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It seems quite sturdy when held in your hand and has that 'soft plastic' feel, certainly not hard and brittle like you would expect with products in this price range.
The included flash light is bright enough to illuminate anything directly within your reach, however, it doesn't do too well at small distances. Comparing it once again to the Hue Stik 2,600, it's much darker and is similar to the first of three brightness settings on my old HTC Desire.
Unfortunately, the shape of this product is a little concerning. Comparing it to something like the Justin 2000mAh power bank, it's going to be much harder to fit the device in your pocket alongside your wallet, keys or phone - especially if you're wearing some form of tight jeans.
Even if you do manage to fit it in your jeans, the weird shape (cylindrical with square edges) is likely to dig into your legs and cause issues. It fits in my shorts well, but stepping up stairs or a slight jog to the train will be uncomfortable.
There's also some sort of timer included with the product - I accidentally found this feature when toying around with the device. Reading 0:00 for me, I was unsure at first if it records how long you've been charging or is supposed to tell you the time. I found no mention of this timer in the provided manual either.
After plugging it in to my computer to charge, it became aware to me that this timer function does keep track of exactly how long the device has been plugged in and charging or discharging. Nothing extremely useful, but at least interesting.
Transgressing multiple dimensions
I'm going to start this off exactly as I did with the Hue Stik. To cut a long story short, the best consumer for this product would be someone who either:
- Always carries a backpack, or
- Has a handbag
The shape is quite long and awkward, meaning that slim or skinny Jean wearers will have some issues, becoming quite apparent to me in a short time that a backpack or handbag would be a much better place to store such a device - or even permanently in your car will do too.
The 1A output is outclassed by many other options available on the market by name-brands, however, this provision will manage to hold your phones charge with GPS and 3G internet turned on. You will need to ensure that background applications are closed and your screen brightness is low, otherwise you will experience an extremely slow, but sure, drop in battery percentage.
Almost every downside to this product can be argued by the price - $10. If you're looking to carry this battery pack around in your pockets, I would suggest you look elsewhere - otherwise the slower 1A output and smaller 3,000mAh capacity are simply negated by the $10 price-tag. The only real reason I can see for you not to purchase this product is if you are in dire need of more capacity - however, it could be argued that you may as well just buy two, considering the price.
One niggling issue I have to bring up is the fact that the backlit screen stays illuminated throughout the whole charging process - this can be very annoying at night time, meaning it's best if you turn the product to face downward.
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