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This review is from: 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
Pros: Out of the box the TP-Link TL-PB10400 was plugged into the wall using a USB to AC power adapter I supplied. No AC adapter is supplied by TP-Link. A 4 1/2 Ft. micro USB power cord is included with the unit. One of the first things I noticed was the flashlight does not work while the unit is being charged. In addition, the TL-PB10400 will not charge your iphone/ipad while charging of the unit is taking place. After one hour charging, the unit indicated 25-50% charged. To be fair, we were using a 2V USB to AC power adapter which is all we had available. TP-Link suggests a 5V/2A power adapter. Perhaps if the adapter was included for those of us who do not have one at our fingertips, the charging time would be faster. We switched the TP-PB10400 over to a USB 3.0 port on the computer for the remainder of the charging period. After an additional 2 hours on the 3.0 USB connection, the TL-PB10400 achieved 75% of full charge. After some 6 hours charging time, the TL-PB10400 still had not reached it's peak 100% charging power. Reaching it's peak 10400 mAh charging peak capacity takes considerable time with what we had available. We decided to leave the unit charging on the computer's USB port overnight. The TP-Link TL-PB10400 was 100% fully charged according to it's indicators by the next morning. Hopefully you have a more efficient AC power adapter than we had available and the overall charge time will be shorter.
We tested the TL-PB10400's charging capability by plugging in our iPad4 during the one hour drive from work to home. With that one hour charge our iPad gained 9% of it's total capacity. Not bad to charge the iPad 9% in the car during the short drive drive home. The TP-Link still showed 100% capacity after a one hour charge of the iPad.
We conducted one final test on the TP-Link TL-PB10400 power bank. We plugged the unit into our Kill-A-Watt power tester and tested the number of watts the unit consumed while plugged into the AC while charging the battery. The number of Watts was 3. We consider that a good number as far as power consumption and our electric bill is concerned.
The TL-PB10400 is only about 3 1/2 inches long and just over 1 1/2 inches thick. The unit is very compact weighing barely 1/2 pound and comes with a carrying pouch. We love the built in LED flashlight feature. The LED produces a bright white light. The Gloss white finish with sky blue accents are attractive enough. With the unit's 10400 mAh of power and Dual USB ports charging your ipad and iphone simultaneously is no problem. Built in protection prevents short circuit, over-voltage, over-current, over-charge, over-discharge as well as over-heating. LED indicators show battery level and charging status which lend to the TL-PB10400 simplicity and hassle free ease of use.
Cons: Required 5V/2A USB to AC adapter is not included. An included simple travel-type USB to AC charger to go along with the nice flashlight feature would be great. Would fit right into the nice travel pouch supplied with this desirable, innovatively designed power adapter.
Takes a considerable amount of time to fully recharge to 100% peak capacity.
Other Thoughts: This is a great portable Power Bank. Recommended for anyone with a need or desire for a compact, powerful sharp looking innovative state-of-the-art portable power bank mobile device charger.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: None. Defective
Cons: Newegg sent the first cable. It was defective. Newegg sent out the replacement. It was also defective.
Other Thoughts: Received two. Zero worked.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: G1840 Celeron (Haswell Refresh)
GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SOC FORCE
Corsair Vengeance 16GB 1600MHz.
Samsung 840EVO 120GB SSD
Corsair CS750M 750w PSU
Zalman CNPS 5X HSF
BitFenix Shinobi Case
Win 7 64
At the time of the build the only processor I had available was the Celeron G1840. This primed for overclocking, high performance Z97X motherboard along with all the other high performance parts used for this build would be a perfect match for a future 4770K or perhaps an upcoming Haswell Refresh K series processor. In addition, consider the Z97 chipset's ability to support Intel's fast approaching next generation 2015 release of their Broadwell line of processors. The Gigabyte Z97X-SOC offers a clear upgrade path to Intel's yet to be released next generation Core processors. Obviously a great plus and worthwhile consideration if you are planning to build a high performance Intel system right now.
The entire build and installation of the parts listed took about two hours. All the listed components went together beautifully. The system powered up first try. The operating system was installed and fully updated as well as time taken to poke around in the original first release F3 BIOS the GA-Z97X ships out with. The first release BIOS supports the recently released first round of Haswell Refresh processors. A subsequent F4 and lastest F5 BIOS versions are already released and available on the Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SOC FORCE product page.
Although the Celeron G1840 we installed flew right along loading up the operating system, system drivers and apps, the small 2 MB's L3 Cache the CPU offers would bottleneck at any attempt at crunching large applications of data or firing up of a CPU intensive game. I did manage to run through the F3 BIOS and manually set up my RAM speed and timings to Corsairs specs. A few other adjustment in BIOS were done and a fail at a manual overclock caused a little more work. I got to know the GA-Z97X-SOC FORCE's well placed 'BIOS reset' button. No popping out of the battery and manual jumper reset required. Shut down and hold down the BIOS reset button and the BIOS will reset and default without further troubleshooting. I will mention I used the onboard Qualcomm® Atheros Killer E2201 (10/100/1000) LAN chip to download and install the huge load of Windows 7 64 updates. I tested the speed and did manage a steady 21mbps download speed which is the max my ISP provides me. I think the onboard Atheros Killer LAN is sufficient for casual to moderate Net connection activity, but I have an Intel PCI Gigabit adapter I will install should I use put this computer into heavy network use through our business office network. As I assembled the system with the GA-Z97X-SOC board at the heart of my build, I felt I was building with the highest quality, most durable high performance products available. There is lots to like with the GIGABYT
Cons: Nitpicking, but mention of a couple of issues. The old school front panel connector the board offers does not consist of an 'EZ connector' or common harness for all case wires to group into one before being plugged in to the MB's front panel connectors. Having to route and plug in each individual case panel wire to the board seems like so much work when a simple harness or adapter for the Pwr On, Reset, Speaker, HDLed, etc. would make installation easier. Connecting every individual front panel case lead to the board before installing the board into the case makes helps ease the pain, but is a lot of unnecesary work when an EZ connector would allow simple plug in with the MB installed in the case. Also, the onboard SATA connectors are poised at a user unfriendly angle. The onboard SATA connectors are facing blindly from the user toward the front of the case. The positioning hides the MB's SATA connectors from direct view making the simple procedure of attaching a SATA cable to the board somewhat of an adventure.
Other Thoughts: I may look to a 4770K or possibly a less costly Core I5 for now to make this board perform like it was intended to do. Thermal improvements with the new Haswell Refresh processors, which this board supports, are a possibility for me and my business use of a top notch efficient, yet high performance PC. Owning this board is cause to do some research into what 2015 and Intel's upcoming Broadwell processors have to offer.
The GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SOC FORCE is likely the most advanced, high performance future enhanced Intel motherboard you can own at this time.