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LoveByte Tech: PNY 7800 PowerPack is Great for Mobile Devices

LoveByte Tech: PNY 7800 PowerPack is Great for Mobile Devices

What do you do when you need juice and there’s no outlet!? Get a portable battery.

Before my trip to Austin for SXSW, part of the preparation process involved buying some supplementary electronics to make traveling and non-stop usage of my gadgets possible. During a typical day I usually have direct access to a laptop or an outlet, along with countless chargers so I usually never have to worry. However, at an event like SXSW where you’re traveling between a convention center, restaurants, halls, hotels rooms, and every where in between; sometimes chargers and outlets are extremely hard to come by.

After some research I came upon the PNY 7800 PowerPackThe PowerPack is a dual-port portable battery which allows for simultaneous charging of two devices at once. The charging ports are universal, allowing you to charge virtually any devices which uses a USB charging cable.  To that effect, the PNY PowerPack can charge iPhones, Android phones, Blackberries, Windows phones, etc. I chose the 7800 mAh version since its can hold an enormous capacity. The box states that “a fully charged 7800 PowerPack can recharge most smartphones up to two times”, of course varying by device. After two and a half weeks of normal use I can confirm that, that statement is true. The PowerPack charges very quickly, taking my iPhone 5S from 10% to 100% in 40-45 minutes during two different times of a day of non-stop usage. After two charges I still had about 20% left so it was nice to still have an emergency reserve.

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In the box is the battery pack itself, and its connector cable which charges the pack through USB. You can charge it through any wall charger that has a USB connection, a laptop, or computer. One of the best features of the PowerPack is the fact that right on the outside of the battery is a digital display that tells you exactly how much power (in percentage) is remaining in the pack.

I mentioned before that you can charge two devices at once. One of the PowerPack’s USB connections delivers 2.1 amps while the other delivers 1 amp. As logic would dictate, the faster number means faster charging. The lower amp rate is to account for older devices (typically pre-2007) which came with chargers that weren’t designed to take advantage of faster USB chargers.

USB side powerpack

You can still plug pretty much any USB device into either side but if it’s an older model it will take a little longer to charge. If your device is SUPER old (im talking about 2000….) then plugging it in to the 2.1 amp side may not do anything at all and you’ll have to use the 1 amp side. You won’t harm your device either way.

 

The battery pack is about the same width of two iphones stacked on top of each other so you probably won’t have this in your pocket (especially if you’re wearing skinny jeans or don’t have pockets to begin with). However the device is very light at 2.9 ounces (~82 grams) so its comfortable to carry or slip in a bag or purse. The build is very good, it looks nice with the brushed aluminum, and it doesn’t feel cheap. There are smaller versions that have that still have the useful digital display and are cheaper, but they hold a smaller amount of power. Check out the PowerPack 5200 or the PowerPack 2600 (can only charge one device).

According to PNY, you can recharge this guy over and over without having to worry much about battery degradation (I’ll revisit this myself every quarter or longer to see if it’s still the case…). The PowerPack goes for $39.99 on the PNY site, though I purchased mine from Best Buy for $30. It’s currently going for $34.24 at B&H Photo & Video and $34.98 at BestBuy. Note that both places do free shipping–BestBuy does price match.

All that being said the PNY PowerPack 7800 worked out fantastically for me and remains my go-to portable battery when I’m out on extended periods without access to an outlet. Have any questions about this review? Leave a comment below!

 

What do you do when you need juice and there’s no outlet!? Get a portable battery. Before my trip to Austin for SXSW, part of the preparation process involved buying some supplementary electronics to make traveling and non-stop usage of my gadgets possible. During a typical day I usually have direct access to a laptop ...

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4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary : The 7800 mAh has charged devices in full up to three times in my tests. The digital display is a quick and easy indicator of how much juice is left in the pack. Dual USB charging ports takes the stress out of choosing which device to charge first if you have more than one, and charging is fast. The PowerPack looks and feels premium quality.The only true cons is that it's bigger than the popular cylinder shaped and other smaller portable battery banks on the market--so you cant comfortably put this in your pocket. And its definitely bulkier than using products like mophie.Still, if you're looking for heavy duty recharging for all your mobile devices--and in a lightweight format--this is the product for you.

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About Grand Duchess of Tech

Tatiana King-Jones, the self-proclaimed “Grand Duchess of Tech”, has served the social media and Internet community, as a thought leader and tech blogger. As creator of Love At 1st Byte she follows and reports on the trends in the consumer device market. Mrs. King-Jones also co-hosts the popular LoudSpeakersNetwork podcast, FanBrosShow.

5 comments

  1. Thank you for sharing! I need to invest in a few of these. I will check this one out !

  2. I recently purchased a t7800 power pack and love the speed and convenience for charging my devices. However I would like to know how long it takes to fully recharge the powerpack itself. I have plugged it into my laptop and also on a wall charger for 1-3 hours at a time and it still just shows 25%. How many hours does it require or does it have to be completely empty before it will recharge?
    Thanks.

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