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TYLT Energi 5K Battery Pack Mobile Travel Charger Review

By: Anthony Garreffa | Portable Chargers in Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 9, 2014 5:12 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: TYLT

Using the TYLT Energi 5K Battery Pack


I charged up the TYLT Energi 5K, and had my drained Samsung Galaxy S5 for testing it to its full capabilities. I had my Galaxy S5 drained to around 15% at night, and watched the final two episodes of '24'. During this time, my Galaxy S5 charged up to 100% from the Energi 5K. I still had some juice left in it, so I went and plugged in my 2013 Nexus 7 tablet, charging that up from 0% to around 55% before the Energi 5K was completely drained of juice.




Another way of testing out the Energi 5K was charging up two devices at once, something I did with my Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3 smartphones. I was able to get both devices from around 10-20% each, to their maximum 100%, something I loved being able to do from a portable battery. The ability to charge up two high-end smartphones to maximum battery levels is just great.


I had the TYLT Energi 5K in my backpack charging up my Nexus 7 tablet on a road trip, so that when I arrived, I had a fully charged tablet ready to go to start blasting music to my portable speaker through Bluetooth.



What's Hot


It's Big, But It's Still Portable: The best part about the Energi 2K and 3K batteries was that they were portable, and while we still have that with the Energi 5K, it's not as portable. Sure, it slides into my pocket, but it pokes out all over the place and is uncomfortable to tote around. In my bag however, is a different story - it lives in there without a problem, providing me with enough charge to boost up my smartphone close to two times over.


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. 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: The Energi range of chargers from TYLT look great, and that is something that commands a higher price. I truly love the look of the Energi chargers, as it catches my eye from the packaging, right down to the detail on the Energi 5K itself.



What's Not


It's Definitely on the Pricey Side: This is an expensive battery, especially when the competition has 8000-10,000mAh batteries that are close to one-third of the price, and when you take into consideration something like the LUXA2 EnerG 8800mAh Portable Battery Bank, at just $29.99, it becomes a much harder decision to sway toward the Energi 5K.



Final Thoughts


If price wasn't an object, the TYLT Energi 5K should be your next charger, if you are after something that packs a little more portable charging punch compared to its siblings in the Energi 2K and 3K batteries. At $79.99, however, it's bordering on far too expensive. You can get batteries with 50% more power for under half the price, which is really saying something. TYLT has positioned itself as a premium brand though, which is its saving grace.


TYLT is offering consumers a great looking, very premium charger here, and that is something worth paying for. Is it worth $79.99? Yes. Will everyone buy it at this price? No. Fans of TYLT wouldn't think twice, but sitting on a store shelf next to something that is much cheaper, you will think twice. Do I have an issue recommending the Energi 5K Battery Pack even at $79.99? Definitely not. TYLT continues its expansion of its Energi Battery Pack range, with yet another great charger on its list.



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