For the first charge, I hooked up the P1 to my computer’s USB port. It took about 8.5 hours to fully charge, which isn’t too far out of the advertised time of 8 hours.
On the first charge, I was able to charge my iPhone 4S from 13% to 100% which took 1 hour and 45 minutes, not a bad time at all. After fully charging my iPhone 4S, the P1 still displayed 4 lights (75 – 100%) of remaining power. Since it seemed like it had a bunch of battery life left, I decided to charge my 4th Gen iPad. My iPad had 18% battery left, and the P1 was able to boost it to 50% before it needed a recharge.
After a recharge, I decided to charge an HTC 8X and iPhone 4S at the same time. The 8X was at 16% remaining, 4S was hanging at 18%. P1 was able to fully recharge both phones and still have around 25% left.
Lithium-Polymer batteries are simple devices on the surface, you charge them, use all of their power, then recharge the battery to start the cycle again. The question that we unfortunately can’t answer in the scope of this review is, how many charges will the battery last? That’s really how you know if you’ve gotten your money’s worth. Also, there’s a wide range of devices on the market, and we can’t possibly test all of them. Some devices require less power, while others are power hungry.
So what works well for my limited range of test devices may work really well for your devices or not well at all. With all of that aside, in my limited time with the product, I feel Luxa2 has created a good mobile charger. It is lightweight, easy to carry, and will charge any phone that I tested at least twice, while charging a more power hungry device like a 4th Gen iPad to a respectable amount. Also, the charge rate is pretty fast.
At $54.99, P1’s price point is a bit high compared to similar portable batteries, but if you want a mobile charger to match your current Apple lineup that can get the job done, P1 is the answer.
- Two USB charging ports
- Matches current Apple product line
- Price is a bit high
- Recharge time is a bit long
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