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November 20, 2011 • Reviews

Yoobao Power Bank 4400mAh External Battery review

We recently looked at the Yoobao Power Bank battery. It’s a beast and has a huge capacity that can keep your device or devices going all day long. That Power Bank isn’t the only capacity that the company is offering, however. They also offered this smaller 4400 mA hour battery and, while it is smaller, it has the same great features. In fact, when the power in my home went out again the other day this battery stepped in and saved the day. Let’s take a look at it.
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From the Company:

Weighs at only 4.5oz, Yoobao Sunrise packs 4400 mAh battery in a small package, enough to charge your cell phone 3 times. Perfect for everyday use, longer trips and emergency situations.

Features:
Give your smartphone up to 30 hours of extra talk, internet, and video time, so you can truly enjoy what your phone can offer
1A output can charge your phone faster, and can even charge iPad 1/2 and other tablets
Compatible with iPad 1/2, iPhone 4/4S, 3Gs/3G, and iPod touch
Compatible with all cell phones with micro USB connection, such as Blackberry, HTC, Samsung, Motorola, LG, etc.
Compatible with e-readers, such as Kindle, Nook, etc.
Compatible with gaming devices, such as Nintendo DS, Sony PSP, etc.
Specifications:
Input: DC 5V/1A
Output: DC 5V/1A
Battery capacity: 4400 mAh
Dimension: 2.95in x 2.24in x 0.91in (75mm x 53mm x 23mm)
Weight: 4.48oz (127gram)

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So here’s a schematic of the battery itself. On one side there is the USB output. The battery includes a USB and three adapters so that you can use it with a number of different devices. The other side has a micro USB input that is used for charging the battery and an LED flashlight. On the surface of the battery to find the power button, a simple power indicator and a battery level indicator. What I like about this design is that it’s quite simple yet it has a good bit of flexibility.

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The battery comes with the battery itself, the aforementioned USB cable and three tips. One tip allows you to charge and iOS device. Another is a micro-USB which is as close to universal as you’re going to find. Unfortunately I quickly discovered that the iOS device adapter is a little bit thicker than the one Apple offers and therefore it won’t work with my iPhone which is currently wearing a LifeProof case that I am reviewing.

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A quick look at the top section shows the flashlight and the micro USB charging port. Simple and clean is the way I would describe the battery overall.

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The side with the USB ports that is used for charging is equally simple.

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And here is the battery when the USB cable and the IOS device adapter are put together. I really appreciate the low-profile, simplicity and overall sturdiness of this battery. You don’t need to use the adapter that they send but it’s great that they include it so that you don’t need to carry a full long charging and sync cable if you don’t want to.

At 4400 mA hours the battery has a nice capacity without being too bulky or heavy and, as previously noted, it’s already saved the day once. I expect that this is one of the batteries that will be joining us in Las Vegas for CES 2012. But perhaps the best feature is the price. The MSRP on this battery is just under $80 but xengadget.com is currently selling it for $49.95. That strikes me as an excellent value and something that would make a great stocking stuffer.

 

MSRP: $79.99 now just $49.95

What I Like: Small in size large when it comes to capacity; includes battery charge meter; simple design that simple to use; includes a flashlight

What Needs Improvement: Nothing at all

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