I do love my iPhone 5, but like most smart phone users the battery life is a problem. Normal days at home are fine, as I don't use the phone too much and we have several chargers around the house. But when we go out for the day, particularly if there is travelling involved and I can't connect to WiFi, I'm constantly checking the remaining battery life to make sure I don't run out.
We've been considering buying an external charger for our phones for some times, so the opportunity to review the RAVPower Luster Mini 3000mAh Portable Charger was perfectly timed. Both Ram and I had trips up to London this week, with a long train journey that generally drains the phone battery pretty quickly, and so they were great opportunities for us both to test out the charger.
The device comes with a USB to Micro USB cable that you use to charge it. This cable can be plugged into a USB port on another device to charge. It doesn't come with a plug socket that goes into the mains, but this makes the cable smaller and lighter to carry around.
If your phone has a Micro USB port then you can use the same cable to charge your phone. If not (for example with an iPhone) you will need to use your phone charger cable. You can see the Amazon link above for a list of devices that the charger is compatible with, it seems to me to be a pretty comprehensive list.
The external charger is available in five different colours, mine is gold. It measures approximately 10.5 cm in length with a 2.5 cm diameter and it weighs 85g. It comes with a removable clip to attach to a belt, although I didn't need to use this.
The device has a red light while you are charging, which changes to blue when the charger is fully charged. According to the manufacturers, the battery pack will provide you with at least one full charge to your iPhone5 and the input charging time is 4-5 hours.
On Friday I travelled up to London for a couple of days. By the time I arrived at my hotel mid afternoon my phone battery was nearly gone and I only had ten minutes or so to change in the room before I was heading out again. I was able to easily fit the compact charger and cable into my handbag and charge my phone while I was walking about, and when I checked a couple of hours later the phone was fully charged, fantastic!
The charger can also act as a torch which is very handy. You can choose between a bright light, a dim light and a flashing light. The torch can remain lit for up to 120 hours if fully charged which is brilliant.
It would be nice if there was some kind of indicator so that you could see how much charge was left on it, but for the price of the charger (currently £10.99 on Amazon) I think that it's extremely good value, and I love how compact it is. We are definitely going to be getting plenty of use out of it!
I received the charger to review, Amazon links are affiliate.