I have talked about power banks in the past on Facebook but I don’t think I have ever reviewed one. I have been using a couple power banks for the last year or so (possibly 2 years) and I thought it was time to provide a review for the FOSpower PowerActive Power Bank 9000 mAh though I have found that they have upgraded their power banks to 10200 mAh.
Now since I have had this for a couple of years I actually purchased mine when they only made the 9000 mAh versions. And though the capacity is greater with the new version everything else about this power bank is the same.
What is a power bank?
If you are not sure what a power bank is, a power bank is a portable power source typically used to charge phones and tablets but some are designed to charge computers. This power bank was not designed to recharge big things. It is mainly designed for charging phones, tablets, iPods, spy cameras, and in some cases video cameras.
The FosPower PowerActive power bank was a very good power bank purchase for me and it is still a power bank that I take with me on all my investigative assignments.
In my everyday life I usually bring it to locations where my son might need it. Sometimes we are at events that he is not that interested in and he plays on his Amazon Fire Tablet. Eventually that tablet runs out of power. We then plug in the FOSPower PowerActive power bank to the tablet so he can keep playing on it.
What are the highlights of the FOSPower PowerActive power bank?
I am all about the amount of value for the price. As I write this it is listed for $29.99 on Amazon. I think this power bank over delivers but you can be the judge. Here are some cool features:
Can fully charge an iPhone 4 or 5 times and a Galaxy S Series 2 to 3 times.
This is quite a bit of charging. This is enough to get you through a surveillance day.
This means that when the flap is closed it can be underwater up to 3 feet for approximately 30 minutes. I would never try this on purpose but at least you know it can withstand getting wet for a short period of time.
This power bank has a little flashlight that can be quite bright. I don’t use it often but it is nice to know it is there.
You will have a good idea as to how much power this portable power bank has because it has an LED indicator that lights up. The more power you use, the less dots that are visible when pressing the button on the side of the power bank.
2.1A for charging your devices
This isn’t the fastest charge but fast enough for devices. I was happy with the speed that my devices were charged. We plug in the device to the tablet and it continues to charge while the tablet is in use.
Compass and Carabiner
This power bank has a carabiner and compass attached to it. I can’t say I have ever used the compass but it would be nice to have if ever lost in the woods. I have used the carabiner to hook onto my backpack.
Some of the ways I have used this as a private investigator and blogger
I had one particular time were I was able to charge my video camera that was dying during a surveillance. I was using a backup video camera and only had one battery for it. I plugged the power bank charger into my camera and it allowed me to continue videotaping on a low battery until I could return to my vehicle to charge my camera properly.
While videotaping an event at the America’s Car Museum with my GoPro I started run out of power. I again plugged in this power bank and continued to videotape with the power bank plugged into it.
Why I would recommend this power bank
This is a very rugged power bank that will take a fall, get wet and not fail on you. I think it was designed for the outdoors person which is perfect in my opinion.
It isn’t very big so it can easily fit in a backpack or hang off the back pack with the provided carabiner.
Finally, it hasn’t failed me and I still use it after 2 years. This to me means that FOSPower makes a quality product in my opinion.
Here is a link to the new and improved version of this power bank. And below are some other similar power banks.
Let me know how you like it or how you use it.