Another day, but not another battery pack. If you’ve ever ready one of my battery reviews in the past(thank you), this one is for the outdoor types who need to stay powered up. Over the past few years we have seen many devices cater to the people who love to bicycle, run, hike, camp, sail, and every other activity under the sun.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z3 come to mind when I think of devices designed to withstand the elements. If mainstream devices are going extreme, we need the accessories to match and that’s where the UNIFUN 10400mAh Rugged Battery comes in to save the day. It’s not everyday we get to test gear designed for the rugged lifestyle, so let’s check it out.

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Design

The body of the UNIFUN Rugged10400mAh Battery is constructed out of a hard orange plastic, with a softer gray plastic around the sides and in strips along the bottom and top. The gray plastic prevents the battery from sliding around on smooth surface and makes gripping the battery more comfortable.

The three USB ports are protected by an attached plastic guard which swings out of the way to allow access. Two of the USB ports serve as outlets for charging two devices at the same time, while there is a micro-USB input for charging the battery itself. According to UNIFUN this battery has an IP66 rating which means it is 100% dust proof and resistant to powerful water jets.

There is a single button that is used to both turn on and off the flashlight and to check the charge level that the battery is holding. The UNIFUN Rugged Battery also has a small plastic loop on a short side to allow for it to be clipped to a backpack or on to a waistband (you’ll need to buy your own clip).

The only downside, which is understandable, is this battery is slightly larger than portable batteries that aren’t designed to withstand the elements.

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Usage

The UNIFUN Rugged 10400mAh Battery was very intuitive to use – straight out of the box I was able to find the single button and turn the flashlight on/off without looking up instructions. Letting my Samsung Galaxy Note 5 die down and charging it all the way back up with the battery was a breeze. There was still half or more of the charge left for me the next day when I forgot to charge my phone overnight.

To test the water resistance I ran it under the faucet, with the protective flap covered, and wiped it down. I found no water within the charging ports and everything worked as advertised. I repeated this process ten times to make sure it wasn’t a fluke and it proved worthy.

Not that I actually enjoy testing durability of products, as I was raised to take care of the things I own, I dropped it on solid concrete from waist height. It picked up a few minor smudges, which wiped off with ease, and didn’t even appear to had ever dropped. I can imagine the UNIFUN Rugged 10400mAh Battery at the bottom of my backpack when I go hiking and worrying if I can drop my backpack or not. I wish all of my gadgets came with this kind of protection.

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Specs

Specification:

Model: U821

Capacity: 10400mAh

Input: 5V/2A

Out1: 5V/1A(MAX)

Out2: 5V/2 .1A(MAX)

Size: 147.5×75.5×28.5mm

Weight: 300g

4 Integrated LED indicators show power level

Summary

With the $20 Amazon price for the UNIFUN Rugged 10400mAh Battery, it is a must-have in any disaster-preparedness kit. In fact the CDC recommends having batteries and flashlights in your kit! It isn’t just designed for your smartphone or tablet, but any USB powered device. Beyond the disaster kit, if you’re the outdoors or active type of person, look no further than the UNIFUN Rugged 10400mAh Battery. It will keep up with your lifestyle with a durable and rugged body and certified with an IP66 rating.

If you’re interested in purchasing the UNIFUN Rugged 10400mAh battery, head on over to Amazon.com by clicking this link.

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