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 11 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)
- The fastest and most efficient external battery I've ever tested! Great for indoors and outdoors! Review by Charles
Inside the packaging is a micro USB cable, the power bank and a user manual. My initial reaction to the power bank is how sturdy it is. The fact that it is water/dirt/shockproof makes me think that this is the ultimate camping power bank.
The micro USB cord is 26 inches long. It has a hard plastic casing around the connectors, and silver plated connectors. The charger cord seems very durable.
The power bank is small, but thick (5.2 X 2.8 x 1.2 inches) compared to similar power banks I have owned RAVPower Deluxe External Battery Charger 14000mAh Portable Power Bank Pack - 4.8 x 0.8 x 3.2 inches. The outside material is made of a hard black plastic and body is a hard gray plastic. The top has a spot to clip a backpack onto it. The bottom has cover for the 5V 2.1A, 5V 1A, and micro USB ports, that can be pulled to open, and snapped back in to close. When the flap is closed, it looks like no water or anything can get into the USB ports. I really like that this requires a micro USB to charge this, which isn't proprietary. However, it does not have an included AC charger to charge this device. The right side has the New Trent logo. The left side has the name of the power bank "Powerpak Xtreme NT10R" and a button to show how much battery is left from the 4 blue LED indicators on the front bottom body (statuses below).
4 Lights = 100%
3 lights = 75%
2 lights = 50%
1 light = 25%
The overall durability and construction of the power bank is well made. I would trust to take this power bank outside without worrying about falling or getting it wet, dirty, or muddy. I know this power bank can take more wear and tear than most power banks. I also like the way this power bank looks, and I think it is aesthetically pleasing.
I then tested this power bank with my Nexus 7 (2013), running Andriod 4.2.2, with a 3950mAh battery, and a Kindle Fire 1st generation, running stock Kindle OS, with a 4400mAh battery. Both tablets were in idle, while charging from the 2.1A charger. The results were as follows:
Nexus 7 2013
1:58AM 100% - 3 Bars left
~ 3 Hours Total
100% - 7% = 93%
93% * 3950 = 3831mAh (Expected Charge)
Kindle Fire (1st gen)
86% 2:56PM -Stop
86% 5:19PM -Start again
~ 1.5 Hours
100% - 50% = 50%
50% * 4400 = 2200mAh (Expected Charge)
3831+ 2200 = 6031mAh Total Charge
3 + 1.5 = 4.5 Hours (Approximately)
6031/4.5 = 1340mAh per Hour
Battery indicates 3 bars (50-75%)
12000mAh * .50 = 6000mAh
12000mAh * .75 = 9000mAh
6031mAh/6000mAh = 100.5%
6031mAh/9000mAh = 67%
67%-100.5% Efficient (Top tier results)
The Nexus 7 (2013) resulted in a 3831mAh charge in 3 hours, and Kindle Fire resulted in a 2200mAh charge in 1 hour. This external battery charged a total of 6031mAh, 1340mAh per hour, with a 67-100.% Efficiency. These are amazing results for a battery, as I have not tested a battery with efficiency this high or charging this fast! This external battery definitely is a top tier in my testing results.
I would extremely recommend this product to anyone who is in the market for an external battery. Whether it would be indoor or outdoor, this battery excelled in every test, and is why I give this battery 5 out of 5 stars.
+ Fast charging (6031mAh in 4.5 hours).
+ Great efficiency (67-100.5%)
+ Compact and light. Can easily latch onto your backpack.
+ Aesthetically pleasing.
+ Durable. Water/dirt/shockproof with a hard plastic exterior.
+ Requires micro USB to charge, which isn't proprietary.
+ Blue LED indicators to indicate charge.
- Does not include AC charger.
Charging cord: 5/5
Construction of power bank: 5/5
Aesthetically pleasing: 5/5
Charging Test: 5/5
Efficiency Test: 5/5 (Posted on 3/7/14)
- Best charger on the market Review by Matthew
- If you hunt in bad weather, This is a must ! Review by JT
Thank you !
(Posted on 3/4/14)
- Great Product Review by Steve
pleasantly surprised by the packaging. The box is well designed and leads
me to believe that if they spend this much effort on the box, then the
insides are even better. And I was right. The product comes with the
battery back, power cords, and instructions. The battery is very sturdy
and feels like it can take some abuse. The cover to the plugs is also very
strong and takes some effort to open. This is good if you actually expose
the battery to the elements. There are two USB slots, which is great. To
charge the pack, you need to plug in the battery via a micro-usb, which is
included, to a usb port. The product should have came with a wall plug.
It does not, so you need to charge by plugging in to your computer (if you
don't have a wall plug). It takes about 9 hours to fully charge, which
isn't a big deal. But it'd be nice if it was quicker. Overall, I give the
product a 4.5/5 rating. (Posted on 2/28/14)
- Awesome! Review by Tanner
- Great Product Very Robust Review by Timothy
-Drop proof (dropped it from 50ft on accident don't suggest but hey it survived)
-Waterproof (kept in the bottom of my kyak still no issues)
-great capacity (definitely keeps my phone going another day or two depending on use)
-Two usbs one 1.0 amp and one 2 amp (great for people that have multiple devices that require different amps)
- great place on the back to tie it down
-micro usb charger
- Kinda bulky - however needed for strength
-takes a while to charge larger capacity devices ex. S4
- does not include wall charger
All in all though if you are an outdoors person this is the battery pack for you. (Posted on 2/18/14)
- powerpak Review by charles
able to charge iphone,nook and other cell phones numerous times on one charge (Posted on 2/16/14)
- Just Like Its Name! Rugged and Extreme. Review by Jean Carlos
high battery capacity. After receiving the Powerpak from Amazon, my
first impression was that I had received a high quality product and I
was looking forward to opening it. The packaging materials and designed
were very high quality, no cheap plastic or flimsy cardboard here. As a
graphic designer, packaging is my first indication of what can be
expected of a product. This is my first experience with a New Trent
product so I didn't know what to expect.
Upon opening the packaging I found the Powerpak to be of equal
standards. The Powerpak's construction and materials seem well built and
rugged enough to sustain the advertised abuse (Waterproof, dirt proof,
and shock proof). The door covering all the ports seems well hinged and
properly sealed from the elements once closed, my only concern is the
latching tabs as I wonder if they will loose tightness with time from
opening and closing the tabs as they are simply plastic grooves and I'm
afraid the will wear off over time with all the snapping action.
My first experience with the Powerpak was a mix one as I found myself
not knowing whether my phone was charging or not, I could attribute this
in part to my use of a third party cable with an iPhone running iOS 7.
The Powerpak itself has led indicators that show battery capacity so I
would have liked some sort of led indicator for the two charging ports
indicating use/charging. After changing the cable to an Apple MFI cable
the charging worked as it should, but again I would have liked an
indication that it was charging without having to look at the phone.
Overall I am very pleased with the product I received from New Trent.
The packaging was great, construction and materials for the Powerpak
itself seem adequate for the rugged claims and it simply does what it says. (Posted on 2/15/14)
- Loved it Review by Scott
- Awesome portable charger!!! Review by Ethan
- You have to love having extra power whenever you need it Review by Sean
My only issue with this product was the cover for the USB and charging ports. Since this is a water proof design the tight seal a required and the small tab was a little difficult to use an improvement for me would be a little wider tab to allow easier opening.
I like the design because it allows me to hook it to my backpack with a carabiner and I don’t have to worry about it being damaged. (Posted on 2/8/14)
- Greatest new thing since sliced bread Review by Kristin
(Posted on 2/7/14)
- great product Review by matt
i like that it stops charging the device after it reaches full capacity so it saves power.
it is a little heavy, but what do you expect for such a durable product?
will continue buying trent products. (Posted on 2/7/14)
- Rugged and keeps charge Review by Trey
- Awesome little box! Review by Kristen
At first the door to get to the ports was a little difficult to open, but once I opened it several times it became easier. (Posted on 2/5/14)
- Impressed Review by Scott
I needed portable usb power supply because I work long hours in an industrial environment where I don't always have access to a power outlet. I wanted more than 10,000 mAh and a rugged design that would survive drops onto the harshest surfaces imaginable. After reviewing my options I settled on the New Trent PowerPak Xtreme 12000mAh.
I was surprised at the durable feel of the PowerPak Xtreme. The hinged door seals up very well. The power output from the 2.1amp port recharged my S4 faster than the Samsung charger that it came with.
After 8 weeks of use:
Plenty of use and abuse later the PowerPak has held up better than expected. It supplies me with 3.5 full charges on my S4 which puts it well over 11,000mAh. For my use a full charge lasts me a week and with the number of times the battery can be cycled it should last me nearly 5 years.
If I could rate it 6 stars I would. I'm impressed that New Trent isn't charging a crazy premium for this rugged device. For the efficiency, flexibility, and build quality it is more than worth the money. You should always buy a device that fits your needs, but I wouldn't hesitate buying another New Trent device. (Posted on 2/1/14)
- Awesome! Review by Raegan
- New Trent portable power pack Review by Sharon
- How did I live without this? Review by Kelli
- Worth every Penny! Won't be Disappointed! Review by Kelli
- Excellent, Loved it Review by Breanden
I purchased this product for the purpose of its durability, and it did not disappoint. I have dropped it many times and still leaves it clean and working well. Its hard shell protects it from damage and still provides a satisfying and comfortable texture to your hand. The waterproof is only actually waterproof when the cap is shut. Granted, when the cap is shut it repels water and keeps the water out. I dunked it in a bowl of water for 30 minutes. When I took it out and dried it off, I found that no water had entered the device.
The Size is smaller than I expected, and when I had a chance to thoroughly use it, I was impressed by the amount of charge it held. It has a hook on it that is fluid with the shape of the battery pack. Giving you the option to hook it to anything.
I was overly pleased with the amount of full charges I could get out of the powerpak. I informally tested the powerpak through casual use. I fully charged the battery and began by draining the battery of all my devices. In one charge the powerpak charged my Portable speaker, my phone, my GoPro, and my iPod 4 times. Separately, It also charged my ipod from from dead to full, 6 and a half times. The power it hold is excellent. I had a smaller “Mophie” portable charger that cost almost the same price and only held one charge for my iPod, and it wasn’t nearly as durable as the powerpak.
I am unbelievably satisfied with this product. I can’t think of anything that I do not like about the powerpak xtreme. I would, and already have recommended this product to a friend. If you are looking for a portable battery to charge your mobile devices, I would definitely recommend this for every day casual users and for people who will be using it in extreme conditions. All around this device will exceed your needs.
Thanks for reading,
(Posted on 1/28/14)
- Great product when on the go!! Review by Garrett
- Awesome battery pack for any situation Review by Preston
- Fantastic Review by Jennifer
- Great travel charger Review by Arthur
- 5 Stars! Review by Benj
- Every bit what it claims to be Review by Zachary
- Just what I need, durable and long-lasting Review by Ryan
I love love love the design of this (it looks pretty rad, all army-like and sleek) and there is a section on the end where you can fit a keyring or carabiner to dangle off your backpack!
The only drawbacks are the following:
1. Port snaps are very tight which makes opening it effortfull. However this is due to preventing water from going into the device, as well as keeping the device as simple as possible. You can't really get around this aspect when designing the device :)
2. Pressing the power button won't stop the recharing. I've never really had an issue with this, but it is a feature some may notice. I think the constant charge state is due to the shockproof aspect of the product if I'm not mistaken
3. Charging cable not included. Some battery chargers come with their own retractable USB cables, which this lacks. It's not a big issue, it just means I have to keep an AC adaptor and USB cable elsewhere. Would be cool if this product had a top compartment to put your own cables! (Posted on 1/18/14)
- Great bombproof power pack Review by Andrew
- Great bombproof power pack Review by Andrew
- Great! Review by Brandon
- Works perfectly, very durable. Review by Tucker
The PowerPak Xtreme does not have this problem.
It is very durable. I've dropped it many times on my hardwood floors and twice on concrete, and it still works splendidly. It has a nice weight to it, but is small enough to not be cumbersome.
It goes from no charge to full in about 8 hours. It brings my iPhone from less than 10% to 100% in about an hour and a half 4-5 times before it runs out of charge.
I've owned this product for a little over two months now. I haven't noticed any change in how long it holds a charge, how long it takes to charge, maximum capacity, or number of times I can charge my phone.
The lights are hidden under the outer shell, but shine brightly when the power button is pressed and when charging. It took me a minute to find the power button, but it's on the side near the USB ports.
Overall a solid product, and the best external battery I've ever owned.
(Posted on 1/14/14)
- For the Outdoorsman, you must buy this Review by Deryck
The downfall is that I have tried to charge my iPod Shuffle, but it does not seem to draw enough juice to keep the PowerPak turned on. It will charge for about a minute and then turn off. If you buy this, you will think, "wow this is bulky." But keep in mind the mAH hours and environmental resistance it has.
Finally, having two charging ports is great. So far the two occasions I have needed them when hunting I plug my Garmin in one side and phone in the other. When in the field it's typically my phone and a buddy's phone who is begging for a quick charge.
Would rather see two 2.1 amp ports (Posted on 1/14/14)
- Huge Capacity Review by William
- Power on demand, tough, quality, fast charging... Review by ShadowReapxr
If I had to find something to dislike/complain about the NT120R. It definitely would have to be, the fact I should have bought it sooner!
5 out of 5! (Posted on 1/14/14)
- Durable and rugged device Review by Mark
The results were great. Charged as expected. Battery lasted for days after using to charge multiple devices. This works well in the field. Be careful as the door on the device may get caught in gear and snap off. It fits well in my trauma pack as well as the traditional soft briefcase. Find a small EDC bag to put device in so you can store your cables.
What field of occupation would benefit the most from this product? The fields of law enforcement, Firefighters, Emergency medical services would greatly benefit from this. Also those that work in rural or wilderness settings, construction, or professional guides or outdoor professions.
I would rate this product a 4 for design. I would rate it a 5 for functionality. Overall: 5 (Posted on 1/8/14)
- Great Battery Review by Mark
- Awesome charger Review by Jay
Overall rating: 4
Overall the PowerPak Xtreme does exactly what it says it does. It provides
a great portable power source for any electronic device that requires USB
The packaging of the unit was good quality and arrived in good shape. It
was easy to get into the product and it was well protected.
I found the instructions clear and concise and easy to read and understand.
No real feedback here, other than I learned what I needed to learn about
how to operate the unit.
Operating the Unit:
It charged up in under an hour
and was ready to go. Didn't get to hot while charging and was simple to
I first tested the unit on my iPhone 5 while traveling on a plane. My
battery was running low and I wanted to charge it up before landing. I was
on a short 1 hour flight and pulled out the
PPXT and hooked it up to my iPhone. Worked like a charm. Phone was fully
charged in under 30 minutes. It was small enough to toss into my backpack
while charging and I wasn't worried about it getting to hot.
My second test of the product was in a hotel room on a trip as well. The
desk area only had 2 outlet's nearby and I need to run my laptop, charge my
iPad and charge my iPhone at the same time. I used the PPXT to charge the
iPhone again and it worked flawlessly. Provided a good charge in a only a
For my own needs I find the product useful for business travel. I tend to
make short same day or one day flights to client locations. Many times I
start my day at 3-4 in the morning and don't return home until 8pm or
after. The product has become very useful in keeping my iPhone and iPad
charged after an intense day of use. My schedule is such that I don't
spend a lot of time at the airport so I am normally rushing from place to
place. It is nice to have a portable device that I can rely on to charge
my devices as needed.
I think this product could have multiple applications
Business Travelers will like its reliability, small footprint, and quick
charging capabilities. This would be especially handy if you were on
longer flights or spent some extended time in airports or away from
traditional charging places.
I also think there is a huge market for this in the outdoor
enthusiast/hunter/camper segment. While not my first choice of
entertainment I think anyone who spends some time outdoors camping/hunting,
etc would find this product very useful.
Another segment to consider would be sales people/support personnel that
spend a lot of time in their cars. I for one have never been a big fan of
cigarette adapter charging (slow and ugly) and having this device handy
would be useful if you need to keep your devices running for a full day. (Posted on 1/3/14)
- A must have for travelers or people on the go! Review by Shawn
The PowerPak arrives in a neat little box. In the box includes the unit, a USB charger, and an instruction manual. It is important to note that the USB charger will take a very long time to charge the battery through your USB port. Luckily for me, I had both the New Trent Dual USB Wall Charge (NT90C), as well as an iPad charger. Either of these wall-outlet chargers will work with the USB cord and charges the battery in a few hours. If you don’t have a USB ready wall-outlet charger, I would recommend to buy one. The PowerPak arrived with 4 out of 5 lights on the battery indicator, so I charged it shortly. The PowerPak has (on my model) blue LED indicator lights. 1-5 showing how full the battery is and when it is charging/depleted it flashes whichever light it is on. My version of the PowerPak has, for the most part, a hard outer shell. The water/dust cover over the USB ports is pretty difficult to pop off. It includes two rubber seals that seal the two USB ports and the single mini USB port for charging the PowerPak. Once you get the hang of it, it is pretty simple to pop off. I’ll admit, I did not read the directions so at first I couldn’t figure out why the PowerPak was not charging my iDevices once I plugged in the devices. There is a power button on the side of the PowerPak that you must press to send the juice to your iDevices. You can also press this button to show you the LED indicator of how much power is left in the PowerPak. It would be helpful if this power button stood out more – maybe by another color being stamped over it. Although I didn’t do any drop or water tests, the PowerPak is VERY sturdy and obviously water/dust tight. I wouldn’t foresee any problems with these claims.
I tested the PowerPak on two different charges. My data is as follows:
1st Charge handled:
iPad Air 64gb LTE – Charged from 0% to 71% (I unplugged it before 100%)
iPhone 5 16gb – Charged from 30% until 100%
iPhone 5s 32gb – Charged from 18% - 99% and PowerPak was drained.
Results: This unit specs says it holds 12,000mAh. The iPad Air has a battery size of 11,560mAh and the iPhone 5/5s both have approximately 1,400mAh of battery. Based on my charging of my three iDevices, it appears that the PowerPak mAh is as promised.
2nd Charge handled:
iPad Air 64gb LTE – 39% to 100%
iPhone 5s 32gb – 61% to 100%
iPhone 5s 32gb - 47% to 100%
iPad Air 64gb LTE – 47% to 76% and died.
Results – It appears that on both charges I got about the same amount of mAh out of the PowerPak.
The amount of mAh you can get out of the PowerPak depends on the temperature, how long you charged it for, if you drain the mAh all at once or spread it out over many hours, etc. Based on my testing so far, the PowerPak gives exactly what it promises. I charged all my devices back to back on the 1st charge and the PowerPak barely got hot to the touch which is impressive. Because I have an iPad and two iPhones (corporate and personal), I would need to buy a second PowerPak or a higher capacity version.
I would rate the PowerPak a 5 out of 5. This thing really does hold up well and offers 12,000mAh as promised. Quick charge time and fast charging of devices like you would get from a wall-charger. As usual, great job New Trent. (Posted on 12/31/13)
- Durable, convienient, & easy to use Review by Scott
- AWESOME RUGGED on the go charger! Review by Erin
needs a boost. I use an Iphone4 and an Ipad2 often during class to take
roll, look up student information and other administrative duties in addition
to playing music in the cardio lab, weight room or gym as well as
video(visual) feedback for specific skill technique. We are also using a
new online program called CANVAS for class activities as well.
Even though I may be around an outlet it is almost always already in use
with important things like lights, heaters, or fans (my school was built in
1906 and upgrades are few and far between plus electrical is often
forgotten when upgrading athletic facilities). I often find myself in the
middle of the day starting my third yoga class and notice my iphone 4 is at
4% and still need it to play yoga music for the next two classes AUGH! Or
doing a timed rotation and my ipad2 count down timer is at 10% and of
course I need it for 3 more classes before I can take a break to charge it.
Add to my lack of outlets/ability to recharge during the work day the fact
that Im often lugging around my tech to various facilities during the
day... the pool deck, gym, cardio lab, black top, field... my stuff has
been dropped more than I care to admit and even "hockey pucked"
accidentally across the gym on occasion. Needless to say anything I use at
school has to be rugged or housed in a rugged case. It is beyond
Luckily I found the New Trent Power Pack Extreme. I
have only had this under a week but have used it every day at school and
during the swim team meet this past weekend. I can honestly say so far so
good, even after its been dropped three times form about 3-4 feet up on
carpet, ashphalt and cement pool deck. Its been fought over and thrown on
grass by two ten year olds (during the swim meet until i explained they
could charge their stuff at the same time). I even had a wet speedo thrown
on it in the bag for about 2 hours before realizing what happened (my son
thought water proof mean you could do stuff like that to it...i explained
not on purpose!). Even after all this wear and tear over just 4 days it
took care of playing music for the cardio lab all day today :-)
from my viewpoint:
1. Dual plugs but... only 1 tablet can be charged at a time - although this is really a safety issue, just buy 1 fir each tablet if your a multi tablet family ( I can charge everything else two at a time: cameras, phones, game players, headsets, etc)
2. I wish the blue lights would stay on the entire time its charging tech
so I know its charging... it only shows lights initially then the lights shut
off even though it continues to charge (my other new trent charger lights
stay on the entire time charging tech)
3. I wish there was a way to close all holes except the hole youre using as
it could allow dirt/water/sand to get into holes not in use.
4. heavy... but then again beefy usually means its protected so not a super
con in my view.
1. Handle rocks (although Id make it a little bigger as its hard to fit my
normal size clip through)- id include a clip for it with your logo (id also
make the logo on the battery darker/bigger as its totally not very visible
and my students are all asking where I got it)
2. fast charging - totally charged my iphone4 and ipad2 in 3 hours 15 min.
together - apart approx 2 hours for the iphone4 and 2 hours 45 for the
ipad2. it takes about 1 hour 15min to charge the battery itself. I cant
tell you specifics on the nintendo ds as they played along with an itouch
on and off while charging, but can tell you the battery lasted from 7am to
3pm and still had a blue blip left.
3. truly is shock proof - as said above this charger was not only dropped
but thrown and still working great.
4. truly is water proof - as said above a wet speedo was in my bag on top
of it for over two hours and still working.
5. this thing is rugged - it lives in my bag/purse which is full of junk
and gets slammed all over the place and has very few scratches/dings
All in all Id definitely buy the New Trent "RUGGED" Powerpack Extreme. Id
also recommend it to any high school, college student, sport mom/dad,
adventure traveler or anyone that often needs tech on the go (my nano brew
and distillery owning family members also liked it as the availability to
use anywhere and get wet as well - never thought of the "chef" aspect).
This puppy is rugged and can take a beating (even from tech battling
tweens) and has the ability to pacify 2 tech items at a time! Great item. (Posted on 12/22/13)
- Great Portable Charger! Review by Kevin
- Solid product, A++ Review by Dylan
One word Awesome!!! With capital A.
A++This is what I exactly expect it from nothing more nothing less.
A couple of complains.
Location of power button. It's obvious after I read other reviews. It's hidden and yes you have to press it to charge your devices unlikely other battery packs no plug and charge or doesn't have a stand-by button. But no big deal I think after played with a little bit I figured it out like everybody else.
Other thing is only charges upto 96-98% on my iPhone 5, no tickle charge.... S3 seemes to be charged all the way, odd. So far charged 4 times on my mobile devices, I meant all devvices were less than 5%, it's still showing full 4 bars...
I can't wait until take vacations with it.... (Posted on 12/18/13)
- Great Battery Backup Review by Dan
- better then expected Review by Michael
(Posted on 12/16/13)
- Great Product Review by Zachary
- Must have travel companion! Review by Lance
- PowerPak Extreme has got your back(up) Review by precognito
- Best External Charger! Review by Alex
- Solid product, exceeds expectations Review by HSS
I've tossed it around, dropped it, even accidentally exposed it to water via a leaky bottle in my bookbag and am happy to announce we have not lost any functionality whatsoever.
Currently, I get between 4-5 full charges on my phone per 1 full charge of the PowerPak extreme. Additionally, if I wanted to I could simultaneously charge my tablet as well as cell phone since there are 2 USB outlets.
Thanks for another great product New Trent! (Posted on 12/10/13)
- All day power! Review by Shareef
- New member to the Family Review by Jefferson
Using the PowerPak Xtreme
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I charged my smartphone LG Optimus L9 from 40% to 100% and my Nexus 7 1st generation tablet from 6% to 100%, both at 50% brightness, Wi-Fi on and Bluetooth off. The Nexus 7 was casually used for about 1 hour while charging, then left to charge overnight (as I slept). When both were 100% the PowerPak Xtreme 12000mAh had 3 solid (of four) LED lights, which indicating that it had somewhere around 51% to 75% of charging power left. Using the PowerPak+ proved most useable when on the traveling and when all of the power outlets are occupied.
I like the design of this product over the New Trent PowerPak+ 13500mAh because it has a durable build which makes it more reliable for me if I happen to drop it, such as holding the device by the usb cable and then it unplugs. As a matter of fact, I did drop this product over a height of 4 feet and the device was not damaged at all, both internally and externally. I have yet to try submerging it in water or covering it with dirt.
The USB ports are protected from damage and dust by a hard cover that, although it does require me to use some pulling force, it opens and closes.
Overall, I find this product very useful and I do plan to use this, and my other portable charges, daily. I plan to buy USB cables compatible with the Nintendo 3DS so that I could charge the 3DS on the go. I would totally recommend the New Trent PowerPak Xtreme 12000mAh (and the New Trent PowerPak+ 13500mAh). (Posted on 12/9/13)
- Great Product, at a Great Price Review by Jayde
- Great Product Review by Ted
convenient size, and looks great. The build quality is great; the battery
feels very sturdy and looks like it will last a long time. The battery
quickly and effectively charges all my devices, and I've had no problems
with it at all. The battery charges in a reasonable amount of time (with a
higher amperage charger) given that the battery has such a large capacity.
The led indicator turns off after a few seconds, even while charging,
which not all of New Trent's batteries do, but this is a good thing: isn't
annoying and doesn't waste battery. The cover that covers the ports is
kind of hard to open, but this is so that the battery is water and dust
proof (without the ports securely covered, this wouldn't be water proof).
There's really nothing bad about this battery. The only thing that I
might suggest is covering the screws on the top side with some sort of plug
so that the screws aren't exposed, but this is a cosmetic thing that
doesn't affect the functionality. I would also suggest including some sort
of clip or carabiner so that people can clip the battery to the outside of
a bag or something. Overall, great product. (Posted on 12/5/13)
- Great for Outdoors People! Review by Christopher
- convenient charging Review by Richard
I gave the 4 starts because the hinge over the power ports at times only partially closes and takes a second attempt to securely close it. The instructions were overly simple. I wanted to know if I needed to charge it before using or if I had to push the button to turn it on, the device is simple enough that I quickly figured it out, but I would have appreciated a little more instruction. (Posted on 11/30/13)
- great for charging two things at once but watch out to be sure you use the right port Review by Elizabeth
The only difficulty I had was that I didn't realize that you cannot charge an iPad with the tablet port as it doesn't have enough juice. The type is very small and hard to read and there is no backup documentation.
I learned from experience that the iPad won't charge from the lower wattage port and thought that my battery had gone bad since I kept getting a message stating that the battery was not charging. I switched the ports and then everything was OK. Whew! (Posted on 11/30/13)
- Beach Friendly Review by Eddie
- Love this new Trent Review by Jen
- Great Product Review by Kathy
- Good Battery Pack =) Review by Judy
-Durable, Waterproof, Shockproof
-2 different 5V USB ports, one with more Amps for tablets
-can charge devices quickly
-large capacity (12,000mAh)
-LED lights that will indicate amount of battery life left in the Powerpack
-requires an adapter to charge in an AC outlet
-a bit bulky/heavy (trade-off for being so durable)
-price is a little higher than comparable products
(Posted on 11/27/13)
- Pretty good Review by Mike
- Well Built. Very Convenient for Traveling and/or Camping Review by Patrick
I cannot comment on the device's longevity because I only obtained it recently, but my New Trent airbender keypad has stood up well with extensive use. I am confident that this product will too. I read the review above and I am thinking that they are up in the air saying that it feels like a toy. Not true. It is very well constructed. (Posted on 11/26/13)
- Time for a new outdoor toy Review by Kyle
Pros: This thing is feels like a brick (in the best way possible); solid construction. I couldn't bear to test the drop resistant feature, but I am confident it will perform admirably. I was able to get a good 6-8 charges of various devices before draining the battery. My first test got me full charges of my iPhone 4s (3 times), Kindle Keyboard (once), and new Olympus TG-2 iHS underwater camera (twice). Charge times are comparable to traditional AC charging methods.
Cautions: I am very taken with the waterproof notion of this device, as I will be hiking, camping, road tripping, etc with this for a long time to come. But I am not entirely confident in the door/hinge protecting the USB ports. It is a simple plastic flap/shield working on a hinge that clicks into place (plastic knobs into plastic grooves). You can clearly hear it engage, though I worry that repeated uses will loosen this closure method, rendering the waterproof feature ineffective. My Olympus TG-2 iHS is an underwater camera that also protects the USB port, along with battery and SD card, with a similar (but smaller) shield that locks into place. There are two locks on these doors working in sequence, one working up-and-down and the other working right-to-left. I am much more confident that I won't suffer any underwater failures with this combination. The plastic flap/shield has a rubber cut out that fits the USB ports. This is what protects them from any moisture leaking in. I ended up with some dirt along the track which I tried to remove it with my fingernail. This actually caused part of the rubber to become separated from the glue holding it to the shield. So far it hasn't progressed, but I will probably have to bust out the super glue. Also, I noticed that to start charging you need to actually depress the power button on the left hand side. I would have thought the power would start flowing as soon as the device was plugged in. Not a big issue; just need to be aware when charging.
Cons: Nothing yet to make me regret this purchase. Though we will have to wait and see about the flap protecting the USB ports.
(Posted on 11/26/13)
- Don't leave home without it!! Review by Paul
Pros: durable, weather resistant, easy to use, charge two devices at same time, includes battery charging cable, 12,000 mah capacity, solid connectors.
Cons: basic instructions, power button and door graphics need contrasting color for easier reading.
Rating: 4.5 stars
The NewTrent powerpak is easy to use, i could charge my ipad 3 and iPhone 4S several times before recharging the powerpak. I plan to take the powerpak on vacations and when camping at Grand AM/ALMS sports car races. (Posted on 11/26/13)
- Pretty awesome product! Review by Jason
- This is a Great Charger! Review by Janet
- Dependable, durable, but bulky, expected for such a rugged device. Review by Randy
- 4 / 5. I'm a big fan of having any type of portable battery within my
grasps while traveling. This is no different. The great capacity of this
battery allows me to leave the house confident that my phone can be juiced
up anytime. The rugged design truly makes this a travel device; a camping
essential. It's great to have two ports, with one port being 2A rated and
the other 1A. I like that the battery has a micro usb charging port to
share a common place with most smartphones on the market today, there is no
need for a mini usb as with the old batteries. This battery is bulky and a
bit heavy, but for the protection that you get from the battery, it's not
surprising. The cover that protects the ports is a little difficult to
open, the ports are primarily sealed with rubber gaskets, there is no
secondary gasket around the cover. If the cover were to break off, then the
ports would be exposed to whatever elements are exposed to it. The power
button is also a little difficult to depress, it's small and round which
takes a bit of pressing force to operate, but upon operation, 4 blue led
indicators light up to display the current batteries charge. The battery
also has a nice latch for a lanyard to secure it to any of your backpacking
adventures.12000mAh will keep you going. (Posted on 11/23/13)
- Ready for camping! Review by Mary
Directions: Directions were provided and contained line drawings to show how it works. They were clear, explicit, and well done. The ONLY thing I could see as an improvement would be suggestions for how to open the water proof casing to get to the USB ports. That thing is tight - which it needs to be to be water/dust proof.
Charging: The directions insert says it takes about 10 hours to charge - that's fairly accurate. It took a long time. But, the charge also lasts a long time. I charged my iPad 2 times and my phone 3 times and it still had a charge.
There are two ports - one labeled 5V1A (for phones) and 5V21A (for iPad - it has more power). It is possible to charge more than one device at a time. When charging the iPad we went from a 5% charge to fully charged in less than 4 hours (while it was being used). The phone seems to charge even quicker than that.
A word of caution, this charger is heavy. It has a lot of battery in it and you can tell. It is not so heavy it can't be lugged around, but you definitely feel a bit of the heft if you try to carry it in your pocket.
Waterproof: The specs on the charger say it is water proof up to 3 feet for an hour. I "dropped" it in the sink to see what would happen. I left it in the water (about 6" or so) for about 20 minutes. It still worked with no problem when I took it out. A word of caution though - make sure the door is sealed tight so no water can get in.
Cons: There is no case for this device and the accompanying charging cable. It would be fabulous if there were some way to keep the two together (and maybe have an additional spot for the phone/iPad charging cable as well).
Pros: It does exactly what it says it should do. It's waterproof (or at least extremely water resistant), dust proof, and it charges a LOT. Definitely worth the cost. I look forward to using it when I'm camping.
(Posted on 11/23/13)
- Excellent and Durable External Battery Review by Laura
- Great go anywhere power Review by Roger
(Posted on 11/23/13)
- Great Product!!! Review by BMGRAPP
- Dependable, Durable, Dynamic! Review by Leonard
- Heavy Duty - Durable and Waterproof - perfect for the Hiker/Geocacher Review by pianoforte
I am intrigued by the Battery Check description in the instructions, as I stare at the casing long and hard and cannot imagine that these LED lights could possibly be in this case - I can't see them. But sure enough, when I plug it in (using the NT90C Dual USB Wall Charger), I quickly see the glowing blue LED lights. I check the unit at approximately 10 hours and observe all four lights are lit, indicating that the unit it fully charged.
Review after first several usages: After many and varied failed trials with changing cables and devices the first thing we learn is that the device has a power button. This caught me a few weeks later when I used it again. Feeling dumb and annoyed all at the same time. During the first trial, I charge the following one at a time (all on the 5V2.1A side): iPad4, LG enV, and a Droid Razr Maxx. For the next test I charged the iPad 4 (5V2.1A side) and a iPhone 4s (5V1A side) simultaneously. Not sure how long it took, as I went to sleep. The next day I charged the iPhone 4s alone and I amazed at how fast it went from nearly zero battery to full. Afterward, I also charged the Droid Razr Maxx again.
It may interest you to note that the only thing I can get to charge on the 5 Volt 1 Amp side (which the manual claims is for Smart phones) is the iPhone 4s. The other phones (including the Droid Razr Maxx) will NOT charge on the "phone" side, but did happily charge on the "tablet" side. So to be clear on this point - the 5 Volt 2.1 Amp side (which the manual claims is for tablets) did successfully charge all the phones and the iPad.
Other impressions: The unit itself appears incredibly durable. I could see that it would likely withstand a shock, as well as water. The door to the USB ports also snaps shut very tightly and has an adequate rubber seal to protect both ports. With that being said, I have a really hard time opening that door - I use a screw driver, which works well and fast, as I don't wish to break a fingernail or worse. Because of its obvious durability, I hope to take it on long adventurous hikes - geocaching expeditions that require many charged devices through extreme and questionable conditions.
I give the unit 5 stars.
(Posted on 11/21/13)
- Love This! Review by Nicole
- Works Really Well!!! Ruggedized and Portable. Review by Jason
It is ruggedized and I tested the water resistance with no issues. It also has been dropped several times and I have seen no issues with its performance. (Posted on 11/19/13)
- Amazing rugged powerpak! Review by Rhett
- Great Product Review by Isabelle
- Solid Backup Charger Review by Doug
- solid unit, I like the rubber case, great grip even when wet
- I am sure it will stand up the abuse on the river
- It charged the nexus 7 twice and the phone three times on one charge
- compact, can carry while traveling and not have to worry about running out of battery on airplanes or having to look for charging stations in airports.
- Status lights when charging powerpak are clear
Cons: (sort of picky)
- relatively heavy but its understandable based on the size of the battery.
- Access to the sockets is a little stiff
- Status lights while charging devices are vague but the devices cover that anyway
- Overnight charge but considering the capacity this is no suprise
I will be using this also with my GoPro and Camera while on the river so no more worrying about so many batteries for those. I have used the JOOS Orange in the past but this is much faster to charge and more capacity and will easily provide the power I need for 8 day trips. I also have a NewTrent 600c but this will be my go to charger for the long trips. (Posted on 11/15/13)
- A Must Have To Keep Your Items Charged!! Review by Joel
outlet. Just need to make sure the powerpack is charged when it gets low. (Posted on 11/15/13)
- Very rugged and easy to use. Review by Brittany
- Xtreme Quality and Durability Review by Stan
- This battery is a fantastically handy thing to have. Review by Paul
-Charges itself quickly when plugged in, even hand little lights showing
how charged battery is
-So nice that it can charge two things at once, I can charge my phone and
IPad at the same time easy peasy on the go. Which ofr me is handy being a
full time student. At school you can always find an outlet to charge your
phone or IPad, and you dont have to worry about losing your wall plug in
for your wall charger.
-Charged both my iPad which was at 12% and my Galaxy S4 phone which was at
3%, to 100% in a little over 2 hours. which for a little battery like this
I thought was great.
-Also just handy to have around the house, if your not siting close to a
plug in and you are using your phone or iPad heavily, just grab this guy
and your golden...no more having to move out of your comfortable cocoon
spot to an uncomfortable position elsewhere sitting awkwardly so you can
use your device while its plugged in
-All around just handy
-Really is "shock proof", I have a 2 year old son and trust me...its been
-One thing i would change is maybe add some hard rubber to the exterior of
just to give it that more shock proof feel, Not that it isnt shock proof
now as i previously stated, but the added rubber would help and make it so
it would slide easily on hard surfaces
-If you have it sitting on a slant itll slide around due to the no rubber,
but not a huge deal really
That's all i got for now. But try it out and you'll love having, even if
you dont use it constantly, when you do its a lifesaver. (Posted on 11/13/13)
- NT120R in the Boundary Waters Review by Josh
I thought I'd try it for the week at home before taking it to the back country, for the next 4 nights I used my NT120R to charge my iPhone 5s every night in lieu of my standard wall outlet. Most evenings I connected it I still had 15-40% battery depending on my usage through the day. I didn't measure charge times but every morning I woke up with a fully charged battery. After 4 nights of using it I still had 3/4 lights [capacity] on it, impressive.
For the next portion I fully charged it and took it to a remote part of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area up in northern Minnesota. I used the NT120R to charge my iPhone 5s on the 4+ hour drive up north and subsequently the next 2 nights. While the temps did dip down into the upper 20F's I didn't notice a drop in battery capacity. I do believe the time to recharge my phone was a little slower but that is expected. One night I kept the NT120R and my iPhone 5s in my sleeping bag with me [charging] and the other I just rolled it up in a fleece jacket in my tent. Both mornings I awoke with a full battery charge on my phone to take photos for the day and navigate. I also used the NT120R to charge my iPhone 5s once we got out of the woods and on the drive home. I still had over half a battery left on the NT120R with a couple more charges left I believe. I was very impressed and pleased with the performance of the unit. Beyond that I was also very impressed with the ruggedness of the unit, I didn't do much to protect it or safeguard it and there isn't a scratch on it.
I weighed the unit at 11.8oz, from my experiences I could get a good 6-7 charges on my phone. I really looked deeply at solar panels and other comparable battery packs before this and I believe that the NT120R is both overall lighter than most of the mainstream solar panels/battery packs, it is easier to use and it holds more than enough power to keep my devices going for a week long trip or more. I love this and will recommend it to all of my outdoor friends.
Easy to use
Lots of juice to power your devices
Battery level indicator lights
Time to recharge
Weight (Posted on 11/13/13)
- Great rugged powerhouse Review by Steve
- PowerPak Extreme Review Review by Brian
My first impression of the PowerPak is the bulkiness. As I started examining and using the PowerPak I realized the benefits of the case and its design. As a Scouter and outdoors man this is a great addition to my Back Pack. I always have a GPS, Phone or other electronic device with me on a camp out that inevitably will die before the end of the trip. With the design of the casing I am not as concerned with it being drop or shuffled around in my back pack. It is sturdy, solid and well designed.
Secondly having two USB ports was a extreme Positive!! I like most electronic device owners have more than one mobile device and having two USB ports is great.
To test functionality I connected my iPad 3 and iPhone 4S to the PowerPak.
Ipad 3 started at 95% 4 LED 10 min full charge
Iphone 4s started at 85% 4 LED 15 min full charge.
My overall impression is this is a great addition to my Technology and Camping backpack!!!!! (Posted on 11/12/13)
- Practical, does a good job! Review by Caroline
Being a woman, the appearance of the PowerPak Xtreme did not appeal to me at all at first, but it struck me as being a practical device. I found that the packaging was attractive. However, when I first tried to use the PowerPak, I had trouble opening the door to the USB connections (I still have to use a dime to flip it open). I guess that’s what makes it weather-resistant.
Then, I was disappointed when I tried to charge my Arcadia Arclight keyboard and my iPad3. I was only able to charge the former completely and the latter from a 0% to a 70% capacity. I then learned this is normal for this kind of device, but still, I was expecting more.
Then, I tried it again to charge my MP3 and my Kobo Arc tablet/e-reader at the same time. They both charged completely and the PowerPak was still at a ¾ capacity (at least, that’s what I assumed from seeing that three out of four blue lights were still on).
I did not have to use it in extreme conditions nor would I foresee the need to do so. However, with young kids at home and having to travel for work, I am sure I will appreciate its ruggedness, its portability and its relative lightweightness. I also like the fact that you can charge two devices at a time. So, for anything that uses a 5V outlet, from your MP3 and cell phone to your ereader and iPad, it works. But don’t expect to charge everything with a single charge of the PowerPak.
For these reasons, my rating for this product is a 4. (Posted on 11/12/13)
- Great!!! Review by Marilyn
I had two devices charging at the same time, my New Trent Bluetooth keyboard and my iPhone 5s. It charged both up 25% in 40 min! I was quite impressed. (Posted on 11/12/13)
- Rugged and Ready to Charge your world... Review by Stephen
with. The package arrived undamaged and there was a charge on the NT120R,
although it was not a full charge, so I charged it using the NT90C. Once it was charged, I threw it on my backpack on my trip to Joshua Tree National Park.
The initial charge to fully charge the battery took about 4 hours, and the subsequent charges took around 10 hours each. Charging overnight works well
for me, plugged it in at the hotel and when we ready to leave the next morning, it was fully charged and ready to go!!! With a fully charged PowerPak Xtreme, the Nexus 5 could be charged 4 times still with 4 indicator lights showing after the last charge. Did not notice any issues while charging my Nexus 7 or my friends iPhone 5s. The Powerpak Xtreme worked well on the plan ride home from LAX to Washington DC as the main power source for my Nexus 5 and my friends iPhone 5s.
The documentation included in the package wasn’t bad, but unlike the New Trent Powerpak 10.0, you have to hit the power/start button for the device to start charging.
The PowerPak is a little heavy, but it has 3 to 4 times the charging power of other sources. The ability to use a carabiner to hook the Powerpak Xtreme is a very nice feature and makes it easy to attach to a brief case, back pack or other luggage. Another great feature that was accidentally discovered was when I accidently drop my back pack while climbing some of the rock formations at Joshua Tree National Park and the Battery pack was attached to the outside of bag and it had dropped about 30 feet and no visible damage and work just well when charging my Phone on the hike back to the Car. (Posted on 11/12/13)
- Awesome Power Pack! Review by Ginger
- great product Review by amanda
- Great portable charger Review by Tim
soccer game and charged both my iPhone and iPad with it. I let both
devices run down to about 25% battery, and I fully charged the power pak
before I left. When I got to my sons soccer game I plugged in both devices
and after my sons soccer game, which lasted one hour, my phone was
completed charged and my iPad was up to close to 80%. I took this with me
everywhere I went and it worked great. I really love this power pak and
since I am always on the go, it came in extremely handy. (Posted on 11/10/13)
- This is a Ma Toy! Review by Julie
Boy, did I find the perfect man charger in the New Trent NT120R PowerPak Extreme. It can take the rolling around on the truck floor, getting kicked out of the truck and stepped on, being dropped in a mud puddle, knocked off the counter onto concrete… you get the idea. And with 12,000mAh capacity, he can plug in his iPhone and listen to Pandora or his music all day without a burp. And the next day or two for that matter. It cleans up well, too, and doesn't scuff nearly as badly as the abuse would indicate it should.
For Christmas, we exchange names amongst the adults in our extended family, and I know exactly what I’m getting for man whose name I drew this year. At $55, it’s priced just right.
(Posted on 11/8/13)
- Being a father of four boys means it has to be tuff . . . Review by Ronnie
Water/Dirt/Shockproof Dual USB Port External Battery Charger/Power Pack
Being a father of four boys means it has to be tuff to last
around our house. I am happy to say the
New Trent PowerPak Xtreme fits the “tuff” category! Not only did it meet the demands of little
hands, it was faithful to provide the power needed to keep the iPhone 4 and
iPad 2 juiced up for entertainment when our lights went out! Our family was very thankful (and a whole lot
happier) we had our back up 12000mAh dual USB battery pack ready to use. I would say as father who likes to be ready
for the adventure life holds, this is a must have. (Posted on 11/8/13)
- Great product Review by Frank
The PowerPak Xtreme is durable and surprisingly compact for the length of time if provides power to two separate units at one time – nearly 10 hours. When charging, it lets the user know how far along the charge is by a series of four blue lights. When all four lights have illuminated, the PowerPak is ready to go. The PowerPak is ideal for travel, especially outdoors where electrical outlets may not be readily available. This unit is durable, lightweight, waterproof, and delivers a charge fast and holds a charge for an extended period of time.
The only downside was the exterior door to the USB ports was somewhat difficult to open and you are not able to charge your laptop with this devise without some type of electrical converter.
Overall Rating: 4
(Posted on 11/8/13)
- Great product! Review by Arielleb
(Posted on 11/7/13)
- A serious power pack that lives up to its claims extremely well Review by Joshua
I am not new to these USB power packs. I have tried several different brands and types and even had to deal with faulty units. Everything from cheap 3000mAh torch units from eBay to more expensive units like this one. There truly is a great disparity in what you get based on what you pay! No surprise there...
The main comparisons for this one include a 3 port EC TECH 12,000mAh unit, the Intocircuit Power Castle Series PC11200 11200mAh Heavy Duty 2 port unit, and a $13 eBay two port unit claiming 13,000mAh (all three possessing 2.0A output).
Compared to the 3 port EC TECH:
The EC TECH is a little less expensive, and has a third USB port. It truly does work to charge three devices at one time. In addition, it has a flashlight (although it's quite dim...)
What the EC TECH unit lacks, however, is the rugged, heavy duty construction of this New Trent unit. The EC TECH unit is more compact, but has no shock absorbing material. If you drop it, it's likely going to come apart. Dropping the New Trent PowePak Xtreme, hauling it around in my ruck sack during drill, exposing it to rain (leaky tent!), cold (below 30 degrees F), and humidity did not seem to affect it at all. It is the most solidly built and reliable power pack I have ever owned. The EC TECH is a quality unit, too, but it will not take a beating.
Compared to the 2 port Intocircuit Power Castle 11200:
The Power Castle also has a flashlight, and boasts rugged construction. It actually displays the percentage of battery life remaining (although it is not very linear). It is also heavy enough that it is likely accurately sold as an 11,200mAh unit, and it seemed to have enough charge to charge my iPad, S3, or run my 2A cycling light ... when it would WORK! I ended up returning the Intocircuit Power Castle. It just plain wasn't reliable. In perfect indoor dry conditions it would charge my Galaxy S3 for about an hour, then mysteriously power itself off. If I went back and unplugged my phone, then plugged it in again, the device would wake back up. This simply wasn't acceptable, so I returned it. It was especially finicky if you plugged in a tablet and a smartphone at the same time, which it advertises itself as being able to do.
Not so with the New Trent PowerPak Xtreme!! When I plugged in my tablet AND my smartphone, I slept easily, knowing they would BOTH be fully charged in the morning, and they always were. My New Trent PowerPak has not failed me once. It would run my 2A light for hours, and not shut of right in the middle of a task. I knew reliably how much power it had, even though it didn't display a percentage. 4 bars meant I could charge my S3 about three times, or that I had at least 6 hours of use of my 2A high lumens light, or nearly two charges on my iPad. It became easily predictable, and was consistent every time I used it to charge my devices.
Compared to the 2 port eBay cheap model:
The eBay model looked remarkably similar to the Intocircuit unit I purchased from Amazon - even had the same type of LCD % screen and LED light - but it felt a little lighter. Sure enough, you don't get NEAR the advertised mAh on those cheap eBay models. It will charge my Galaxy S3 about one and a third times before completely dying out. It also recharges MUCH to quickly to actually possess the advertised mAh. Oh well. This was not unexpected. Also, the eBay unit is not heavy duty at all. It feels like a plastic toy!
The New Trent is the most expensive of all the units I have recently purchased and tested, but it has unmatched durability and reliability. You can count on it in the cold, rain, snow, etc. It has not let me down yet once, and I take it to my military drills confident that I'll always be able to charge my phone out in the field for several days. I can be confident that it will stand up to drops, dust, moisture, and other forms of abuse. It's the kind of rugged device you can take bike riding, camping, or backpacking, and I recommend it 100%.
1. You get your honest mAh's out of it.
2. Reliable and predictable - the blue LED indicators don't just look cool, they accurately indicate how much charging capacity you have left.
3. Rugged - this thing is built to last.
4. Weather sealed - If it's going to get wet, tightly shut the gate over the ports and the rubber gaskets will complete the seal against any moisture or dirt.
5. You get your AMPS - it charges smartphones and tablets as indicated. My S3 charges significantly more quickly on this than the factory home charger.
1. No torch/LED light??? A rugged, reliable device like this could really benefit from a small LED light source. You could even put in a fairly bright one without taking up much space, keep it waterproof, and have a nice light source for HOURS. It runs my high powered LED for 6 hours +, so I know a more efficient LED could potentially last for days with this battery pack! (Posted on 11/7/13)
- Nice power pack Review by Don
different devices. This devices worked great at my kids sporting events and didn't worry
to much when it started to rain. It also can in very handy when we got home and found the
power was out, this was an unexpected use but I was sure glad to be able to keep our
phones charged up. This unit is slightly bigger then some but it is also dust, water, and
shock proof which more then makes up for it's slightly bigger size. (Posted on 11/6/13)
- Seems very rugged Review by Roy
- Excellent Review by Connie
- Very cool Review by Anthony
test it, the documentation states that it is water proof up to three feet
in water for an hour. Good to know, but hope I never utilize this feature!
It is surprisingly light and the case is made of a very tough impact
resistant plastic/polymer. I like the fact that I don't have to be gentle
with this charger. With 12,000mAh capacity will power a 14 hour
conversation on an iphone! That's a lot of power in a very small package.
While I have not had this product very long, it is very tough and I like
its compact design. Four very cool looking blue led lights indicate how
much battery strength is still available. Re-charging is simply done by
pluging it in to the USB port on your computer. There is also a wall
charger available, but not included with the product.
Very cool product and extends the use of my cell phone and ipad. Great for
camping trips, or for when its just not convenient to plug in your device.
In my opinion, its a must have.
5 stars - excellent! (Posted on 11/3/13)
- Great, Tough, External Battery Review by Ryan
UPS delivered my PowerPack minutes before I left on a beach camping trip (talk about perfect timing) and I just threw it in the car and took it with me. At the time, my current cell phone was a Samsung Galaxy s4 (2600mAh battery), and my dad had his iPhone 5. Using the original charge that the battery came with I charged my Galaxy s4, and my dads iPhone 5 no problem. It then sat on my nightstand for a few days before I needed to use it again. I've charged my new iPhone 5s about 2 times, and my iPhone 4s about 3 times, all on this single charge, without recharging the main battery once, and it still has 2 of the 4 LED's lit.
Now, there are some bad sides to this PowerPack. It says on the website, and also on the battery itself that it can charge at 2.1A. This is simply not true according to my testing. Using the Galaxy Charging Current on my s4, I was able to measure the speed at which this charger was charging my battery. The app said about 550mA (0.5A). This was while plugged into the 2.1A port, and using an Amazon Basics micro USB cable. I can confirm the app is accurate, as I have tested it with other products such as the New Trent, 10W 5V/2A Dual Port high-speed USB AC wall charger (NT90C/IMP90C), and found it to be quite accurate.
The results with the 1A port are even worse. Immediately after plugging in the s4 to this port I got a notification from the phone saying "To charge faster, use the original charger that was included with your phone.". Again, I checked the current from the galaxy charging app, and to my dismay found it was charging at only 300mA (0.3A).
So what exactly does all this mean? What is the difference between 2.1 A and 0.55A? The A stands for AMPS, and basically means how much current is being pushed to the device it's powering. So the higher the AMPS the faster the device will charge. Now, in the case of the galaxy s4, the standard charger that comes with it is rated for 2 amps and charges the device in a reasonable amount of time (about 2.5-3 hours). So using this PowerPak Xtreme, it will take considerably longer to fully charge. However in the case you have an iPhone, the iPhone's standard power supply is rated for 1 AMP, therefore the difference between this PowerPak and the original charger is miniscule. It takes about 1.5-2 hours to charge an iPhone 5 from dead to full with the PowerPack Xtreme, about the same as with the standard wall adapter.
Focusing on the design of the PowerPack, it is a very rugged design, yet stays pretty compact. I have had no problems taking this with me everywhere, because it's so small. It's also very durable, and although I have not tested the waterproof feature, I have no problem believing it works. The battery does not heat up or get warm, even under intense use in the hot sun. The LED indicators are easily visible even in broad daylight, making it easy to know if the PowerPack is on and charging your devices. Another thing I'm very impressed with, is that this battery does not seem to loose charge if left alone for a long time. With most rechargeable batteries, if left alone for a week or so, they'll have lost half or more of their juice. This one seems to not have that problem from what I've noticed.
Insane Battery Capacity
Dual USB Ports for charging multiple devices simultaneously
Bright LED indicators easily visible
Doen't loose charge if left alone
Charging currents are not as advertised
Higher price than other 12,000maH batteries
The PowerPack Xtreme is an extremely capable external battery pack, that has enough capacity to fully charge an iPhone 5 up to 8 times. It's rugged, and waterproof casing ensure that it can take a beating without breaking (perfect for backpackers, or campers). However, from my testing the battery does NOT charge at 2.1A or 1 A. Instead it charges at about 0.5A and 0.3A , respectively. Overall, although the charging currents are not as advertised, the pros outweigh the cons, and this is a great purchase for anyone who wants an external battery pack that they can take anywhere. (Posted on 11/2/13)
- Great Product So Far Review by Heather
The ports are clearly labeled so it is easy to identify which port to use for tablets or smartphones. I was able to use this to charge my iPhone 5s, my kindle fire, my boyfriends iPad and his iPhone 5.
While this is great for travel, it also is extremely convenient to use
around home too. If my phone or kindle (or both) were running low and I
wanted to use them but not be right next to an outlet (i.e. while sitting
at my kitchen table) it allowed me to charge my items and use them wherever
I wanted to in my house.
The four lights indicating the level of charge were also easy to see and easy to understand. I've been able to get several charges out of it for my iPhone or Kindle. My boyfriends iPad pretty much drained the battery, but iPads typically require a lot more energy to charge anyways.
It took me a minute or two to find the power button as it blends in easily with the side of the case, but now that I know where it is located it's not a problem.
Lastly, for the durability of the battery pak it was not as heavy or large as I expected it to be. I can easily throw it in my purse or luggage. However, it is a bit big to put it pants pockets if you are looking for something that size. (Posted on 11/1/13)
- 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)
- A Bomb-Proof Mobile Charging Device that Packs a Punch Review by BenButler
The device it came in a very well thought out box with a cool seemingly magnetic flap behind which are some of the specs on the device. It comes with a white micro-USB cord but no wall adapter; a nice carabiner with a lanyard containing a compass; and a velcro strap with which you can keep the micro-USB cord wrapped up. Some nice extras that you don't typically see with most devices.
The outside of the pack is very rugged plastic with a rubberized banding all around. The USB port compartment is accessible from a rubberized plastic flap that has a gasket on the back to prevent water fro seeping in when the device is not in use (the battery pack is not waterproof when you are charging your device(s). There are two USB charging ports which are labeled on the outside of the flap as 5V1A and 5V2.1A respectively. Charging two devices at one time works flawlessly and does not seem to slow down the charge time of either device however, it does drain the battery rather quickly (as you would expect).
When I first received the NT120R the first thing I did was test the waterproofing. I placed the device in a bowl of water (with the USB compartment flap closed of course) where it could be submerged in water. The device sunk to the bottom of the bowl where I let it sit for a few minutes. After removing it from the water and drying the outside off I opened the USB compartment flap and there was some water in there but no water reached the USB ports (which is due to the design of the gasket and something that I expected). I then plugged my iPhone into the battery pack and it charged it up with no problems. This thing is awesome!!
As I mentioned above, I'v only had this device for about a week but in that time I used it to charge my iPhone and iPad every time they needed to be charged. I charge y iPhone every day and my iPad about every other day and with that charging scheme The fully charged NT120R lasted for 3 iPhone charges and 2 iPad charges. This is actually better performance than I expected to get out of this device.
In the end I am very impressed with this battery pack. It performs as well as they say in the description; if not better. Congratulations to NewTrent on another stellar product! If you have not heard of this company check out their website for other great products - www.newtrent.com
(Posted on 9/4/13)
- 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)