Portable Battery Review: Patriot FUEL+ 9000mAh Mobile Rechargeable Battery Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Compact, charges two devices at the same time, works with any tablet and smartphone that can charge over USB.
What's Not: Battery takes a while to fully charge.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Memory maker Patriot has released a line of portable rechargeable batteries for smartphones, MP3 players, digital cameras and tablets. The Patriot FUEL+ 9000mAh Mobile Rechargeable Battery is the largest in capacity and it offers two power output USB ports to charge two devices at the same time. The portable battery has fast charging technology and outputs 2.5A through one outlet and 1A through the second one.
The Patriot FUEL+ 9000mAh Mobile Rechargeable Battery has a simple power brick design. The 9000mAh battery has a red matte housing with a shiny white plastic cover. The battery measures 3.7 x 4.5 x 1 inches and weighs 6.6 oz. The battery is easy to use: it has a micro USB power input port on one side and two USB power output ports on the other, all clearly marked including the output amperage. There are also four LED lights on the battery next to the power button. The LED lights show the level of power remaining in the battery and you can check it by pressing the power button. The Patriot FUEL+ 9000mAh Mobile Rechargeable Battery charges your devices automatically when you plug them in the output ports.
As its name suggests, the Patriot FUEL+ 9000mAh Mobile Rechargeable Battery has a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery in 9000mAh capacity. The battery comes with a short USB to micro USB cable that allows you to charge the battery with your computer. The battery has power pass through technology which means you can charge the devices connected to the battery while charging the Patriot at the same time. The two output USB ports dish out different amp levels, one serves 1A and the other 2.5A, both in 5V. The 1A port can charge most smartphones, MP3 players or digicams that use USB charging; and the 2.5A port can charge most tablets. We tested charging an iPad 4 with Retina Display and an iPhone 5 together, and the battery was up to the task.
The Patriot FUEL+ 9000mAh Mobile Rechargeable Battery has built-in safety features including over-charge and short-circuit protection. The 9000mAh battery can fill 50% of an iPad 4's internal battery in 2.5 hours and charge the iPhone 5 3 times from less than 10% power to 100% and each charge takes 2 hours. The speed in which the Patriot battery charges these mobile devices is indeed quite fast thanks to the fast charge technology. However, the battery itself charges slowly especially via a computer. It takes about 6 hours to fully charge the battery, so it's a good thing to do overnight. The four LED lights indicate 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% power levels, and you can easily check it by pressing the power button.
For a portable battery that can extend your tablet runtime by 50% and at least double or triple your smartphone battery runtime, the Patriot FUEL+ 9000mAh Mobile Rechargeable Battery is a great companion for travelers away from power outlets and on long flights. The battery is very compact and can charge two devices at the same time. It's engineered to the same standards as brand name laptop batteries with safety features and fast charge technology. If you carry a tablet, a smartphone and other gear on the road with you, the Patriot battery is a good one-size-fits-all solution.
Battery Type: Lithium Ion Battery Capacity: 9000 mAh Input: One Micro USB, 5V/1A with 5V/2.5A max Outputs: Two USB Type A, 5V/1A and 5V/2.5A LED Charge Indicator: 25%, 50%, 75%, 100% Warranty: 2 Year Limited Warranty