Can we ever have enough power? I’m sure there has been many times you’ve forgotten to charge your phone, tablet or other portable devices and have wondered where you’re going to get power for them. Sure there are accessories out there for you car and other travel needs, but what if a power receptacle isn’t available? What if you’re camping, or hiking somewhere as last I checked there are no power outlets in trees. You need portable power, but many of those types of devices on the market today are rather small really in terms of capacity and how many charges it will give and just what it will charge. Many of those portable charges for example won’t charge a tablet, just not enough juice to get the job done.
Today for review I’ve got one of the newest products from EagleTech that really doesn’t have any fancy name, it’s simply called the Neptor External Battery Pack. There are a few things that separate this portable battery pack from others on the market today. The first of them being the rather large 10,000mAh battery that’s inside of it that can charge most anything from phones to tablets. The second thing, and one of the most important I think, is the battery is user replaceable. The third thing that separates this from others out there is the fact that you don’t need any special tips or adapters, so there’s no additional cost. Some battery packs on the market are pricey initially, but then you have to go and spend more money on different tips for all the devices you would like to charge. You can easily end up spending close to or as much as the battery pack itself just on tips. The Neptor battery pack works very well at charging basically anything that can be charged over USB without the need for adapters and it has two USB ports, one with 2.1a and one with .5a output. So read on to learn more about what I think is one of the best portable power solutions on the market today…
The packaging is attractive for the Neptor external battery pack. There’s a nice picture on the front of the product and then some spec and features listed on the back. When you open it you’ll find another box, so it’s actually a box inside of a box.
When you open the second box you’ll be greeted with the top of the carrying case actually.
The carrying case is very nice, it’s zippered closed most of the way around and on the side is a regular microUSB cable. The case is semi-hard and does have padding on the top, bottom and sides.
When you open the carrying case you’ll find the user manual and the Neptor battery pack itself. The battery pack is held securely in place in the case by an elastic band. The inside of the carrying case is covered with a soft black cloth material and on the top half you’ll find a net style pocket to hold your cables etc.
The Neptor battery pack comes in either black or white colors and I got the white for review. The front of the Neptor housing is plastic. The unit itself seems very well made and sturdy, it’s heavier than it looks, but then again it does have a rather large battery inside of it.
On the top you’ll see the name and the battery capacity.
On the bottom of the front you’ll find three LEDs to indicate power levels and charging, along with labels for the USB ports on the edge and a large silver button. The button is used to check the power level or turn it on and off. Yes you can manually turn the Neptor off and on for charging.
Here’s the front edge which has two USB ports, one is 2100mA and the other is 500mA. The center microUSB port is for charging the Neptor itself.
The bottom if the Neptor is a solid metal plate, aluminum it seems to be.
On both the right and left sides you’ll find tabs which are locks, they’re used to unlock the Neptor to get to the battery inside.
You just have to squeeze the tabs and slide the bottom metal cover off, fairly simple to do, but the tabs do hold the cover on tightly. The battery takes up about three-fourths of the housing.
The 10,000mAh battery gets connected to the Neptor unit via a two wire connection that ends in a plug. You can replace the battery whenever you need to.
To give you an idea of the size of the Neptor battery pack here’s a regular 2.5” hard drive with it for comparison. The battery pack isn’t what I would call tiny, but it isn’t overly large at all, it really is portable.