Intocircuit external power packs- dual charging when you need it

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  • Editors' rating
    8.6 Outstanding

Pros

  • Solid construction
  • Rapid charging
  • Battery charge level
  • Flashlight

Cons

  • Poor charging cable on 12,000mAh

Intocircuit PowerMini 3000mAh power bank $12.99

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This is a small light power bank, a little larger than a lipstick, and easy to slip into a purse or pocket.

It weighs 2.65 ounces and has a 1A output. There is a soft velour carrying pouch to hold the battery and charging cable.

There is one USB socket to charge one device. Three blue lights on the powder coated metal case show battery level remaining.

Double clicking the button underneath the lights turns on and off the integrated flashlight.

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I found this device really useful for a quick emergency charge. It will give your phone a boost till you can get some mains power. This is a handy sized device, there, just when you need it.

Intocircuit Power Castle 12,000mAh power bank $29.99

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This charger is pleasing to the eye. The smooth, grey powder blast effect aluminium alloy shell is pleasantly curved and has a slim-line look.

It has an LED display that indicates how much charge is remaining when the top button is pressed.

There are two USB ports which gives the ability to charge two devices simultaneously.

There is one USB / micro USB cable included and a soft velour carrying pouch with a separate velcro compartment for the cable.

The charger's output is 5v/2.1A which gives a quick charge to the mobile device. Unfortunately, the cable supplied with the charger threw up the dreaded "phone charging slowly" message on my Lumia 1520.

Changing the cable for the charging cable supplied with the 15,000mAh stopped the message appearing.

For its capacity, it is not too heavy. It weighs 9.59 ounces (272g). This is lighter than the 9,000mAh Lepow Virtue that I reviewed recently and much lighter than the 12.6 ounce Aukey 10,000mAh charger.

This is definitely a charger that I would use often.

Intocircuit PC 15,000 mAh power bank $39.99

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This is a big heavy beast of a charger. Solidly constructed with a boxy look and a brushed aluminium finish, this device weighs 14.88 ounces (422g).

It has a soft velour carrying pouch and one USB /micro USB charging cable.

It has an LED display with an on/off button to activate.

Double clicking the on/off button also lights the flashlight which is situated between the dual USB charging ports.

Its output is 5V/2.4A which indicates a rapid charge for my Lumia 1520. When I changed the cable for a different cable, I saw the 'phone charging slowly' message on my Lumia. This is something to be aware of if you experience slow device charges.

The user manual is easy to understand although some of the phrasing could be adjusted and improved to make it more readable.

The ability to charge two devices at the same time is huge benefit if you carry around lots of gadgets that need to be charged regularly.

I would use this charger on a camping trip when I need several charges for my phone before I could get to a power supply. This chunky power bank would certainly meet my needs.

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