Using the TYLT Energi 3K Battery Pack
Charging up the TYLT Energi 3K Battery Pack is simple enough, as you just plug in a micro-USB cable into it, and then into your normal smartphone charger, or another portable battery, or any other USB port you have available. There's a green LED that displays when it's charging, which turns off when the charge has completed. The LED button is directly connected to the power button, something you press to turn on, or wake up the Energi 3K charger.
I used the TYLT Energi 3K Battery Pack with my Samsung Galaxy S5, which features a 2800mAh battery. This is a perfect way to test the strengths of the Energi 3K battery, as it will drain virtually almost every last drop of charge from the internal 3000mAh battery. I had my Galaxy S5 at 24%, while watching the last two episodes of 24: Live Another Day (which was great by the way!), and by the time the episodes were finished, my Galaxy S5 screen popped on alerting me to the fact that I had hit 100% battery. The Energi 3K still had a little juice left, so I plugged it into a Galaxy Note 3 that I have here, where it charged that up by a little over 10% before it completely died. Charging up a smartphone just once these days isn't much, especially considering how much we use our smart devices these days. But the Energi 3K is so thin, which is where the best part of all comes from.
I was able to tote around a 3000mAh battery with me, which is something I can't do easily these days. Other batteries can fit into my pocket, but they don't do it with as much ease and portability as the TYLT Energi 3K. I was able to have the battery in my pocket, and while out at lunch I had my Galaxy S5 down to just over 50%. While I was sitting there enjoying my meal, my Energi 3K was charging up my Galaxy S5, so that when I finished lunch, I was sitting on 90% battery levels on my S5.
It was when I was able to do this that I really fell in love with the device. I stood up from the table, clicked the cable back into the side of the charger, put the charger into my pocket and walked away. I still had over half the charge left in the Energi 3K, which meant I could top my Galaxy S5 up to 100% again later in the day.
It's So Small!: That's what she said. Yeah, I went there. But really, TYLT has done an amazing job cramming in 3000mAh of battery into something so small, with 9/16-inch size. This is incredible, with the ability of taking something around that would completely charge my current daily driver smartphone (Samsung's Galaxy S5) from completely dead, to 100% battery.
Embedded micro-USB cable: This is something I love to see. Normally I give other companies points off for not including one, but TYLT is a company that knows its users. Not everyone wants to drag around a mobile charger AND a micro-USB cable, which is where the Energi 3K comes into play.
Sure, it's a micro-USB cable and not a Lightning cable for iPhones, but that's why we also have a USB port. TYLT is going after the much bigger market with the micro-USB cable, as there are tens of millions more devices that use that connectivity versus the Lightning-powered iOS-based devices.
It Looks Great: You can't buy a product that looks ugly, unless it has some ridiculous feature or specs. TYLT has splashed design all over the Energi 3K Battery Pack, from the packaging down to the charger itself. The Energi 3K isn't just a capable charger, it's a great looking charger, too.
It's a Tad Expensive: This is an expensive battery, especially when the competition has 8000-10,000mAh batteries that are the same price, if not cheaper than the TYLT Energi 3K - such as the LUXA2 EnerG 8800mAh Portable Battery Bank.
I came into this review thinking "I'm not going to really enjoy using a smaller battery with 3000mAh of charge", but I walked away surprised. I was able to have a portable battery slide into my pocket, without bulging out my pants and making me feel weird walking around with a smartphone, wallet, keys and a charger in my pocket - but I did, and it was fine. Being able to walk around with 3000mAh of portable charge is great, as I could make sure that my smartphone was always topped up to 100% charge during the day.
From now on, I'll be taking the TYLT Energi 3K Battery Pack away with me on trips, as I can be sitting at dinner or at the bar with a few friends enjoying some drinks, while my smartphone is keeping its charge at 100% during that time.
If there's something I truly despise, it's when my smartphone starts getting low on battery, and I'm forced to either not use it as much as I want, or I'm forced to turn the brightness on the screen down. I'm not using my expensive phone to turn off the features that make me love it (such as the big, bright, beautiful screen).
PRICING: You can find the TYLT Energi 3K Battery Pack for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The TYLT Energi 3K Battery Pack (blue) retails for $49.99 at Amazon.
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