Review: Balios® Combo 7000mAh

Well here’s an interesting little portable battery. I’ve reviewed my fair share of these devices, but none of them have been quite as feature packed as the Balios Combo 7000mAh.

This is a portable battery that can recharge using its built in solar panels! It also packs a small torch and a selfie button which you can use as a remote shutter by pairing up over Bluetooth with your phone. Pretty neat right?

All of these features are great, especially if you’re away on a hiking holiday or something similar. There are two USB outs, which allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time. The capacity and charging speed is also good, which when combined with the ability to top up the devices charge via its solar panels, becomes a real winner.

Now I must stress the phrase ‘Topped Up’ because this thing takes in energy from the sun at a VERY slow rate. For me it took around four days for the thing to take in a full charge. Now this isn’t too bad if you are expecting it to just take in a little extra energy while walking (you can clip it to your belt or bag using the clip that comes with it) but if you’re looking for a solution that will help to save money at home, completely helping you to avoid plugging into the mains, then this will not help.

The extra features are nice, the remote shutter coming in handy, with the small torch acting to light me up in darker situations when trying to take a selfie. The thing is, they felt as little unnecessary, but I guess it’s better to have and not need right?

So is the portable battery worth it? The answer is maybe. If you’re going on holiday and won’t have access to the mains, then this could be extremely helpful, especially since it tops itself up. If you’re just after a portable battery, or something that will completely replace your mains charging at home due to its solar charging, then this isn’t the product for you.

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Review: GMYLE® 2500mAh Ultra-Thin Power Bank

This is perhaps the most portable battery I’ve reviewed to date. This slim line, compact device is fantastic to use and easy to carry around no matter what.

I’ve used and reviewed a number of portable batteries, almost everyone of them boasting far more power than this little device. The one thing they all lack in comparison is the super compact design.

Now it does have its draw backs. If you’re going on a long journey and you need a lot of power for multiple devices then this isn’t the product for you. However, if you are looking to use a portable battery on your daily commute or while at work, then this product is far better suited than most others out there.

I’ve found it very convenient to slip this into my jacket pocket, taking it out and attaching it to my phone when needed. The great thing about it is that it fits in my jeans pocket along side my phone without adding any real bulk. Its comfortable to charge and carry at the same time.

Also the fact it has a relatively short cable attached is a good thing as it means you won’t have lengths of cable sticking out of your pocket.

The charge time as relatively fast, only a tiny but slower than plugging my device directly into the mains.

As I mentioned above, if you’re after something with a lot of power for long journeys this isn’t for you. However if its just a daily power boost you require then look no further.

Out of all the power banks I’ve been sent to review, this one is by far the most practical to use on a daily basis.

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