I have to admit, I used to laugh when I saw people lugging these things around to charge their phones. I personally had never had a reason to have to charge on the go. Right up until I took my first non-stop flight across the US from Philly to San Francisco this past September. I did some research and found out that there was no power for the 5.5hour flight. My concern was to keep my iPad charged so I could play Lego Lord of the Rings for the whole flight. Also to take some photos and mess around on my phone. I was pretty sure the phone would make it, but I knew the iPad would not. So I went in search of a device to handle the task. Mainly I had affordability in mind but also wanted the maximum number of recharges for the buck as well. Through quite a bit of research online I came up with the 15000mah Solar Panel EasyAcc Classic Power Bank.
Styling aside (I really like Orange), It’s a well built unit with a little weight to it but not bad at all. It weighs what you expect a battery of this size to weigh. The pack comes with a key ring carabiner and two USB cables with micro USB ends. 1 cable is roughly 6″ and a 2nd cable included is 24″. The unit does not come with a charger. You can charge it up using your standard phone charger and one of the included cables. You can charge the unit and have the unit charge a device at the same time but it is not recommended as it may shorten it’s effective life. There is a charge check button on top and 4 LEDS, each of which represents 25% increments. It also includes two charging outputs both of which will charge at the same time. One of the USB outputs is a 2A port with the ability to fast charge your devices and a standard 1A port for regular charging. Charging of the pack itself by plugging it in to a standard phone charger takes about 10 hours to charge from 0% to 100%. So approximately 10% per hour. Charging by solar is painfully slow and I really can’t see any reason to care. I have to be honest I did not put it on the dash while driving or put it out in the sun…and here’s why. I was able to charge my Galaxy S5 from about 10% to 100%, 5 times. My iPad 3 times, and my Sony a7RII about 8 times! Yes, I can actually charge my camera with this thing. In fact, I have been recharging my camera in between locations and getting a whole day of recharging out of this thing and only using 1 battery in my a7RII. The drain on the pack for doing this was typically about 35%! It also works as a continual power supply for the camera if you happen to forget your batteries. (I would never do that) So basically for the day or so that I was unable to charge the unit it lasted the entire time, as did my mobile devices. Camping for more than a couple of days would probably leave you without power. Generally though, you will have a car with you so you can charge it that way. If you are heading to the back country you are of course going to want a larger solar panel unit such as this one: Anker 14w Dual-Port Solar Charger For most, the EasyACC is all you will ever need in a portable backup battery.
Coming in at only 35.99 over on Amazon.com, I consider this a really great unit. I think if I were to re-purchase this I would probably get the 20000mah version without the solar panel. Maybe the more I use it while traveling I will rely on the Solar panel. Only time will tell. One thing is for sure, I will never laugh at anyone carrying one of these around again! I am finding it hard to live without it now.
Here are my amazon links where you can get both the 15000mah and 20000mah versions.
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