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RAVPower PB07 10400 mAh White External Battery Pack Portable Charger Power Bank (Dual USB Outputs, Ultra Compact Design), for iPhone, iPad, Mini; Samsung Galaxy, Note 3; HTC One, EVO; Google Nexus
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Spectacular. I drove from Baltimore to Pittsburgh, had my phone on GPS navigation the whole way, plugged into this thing, and showed up in Pittsburgh WITH ALL THE LIGHTS ON THE BATTERY PACK still showing charged. It was only after like 12 hours of use (Samsung Galaxy S3) that I was done to (G_d forbid) 3 bars of power. PLENTY of juice.

Cons: Nothing really. I mean, it's big, it's a lot heavier than a typical smartphone. But, you know, it is what it is. It's a big battery.

Other Thoughts: buy buy buy buy

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POWEREX MH-C9000 Charger - Analyzer
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Oh my {deity} it's gigantic 11/27/2013

This review is from: POWEREX MH-C9000 Charger - Analyzer

Pros: I have never owned such a nice, feature-packed, battery charger in all my life.

Cons: None that I can see...so far.

Other Thoughts: This thing is BIG. I mean it is BIG. I didn't think to check the dimensions when I bought it, and just assumed it was similar in size to my old Maha/Powerex charger that I bought about 7 or 8 years ago. Well let me tell you---I was wrong. I went from something the size of a calculator, to something the size of a cantaloupe.

I think it's literally too big to travel with easily.

So just be aware of that. It's a feature-rich, awesome, charger, though.

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FSP Group AURUM S 400W Power Supply with Intel Haswell Certified
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Wow. This is a great PSU! 10/22/2013

This review is from: FSP Group AURUM S 400W Power Supply with Intel Haswell Certified

Pros: Aside from the obvious as shown in the specs (gold rating, an inordinate number of power connections for sata drives, etc), I am really struck with two things about this supply:

1) It is quiet. I don't mean "not very noisy", I mean QUIET. I actually began swearing up and down when I turned the supply on (paperclip test) to test the tolerances, as it was LITERALLY SILENT, I had no idea it was on, and actually thought it was busted! Is it low air flow? No, it's like a tornado coming out of the side of the PSU from the fan. So I have no idea how they pulled off this much cooling air flow with literally *ZERO* sound. Not a peep. I can even put my ear next to the fan, and hardly hear a thing.

2) I tested every rail in this supply on load, and off load. I have never seen something this tight. This seems really well designed. Doesn't even budge. My rails were +3.36, +5.07, and +12.15 (and -11.68 on the -12V) on the +3.3, +5, and +12 (and -12) volt rails, respectively. Basically, that means instead of being up to 5 or 10% out of whack (which is about what you'd expect when you buy a PSU these days---even from Corsair), these guys are pretty much within 1% tolerance. Of course, it doesn't really matter to have exact voltages, but the fact that there are shows me that they weren't messing around in the QC.

I really feel like I have a power supply that's well designed with good parts, and QC'd by someone that knew what they were doing. I hope that's true, and not an illusion.

Modders, if you care, things were nicely sleeved. Looks good.

Came with some velcro straps, and (I have NFC why) four thumbscrews like you'd see on a computer case. What are these for? Definitely above average in the "accessories they give you" category.

It's pleasing, overall. And it's efficient, and silent.

Cons: Viciously non-modular, and due to the generosity of the connections given the modest output wattage, you're definitely going to have some extra cables here you're going to want to do something with.

Motherboard main power connector is 24 pin straight. Not 20+4. (At least, if it were 20+4, I didn't see immediately how to split it off.) Won't matter for 98% of the people though, since I have yet to see a mobo that wasn't 24 pin these days.

Other Thoughts: I'm using mine in a file server (FreeNAS, paired this PSU with the beautiful Bitfenix Phenom M case). I needed something reliable, efficient, and with a lot of SATA power connectors, and preferably of a low wattage. This looked good, and it was even better than I expected. Currently running a SuperMicro X10-SLM+-F server board with Intel G3220, and four 3.5" HDD's at 24/7, and this PSU isn't even remotely breaking a sweat. I can almost hear it laughing at me for how much more it's ready to deliver than what I'm asking.

Buy buy buy!

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Display Name: Kyle K.

Date Joined: 06/10/07

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