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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: * Size, shape and quality feel. It has that apple like look to it. The LED lights are bright and vivid so you can easily see how much charge is left in the battery.

* A 10,400 mAh battery is a good size. It did indeed charge from empty to full my Galaxy Note 3, three full times in a row with some juice to spare. My Samsung Galaxy Note 3 standard battery is 3,200 mAh and the iPhone 6+ is 2,915mAh for comparison.

* Charge capacity level indicator. Knowing how much charge is left in your battery is critical.

* Two USB ports so you can charge two devices at once. The 2nd USB port provides up to 2 amps of output (the 1st port only 1 amp, why I don’t know). This pretty much covers the maximum power draw of largest smart phones (the Galaxy Note 3 power supply being 2.1 amps). Some tablets may charge a bit slower than using the wall supply that comes with them though. For example the Surface Pro 3’s power supply supplies 3 amps to that tablet.

* Charging speed. This power pack will charge your devices at about the same speed as their OEM chargers as long as they only try to draw an amperage level equal to or less than that of the rated output of the power packs coinciding USB port.

* The power pack stayed fairly cool while charging. It also charged much faster using a third party wall charger than using the USB port off of my PC. (USB 2.0 is rated to output a maximum of 500 mA or 900 mA in USB 3.0). It took 7 hours to charge with a 2 amp supply, 11 hours to charge from a 1 amp supply and 20 hours to charge from my USB 3.0 port.

* It has a “Practical Flashlight” built into it. Putting a flashlight on everything can only be a good thing. It’s not super powerful so it would be a bad choice to rely upon for a nighttime hike in the woods, but anything within arm’s reach will be well lit when you need it to be.

Cons: * I don’t consider the lack of an included supply charger to be a con, but it’s something you should be aware of. Look for a 2 amp supply if you need one. (It does come with the USB cable though).

Other Thoughts: Why do you need one of these things? You need one because you are an international traveler and won’t have to rely upon different adapters to take with you. You need one because you like to go on long hikes or camping in the back country. You need one because your cigarette lighter in your vehicle is broken and you would really hate to be stuck in traffic with a dead phone. But most of all, you need one of these because you want to be prepared in an emergency! I’ve heard several stories from friends or coworkers about a time when their phone’s battery died on them that really put them in a bad situation. I plan on never being able to have a story like that and there is no reason to if you are the proud owner of one of these battery packs. I plan on bringing one or even two of these to our next trip to Disneyland where I have regretted not having something like this in the past.

Like all batteries, there is a limit to how many times you can recharge this one. TP-Link says 500 charge cycles. That should be plenty but please realize that this is not meant as the main method of charging your devices. That said, it works great for what it’s advertised to do and I would recommend this portable charger to anyone.

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Corsair Gaming MM200 Mouse Mat - Standard Edition
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Corsair MM200 Standard Edition Cloth Mouse Mat 02/11/2015

This review is from: Corsair Gaming MM200 Mouse Mat - Standard Edition

Pros: * Corsair. One of the top elite memory manufactures out there now makes a mouse mat? That’s pretty cool. I can see the quality in this mat right away.
* There is only so much you can do to a mouse mat to show off its quality so then you use the packaging to do so. There is a sample of the mat on the bottom of the packing tube for potential buyers to touch and feel. It’s an overall attractive, high quality paper tube with six languages describing what is inside. It is something that makes you want to keep it instead of throwing it away.
* The color scheme goes well with a lot of equipment. Matt black with the Corsair logo being shown off in the bottom right corner. It says to people, “Yea, I’m a serious computer user and I have mad gaming skills. Tread lightly.”
* The first thing I noticed after opening it besides how large it is was how smoothly my Microsoft IntelliMouse could glide across its surface compared to my old mouse mat. The is a big issue for serious gamers. It helps with precision and lowers fatigue. I didn’t think it would be much better than my other cloth mat but it is.
*It’s size covers a lot of real-estate, is quite thin (yet sturdy), and the rubber backing grips to my desk a giant gecko foot. The cloth top is very finely woven (so much so it almost looks like a solid flat surface), and smooth.

Cons: * This may be the first product I’ve reviewed that has no cons. I want to maybe say it’s price, but you are getting what you are paying for here, a giant, super high quality, great looking mouse mat that accomplishes it’s function beautifully. I wish I had this thing in college when taking my AutoCAD class.

Other Thoughts: When I first opened the tubular packaging, I was surprised how large the mouse mat was for being just the “Standard Edition”. I was worried that it wouldn’t fit right on my desk. Turns out that although it is just slightly overly large for my desk, I can just rest the right side of my keyboard over the top of it with no ill effects. If worst came to worst, I suspect it would be very simple to trim it to size with a pair of scissors. Bam! Custom sized mouse mat. I like the size though and wouldn’t dare deface its beauty.

Corsair has grown and grown, starting as a small specialty memory company to making computer products of all kinds from SSDs, chassis, thermal heat sinks, and now mouse mats. In my experience, they have always been an upper tier, quality brand. If you wanted performance, you had to look at corsair. So what is it about a slab of cloth covered rubber can be so great by a company that makes great things? The quick answer is that it’s just better than the others, making it the best, and that’s a pretty great thing.

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APC Black 10000 mAh Mobile Power Pack M10BK
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs APC Portable USB Power Pack 01/08/2015

This review is from: APC Black 10000 mAh Mobile Power Pack M10BK

Pros: * Big brand name. APC has been a market leader in battery technology for a long time so they have good experience for making a good product.

* 10,000 mAh battery (and not the 5000 mAh version). 10,000 mAh is the minimum battery size I think should be in one of these things, otherwise what’s the point? My Samsung Galaxy Note 3 standard battery is 3,200 mAh and the iPhone 6+ is 2,915mAh for comparison.

* Two USB ports so you can charge two devices at once.

* Charge capacity level indicator. Knowing how much charge is left in your battery is critical.

* The 2nd USB port provides up to 2.4 amps of output (the 1st port only 1 amp). This fully covers the maximum power draw of largest smart phones (the Galaxy Note 3 power supply being 2.1 amps). Some tablets may charge a bit slower than using the wall supply that comes with them though. For example the Surface Pro 3’s power supply supplies 3 amps to that tablet.

* Charging speed. This power pack will charge your devices at about the same speed as their OEM chargers as long as they only try to draw an amperage level equal to or less than that of the rated output of the power packs coinciding USB port.

* The power pack stayed fairly cool while charging. It also charged much faster using a third party wall charger than using the USB port off of my PC. (USB 2.0 is rated to output a maximum of 500 mA or 900 mA in USB 3.0).

Cons: * Price. There are other brand power packs even less expensive with more capacity available.

* Included USB 2.0 charging cable is a mere 11.8 inches long (15 inches including the plug ends). I’m a fan of long cables and this cable is immediately going into my big box of extra cables stored in my closet. I have plenty of 5+ foot USB cables lying around to replace it. NewEgg sells nice six foot long fabric braided USB 2.0 cables which I would suggest looking into as a replacement if you want something longer.

Other Thoughts: This power pack is about the same size as an iPhone 6+ while being about twice the thickness and 110 grams heavier. It’s compact enough to carry around in a pack or purse or even large pockets. In other words, it’s plenty portable.

Lithium Polymer (LiPo) battery. From a consumer standpoint the only difference between this battery and a Lithium Ion battery is that the polymer battery is slightly lighter to manufacture and has a slightly flatter discharge curve, so they are better in this application than a Lithium Ion battery.

Does not come with a USB wall charger. This is neither a pro nor a con for me. I already have a plethora of USB wall charger blocks lying all over my house and I can use any one of them to charge this device. The device wants to see a 1.5 amp input. Almost all of my chargers are 2.1 amps. That is OK. Using them will not damage anything. You can plug any USB device into any USB cable and into any USB port, and nothing will blow up. The device regulates the current draw and takes what it wants, not the wall charger! (Which makes me wonder why this battery even offers two different charging ports of different amperage outputs in the first place?) The rating on the wall charger is just what it’s maximum output capability is. Using a 1 amp wall charger will simply leave this power pack hungry for more power and will take longer to charge. I would rather pay less money (presumably) for this device than pay more while getting a mediocre (1.5 amp) wall charger that I won’t want to plug in my hungrier devices into. You can buy a 1.5 amp wall charger for under $5 shipped if you really want one though, I just looked.

Important final consideration: For the same total weight, and the same price, you can buy 6 original Samsung OEM 3200mAh replacement batteries offering a total of 19,200 mAh battery capacity, roughly twice the capacity for the same price and portability of this battery pack. This would also help counter charge life reduction that is inherent to batteries after many cycles of charging.

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