Review: Portronics PowerPack 4000(Charger)

Posted on May 11, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: |

Now, no more running around for a charging point.

Compact and lightweight; Cancharge a variety of devices;Different charging options for mobiles and tablets.
Does not have its own charger; Cannot charge multiple devices at the sametime.
Portronics PowerPack 4000
MRP: Rs 2000
Street Price (As On 11-May-2012): Rs 1600 (In Mumbai. Sales Contact: 91-9810610088 ).

In this age of powerful smartphones and tablets, the battery life of a product is as important as any otherfeature. After all, your smartphone ends up being pretty much useless, if it doesn’t have any juice in it. To counter this, Portronics has launched a portable charger, called the PowerPack 4000. Let us see how it works and what it cando for you.
Design And Build Quality
The Powerpack 4000 is about the size of a 4″ touchscreen smartphone. It packs in a 4000 mAh batteryand is fairly lightweight. It looks like it could survive a few drops, thanks to its sturdy build.
The design is minimalistic, with one micro-USB port, a full sized USB port and the power switch at the top. Thefront side has indicator lights to show charging status. The retail pack comes with 7 different attachments, for charging up various devices along with a connector cable. It also has a handstrap that can be attach to the bottom of the device.

The Portronics PowerPack 4000
How Does One Go About Using It?
Its nothing complicated; you connect one end of the supplied connector cable into the “OUT” port of the charger, while the other end goes into your device using one of the compatible connectors. Once connected,press the “P/C” button placed at the top and your device will begin charging.

The “IN” port charges the internal battery, while “OUT”port charges the external device.
In the default mode, the device will start charging at 5V / 0.6Ah, which is good enough for most mobile phones. If you would like to charge it faster (which is not recommended), or if you want to charge your tablet (which usually has a higher capacity battery), then you can press the “P/C” button twice to change the charging mode to 5V / 1.5Ah. It also has an additional charging mode of 9V / 0.6Ah, which should not be use for mobilephones.

Green LEDs (top row) indicate the charging mode, while Red LEDs (bottom row) indicate the battery charge of the PowerPack.
That being said, you might wonder, how does one charge this thing? Well, here’s the irony, the portable charger does not come with a charger of its own. Yes, one might argue that you can use the supplied connector cable to charge it, but that is not a real solution. For the record, you can use a wall socket charger or use your computer’s USB port to power it up. Connecting a micro-usb cable to the “IN” port will light up red LEDs, indicating that the Powerpack 4000 is being charged.
Field Testing
For a field test, I took a fullycharged Portronics Powerpack 4000 to an even tin Delhi. As evening drew closer, my Xperia Play ran out of juice. Since the flight swere delayed, I waited at the airport, charging my phone that comes with a 1500 mAh. As expected, it took roughly 2 hours for myphone to reach a 100% charge, considering that I had used the 5V / 0.6Ah mode. Moreover, after my phone was charged, I could charge two more phones. However, this brings us to another small drawback; thePowerpack 4000 cannot charge multiple devices at once.
To Buy Or Not To Buy
Let’s put it this way, if you are the kind of guy who runs around hunting for a charging point quite frequently, then you should purchase this device. It is compact, lightweight and good value for money at Rs.2000. However, if you have only one device that requires charging, then purchasing a spare battery for it might be a cheaper option. Personally, I would say it’s a decent device to carry around if you are stepping out for a long trip.
Features: 3.5/5
Design And Build Quality: 4/5
Performance: 4/5
Value For Money: 3/5
Mojo: 3.5/5
Overall Rating: 3.5/5

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