I recently purchased the Poweradd Pilot 2GS 10000mAh USB battery pack and after using it for a few weeks, I decided that I had to review it for you all. Rarely do I see a product with such great value and quality.
Let’s start with the most obvious feature – the design and build quality. The Pilot 2GS is made of aircraft-grade aluminum. It’s very well designed, compact with a brushed silver finish that looks great. It’s also lightweight, even with the size of the battery, which is a must when you’re on the go. The Pilot 2GS is perfect for people who hike, attend conferences and shows like E3 or CES, or if you just want to have a backup battery in reserve. It’s perfect for unfortunate emergency situations like natural disasters, when the availability of electricity is skimpy, at best.
That being said, I now consider it a vital component to my mobile travel bag. It fits easily in a small corner of a backback or a jean pocket. I’ve walked around with it in my pocket while connected to my Android phone, and it isn’t wholly unwieldy. Although it’s still uncomfortable to shove a smartphone and a battery pack into your back pocket, at least the Pilot 2GS is rather slim considering what’s on the inside.
On to the really good stuff. You read the title correctly, there’s a 10000mAh battery hidden within the aluminum frame of the Pilot 2GS. Just to be clear, that’s ten thousand milliamp hours. Although realistically there’s probably a bit less than that which is usable when fully charged, that’s still a massive amount of battery life in such a small package.
An array of three ports grace the bottom of the Pilot 2GS, as well as a set of four battery indicator lights. Regarding the ports, there’s an incoming microUSB port (of which there is a short cable provided, thanks Poweradd!) that allows you to recharge the Pilot 2GS. Next to that is a standard USB port with a “standard” 5V/1A output and a blue USB port with a 5V/2.1A output.
That’s right, you can use a USB 3.0 compliant cable to rapidly charge your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or Galaxy S5 series smartphones, all of which use a USB 3.0 connection for faster charging than standard devices. The Pilot 2GS also allows you to charge two devices at once, which is really handy if your friend’s iPhone is on the rocks or if both your tablet and smartphone need a quick pick me up on the road.
The indicator lights tell you the approximate percentage of battery in the Pilot 2GS when charging the pack and switches to the approximate percentage of battery left when discharging the pack by charging your devices.
Overall, I have to say that I’m very impressed by Poweradd’s Pilot 2GS. This product is a hell of a value in such a tight, beautiful package. I would prefer a higher-quality cable to be included, but you can pick up a TYLT Syncable for both iPhone and Android devices right here. I consider the TYLT Syncable another must-have accessory for people on the go and disaster and/or mobile tech bags.
The best part is that the Pilot 2GS is available for under $30 USD. Be sure to grab one over at Amazon!