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Review – Poweradd 5000mAh Portable Charger

Poweradd 5000mAh Portable Charger

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Poweradd 5000mAh Portable Charger at a glance

We’re pleased to say that the Poweradd 5000mAh Portable Charger represents outstanding value for money in its category. Most manufacturers have got a ‘lipstick sized’ portable charger or power bank in their range of products. However, for similar money you’d only be getting about 3250mAh from Jackery, RAVpower or Anker. Its a great budget offering for someone looking for a small, portable power bank.

PROS
  • Fantastic value for money
  • Super compact and portable
  • 24 month warranty
  • Fast charging / recharging
CONS
  • Some reports of manufacturing issues
  • Heavier than competitor’s models in this category

Capacity & Charging speed

For the size and price the Poweradd 5000mAh Portable Charger is packing a very impressive amount of power. To find an equivalent at this type of small size you’ll definitely need to be prepared to part with more cash.

The good news is its fast as well. Its single USB output port is rated at 2.1A so you’ll be recharging your devices very quickly indeed. This once again is a point of difference with some of its competitors.

Recharge times are also speedy thanks to its 2A input port. To take advantage of fastest recharge times its a good idea to get a wall charger that can deliver the necessary current. The AUKEY 12W Dual Port USB Wall Charger would be an excellent choice.

Finally, the Poweradd 5000mAh Portable Charger uses smart charging technology. Basically, this auto detects your device and then delivers the highest/safest charge possible.

How many times will the Poweradd 5000mAh Portable Charger charge my device?

iPhone 5s 2.1 times
iPhone 6s 1.8 times
Samsung Galaxy S6 1.2 times
Samsung Galaxy S7 1.1 times
Samsung Galaxy Note7 1 times
Sony Xperia Z 1.4 times
HTC One M7 1.4 times
iPad Mini 0.5 times
iPad Air 2 0.5 times
iPad Pro 9.7 0.5 times
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 0.6 times

*Charging rates are a rounded approximation taking into account average battery condition, environmental factors and natural power degradation

Look and feel

Look and feel is one area where the Poweradd 5000mAh Portable Charger is perhaps a little bit disappointing. There’s not anything wrong with the way it looks per se, it just feels a little plain. Having said that it does come in a range of candy-hued colors (other than plain old black). The bright color palette goes some way to mitigating its somewhat plain looks.

The long, narrow body has a rounded hexagonal shape – which makes it easy to pick up. The plastic casing is broken up by a metallic strip which wraps right around the body. On the leading edge you will find a prominent Poweradd logo, as well as the power button. At the business end are the USB output and micro-USB input ports.

Durability & Construction

The Poweradd 5000mAh Portable Charger feels solid and well put together. However to offer the unit at the price they are, they have obviously had to skimp somewhat on materials. The body is plastic, and as mentioned above it doesn’t look quite as sexy as some of the other products in this category.

We’ve also read some reports of manufacturing issues. Things like it not holding full charge after a period of time, or even units completely dying not long after purchase. We should stress that these reports are isolated, and the vast majority of customers give it an excellent rating. Not to mention the fact Poweradd back this power bank up with a 24 month warranty. We don’t think these reports are reason enough to not buy it.

Portability

Its hard to fault the Poweradd 5000mAh Portable Charger when it comes to grading it for portability. As you can see from the product photos, it will easily fit into the palm of you hand. It will also sit comfortably in your pocket, not to mention a purse, back pack or shoulder bag.

But if you considering some of its competitors in this ‘lipstick sized’ power bank category, we should point out there are lighter units available. At 4.2 ounces, the Poweradd is a little heavier than the offerings from Anker, Jackery and RAVpower. This is due to the Poweradd having a chunkier profile. They all measure about 4 inches in length, but the Poweradd 5000mAh Portable Charger is close to twice the width of its competitors.

But it is still a very compact, portable power bank.

Technical Details

Manufacturer Poweradd
Size 3.9 x 1.3 x 1.2 inches
Weight 4.2 ounces
Type Power Bank
Charging Capacity 5000mAh
USB ports 1
Colors Black / Blue / Pink / Green

Final Thoughts

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  • Look and Feel7.7
  • Durability & Construction8.2
  • Portability9.2
  • Capacity & Charging Speed9.1
  • Value9.9

All in all, the Poweradd 5000mAh Portable Charger is a great value offering. You're going to struggle to find a similar combination of power and size at this price point. Just beware that the payoff is in somewhat plain looks, and cheaper manufacturing and materials. With a 24 month warranty, this power bank comes highly recommended for budget minded consumers.

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8.8Overall Score

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