What we think
The catchily named EC Technology Portable 2nd Generation Deluxe 22,400mAh 3 USB Power Bank is an excellent device, capable of charging your smartphone around 10 times without access to a plug socket.
However, while the capacity is incredible, it’s not the best option in terms of portability, due to it being so large and heavy compared to other power banks, so you’ll need to consider your personal needs. It’s certainly best suited for your bag, rather than your pocket.
- Good price
- High capacity
- Built-in flashlight
- Charge three devices at once
- Cheaper ones available
- Arguably overkill
Measuring 6.3 x 3.15 x 0.9 inches, and weighing 462g, the EC Technology Power Bank is hefty to say the least. If you’re after a really lightweight battery charger, which is barely noticeable in your pocket and only needs to boost your phone a couple of times during the day, then this isn’t the power bank for you.
With plastic encasing the 22,400mAh lithium-ion battery, it feels very sturdy and tough, so I’m confident I won’t end up breaking it anytime soon.
Featuring three USB ports (1A iPhone port, 2A Samsung Tab port, and 2.4A iPad port), the power bank can cater for a range of devices, ensuring whatever you connect is charged as quickly and safely as possible. While it’s designed with certain devices in mind, it’s not exclusive, so it’s fine if you have an Android or Windows phone.
It comes with a Micro USB charging cable, which you can use to charge the power bank or to charge Android devices, but you’ll need to supply your own Apple cables if required.
You can use all three ports at once, but obviously it will be drain the battery of the power bank much quicker if three devices are charging simultaneously. That said, it still performed admirably, charging my iPad, Bluetooth earphones and smartphone quickly. It should be noted that if the power bank is being charged, you cannot use it to charge up any devices at the same time, but this isn’t really an issue to me.
The power bank is available in five different designs: Black and Red, White and Red, White and Black, Black and Blue, and Blue. I would recommend going for one of the dark ones, because my white one ended up with some dirt on it during the first day of use, which won’t go away and shows up annoyingly clearly (my fault, admittedly, but still irritating).
Dirt aside, it’s a very sleek and well-crafted gadget, completed with the addition of an LED flashlight. This is a very useful addition, because if it’s dark and your phone’s battery has died – but you don’t want to switch it on while you recharge it – you can simply double-press the button on the side to turn on the torch. If you do it a second time, it will shine brighter, while a third time will initiate SOS flashes. This is a great feature, because if you happen to be out trekking and get lost, you will be much more likely to get somebody’s attention thanks to the lights. Simple, but smart.
Handily, there are also four LEDs on the top of the power bank, which indicate how much charge remains. Unfortunately they’re not incredibly accurate, because each one essentially covers a sizeable range of 5,600mAh, but they’re still a useful inclusion to give you a guide on when to recharge the power bank.
I was impressed with how quickly the EC Technology Power Bank charged my Samsung Galaxy S7 each time. While the ports are only labelled as iPhone, iPad and Galaxy Tab, it appears to work perfectly fine charging my Samsung smartphone using the iPhone port.
The company also claim that after two years, the power bank will still have more than 70 per cent of its original capacity, which is pretty good frankly and represents a good investment of your money.
It’s a shame it doesn’t include a 2A wall charger to use to charge it up from the mains, but you can just use other wall chargers instead. It’s capable of rapid input charging (DC 5V 2A) too, which allows it to be charged up quicker than some other battery packs.
The IEC Technology website states that from 100 per cent charge, it can recharge an iPad mini four times, or an iPhone 4S 12 times. Newer smartphones tend to have larger batteries than the 1,432mAh iPhone 4S, so you should expect fewer charges before the power bank needs recharging again. Still, it trumps pretty much all other competitors with regards to battery capacity, so you’ll be able to charge your phone many times.
Furthermore, I’ve not experienced the power bank getting hot while it’s used, which is another area where it beats some competitors, and makes me less worried about using it while I sleep. Of course, this device isn’t 100 per cent efficient, because some energy is lost as heat during the energy transfer; but this is true of all portable battery chargers and it’s still highly efficient.
Currently costing around £25 on Amazon (depending on the colour you go for), the EC Technology Power Bank represents good value for money. I think £30 would be my limit for such a device, but I am definitely glad I purchased it, because it’s so convenient and will last a long time.
I thoroughly recommend getting the EC Technology Portable 2nd Generation Deluxe 22,400mAh 3 USB Power Bank, unless you really do need a small, lightweight power bank. It’s a very simple gadget, but it does the job perfectly.
It provides a fantastic amount of charges before it needs recharging, and I’ve found it to charge my devices very quickly too, which is always convenient.
A really strong performer, I have no qualms whatsoever about heading off for a weekend (or longer) hiking and camping with just the power bank in my bag to charge my smartphone.