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Vantec Black 5200 mAh Power Cube 5200 mAh Power Bank VAN-520BB-BK

  • Power Input: 5V Recharge Time: Two 5.3V
  • Power Input: 800mA Recharge Time: Two 2.1A
  • Operating Temperature: -10~50°C (14~122°F) Material: Plastic

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Jeanne O.
  • 8/25/2014 7:21:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat product, poor customer service...

Pros: - Works as expected and a great little unit at this price.
- Some list the short cable as a con - I actually like and appreciate the short length.

Cons: Just their customer service - see below... :-( Minus 2 stars for what could have been an easy cable swap.

Other Thoughts: I bought one and received it within 2 days, read the quick instructions and topped off the charge it already shipped with. It charged as expected but would not discharge with the included [short] cable. I happened to order a second one for my wife and when hers arrived the included cable charged the unit and also worked in reverse to charge my Android phone.

I e-mailed Vantec and received this response: "The cable is mainly for charging the unit. It do not use all the data signal, only the power signal. Normally a user will be using their own USB cable design for device to connect to this 5200 battery pack to charge. If your device requires a cable with all the USB signal to charge. It will not work correctly. This cable cannot replace regular USB cable with the same type of ports"

I replied that I understood it was not designed for data transfer and that I wanted it replaced because it only passed the charge one way. I was told again:

"It is not a defective cable, it was not design to function that way.

Have spoken to engineering and they mention that it is design without the data signal and not to be used for both ways. It is only for charging, not discharging.

I pull units from warehouse to test and none have the same capability as the single one that you have. I do not have any to provide you, sorry."

You're right - you don't have to do anything for me... VERY POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE Vantec!

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/25/2014 4:49:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorth It

Pros: It does what it says, it is pretty small, not too thick, has long lasting charges and is quick.

Cons: The cord to charge it is really small, but luckily for me it is USB to Micro and that is the same charger as my xbox one controller charger.

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  • Seth S.
  • 7/17/2014 4:22:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect for battery draining apps

Pros: High capacity, Use same usb to charge either way. Price was $12 shipped when I bought it.

Cons: Not an intuitive design, Could be less bulky, short cable.

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  • Vinay R.
  • 1/17/2014 11:56:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsgood battery, poor charging cable

Pros: Solid battery, charges multiple devices, multiple times. Great travel companion. Works with apple devices.

Cons: Non intuitive interface, you have to count the blinks to notice how much charge is left. I think 5 blinks means fully charged. The charging cable fell apart on its 5th use, meaning that the front half of the micro USB stayedin, while the back half of the micro usb came out.

Other Thoughts: Having a cable break while travelling is super inconvenient, and brings back battery anxiety, which was the sole purpose of spending $20 on this. Thankfully its a good battery, so took a while before I needed to charge it again.

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  • Sam S.
  • 12/2/2013 10:43:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: small, work as promised.

Cons: very short USB cable

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  • Michael G.
  • 8/16/2013 4:02:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA great bargain when I got it

Pros: Charges quickly using my Nokia Lumia charger.
Charges the phone quicker than the charger.
Holds about 2 charges of my rather small Lumia 710 phone battery.

Cons: Doesn't come with a charger but that's fine.
A little chunky.

Other Thoughts: You know how you are in the airport and realize your phone battery is low and either can't find an outlet or they are all taken? This solves that problem.
I got this for slightly more than 1/2 regular price through one of the Newegg promotional emails. Dithered between this one and a competing brand. I've had good luck with other Vantec products like drive cases and drive cables so I decided to try it and am very satisfied. They don't give you a charger with it, but that's fine; my Lumia charger works well. I suspect all of these draw a good bit of current. They supply a standard usb - micro usb cable. Just remember to push the button when you plug your phone into the charger.

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  • QingJiu Z.
  • 8/12/2013 1:44:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks as expected.

Pros: Works as expected.
Small size, very portable.
Blue LED light show the rough amount of charge left. It also shows charging status.

Cons: Extremely short cable, about 5 or 6 inches. But you can use any other standard micro USB cord.
Shinny slippery surface. (No you can't use it as mirror, but it does show your fingerprints easily.)

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