Luxa2 P1 7000mAh High Capacity Battery & Charger ReviewWesstron - May 20, 2013
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LUXA2 P1 7000mAh High Capacity Battery & Charger Introduction:
It seems that portability has been the word on the streets these last few years. The North American social landscape is the perfect example, since everyone is pretty much "connected" full time via a smartphone, a tablet, or an Ultrabook — soon smart-glasses will probably be the trend. Most of the social interactions are channeled through "Social Networking" applications, with all the pros and cons that come with this dependence. The professional aspects of our daily lives are also closely dependent on the readiness of the portable devices we use to answer calls, respond to emails, retweet tweets, and so on. The public enemy in this case is what I call the "low battery syndrome", and it spares no one. It affects everyone with a low battery notification that somehow managed to forget the charger at home and cannot figure out how to charge their device for the day. Does this sound like a nightmare for some of you? Well fear not, since LUXA2, which is a division of the renowned Thermaltake, may just have the item that will save the day!
Today I will present you the LUXA2 P1 7000mAh High Capacity Battery & Charger. This portable power bank is made by LUXA2, a division of Thermaltake, which focuses essentially on portable devices accessories. The company offers an extensive lineup of products including cases, car mounts, sleeves, screen protectors, bags, headphones, and even high end HTPC enclosures. The LUXA2 P1 7000mAh High Capacity Battery & Charger stands up as the only external charging solution offered. Aimed at the always on-the-go crowd, this unit offers a sleek design, solid but lightweight construction, high charging capacity, and dual USB port connectivity to charge up to two devices at the same time. The LUXA2 P1 7000mAh High Capacity Battery & Charger competes against other offerings on the market, some of which are suspiciously identical in terms of looks, especially TeckNet’s iEP387 7000mAh Dual-Port 2.1Amp External Battery Pack and Charger. At the time of this review, the USA version of Thermaltake's online store does not seem to carry the product; the $46.99 price tag you see above is what the unit goes for in the usual channels after a quick online search.
The LUXA2 P1 7000mAh High Capacity Battery & Charger comes in a slim plastic box with a clear window on the front that lets a potential buyer see the unit in all its glory. The design is well thought out and gives away one of the main characteristics of the unit: the ability to charge two devices at the same time. Imprinted on the lower part of the window is the name of the unit and a “Stay powered all the time!” tag. On the bottom right side, it’s stated that the LUXA2 P1 7000mAh High Capacity Battery & Charger is made for iPod, iPhone, and iPad. While this is true, this charger will also work with most of the portable devices available on the market. To the left side of the window, three facts are stated about the unit: it can charge an iPhone 3.5 times, it can charge an iPad to 78% capacity, and it provides dual-port output.
The back of the box provides more details about the LUXA2 P1 7000mAh High Capacity Battery & Charger. Among the listed details, we can see the 7000mAh capacity of the Li-Polymer battery, the input/output values, the 112 x 73 x 17.1 mm size, and the 250 g approximate weight. A small picture of the unit with a legend detailing the different elements and connectivity options is located towards the middle. The bottom lists the contents of the package.
Aside from the quick reference pamphlet, the LUXA2 P1 7000mAh High Capacity Battery & Charger comes bundled with a black Micro-USB to USB cable designed to charge the unit. Since no dedicated wall adapter is included, the cable can be connected to a PC USB port or to a compatible adapter belonging to another device as long as it provides 5V, 1A max. Also included is a white Dock Connector to USB cable designed for connectivity with Apple products. Finally, we find a black nylon pouch that’s far from being soft or sturdy. I would advise against using it to carry anything, especially a pricey item! The seams busted just by handling the thing, I wasn’t even trying to test its strength.
The LUXA2 P1 7000mAh High Capacity Battery & Charger is a fairly compact unit measuring 112 x 73 x 17.1 mm. The plastic housing feels very sturdy and should protect the unit against any abuse it may be subjected to inside of a laptop bag pocket. The smooth lines and overall finish of the unit make it look very attractive. The LUXA2 logo, the chrome button, and the blue indicator led lights are great accents that add to the sleek appearance of the unit. The bottom of the unit is equipped with four small rubber feet that provide some stability and prevent sliding on smooth surfaces. On one of the short sides of the unit are located three connectivity ports: a 5V/1A rated Micro-USB port used to charge the LUXA2 P1 7000mAh High Capacity Battery & Charger, and two standard USB ports used to charge up to two devices simultaneously. These ports are rated at 5V/1A which may seem lacking in terms of output since most high end portable devices support 2.1A input for faster charging.
The LUXA2 P1 7000mAh High Capacity Battery & Charger has great looks and pretty solid build quality. Will it have enough juice to quench my power thirsty Samsung Galaxy Note II? Keep reading!