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TP-LINK TL-PB10400 :10400mAh Dual-USB Ultra External Portable Charger/ Power Bank,2A Fast Charging, Compatible with iphone, ipad and all iOS and Android Devices, Practical Flashlight
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The TP-Link TL-PB10400 is a small compact power bank with a large capacity. The TL-PB10400 is about the size of a Air Wick "WallFlower" you might use to freshener the air in your home. So the size in unobtrusive, can fit in the pocket of a pair of jeans, kahkis or a small purse without being too bulky. The TL-PB10400 has two USB ports for charging devices a 1amp and a 2amp. Obviously using the 2amp USB port decreases charge times drastically.

Cons: Because of the TL-PB10400's large capacity, it takes a while to charge from zero to full in order to use.

Other Thoughts: This is the second power bank I've reviewed, and the third that I own. The TL-PB10400 is the best device for portable charging I own.

The TL-PB10400 ships with the following:
1) TL-PB10400 10400mAh Power Bank
2) Micro USB Cable
3) Small travel pouch
4) User guide
*Notice this device does not come with a wall mount USB charger*

I tested the TL-PB10400 with the following devices that I own:
1) Samsung Galaxy S3
2) Nook HD

It took approximately 12 hours to charge the TL-PB10400 to full capacity after I received it. Subsequent charges took about the same amount of time.

Charging the Samsung Galaxy S3 (using a standard 3.8 V Li-ion battery) took on average 2 hours and 20 minutes using the 2amp USB port. I was able to charge my Galaxy S3 three times to full (from 0% to 100%) and a partial (from 0% to 35%) before needing to recharge the TL-PB10400.

I was able to charge my Nook HD twice (from 0% to 100%) before needing to recharge the TL-PB10400. It took on average 3 hours to charge my Nook HD to 100%.

I also charged both my devices at the same time using the TL-PB10400. I was able to recharge both devices (from 0% to 100%) with the Nook HD using the 2amp USB port and the Galaxy S3 using the 1amp USB port. The Nook HD completed its charge in 3 hours 12 minutes (very little difference from being charged solo) and the Galaxy S3 took 5 hours and 10 minutes. After both devices were fully charge the TL-PB10400 did have a small charge left, enough for approximately a half charge on the Galaxy S3.

The light does work on the TL-PB10400. For such a small bulb in the power bank, it gives a surprising amount of light. Although I think this is more of a gimmick, if I needed light I'd using my Galaxy S3 in flashlight mode.

Overall this is an EXCELLENT Power Bank. It has a VERY large capacity, is small compact and unobtrusive and can recharge multiple devices at the same time. I would recommend the TL-PB10400 to anyone looking to buy a power bank.

**Please note, while this reviewer did receive a complementary TP-LINK TL-PB10400 Power Bank to review, no other considerations/allowances were made or given in relation to this review.**

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FREMO P100 10400mAh Power Bank External Battery Charger for iPhone, iPad Air, mini, Galaxy S5, Note, Galaxy Tab, Nexus, HTC One, One 2 (M8), PS Vita and other Smartphones and Tablets (made by SCUD)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very compact, has a decent charge capacity, compatible with many devices

Backup battery came in a non-descript box, had the battery backup, micro usb cable and instructions.

Cons: I wish the item came with a wall charge. I'm sure that the manufacturers decided to save a few dollars by not supplying the usb wall charger. Most individuals have a usb wall charger, or at least have a computer to charge the battery backup, although you would have to leave your pc on...

Other Thoughts: Took about 9 hours to fully charge the Fremo P100. Once.fully charged the backup had enough to.charge my Samsung SIII three times. First charge I had my S3 powered off, it took 2 hours and 9 minutes to go from 0% battery to 100%. Second charge I left my phone powered on as it charged, it took 3 hours and 19 minutes to go from battery 1% to 100% on my S3. I did not time the last charge as I was more interested in if it had enough to fully charge my S3.

Overall, I am very impressed with the device. I have used it to charge my cell phone numerous times.

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CORSAIR CSM Series CS550M 550W ATX12V v2.4 and EPS 2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Corsair name, VERY VERY quiet, modular, neatly packaged.

Cons: The CS550M comes with only two SATA connectors on one string, REALLY?!?!?! Couldn't have added the third one? All cables are very stiff around the connectors, will need to work them a little to loosen them up.

Other Thoughts: Unit comes neatly packaged in a well labeled box. You receive the unit in bubble wrap, the ATX 24-pin and the EPS/ATX12V 8-pin cables are non-modular, so they are attached. The modular cables come wrapped in plastic along with screws, zip ties, power cable and an instruction booklet.

The modular cables you receive are the following:
1 - 2 PCI-E 6+2-pin cable
1 – 3 SATA cable
1 – 2 SATA cable (again, why short the extra SATA connector on this cable????)
1 – 4 molex cable
1 – molex to floppy converter

All cables are very very stiff and unsleeved, except the 24-pin ATX cable.

The unit is very very quiet, the sound of the case fans drown out the PSU fan.

I installed this unit into the following system:
CASE: COOLER MASTER Elite 430
Card Reader: Rosewill RCR-AK-IM5002 (disabled due to lack of 6th SATA power connector)
CPU HSF: COOLER MASTER HYPER 212 plus
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H AM3 ATX
CPU: AMD AM3 Phenom II X3 740
GPU: PNY XLR8 GTX 460 OC 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 (overclocked to 800Mhz Core/1600mhz Shader/1900Mhz Memory)
SOUND: Realtek ALC892
DEDICATED PHYSX: Galaxy GT240 512MB GDDR5 (overclocked to 600Mhz Core/1400mhz Shader/1900Mhz Memory)
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333
SSD(OS): SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series 256GB
SSD(Swapfile): OCZ Agility 2 120GB
HHD(STORAGE): SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB
BURNER: LITE-ON iHBS212 Blu-Ray Burner
PLAYER: LITE-ON iHOS104-08 OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

I pulled out a digital multimeter and tested the PSU to the best of my abilities. Below are the average (3 readings) voltages on the +3.3, +5 and +12 volt rails.

Boot:
+3.3v = 3.32
+5v = 5.08
+12v = 12.08

Idle:
+3.3v = 3.32
+5v = 5.08
+12v = 12.08

Kombustor (DX 11, multi gpu):
+3.3v = 3.32
+5v = 5.08
+12v = 12.07

Prime95:
+3.3v = 3.32
+5v = 5.08
+12v = 12.08

As you can see the voltage on the 3 rails hardly moved. The Corsair CS550M was VERY stable and lived up to the Corsair name. I would recommend this PSU to anyone that only needed 5 SATA power connectors.

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