I love it when an external battery pack includes everything needed to charge and be charged in one package, and that is where the $17 5200mAh Lumsing Mini Portable Power Bank really shines. Not only does it have a built in microUSB for charging your phone, it also has a built in USB charger for charging the battery itself.
Measuring approximately 3″ long x 2″ wide x 0.8″ thick, the power bank is composed of shiny white plastic that is bisected by a rubber USB to microUSB cable that plugs into matching ports on the battery, ready to be unplugged when needed. But as usual, I am getting ahead of myself.
For such an inexpensive battery, there sure is a lot of swag included in the box! Not only is there an included velvety storage and carrying bag, there is also a USB to micro USB cable included in case you need better access to the back of your desktop computer’s USB ports, for example. There is even a microUSB to 30-pin adapter included, although I can’t help but wish it had been a microUSB to Lighting adapter, instead.
The Lumsing Mini Portable Power Bank holds 5200mAh, which is enough to charge all smartphones at least once; some smartphones will get an additional two to three charges. Pushing the button near the four LEDs will cause them to light, each indicates 25% of the remaining battery level, and they will light up green as the battery is being charged, glowing solid when it has been filled.
The picture above shows how the microUSB plug tucks into the microUSB port, and the USB plug is plugged into the battery’s USB port. This design is insanely clever (and I suspect money-saving), because it allows a single approximately 6″ cable to function as a the means and wherewithal for battery and device charging. If you want to charge the battery, you simply unplug the USB side, and plug it into your computer or a USB charger. If you want to charge your device, you unplug the microUSB side and plug the port into your device. DONE.
At only $16, the Lumsing Mini Portable Power Bank is a great way to stay charged when you’re on a plane, away from your desk, or you don’t have a car charger handy. You can plug your phone into it and leave it in your bag, it’s that portable. At this price, it’s not too early to be thinking about holiday stocking stuffers, host gifts, spare gifts for people who show up that you didn’t buy anything for … at this price? Why not?
The Lumsing Mini Portable Power Bank available from Amazon [affiliate link]
Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample
What I Like: Small; Includes self-charging and device-charging cable; Includes extras like a storage bag and extension cable; Can fully charge most phones up to two times; Inexpensive
What Needs Improvement: Nothing — it works as advertised
We happen to have two Lumsing Mini Portable Power Banks to give away. If you would like one, be sure to enter! =)