August 30, 2014

Lepow Moonstone 9000 review

Moonstone 9000_LR

Up for review today we have the Lepow Moonstone 9000, a portable battery backup solution for Android and other smartphones. As the name implies, this guy packs 9000mAh worth of juice in a very cute and convenient form factor.

Measuring nearly 3.5-inches in width and depth, the Moonstone is roughly 1.5-inches in height. It’s small enough to toss into a backpack or purse but with enough juice to get you through a weekend. The model we tested was sapphire blue; it comes with a folding, felt carrying case and flat ribbon micro-USB cable.

Strangely, our review unit came with a handful of other oddball accessories, stickers, and gifts. We’re not sure if this comes with every Moonstone 9000 or if it’s part of our review kit. Nevertheless, none of them were overly useful and the whole lot felt like something you’d get from a claw machine game. If you happen to be so lucky, you can look forward to a rubber cord wrap, plastic headphone wrap, screen cleaning tool, tiny stylus, and other “goodies”.

The Moonstone 9000 offers two USB ports for charging, one being 1.2A and the other a 2.1A. The two ports are marked with lightning bolts with the former having one and the latter having two.

We were able to charge up a Tegra Note 7 from completely dead to roughly 60 percent over two hours. Considering the tablet comes with a 4100mAh battery, this was a little slower than we expected from the 2.1 output. For phones of around 2000mAh-2800mAh, the charging time should be about two hours – give or take.

We like the fact that this portable guy comes with his own carrying pouch and USB cable. While it’s not the fastest of charging cables it’s convenient nonetheless.

The overall feel of the power bank is one of quality if not a little slippery. There’s an indicator button/light to let you know what sort of juice is available. Nothing feels generic or cheaply made here and it’s nice to see how much life is left in the block. The blue is the right shade so as not to feel overly masculine or feminine.

If you’re looking for a convenient, portable power solution, the Lepow Moonstone series is a great place to start. The Moonstone 9000 has a suggested $79 price point – a bit too high if you ask us. In looking around, we noticed Amazon had it for $40, a much more practical price.

You may also enjoy the 3000 and 6000 models, each offering 3000mAh and 6000mAh, respectively. Based on the Moonstone 9000  we’d have no problems recommending the Moonstone 6000 at $20 or so.