Quick Charge 2.0 is a god send in this day and age where people are constantly tethered to their mobile devices. Most devices these days seem to carry the Quick Charge moniker and each device offers a fairly substantial amount of juice for a relatively short charge time. Of course, that depends on each device.
With a number of devices boasting their fast charge times thanks to Quick Charge 2.0, it would make sense for us to see power banks and accessories that take advantage of it. The Quick Charge 2.0 Power Bank from Elivebuy is no different. On paper it offers Quick Charge 2.0 and 10,400 mAh worth of juice in a small package, but do those figures make it worth buying? Let’s find out.
What you get in the box
- Portable power bank in black
- 6-inch micro-usb charge cable
- Neoprene carrying case
- User manual
- 12-month hassle-free replacement warranty
Using the charger
Like I’ve said before, I have a number of power banks and most of them go unused. The last power bank I used, the Gooloo Jumpstart Power Bank became a staple in my travel bag, and I’m never out the door without it. Suffice to say, it set the bar pretty high in terms of power banks and their usage.
When I opened the package there wasn’t a lot in it. Just the power bank, a charger, a user manual and a carrying case. While I don’t expect much more than that when it comes to power banks, I wasn’t inundated with unnecessary fluff. The charger itself is the same way. One power button, four lights signifying the level of charge, a micro-USB input and a full USB output port.
Unlike the Gooloo Power Bank, I was able to use the Elivebuy power bank right out of the box, and the device came with pretty close to a full charge. It’s a much appreciated touch for those who order the power bank and are then able to just throw it in their bags without having to pre-charge the device.
Like before, I took this on an extended camping trip where I was away from a power source for three days. The power bank’s large 10,400 mAh should easily charge my LG G4’s 3,000 mAh battery three-times over with juice to spare and it easily did. The Samsung premium 18,650 cells perform nicely.
Normally when I use my phone in those situations I’m meticulous about my use, stretching the battery out as far as it can go and prolonging the need to charge the device. Not this time. I found that I could use my device as I normally would without worry that the power bank would run out of juice.
Using the power bank is simple. Attach your device with the USB cable, hit the big circle power button and away you go. It’s pretty cut-and-dry and I didn’t need to look at the manual at all. The power bank is said to charge your devices up to 75 percent faster and from my uses I can believe it. I popped my G4 onto the charger at 15 percent and in roughly an hour it was sitting at 85 percent, a lot faster than the OEM charger and cable that came with the phone. It took roughly 75 minutes to charge my phone from 15 percent to full and 90 minutes from zero to full. Not too shabby if you ask me.
While the device itself is a bit on the heavier side, you won’t notice the bulk in your bag but if you try to put it in your pocket, you’re definitely going to notice it. It’s compact enough with a nice, metal-esque finish. It also comes with a 4-dot light that shows you just how much juice you have left.
It’s compliant with most 2014 and later Quick Charge 2.0 devices, but if you don’t have such a device it will charge other devices universally at a speed up to five volts at 2.1 amps. I wasn’t worried about over-charging my devices either. The power bank comes with multiple safeguards that are built-in to protect against over-current, overcharging and overheating.
The biggest complaint —if you want to call it that — is a lack of a second USB output port. Hooking up your phone and a Bluetooth speaker for instance won’t happen as there is only one USB port, so you’re only going to be able to charge one device at a time. With the hefty 10,400 mAh it comes with, having a second output would make this the perfect power bank to have in group situations.
Other than that though, there’s really not much to complain about with power bank or even say about it for that matter. As of writing, the power bank costs $26.99 on Amazon so you’re getting one heck of a bargain for a fast-charging, high capacity portable power device.
While it hasn’t replaced my Gooloo charger in my bag, it has certainly joined the other power bank (you can never have too much power in reserve can you). When I’m at home I’ve found myself reaching for the Elivebuy bank instead of the OEM charger like I used to. Being able to bring that and my phone with me to other rooms of the house, instead of leaving my phone tethered to my nightstand is convenient.
I would highly recommend this power bank. It’s compact, nice looking and comes with a lot of power in its small frame. Depending on your device, you’ll be able to quickly charge it three-four times without problem. With a sub-$30 price point, you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck. It’s the perfect companion to your smartphone if you’re on the road and away from an outlet for long periods of time.Purchase from Amazon