Everyone knows that your battery dying whilst out and about is a nightmare. No matter how much you try to leave the house with a decent charge, there are those occasions when it just can’t be helped. Thankfully, Sandberg have products to counteract this.
They were kind enough to send me out a PowerBar 2200 mAh to review.
Inside the box, you will find the PowerBar itself, a 33 cm Micro USB cable and a small Instruction Guide.
When the PowerBar first arrived, I was instantly impressed by the size and look of it, (9.3 cm and 2.10 cm wide), it is a decent enough size to fit anywhere. It also has a very nice look to it, with its metallic green colouring – other colours are available, it won’t look out of place. It was very simple to setup for charging. Literally just plug the Micros USB in on the PowerBar and plug it in to your computer, or other power source. Whilst charging, the LED light on the device lights up red and when charged, changes to green. There was no need to install any drivers or anything, and charging started immediately.
When it came to using the PowerBar on my mobile device – my iPhone in this case – it did exactly what it should. I simply plugged in the iPhone charging cable to the PowerBar and connected it up to my phone. Charging started as soon as I connected the two devices together. I kept my phone on charge whilst driving and after a 15 minute trip, it had charged an extra 22%.
Charge life on the PowerBar seems to be substantial and I have only had to recharge through the PC once since it arrived.
Overall, I am very impressed with everything about this device. It looks great, is a very handy size, and does exactly what it should – charges my devices. While I only tested it with my phone, there are plenty of other devices you can use it for – pretty much anything that can be charged via USB. For the price that you can pick one up for (around £13 from Amazon UK at time of writing) this is definitely something that you could do with having in your car or bag, even if as a ‘just in case’.