Yesterday morning I took delivery of a couple of accessories designed and made by Belkin. (Special thanks to them for getting them out so quick.) The Power Pack 1000 offers a boost to your smartphone battery. It may not charge it from 0-100 percent, but the boost should be enough to keep you going for a good few hours. I’ve yet to see how well it charges the iPhone, I’ll keep that for the full review.
I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly finding myself in the worst possible scenarios when my iPhone warns me that I only have 10% battery remaining. I could be on a train with no outlet, out in the wild, or downtown. More often than not I’m in the car with no in-car kit. There are solutions to the issue, thankfully, and one of them is the Belkin Power Pack 1000.
This little gizmo has been designed to be ultra-portable and pocketable. It’s not fancy or luxuriously designed, but it is fantastically practical and feather light. The black top and underside are reassuringly rubberised, giving it a grippy feel. The grey “trim” is plastic, with a single small button on the top right corner. The button is used simply for checking the unit’s battery, and for switching on. I’ve had iPhone cases that are more complicated to operate. The multilingual manual was virtually left untouched.
The Power Pack 1000 has two brothers; the 2000 and 4000. The 2000 offers a full charge to smartphone users, the 4000 is designed for tablets, but can charge two units simultaneously. (If you’re an iPad user who often runs low on battery, the small 1000 unit isn’t going to cut it.)
Price wise, these gadgets aren’t bad value for money. The Power Pack 1000 costs $39.99 and is available from Belkin’s online store. The 2000 and 4000 cost $59.99 and $99.99 respectively.