If you’re as technologically challenged as I am, you’d be relieved that I found a product we can actually use and understand. If you’re a blogger attending events, reviewing products, you’ll know how important pictures are, as they say, “it didn’t happen unless there are pictures.” Your phone’s battery life can only take you so far and I’m not the only person who’s happy about the invention of power banks. What exactly is a power bank though? According to my friend Google, “A Power Bank is a mobile charger that can be charged in advance for later phones, tablets or laptops to recharge. It’s a handy gadget that you can charge your electric devices without a power socket.”
Power banks are all the rave right now and you find them in different shapes and sizes. I was fortunate enough to be granted the opportunity to try out the PB150 from Astrum and I have to say, I really like it.
Let’s talk about Astrum for a bit:
Their aim is to break down barriers between people and technology.
Since our inception in Hong Kong in 2008 until now, our aim has remained unchanged: to enable people to get worldwide access to new technologies in the field of consumer electronics. Whether it is for mobile accessories, audio devices, IT or LED lights, we have put all our efforts to break the trade-off between innovation, quality and cost. As a result, we have been able to provide robust, reliable – yet affordable – high-tech devices all around the globe.Staying on the cusp of technology has allowed us to do what we love best: using technology in countless ways to ease people’s life.
Let’s discuss the PB150:
My first thought was that it’s quite heavy at 210g and big at 146x70x17mm for a power bank. I have an iPhone 5c and it’s bigger and heavier than my phone but I do love the design and the suede-like finish.
Features include QC3.0 quick charging technology, dual USB ports, LED screen displaying the battery capacity and short-circuit,overcharge, discharge and overcurrent protection. The power bank has an on/off switch and comes with a micro usb cable to assist with charging the power bank before use. The LED screen is quite handy as it informs you how much power you have left in your power bank i.e. 25-50-75-100 means you’re on 75%-100% power and 25 would be 0%-25% power.
This power bank is stylish, ultra slim, portable and in my favourite colour, black. I love the fact that I can charge both my phones at the same time and that I’m informed when the power bank is running low. It’s slightly bigger than my phone but still fits into every bag I usually wear including the clutches.
There’s a few warning attached to this baby, some goes without saying like “do not put it in water”, “use reliable cables”, “keep away from children” and then there are others like “do not hit, drop or dismantle”, “do not expose to excessive heat,sunlight or fire” and “do not charge your phone on the power bank at the same time that you’re charging the power bank”, which due to the dual input might be tempting.
Overall this is an amazing product and it doesn’t hurt that it’s really stylish as well. This power bank retails for R549 and if you head over to their website here and click on “Where to buy”,they’ll provide you with your nearest stockist. I’ve entered my address and got 1. Techhouse Computers and 2. Astrum Peripherals Midrand
Other specs includes:
-Output 1: 5V/1A
-Output 2: 5-6.5V/3A,5.5-9V/2.1A,9-12V/1.25A
-Battery: 9000mAh li-polymer
-Dimensions: 146 x 70 x 17mm (LxWxH)
-Weight: 210g (approx.)