Usage & Testing
The first thing that you are going to want to do is charge up the power bank. Since it is such high capacity this could take a while. I would suggest using a wall adapter that is made for a larger device such as an iPad or tablet as it will charge the power bank faster. As the power bank charges the LEDs will light up to indicate how much power is available. We assume that 4 LEDs mean 75-100%, 3 mean 50-75%, 2 mean 25-50%, and one means 5-25% and when a single LED is flashing that means you have below 5% and you should be charging the device.
Once charged up you can connect your devices. As I said it is better to connect your smartphone to the 1A port and your tablet to the 2.1A port. The ports are intelligent, meaning that when you plug in a device it will automatically start charging, you don’t have to hit the power button. When a device starts to charge the LEDs on the power bank will light up and let you know how much capacity is available for charging. With a capacity of 12000 mAh you should be able to charge your smartphone almost 4 times over, which is more than enough for most people on their daily commute or say a long car ride.
After using the ActivePower 12000 for a couple of weeks now I really like it. For the most part if I am out for the day I only need to recharge my phone 1-1.5 times. This means if I forget to charge the up the ActivePower 12000 the night before I still will have plenty of charge for the next day.
This is also one of the smallest power banks that I’ve seen with such a high capacity. As I said it is about as big as a hockey puck. This means that if I’m going out for the night I can easily fit it in my pocket. This also makes it just as easy to throw in a backpack, purse, or laptop bag. The sort of rubberized coating is a nice as well and makes it very easy to grip and pick up the unit.
Tech Armor has the ActivePower 12000 priced very aggressively at $34.95 which is one of the lowest we’ve seen for a quality power bank at this capacity. Tech Armor also backs it with a 2-year warranty. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Tech Armor ActivePower 12000 Mobile Power Bank a 10 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award!
– Small and compact
– Large capacity
– Easy to use
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