This has been on my “to write” list for some time, as each time I see these in various discount shops.
The “Power Hit” and “Power Pod” that can be found in certain discount stores could look very attractive at £2 a unit – especially if you’re off travelling.
There are two sorts – with different connectors for either Micro-B (for most Android devices) or Lightning (for Apple devices).
But please – don’t buy them.
Firstly, they’re rated for 500mha. That on a good day will give you around a 10 to 20% top-up of your modern smartphone battery. They also output at 5v at 1A .. in other words, very much a trickle charge these days
Secondly and perhaps more importantly – These are NOT rechargeable. In effect, you are buying such an item, and throwing away a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery afterwards that can’t be reused
Wait? They’re actually rechargeable batteries inside them, but without the ability to recharge them?
This video spells it out.
As pointed out in the video, you can buy a larger capacity rechargeable USB power bank for the same price (£2).
Heck, buy the cheapie ones in Currys/PC World even.
Or even Blackstone if you’re stuck at an airport in the USA.
These days, unless you’re truly out in the middle of nowhere, power is easy to come across to charge your device.
The only case where you’d need one is maybe in an absolute emergency, where there’s no power around at all. Other than that, this is a pure waste at its worst… with something that if it was engineered slightly differently, is rechargeable.
But please – unless you’re savaging the Power Pods for parts, or in a real bind… skip these and stick to your rechargeable power banks.
Welcome to Economy Class and Beyond – Your no-nonsense guide to network news, honest reviews, with in-depth coverage, unique research as well as the humour and madness as I only know how to deliver.