With 3,000mAh in the tank, a light-up percentage-based battery indicator, a single-LED flash light and compact design, you'd usually expect to pay around $20-$30 for a product such as this.
For a ridiculously low price of $9.99, this ScaleUp 3,000mAh portable battery pack "surely must have some kind of setback". That was the first thought that crossed my mind when looking up this device.
Sometimes with technology, it doesn't hurt to be a little suspicious - so please read on for the good and the bad that this battery pack has to offer as tested out by myself.
Single-LED flash lights are becoming 'the norm' these days on all battery pack offerings, giving you a handy way to light up a small area without having to take out your smartphone and start up an application. Due to it being a small single-LED, there aren't any real issues of large power drain incorporated.
Similarly to our previously reviewed HUE Stix 2,600mAh battery, this product contains a 1A input and 1A output rating, meaning this battery will see your devices charged at these comparative speeds:
- 100% faster than a normal computer USB port (0.5 A)
- 83% of the speed of some OEM wall-socket chargers (1.2 A)
- 47% of the speed of most commercial battery packs (2.1 A)
Most chargers on the market provide users with 1.2 - 2.1A output speeds, meaning your device will charge much faster. We're going to have to put down the slow discharge speed to how cheap the whole package is.
As mentioned previously, this power pack contains a total of 3,000mAh in the tank. If losses are completely taken out of the equation (you can realistically expect around 2,600 mAh to be supplied), this portable battery will provide you with the following charge on various smartphone models:
- 166% on an Apple iPhone 6
- 115% on a HTC One M8
- 107% on a Samsung Galaxy S5
- 103% on an Apple iPhone 6 Plus
- 93% on a Motorola nexus 6
- 93% on a Samsung Galaxy Note 4
It may seem fairly decent at first, but be aware that sharing your phone around with friends will see you soon run out of juice.
As for the battery indicator, there is a small blue-backlit screen available which shows you not only the exact percentage of battery capacity left within, but it also has a neat little symbol telling you if the product is charging or discharging. The back-light can be turned on and off either by plugging or unplugging a cable, or by pressing the top button once.
According to the manual, this device provides power through its "Samsung grade A batteries and cutting edge chips" - meaning high expectations will be held going into the testing phases.
What's in the box?
Providing a simple package, this product comes with a key-ring holder and cord attachment, alongside a short MicroUSB charging cable.
Unfortunately, once again, likely due to the price, there is no carry pouch included with the device. It would certainly help keep the small LED screen clear of scratches when carried in your pocket, handbag or backpack. You can see for yourself in the macro picture taken below - this is from just a few short trips inside my pocket. It doesn't mean the screen is unreadable, it's just no longer pristine.
The actual box itself is extremely compact. This should also help keep costs down when ordering online, as we're told by Scale Up that this product will be exclusively sold through Amazon.
PRICING: You can find the ScaleUp 3000mAh Mobile Battery with LCD 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 ScaleUp 3000mAh Mobile Battery with LCD retails for $9.99 at Amazon.
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