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SHARKK Black 5000 mAh Dual-USB Portable Backup Battery / Power Bank / Wall Plug Charger
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs A mix of good and bad ideas 06/01/2015

This review is from: SHARKK Black 5000 mAh Dual-USB Portable Backup Battery / Power Bank / Wall Plug Charger

Pros: I've had a little 3200mAh Anker battery pack for three years and it's worked flawlessly. But that's about one recharge of a phone battery today, so I agreed to accept a 5000mAh unit from Sharkk for review.

It has a couple of things going for it, aside from more juice. My Anker is a slippery little fellow and it slides off things. The Sharkk has both a non-slip surface and a flat bottom, which makes a big difference in being able to get it to sit somewhere.

I didn't think I'd care about the built-in wall plug, but it turns out to be handy for me. You don't have to change cords, just pick it up and keep it attached to your device.

Cons: There are three features I don't love, though, starting with the shaking thing. I mean, why? Why would I plug something into it that I didn't want to charge? It's a charger, that's all it does.

I'd also like to have some sort of power display. There's a tiny LED, but no way to tell how much power is remaining. That's not a big deal, though.

It's also big for a 5000mAh battery. I do understand that because of the plug it's been designed to fit into a power strip, so it has to bee sort of tall, rather than spreading out and taking up too much real estate. The downside is that makes it kind of bulky and tubular, although I'm not sure what they could do about it.

Other Thoughts: If Sharkk eliminated the shake to charge (which would save them money, right?) and gave it more than an on/off indicator, I'd be solidly sold. I would love to have full 5v charging, too, but low voltage seems to be a feature of most battery packs.

TOSHIBA Canvio Connect 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive HDTC710XK3A1
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Works well, but questionable build quality 12/12/2013

This review is from: TOSHIBA Canvio Connect 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive HDTC710XK3A1

Pros: Super quiet, spins up fast, small form factor

Cons: Came with touchy port, short included USB cable

Other Thoughts: I originally thought I had a DOA example, but I eventually discovered that either the end of the USB cable or the USB 3.0 socket on the HD was faulty. If I position it exactly right and don't touch it, it connects. I'd RMA it, but I bought it because I have files I need to back up right now. Quandry!


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Display Name: David T.

Date Joined: 07/18/06

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  • First Review: 12/12/13
  • Last Review: 06/01/15
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