PowerPak Xtreme : NT120R
PERFORMANCE UNDER EXTREME CONDITIONS
Meet The Tank
The PowerPak Xtreme acts like a tank without feeling like one. Weighing in at just 9 ounces, it's a heavy-hitter with 12,000 mAh of charge capacity and dual USB ports that can keep both your tablet & smartphone up and running 24/7.
Built For The Rugged
Designed by the adventurer, for the adventurer. The PowerPak Xtreme can accompany you to high altitudes, fight off bad weather, and remain unscathed after staying clipped to the outside of your backpack all day long.
Drop Resistant and Water Proof
The PowerPak Xtreme was built for extreme conditions and environments. It sports a durable, matte exterior finish that is waterproof when submerged 3 feet for up to an hour. With its thick, thermoplastic casing, this device can easily handle impact and drops of up to one meter.
iPhone 5 battery life testing
|iPhone||Without PowerPak Xtreme||With PowerPak Xtreme
|Video playback (audio ON)||8 hours||+/- 47 hours|
|Internet (Wi-Fi)||7 hours||
+/- 40 hours
note: test are done in control environment with normal cellphone use. result are for comparison purposes and user may experience various result outside of the stated test numbers.
* Number derived from total number of recharge from iGeek and total use time combined.
The new iPad (3rd gen) battery life
|iPad||Without PowerPak Xtreme
||With PowerPak Xtreme|
|Video playback (audio ON)||10 hours||+/- 20 hours|
|Internet (Wi-Fi)||10 hours||
+/- 20 hours
note: test are done in control environment with normal tablet use. result are for comparison purposes and user may experience various result outside of the stated test numbers.
* Number derived from total number of recharge from iGeek and total use time combined.
|- PowerPak Xtreme NT120R External Battery Unit|
|- Standard Micro-USB Charge Cable|
|- User Manual
|CELL||Li Ion Polymer Battery|
|CAPACITY (Wh)||12000 mAh@3.7V = 36.6Wh
|INPUT (type/spec)||Micro-USB Input (5V/2A)|
|OUTPUT 1||regular USB 5V@1A|
|OUTPUT 2||regular USB 5V@2A
|DIMENSIONS (in/mm)||5.2 x 2.8 x 1.2 inches / 133 x 71 x 31mm|
|WEIGHT (unit)||11 oz|
Smartphone Compatibility :
|Apple||iPhone 5, iPhone 4S / 4, iPhone 3GS / 3G, Original|
|Samsung||Galaxy Note 2 / 1, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S2, Galaxy Nexus and most Samsung smartphones.|
|HTC||Evo Shift 4G, Incredible S, Sensation XL, One V / S / X, Thunderbolt, EVO 3D, EVO 4G and most HTC smartphones.|
|Nokia||Lumia 920, 900, 710, 800, N8, N9 and most Nokia smartphones.|
|Blackberry*||Tour, Storm 2, Curve, Bold and most other Blackberry smartphones.|
|LG||Nexus 4, Optimus 4X / 2X / V / S / T / 3D / 7 / One and most Blackberry smartphones.|
Droid RAZR MAXX / X / X2 / HD, Atrix, Bionic, Triumph and most Motorola smartphones.
*certain devices/models needs special cable (provided upon request)
Tablets and other Compatibility :
||iPad (4th gen) with Retina display, the New iPad (3rd gen), iPad 2, iPad 1st gen.|
|Barne Noble||Nook COLOR, HD+, HD.|
|Amazon||Kindle 10" HD, 7" HD, 7" fire 2nd and 1st gen.|
|Samsung*||Note 2 / 1, Galaxy Tab 1st/2nd gen (10.1" / 7")|
|Google*||Nexus 7, Nexus 10|
|Portable game console*||Sony: PSP / PS Vita, Nintendo DSi / DS lite / 3DS / XL.|
|MP3 Players||iPod: Shuffle, Nano, Touch (5G, 4G, 3G, 2G, 1G), Creative Zen, Sandisk Sansa.|
GoPro, GPS, cameras** and all other devices not mentioned but can charge from USB or require 5V input.
* certain devices/models needs Galaxy Tab converter cable (provided upon request if not provided with battery)
- Love my Powerpak Xtreme Review by Donny
- Never Without Power Again Review by Cameron
- Awesome product Review by Kaitlin
Overall solid product, I'd recommend in a heartbeat. (Posted on 9/13/13)
- This is a great charger! Review by Deb
The New Trent PowerPak Xtreme - (12000mAh) Rugged Series NT120R combined with the New Trent IMP90C, dual usb wall charger changed all that for me. I am able to charge two devices at the same time and on the go!
It is very easy to use! There are two outputs on the PowerPak Xtreme. One output is for Smartphones and one for Tablets. Both are clearly marked. I used both outputs at one point and it was fast. I used it to charge my iPhone 4s, Samsung Galaxy 2 Tablet and my sons Asus Nexus 7 inch Tablet. It's charging his MP3 player right now. I charged my iPhone 4s FIVE times! All that on one charge of the PowerPak Xtreme NT120R and it still had plenty of power.
As soon as it arrived and after reading the directions which are clearly depicted on the box and manual I plugged the PowerPak Xtreme in to the IMP90C dual usb wall charger. Charging time is about 10 hours. The PowerPak Xtreme stores 12,000mAh, that's a lot of power for this compact ruggedly built device. Four blue lights will come once it is fully charged. You simply plug your devices in, press the on button and you are good to go. The only thing I thought might need improving was the on button. It's small and the same grey color as the exterior of the PowerPak Xtreme making it easy to overlook initially or in a dark setting. Maybe a little spot of color there would help. A small cosmetic fix and nothing to do with the superb performance of this device.
I love how rugged it is and that it's water proof, dust proof and shock proof. Perfect for a trip to the beach or the mountains. It's small and easily fits right in my purse or camera bag. When we went to the beach I was able to leave it inside my bag while charging my iPhone. No more searching for charging stations or conserving battery power for me.
The New Trent PowerPak Xtreme NT120R will be in my bag wherever I go!
(Posted on 9/13/13)
- AWESOME Review by Mike
- Love this charger, August 22, 2013 Review by Tommie
- Great portable battery Review by Linda
(Posted on 8/21/13)
- Beyond Awesome! Review by javier
- Finally, an external charger that can actually be used. Review by themdg
General Use: This is such a life saver. I have a smart phone, my son has a smart phone and my wife has a tablet. We're always fighting over the chargers, especially on the road. This solved so many of those problems. We tried charging devices using both USB ports on the NT120R and everything charged fine.
Size: This is a rad brick. It holds a LOT of charge and because of that, it's quite large. Not overly large...pleasantly large. I can still carry it around in my man-bag with ease.
Capacity: This is not an emergency charger. Those are designed to bring you from 5% to 15% until you can find an outlet... this is a full-fledged outlet in your pocket. We were brainstorming uses for this and came up with so many. The most important to my family was "To use at Disneyland." We like to look up historical ride and park info, submit line-wait times, play games while in line or gps map our walk around Disneyland parks on the 1 or 2 times per year that we go there. However, this requires so much more battery power than our phones can store. The NT120R will solve that problem for us. We could easily keep the batteries charged using the NT120R while in line, or while we walked. No more worrying about losing fun GPS data, or not being able to look up what the Matterhorn used to look like before they book the sky-ride out!
Powering/Charging of phones/ipod/tablet: Very impressive. I was able to charge 2 different android phones and a nexus tablet to full capacity with this unit. This is not a comment regarding the capacity of the unit, but the ability to charge phones fully. I have a few other external battery devices (solar, or usb charge) and the best they can do it get my battery to about 80%. Plugging my devices into the NT120R seemed just as good as plugging them into the wall. Excellent! Finally, this is an external / remote battery source I can count on. I used this unit to charge my devices for about a week until it finally ran out of battery.
Wish List: I have three suggestions as to the physical design
1) Add a phone stand/easel.
I found myself using this in two fairly distinct situations. First, when I wanted my phone to simply charge while I was away from home/car. In this case the phone was in my backpack or bag plugged in and charging. I was not otherwise interacting with the phone. Second, when I wanted to use my phone while it was charging, but couldn't plug it in to the wall. For example, I'm watching a movie with my wife on my phone, and it's low on battery. In this case, I often found myself setting the NT120R down, and leaning my phone against it. The phone would slide down and I'd either hold it, or fetch a prop to hold it up. Many times I wished the NT120R had a built-in stand for a phone to lean against. I picture something similar to the door that opens to reveal the charging ports... but on the top or bottom side of the unit (as if it was laying down like a book.) Something you flip up, and that acts as an easel for my phone. If you're interested, let me know and I could draw a sketch of what I mean, and email it to you. This is a feature I'd really use, but only in the "nice to have" category.
2) Connection indicator. While charging the NT120R, the 4 LED lights work great to show that the unit is charging. However, while plugging it into a phone/tablet/ipod to charge, it would be nice to know it was indeed charging...or at least if it was connected. I'd plug my ipod into the NT120R and it would begin charging, but would soon stop for some reason. The only way to know this is to look at my ipod and notice it wasn't charging. Same with my phone... The phone would stop charging, and the NT120R would turn off. It would be really nice to look at the NT120R and see that an LED has gone out, indicating that no charging is taking place. Still only a "nice to have" as you get to know how your devices charge. When you plug them in, you know what's happening, and don't really need to see the light etc.
Summary: If you're not looking for a tiny hide-in-your-shirt-pocket charger, this is the one. It's well made, charges like a boss, and can be drop kicked across the road with no adverse affects. Get it.
(Posted on 8/21/13)
- Great product with a few flaws Review by John
packaging should have a plastic window that consumers can see the product
through. When I opened the door to see it, I was disappointed when I was
met with just with just a large blank space on the box. Moving to the
actual product, it feels sturdy, and I hear no moving pieces when I shake
the device, however, the plastic construction of the device makes it feel
VERY cheap and like a toy. A few touches of metal on the exterior of the
device would go a long way in making this device seem sturdier and worth
$80. The LED lights on this device are very nice. There are 4 of them so
you can more accurately determine the level of charge left, and they only
turn on for a few seconds when you begin charging and then they turn off.
The button that begins the charging is very difficult to press, and
sometimes I press it, I think that it's charging, and then an hour later I
find out I didn't press it hard enough. It's also very small and if it's
dark, or it's not facing you, it's difficult to find. That is probably
the number one problem I have with the device. Today, I would give the
device a 4 out of 5. It works as intended, and gives you a good 4 to 5
charges with a galaxy S4, but it has a few flaws, like the all plastic
design and the small, difficult power button, to overlook. Fix those 2
problems and this product would be an almost ideal charger. (Posted on 8/21/13)
- Excellent Battery Review by Jim
There are lots of choices for batteries on the market, but NewTrent did a great job of setting this one apart with its large capacity and durable design. Not to mention its great price. (Posted on 8/21/13)
- The PowerPak is full of Power for your devices. Review by Bethany
The first time I used this, we were on vacation and couldn't check into our condo yet. So, as we sat on the beach, I charged my phone.
I like how you can push the side button to see how much charge your Pak actually has.
It is rugged and I am not afraid for my daughters to use it.
The only con that I have found is that the device's on/off switch is not very user friendly. It is just a button on the side. After checking with the company though, they said it goes off on its own.
I would recommend this to a friend. :) (Posted on 8/20/13)
- Good Battery...No Charger Review by Gene
There are a couple of negatives though. First, New Trent does not include a charger or a charging cable with this product, the intent being to plug the battery into an available USB port, (with your own cable), on your computer! I have two problems with this. The $70 price for this battery is not cheap, and one would expect a charger and cable for that price. Also, most USB ports on computers only supply about 1 watt of power, and I think it will take quite a long time to recharge the powerpak at that rate. The second negative concerns the two USB ports on the battery. One is rated at 2.1A and the other is only 1A. They are marked on the dust cover, but are difficult to see in poor light. I would prefer to have two 2.1A ports, as the higher amp ports will charge most Apple products, as well as most any cell phone I can think of, but the 1A port will not charge an iPad.
Overall, I would give the NT120R PowerPak Xtreme 4/5 stars
Pros: rugged, powerful
Cons: expensive, no charger (Posted on 8/20/13)
- Rugged and Reliable Review by Alex
able to fully charge my Droid Razr Maxx HD and still have enough power
remaining in the PowerPak to fully charge my wife's iPhone 5. I didn't use
the PowerPak again for a couple of days after that, but was able to get half
a charge to both the Razr Maxx HD and the iPhone 5 while charging them
simultaneously before I finally had to plug in the PowerPak to re-charge it
again. The device is completely rugged and will withstand drops very well
(tested by dropping onto the floor at work from a height of about 3 or 4 feet).
One thing to note is that I found if I didn't use the OEM cable that came
with my Razr Maxx HD, I had to unplug and re-plug my phone 2 or 3 times
before it would recognize the device and start charging. I also found that, at
least with the iPhone 5, I had to hit the power button on the side of the
PowerPak before charging would begin. The instructions included with the
device do not indicate that it's necessary to hit the power button on the
PowerPak to begin the charging process. It would have been nice to have
some better instructions for use come along with the PowerPak or at least be
available on the New Trent web site. (New Trent has said that the next set of instructions distributing for this product will be improves, provide more explanations, etc.)
It was also very confusing about the "Waterproof" factor of the PowerPak.
The box it comes in states that the PowerPak is Waterproof to a depth of
15 feet (however, while most devices with a Waterproof rating tell you how
deep and for how long, the packaging doesn't tell you how long the PowerPak
can be submerged for). Additionally, there are conflicting statements
about the product's Waterproof-ness. The booklet inside the box says "Do not
expose battery pack to water or humidity" and the New Trent web site says
the product is "Splash Proof", but is not "Waterproof". I did not actually
test whether or not the product is in fact Waterproof or not, but this is
something that needs to be clarified and needs to be consistent across all of
the product documentation. (New Trent has said that this info will be clarified in the next release of the product documentation) (Posted on 8/18/13)
- This thing rules! Review by Rick
- Fantastic product! Review by Emily
- Excellent Product Review by William
it looked and felt like some of the equipment I used to use ( heavy, strong and tough ).
My wife and I like to camp and hike so we planned to take it hiking. We went to a state park that has many hiking trails with lots oh hills and rough terrain.
As we hiked I would throw the Xtreme ahead of me for about 15 to 20 feet, I did this about 20 times.
At times I would give it a good kick, at one point when I threw it it bounced off a tree root sticking out of the ground and
in the air about 2 feet,
I thought I heard what sounded like plastic breaking but upon inspection I couldn't find any visible damage.
I climbed a rock with a 10 foot drop and let it slide off the edge, it hit the ground pretty hard, again no damage.
We came across a lake so I decided to drop the Xtreme in and sat around for about 10 min.
after I pulled it out of the water and wiped it off I plugged my phone into it and I was surprised that it started to charge.
I noticed that there was almost no damage to the outside cover, some scrapes on the edge and slight scratches on the covers that can barley be seen.
I did everything but drive my car over it, which I considered but I knew it wasn't designed for that.
(maybe I should have but I'm sure it would of fared well).
As for charging I depleted the battery on my iPad mini and plugged it in, it took about 3 hours to charge and still had 4 lights.
Without a recharge I charged my Samsung phone 3 times and my wife's iPhone once and still had 2 lights.
I like to take pictures of landscapes odd looking trees and rock formations, my wife will take pictures and text them to her
sister who lives 3,000 miles away so we use a lot of battery power so it's a must we have a good power back up.
Over all I thought the door to the ports would break first but it didn't receive any damage.
I thought the on button was a little hard to push at first but it relaxed after a few days and was good protection for the button.
The extreme in my opinion is not for the every day person because of the weight but best for the campers, hikers,skiers,rock climbers, motorcyclists, it would be great for
military use and just about anyone with an active lifestyle.
I don't know if it received internal damage without taking it apart but it still works fine.
I would definitely recommend this if you want an external battery to last under rough conditions
(Posted on 8/16/13)
- Great to take on trips! Review by James
- Another New Trent hit! Review by Brenden
- iPhone protection? How about battery protection! Review by Caleb
When the portable charger died, it cut the recharge time down by 2 hours when it was plugged into a 10W USB charger (8 hours from 10). In regards to charging time, the iPhone 5 gets charged pretty quickly. In regards to the cover, I feel it is way too easy to open. It does not look like it would really keep water out (although I do understand it’s not meant to be submerged in water). I like how there are rubber pieces to protect the USB/charging ports but you need to be careful of the cover itself.
The idea is there. To create a product for those who are outdoors. This product will be utilized heavily for people who love camping, hunting, etc. The battery pack is highly protected from drops and shocks. This is an excellent product. Great job New Trent.
(Posted on 8/15/13)
- Perfect Gadget to Keep With You! Review by Kim
- Very Impressed Review by Ross
- Rugged, high capacity charger! Review by Glenn
The charger comes with a micro usb charging cable, a simple user guide, a strap, and a carabiner with a compass. While it doesn't come with a wall plug, you can use any usb wall plug like the type that comes with your other devices. I purchased separately the New Trent NT90C dual usb wall charger that has 1 port designed to charge phones and iPods and a higher amperage port that allows you to quickly charge tablets. It doesn't come with any usb cables but you can use the ones that come with your various devices.
I recently demonstrated the importance of true water resistance on a backpack when I slipped and fell during a river crossing and dunked my point and shoot camera that was encased in a supposedly water resistant case. The case leaked and my camera was ruined. I don't know how waterproof the PowerPak Xtreme is overall but I did try to simulate a dunk in a river by dropping the charger into a tub of water for a few minutes. After I wiped the charger off, I opened the hinged port cover, plugged in my phone, and charged away just fine. It should handle rain, spillage, and dirt on it just fine. As far as durability goes, the case looks pretty hardy although it might hold up even better if it had rubberized bumpers.
I've had the charger for a short time so I've only taken it on day hikes thus far but I believe that the high capacity 12,000mAh PowerPak Xtreme will provide plenty of power for a weeklong backpack or other outing. In daily use I've charged my iPhone every day for a week and had power to spare by the end of the week. I've also been able to simultaneously charge my iPhone and iPad for 3 consecutive days before needing to recharge the PowerPak Xtreme. All in all, this is a great product for extended outdoor use where you are exposed to the elements. (Posted on 8/13/13)
- Rugged construction, high capacity, great functionality Review by Grace
1. Very well constructed with good quality plastic. Once in your hands, you can tell it is well insulated against drops.
2. Easy to use. Simply plug in your USB devices into either or both the 5V1A or 5V2.1A slots to charge. This is a very nice feature because you can charge two things at one time while you sleep, and then once your devices are full the charger will then be charged as well - eliminating the need for extra USB charging adapters if you are short on outlets. It is also charged via a USB cord so that you don't need to waste an outlet space just for the charger unlike similar charges that plug directly into an outlet.
3. Truly high capacity - It charged my iPad 4 from 10% to 100% and phone from 50% to 100% before it needed to be recharged. In normal usage, I probably wouldn't need this much capacity but it is nice to have just in case I forget to charge my iPad or iPhone before school and I can't take notes. Also, you won't need to recharge it as often
4. Nice power button and blue lights that tell you how much charge is left.
5. Charges two things at one time. Have an iPad, Kindle, and Iphone? You don't have to choose between them .. charge both of them at the same time!
1. A bit on the heavy side for a school backpack but it is worth the extra durability and high capacity
2. Takes a long time to recharge back to 100% (couple hours). I charge it while I sleep.
3. Would be nice if there were white labels on the inside of the ports so I don't have to flip the flap to check which one it is. However, after some time you just remember that the right side is the 2.1A side when you flip the flap downward.
Comments: I didn't test the water resistant capability since I do not use it outdoors. It looks well sealed and the ports are sealed by rubber squares on closing the flap. I'd imagine it could withstand a drop in a puddle and be OK.
Overall: I highly recommend this external charger if you need a high capacity, durability, or have multiple mobile devices for those times you just forgot to charge your stuff at night and need it the next day. (Posted on 8/13/13)
- Great product! dual USB is awesome Review by jennifer
product for those looking for extra talk time on the phone without having
to search out a wall outlet. It is very sturdy with it's exterior box being
waterproof, dirt proof and shock proof. I don't even think a grain of sand
can get in this battery case it is so sturdy. My 4 year old dropped it and
no problems at all. I found it to be a bit heavy for everyday use, and it
is very bulky. It's not practical for a mom on the go but certainly great
for someone spending extended time outside.
I found the dual USB ports to be fantastic because I could charge my phone
and ipad while I spent the majority of my weekend at an outdoor festival .
It held a charge for 48 hours and was used to
charge both an iphone and ipad on and off. one of the best features is that
took 24 hours to fully re-charge. It comes with a USB cord to recharge but
not the adapter, I would include a small adapter with the product. If you
the adapter you can plug the USB into the computer. Being a person that
travels and uses mobile devices a lot I found this to be a great sturdy
product and it allowed me extra talk/data usage time without having to go
find a wall outlet. I would certainly recommend the powerpak xtreme. I
would make it a little smaller if possible and a little lighter. (Posted on 8/12/13)
- I love this product! Review by Jasmine
- I absolutely love it Review by Anita
- Everything you could want in a portable charger and more Review by Jason
-The PowerPak Xtreme holds up. Camping out in the woods, this device was tossed between friends and constantly dropped without any issues arising. The little trapdoor on the plug slots closes and seals it shut.
-This portable charger has an absurd amount of power! It was able to charge my entire campsite (of 8 people) for the whole weekend. This is quite helpful when you need your phone to remain charged – whether it’s to play games or just to keep it in case of emergency.
-Two USB ports let you charge when you want without having to wait for someone else to finish charging their phone. There’s no hassle.
-The charger works like other’s that I have tried, automatically shutting off when you stop charging your device. This is quite convenient, allowing you to not worry about whether or not you shut it off and might be wasting your precious power.
-There is literally nothing bad I have to say about this device (yet). It hasn’t disappointed me in any way, and hopefully will remain that way.
Overall, the PowerPak Xtreme (NT120R) is an impressive portable charger that will last you a long time. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to keep their devices charged on the go, without worrying about how much battery they have left. Again, I would especially recommend it for those who want to have a backup battery with them when they aren’t in the vicinity of any normal chargers. It will last a long time and keeps itself protected.
I honestly have no suggested improvements for this product. It was everything I wanted in a portable charger, and still managed to impress me in ways I didn’t expect.
(Posted on 8/9/13)
- Rugged and ready for keeping us charged and connected. Review by Krisi
But more importantly how does it charge things? FABULOUSLY. It charged my iPhone 4S in about 90 minutes, and my husbands iPhone 5 in about 2 hours -- both from less than 10% battery. We have gotten 3 full charges so far off the first charge for our phones - with 3 out of 4 bars still available. We have also used the device for other USB items (speakers, fan, charging other devices with USB cords to charge).
With the charger we got the dual USB high speed wall charger - which works fabulously with the PowerPak Xtreme but also is an additional wall charger for our iPhone cord, Kindle cord, etc. I recommend getting both of them together for quick and easy way to charge the PowerPak as well as to use for charging other USB items while at home. (Posted on 8/9/13)
- A wonderful charger that I will use over and over! Review by KitKat
The PowerPak was enclosed securely using minimal packaging, something I appreciate. I was able to read the description on the package and understand its purpose and determine as to whether it would be useful for my needs. As a consumer, I should be able to know what is inside a package without having to open it, and the packaging of the PowerPak met my expectations.
The Powerpak is a hefty little unit that fit in my hand. I understand the weight is due to the study construction that protects the unit from damages such as dropping, accidental spillage, and so on. I did not think I would be carrying it around in my pocket, for instance, so the weight was no issue in how I would use the product.The simplistic instructional manual was also something I liked, and disliked. I do not want to spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to get my devices up and running, as I am anxious to use them as soon as possible. A quick over-view at the pictures in the manual was all I needed to understand what the unit will look like when it is fully charged, what it looks like in full charge, as well as how to charge my devices. It also pictured all the devices that could be charged with the Powerpak.
One thing I did not like was that there was no explanation about how long it takes to fully charge the unit, nor how long devices can be charged before recharging of the unit is needed. Would two charges drain the unit? This was unclear. I plugged the PowerPak into the wall to charge and noticed three lights were lit, and a fourth light was blinking. I checked the unit after a few hours and observed all four lights were on solid. It was then that I figured out the Powerpak was fully charged.
I had to go out of town with my daughter for two days and decided this would give me an opportunity to see how well the Powerpak worked charging my cell phone. Normally, my phone will need to be charged nightly, as does my daughter's phone, so I also took my regular charger, just in case. My daughter's phone was the first to need a charge so I handed her the PowerPak and she plugged it into her phone, tucked both devices into her purse, and went on her way, while I stayed at the hotel. She returned an hour later with a fully charged phone, so I then plugged my phone into the PowerPak, as my phone was now in need of a charge. As with my daughter's experience charging her phone, my phone was fully charged in just over an hour, as well.
After the two charges, all four lights were still lit (although the fourth light was blinking) on the PowerPak when I pressed the `on' button, so I assumed it was still full and ready to charge. However, I do not know this for sure and would have liked to have seen more information about this in the manual. I wondered if I need to charge the unit again because I used it to charge two phones, and I wanted to charge my iPad next.
I plugged the Powerpak into my iPad and turned the unit on. All four lights went on, with the fourth light blinking. I referred back to the illustrations in the manual, and according to the picture, three lights on denotes the battery is three-fourths full. I left my iPad to charge and returned three hours later only to see that my iPad had not charged at all and all the lights on the PowerPak were off. One thing I noticed from charging my phones was that all the lights went out a certain point in the charging and I figured that the unit automatically shuts off when it was done charging. However, as I mentioned, my iPad did not charge at all, so I decided the Powerpak was dead and needed a charge.
All in all, the Powerpak is a great emergency device that helped me and my daughter when charging our phone in a wall unit was unavailable. It will be very handy when I am outside all day and do not want to leave my phone inside to charge, or when I have to leave the house and notice at the last minute that my phone is dead and I do not have time to wait for it to charge conventionally.
On a scale of 1-5, with 5 being exceptional, I would give the Powerpak a 4, because I believe the manual needs a bit of tweaking, with additional information about charging specifics included.
ADDENDEM: After submitting my original review, I visited the New Trent Facebook page. There I saw a Youtube video review of the PowerPak Extreme. The review was favorable, as was mine, but the reviewer also mentioned that he charged the device for 9 hours the first time (it was unclear to me how long the initial charge should be). So, I did the same (I believe I only charged it for a few hours initially) and after the full charge, all four lights were on solid. I then proceeded to charge everything I could find to see how long I could do so before I had to charge the device again.
Well, so far, I have charged my smartphone THREE times, my iPad once, and my iPad Touch once. Three lights are still lit on the PaoerPak, and it appears I can do the same amount of charging a few more times before running out of charge. Awesome! I took the charger outside while I worked in the yard all day, charging my phone, which was close to dead. This allowed me to keep my phone near me, whereas, before I had the PowerPak Extreme, I would have had to leave it indoors to charge. An unexpected brief shower sprinkled on the PowerPak before I realized I had it outside, and in my haste to pick it up, it slipped from my hands (because it got wet) and landed on the concrete porch! But, I simply wiped it dry and it was all good! Rough, tough, dependable, and long-lasting! I just needed to add this to my original review because it demonstrates how well the device works and what a quality product it is! Love it! (Posted on 8/7/13)
- This rocks! Review by walt
- Inductrial Strength PowerPak! Review by Kenneth
- Durable with Great Capacity! Review by Celenda
- Invaluable! Review by diana
showing how much power is left in the PowerPak Xtreme, which is shown by 4 blue lights. The more lights, the stronger the charge. I thought it was going to be heavy but it really isn't. I think it will be great for traveling, camping or just charging devices on the go, but I think it will be perfect if the power ever goes out at home, which happens from time to time. I know how much I will appreciate it then! I love this PowerPak Xtreme. It is well worth the price. The instructions say it will be able to be charged up to 500 times and since it holds so much power, I'm guessing its going to last a very long time.
(Posted on 8/5/13)
- Great Ruggedly Built Battery Review by Chris
obviously results in the battery being a little larger than necessary
otherwise. However, it is still very compact, well-designed, and relatively
light in weight. There is a nice slot built into the end of the battery
which permits a small strap to be attached. The two USB and charging ports
are covered by a flap which snaps closed, providing protection from water
and dirt.The LED battery charging lights are very visible and are among the
most helpful I have seen and indicate the level of charge on a scale of one
to four lights. The battery appears to charge my devices very quickly and
the capacity functions as advertised. The fact that the charging cable
(included) is a standard USB cable is helpful.
There are a few small things that could make this great battery even
better. I am concerned that the flap covering the ports might not continue
to close securely if it is used frequently. I have not had the battery long
enough to know for sure, but the way it closes makes me wonder. Given that
this battery is designed for rougher conditions, I think it might be better
if the small power button was recessed or placed in a location which was
covered so that it could not be bumped on or off. Perhaps, it could be
enclosed within the flap for the charging ports. It would helpful if the
USB ports were labeled on the inside of the flap instead of on the outside.
The existing labeling is a little hard to read and isn't as intuitive as
labeling on the inside. I was least pleased with the instructions provided.
I would like for them to be more thorough. For example, it is nice that a
carabiner keychain and strap are included in the packaging, but there are
no instructions which indicate how the strap is to be used. I found myself
wondering if the carabiner is designed to attach to attach to the battery.
After trying to attach it, I arrived at the conclusion that it was simply
an added gift. I attached the velcro strap, but I'm not completely sure how
it will benefit me. There is nothing in the instructions regarding use of
these items. I think that a strap or a carabiner for this battery is a
great idea, but it needs some additional thought. I believe that some
device to attach the battery to a backpack, etc. could be a real feature
rather than simply a throw in gift. Finally, I think the packaging of the
product is good, but the extra flap with a magnet seems unnecessary given
the current information provided. If there was more detail, the flap would
make better sense.
Overall, this seems to be a great battery for an active user whose
lifestyle or hobbies may subject the battery to rough conditions. I would
highly recommend it. (Posted on 8/4/13)
- Even better than the iCarrier!!! Review by Aaron
Aesthetics: (4/5) - Product has a very rugged look and feel that just gives it that durable look. Blue LED charge indicators are visible, but not so bright as to be distracting when charging. Product comes with a carabiner strap and a compass strap which also lends itself for outdoor use.
Durability: (5/5) - Wow! I love the durability of this unit. I actually tried putting it through it's paces by throwing it onto the ground a few times (onto tight weave carpet, linoleum, and even a park bench while I waited for a cab). I haven't been brave enough to try to whole "run over it with a car" thing, but overall I think that the durability is fantastic for your normal drops and impacts.
Size/Weight: (5/5) - About the same size as a portable hard drive, this product is compact and easily transported without taking up a ton of room in your bags. Though there is some heft to the unit for it's size, it's not so great to have a noticeable impact when carried. Having a microUSB charging cord allows for additional size savings as there is no wall charger to increase the overall size and bulk.
Capacity: (5/5) - 12000 mAh is simply massive in terms of capacity, particularly considering the units size. Allowing for multiple charges of phones, tablets, and other USB charged devices, this charger pack is top notch in terms of overall capacity.
Charge Speed: (4/5) - Charge has a great power transfer rate compared to other chargers I have used in the past. I would rate the transfer rate of the charge to be above average. I've also tried the New Trent iCarrier as well, and while made by the same company, with the same capacity, I somehow managed to get a faster charge rate for my iPad off of this version.
Charge Storage: (5/5 with possible modifications in the future) - Unit was purchased recently, and so far, the few times I have charged the product it has retained it's charge without diminishing while stored in my laptop bag. So far, I've been impressed and would rate the unit a 5/5, but further testing and time is needed to see if the unit's charge degrades with age/use.
Versatility: (5/5) - If I could rate this a 6/5 I would! I absolutely LOVE the fact that you can use this charger with pretty much any device that is charged via USB. I've used this to charge multiple gadgets other than phones/tablets and it has worked amazingly well to charge them all. This is a fantastic little device to use when travelling to charge any of your USB chargeable devices.
Price: (4/5) - The MSRP of $79.95 for this unit is very reasonable. While the unit is functionally and aesthetically pleasing, the initial price point is high enough that most casual electronics users will likely pass up this unit for a cheaper alternative. However, I think that this price is reasonable as there are very few "rugged" battery packs on the market that have comparable capacity.
Overall Pros: Durability, versatility, and capacity are where you'll find the most bang for your buck. The overall charge capacity for charging virtually any type of USB-chargeable device is simply astounding.
Overall Cons: I honestly don't have any cons to list at this time. The few issues I had with the New Trent iCarrier were resolved in the more rugged version they offer here.
(Posted on 8/3/13)
- Works as Advertised, Fantastic Product Review by Kristofer aka Ophi
My Rating for this Product is 5/5.
I tested this item by Throwing it around; immersing it in sand for about a couple hours; an letting it sit in my 4 foot deep pool for about an hour or so.
Here is what I noticed:
The NT120R can certainly taking a Beating which is what it was designed to do.
I Purposely Dropped the Battery pack from heights of 2', 5', 10', 15' and 20' to see how it could handle such abuse. It did Marvelously against all the "Shock Treatment" lol.
While immersed in the Sand the only part that actually got sand in it is between the Port Flap's Hinge and the casing.
The only place water got in was where the Flap is, but did not enter the ACTUAL USB ports.
((On a FULL 10 hour Re-charge.))
As for its job for Charging my devices, here is what occurred,
My iPad4 - Starting from 15% it takes about 3 hours to bring my iPad (with all major battery using features turned off) to bring it to 86% charged. This means it gives my iPad 4 a SINGLE 70% Charge. This is slightly better than the NT5200, but not by much.
My iPhone 4S - Just like the NT5200 a FULL 10 Hour Re-Charge gives my iPhone 4S about 5 FULL Charges/uses. But it takes about 40 mins less time to charge my iPhone each time than the NT5200 did, this is nice considering it allows me to do more, plus each CHARGE allows the iPhone 4S to maintain a longer lasting effect when using my iPhone for most of my Internet and daily needs.
This is also to be said after the iPad 4 is charged by the NT120R, I find that the CHARGE given lasts longer than usual, allowing the iPad to function on a longer time frame.
I am VERY PLEASED with this Product and give it a rating of 5/5
(Posted on 8/3/13)
- Great battery pack, great capacity Review by Caffeinated
- Excellent Rugged Battery Review by Adam
- Small in size but very powerful Review by Sabrina
- Great Battery Backup Review by Jeffery
I really liked the charging capabilities of this power pack. After fully charging it overnight, I used it exclusively to charge my iPhone 4S and iPad (4th Gen) over the few days. I charged my phone from 30-50% to 100% twice and my iPad from 10% to 100% once before I had to recharge the unit. It charged the phone very quickly but wasn't quite as fast on the iPad. But both were acceptable and similar, if not better, than using a standard plug in charger.
Some of the drawbacks to the unit are that it takes quite a while to charge the unit itself. I would imagine this is because of the capacity of the battery but you certainly can't charge it up as quickly as you can your phone or iPad. I also thought that the unit could do a better job of labeling the output ports. The flap that covers the ports has labeling but it's just impressions in the plastic and they are hard to read. I think white lettering on the inside (inside on the flap would even work) would be nice so it was easy to see and know which port for which unit you're charging. Other than that, I was very impressed.
Overall this is a great power pack and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a rugged unit to expand the battery life of their mobile devices. (Posted on 7/30/13)
- Passed the Durability test Review by Scott
I took a trip to Hershey Park, which it a 2 1/2 hour drive, and spent three days there, I fully charged it before we left and used it on the car ride there to charge my phone and my kids phones. I also used it at the park to keeps or phones fully charged. It still had plenty of power left at the end of the day!
I charged it back to full at the Hotel overnight and took it with me the next day to the park. Everyone loved the fact that they could charge their phones and not have to worry about turning them off to conserve power. The Powerpak Xtreme survived the abuse of being in my pocket while I rode all of the Roller Coasters and an occasional splash of water from the Log Flume plus a few brief showers. I felt confident that it would not let me down.
The construction of this Battery is very durable and the cover for the charging ports is very secure.
Very large capacity. (12,000mAh) Enough to charge most devices multiple times. (5x)
Durable construction. Rubberized and Shockproof.
Ability to charge multiple devices at once.
Ability to charge devices while charging from power source.
The weight combined with slip resistant housing makes it a very stable power source. This allowed me to use my devices while charging.
Battery status lights to show remaining capacity of Powerpak.
Handy Velcro Strap and Carabiner.
Dual USB Outputs (5v /1A , 5v /2.1A)
Cons: (none really)
Charging time is a bit long. (8-10 hrs)
But considering the capacity is 12,000mAh, and the fact that you can charge your devices while you are also charging the Powerpak, it really is not a bad thing. It is obviously going to take longer to charge a bigger battery.
This device is perfect for trips to the park, pool, beach and camping. Also great for power failure situations.
I would highly recommend this product to anyone who wants or needs to be able to power their mobile devices when away from conventional outlets. The quality of construction is fantastic and this will be with me for years to come. (Posted on 7/29/13)
- Rugged and portable Review by Jamie
- The Best Charging Device! Review by Angela
- Rugged, Versatile and Powerful Review by VJ Mazz
The unit is very solid and obviously well-built as it is designed to protect from the elements which is exactly what I wanted. So if you work or play outdoors or even if you tend to be tough on your electronics and you need a high capacity external battery to recharge your phone, iPad, Kindle, etc., then this is definitely the device that you want to buy.
Testing with a fully charged PowerPak Xtreme and charging multiple devices at once was consistent with product advertising and very impressive overall. I was able to charge my iPad from 3% up to 100% and I was then able to charge my Galaxy 4S from 8% to 86%.
Product packaging was good and my unit arrived fully charged which was great as I was able to put it to use right away.
A nice bonus touch that was not mentioned in the description is the included Carabiner key ring with compass and a velcro strap for the PowerPak Xtreme.
The final point that I think is important to make here is that this unit is designed and built to be water proof, dirt proof and shock proof and you are obviously paying a premium in cost and size (it's bigger). If you don't need this high level of durability, then you may want to consider the New Trent IMP120D, which is also a 12000mAh unit, that's not as bulky and it's $25 cheaper at the time of this review. I own and highly recommend both of these, so pick the one that suits your needs the best... (Posted on 7/25/13)
- Almost Bomb Proof Battery Pack! Review by Walter
solid in my hands, and at the same time it’s not bulky. Being resistant to
the elements is a huge plus for anyone who likes to camp or just throw
their gear willy-nilly into a duffel (regardless of what sharp objects may
already be there). The two different amp chargers (1.0 and 2.1) are great
if you have both a tablet and a phone.
1. Be careful, as this is only water resistant and not water proof.
The shutter cover which covers the plugs lets water underneath it. There
are rubber stoppers on the back side of the cover which keep the plugs dry,
but water does surround them when the device gets wet. Open with care.
2. I actually like how the charging lights are very incognito in the
device (sometimes I can’t tell which side of the device is the top until I
press the power button and the lights come on).
3. I felt that the compass and carabineer was a little gimmicky.
Also, it comes with a velcro strap, of which I have no idea what it is used
for as it is not mentioned in any user pamphlet or on the box.
In the end, this is my favorite battery pack I have yet to own! I would
have given it five stars if waterproof. Would definitely recommend to any
outdoorsy person with gadgets that need charging! (Posted on 7/24/13)