung Galaxy had a connector that fit and I use my own charging cords.

The package also includes a coiled charging cable.

It comes with a nice nylon carrying pouch, which fits the battery and tips. However it does not fit the AC adapter. It would be nice if everything could be kept together in one carrying bag.

This power pack looks good - slick black package with pretty blue LEDs indicating the charge level of the external battery. I am attaching a photo of the Bolse pack during one of the test next to my tablet for size reference. You can find this photo by following 'customer photos' link under the main photo in this listing.

From Manufactures booklet contains the specs for each port, in the table below you can see how my devices behaved on each of these ports. As you can see I got excellent performance from my Samsung Android tablet on every port, and got ok performance from iPad Mini on Ports 2,3,4.

Port 1: 5V / 1.3A...(MAX).....For Samsung Devices
Port 2: 5V / 2.1A...(MAX).....For Apple iPad
Port 3: 5V / 1A.....(MAX).....For iPhones, iPad
Port 4: 5V / 1A.....(MAX).....For iPhones, iPad
Port 5: 5V / 0.5A...(MAX).....Other mobile devices

➨ Test Results:
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✔ Samsung Galaxy 7.7 tablet
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Port 1 ~~ AC ~~~~~ 5% change in charge in 10 minutes
Port 2 ~~ AC ~~~~~ 6% change in charge in 10 minutes
Port 3 ~~ AC ~~~~~ 5% change in charge in 10 minutes
Port 4 ~~ AC ~~~~~ 5% change in charge in 10 minutes
Port 5 ~~ AC ~~~~~ 5% change in charge in 10 minutes

✔ iPad Mini tablet
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Port 1 ~~ AC ~~~~~ 0% change in charge in 10 minutes
Port 2 ~~ AC ~~~~~ 4% change in charge in 10 minutes
Port 3 ~~ AC ~~~~~ 2% change in charge in 10 minutes
Port 4 ~~ AC ~~~~~ 2% change in charge in 10 minutes
Port 5 ~~ AC ~~~~~ 0% change in charge in 10 minutes

✔ iPad Mini tablet and iPad Mini tablet at the same time
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Port 1 ~~ AC ~~~~~ 3% change in charge in 10 minutes (Galaxy Tablet)
Port 3 ~~ AC ~~~~~ 2% change in charge in 10 minutes (iPad Mini)

➨ Key finding:
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✔ This power pack performed above average for Galaxy 7.7 Tablet on all 5 ports and an OK performance for iPadMini on three ports designated for iPad devices.

I give this power pack 5 star for Android devices and 4 stars for Apple devices. If you are looking for a power battery pack for iPadMini and speed of charging is important to you you might want to look at Bolse® AON2 (ASIN B00CXAD9WG), which showed 5%-6% charge for iPadMini in a 10 minutes test.


You can find it on Amazon by following this link.



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