Sometimes when you don’t have a wall outlet near, external battery packs can be your saving grace… especially when they pack as much as 11,000 mAh in a single charge. We’ve been using the Lumsing 5-port external battery pack for about two weeks, and we have a pretty good handle on whether you should consider it or not.
Check out our full review below.
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The Lumsing battery pack features a very sleek, compact design. Though plastic, it almost feels like glass, giving it a super premium feel. On one side, it has a set of four LED lights to indicate the power level. Unfortunately, the lights stay on the entire time a device is charging. Though it most likely doesn’t take up too much power, we would have liked to see the lights go out when it’s in use. Under the lights is a small white power button and a Micro USB input slot.
On the opposite side sit the ports. There are five different ports, each with different output levels. The levels go from top to bottom: 1.3A, 2.1A, 1A, 1A, and .5A. With current devices having bigger and bigger batteries lately, we don’t think you’ll have too much use for the .5A output. But nonetheless, we’re glad it’s there. The total output of the device is 3.1A, so you can’t use all of the ports at one time. If you need to charge 2-3 devices at one time, you could probably make it work, but all of the devices would charge at a very slow rate.
The pack comes with a carrying pouch, two Micro USB cables of different sizes, and 5 extra connecting pieces: an iPhone 4/4S 30-pin connector, Mini USB, and 3 others that you might not ever use. It’s great that it gives us the option to use other connection types – definitely not something many other companies focus on.
Overall, the hardware is top-notch, especially for the price.
To be honest, there isn’t a whole lot to say about the battery portion. It does exactly what it says. While testing this, we’ve used a ton of different devices: Nexus 5, Pebble smartwatch, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 7 (2012), and a Galaxy S3 (Not at the same time, of course. See above).
Since it’s an 11,000mAh variant, it takes a very long time to charge. But that’s to be expected. Plug it in at night and it will be charged by the morning. No big deal!
Should I buy it?
The short answer to this question: yes, you should. If you’re looking for a huge amount of extra juice and don’t mind carrying around a battery pack that’s a bit bigger than normal, you’ll fit right in with this one. But if you just need one or two extra charges for your phone every few days, we’d honestly tell you to stick with this one, as well. Sure, there are battery packs out there with less than half of the power of this one, but for the price and all of the extras, you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that competes with this.
If you’d like to pick one up, Amazon sells them for $25.99. Honestly, you should buy this. It’s a great value, has great hardware, and it does exactly what it should.