Thinium is a company that creates chargers and powerbanks for your phone whether it takes a Lighting cable or MicroUSB. Best part is, you can also plug it into a wall to charge the phone or even the powerbank on its own. The Thinium ReCharge+ will provide you with a 3,000mAh battery so you’ll be able to get more than enough charge from your device, and it’s available in both Lightning and MicroUSB configurations. The unit I will be reviewing today is for the iPhone and let’s take a look at it.
- Dimensions: 137mm x 65mm x 13.1mm
- Battery: 3,000mAh
- Input A: 100-240v, 50/60GHz 0.5A
- Input B: 5.2VDC 1A or USB Port 5VDC 1A
- Output A,B: Lightning 5VDC 1A or USB Port 5VDC 1A
- Apple connector 5VDC, 5VDC, USB Port
- Battery output: 5VDC, 1.5A (max) 3,000mAh 11.1 Wh
- Battery charging time: 2 hours
- Recharging cycles: over 550 cycles
What’s in the box
- Thinium Charge
- Quick start guide
Power banks come in all different shapes and sizes, and the ReCharge+ is pretty thin and sleek looking. Looking at the front of the unit, you’ll see Thinium’s logo towards the top, two suction cups to hold your phone, and a small section at the bottom is where you can charge the iPhone. More on that a little later on how to get the phone to charge. The right side includes the USB-Type A plug which can plug into a computer to charge the power bank or the device. Left side is where you’ll find the “on” button which will display how much battery life you have left. If you hold that button down for three seconds, it’ll switch charging from the lighting port to the USB Type A port which is found at the top of the power bank. As for the back, you’ll see the outlet prong to plug it into a wall outlet.
Ease of Use
All power banks are pretty simple to use. Plug in the device and be on your merry way. That’s it. Now, with the ReCharge+, it’s still easy to use and nothing is difficult on getting your phone charged. As I mentioned previously, the bottom part of the charger pops up from the back of the charger and you can slide your device into the lighting plug. Now, if you’re wanting to plug the ReCharge+ into the wall, flip the outlet prongs and plug it into the wall and let the phone charge.
When fully charged, the unit itself is pretty good on battery life. I was able to fully charge my iPhone 7 after one charge and still have some battery life left over. The remaining amount of battery wasn’t enough to fully charge my iPhone again, but I was still able to get a charge. Now, when I tried charging my Google Pixel XL, I wasn’t able to finish one charge even with the ReCharge+ being fully charged again. The Pixel XL has a 3,400mAh battery, so with the power bank having 3,000mAh you would think I could get more than enough charge and get me pretty close to full charge than starting at 15% and ending at 44%. Might be a fluke or something, but my iPhone charges just fine when charging it.
The Thinium ReCharge+ is $70 on Thinium’s website, and for that amount it’s not a bad purchase if you’re looking for a new power bank, but it’s $70 that some folks may not have. Plus side is that this can charge by a normal outlet instead of having to use a USB cord and then a power brick. Saves the hassle.
Overall, the ReCharge+ is pretty cool and neat. I carry it around with me everywhere I go in my backpack because I never know when I’m going to need to charge my iPhone if I’m not on the road or near an outlet. For the price of $70, like I said already, it’s not bad but not everyone is going to have $70.