Thursday, October 1, 2015

Dad's Review - Looking for an affordable Power Bank? Try Asus ZenPower

After being disappointed from one of CD-R King's cheap power banks that lasted for several weeks only I never looked for another power bank until recently.

I found a new job a couple of months back in central Africa and traveling there was quite tedious considering that flight from Manila to Addis Ababa would take around 13 hours with a couple of hours stop-over in Bangkok to pick-up passengers. For this long haul flight leg, Ethiopian Airline is using an old Boeing 767. Meaning, there is no in-flight entertainment except a few old-school TVs strategically installed on the ceiling along the aisle. Being used in flying Emirates and Qatar Airways, I found it super boring flying in economy for 13 hours without any in-flight entertainment. Fortunately, I remembered I had a few concerts and movies stored inside my Note 3 smart phone. However, my phone only lasted several hours of continuous use.

I am currently on vacation and in few days I will be flying back to Africa hence, I need to do some preparation including having my own in-flight entertainment. I got the whole Season 5 of "The Walking Dead" inside my phone and several movies too. The most important part of my preparation was to buy the cheapest branded power bank I could find in the market.

It comes with multi-language operating and warranty manuals

I got hold of my Asus ZenPower power bank from Silicon Valley at SM North EDSA Annex. For 795 pesos, I purchased a branded power bank with 7 days unit replacement and 1 year warranty. Aside from that, my power bank is rated 10,050 mAh or almost triple the capacity of my Note 3's battery. In short, by connecting this power bank to my phone I could watch continuously my digitally stored movies for the whole 13 hours of my flight.

It took around 4 hours to initially charge the lithium-ion cell of the power bank to its maximum capacity while generating slight warm temperature on its housing; temperature returned back to normal when it reached full charge. According to its manual, it will take 6 hours (2 Amps standard) charging time if the power bank is fully drained. It can fully charge my Note 3's battery at least two times; a single full charge lasted for around 1 hour only.

My branded power bank as expected has internal safety protection while charging unlike some cheap generic power banks. It also comes with a durable connecting USB/Micro USB cable certified for 5000 times of use albeit it's relatively short length.

Like other power banks in the market, it has 4 LED lights showing the remaining charge aside from the power button.

Though it is noticeably heavier than my Note 3, its credit card like size (but thicker) is one of its main advantages since it can easily be accommodated in any small pouch or bag.

So for all travelling Dads out there, forget searching for charging outlets when your battery juice has drained. You can have a branded but cheap power bank that you can easily carry and can provide a couple of full charge to your smart phone's battery ensuring your connectivity or continuous entertainment at hand. Trust me; you won't like the feeling of having low battery mode while the wife is online unless of course you don't want somebody to bug you while enjoying your solitary situation.



Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post but merely an actual experience of a Dad.