Portable Battery Review: Patriot FUEL+ 6000mAh Mobile Rechargeable Battery Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Small and light to carry on the road, charges two devices at the same time and has fast charging.
What's Not: Battery takes a while to fully charge.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
In Patriot's new line of stick portable batteries, the FUEL+ 6000mAh Mobile Rechargeable Battery comes in a medium size but offers advanced features including two device simultaneous charging and one of the charging USB ports outputs 2.5A for charging tablets. The battery is quite small and should easily fit in your gear bag.
The Patriot FUEL+ 6000mAh battery is much smaller than the Patriot FUEL+ 9000mAh, measuring just 3.7 x 1.7 x 1 inches and weighs 4.8 ounces. Though smaller in form, the battery offers the same number of ports and features. As with the FUEL+ 9000mAh, the FUEL+ 6000mAh is very easy to use. It has a micro USB input port for charging the battery and two USB output ports for charging your mobile devices. All ports are clearly marked, so that you know what amperage the outlet puts out and which one is the power in port. The battery comes with a USB to micro USB cable and you can charge the battery via computer or AC outlet. The FUEL+ 6000mAh has a power button on the white housing and four LED lights. You can press the button to check power level and to charge devices connected to the battery.
The Patriot FUEL+ 6000mAh has a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery that's 6000mAh in capacity. The two charging ports can output maximum of 3.5A, one port can charge smartphones, MP3 Player and digicams with up to 1A power and the other port offers up to 2.5A power that can charge a tablet. Even more impressive, you can charge two devices at once, and one of the devices can be a tablet. We tested the Patriot FUEL+ 6000mAh with smartphones and tablets and found that it had ample power for smartphones and a good top up for tablets. The Patriot FUEL+ 6000mAh can charge an iPhone 5 from less than 10% power to full at least three times and a Droid Ultra twice. With an iPad 4, the Patriot FUEL+ 6000mAh charged up about 40-50% of the tablet's power in our test.
The Patriot FUEL+ 6000mAh has fast charging technology and it does indeed dump its power quit fast. It takes less than 2 hours to charge an iPhone 5, about 3 hours to charge the Droid Ultra and 2 hours to dump all its power to an iPad 4.
While the Patriot FUEL+ 6000mAh charges your mobile devices quickly, the battery itself takes a long time to charge. It'll take about 5 hours to charge from zero power to full, so it's a good idea to charge it overnight. The battery is built with high quality standards that's used for brand name laptop batteries, and it offers short-circuit, over and under charge protection as well as power pass through. This means you can charge your devices while they're connected to the battery that's being charged.
If you don't want to carry the Patriot FUEL+ 9000mAh because it's too big or too heavy and you only need to charge your smartphone or top up your tablet, the Patriot FUEL+ 6000mAh is a good choice. It can certain help your phone last through an overseas flight or long delays at the airport without power outlet or top up your tablet at the end of the day or a trip to send that few email or finish up the video call. The smaller size means you can stick the Patriot FUEL+ 6000mAh anywhere in your bag or pocket and the convenience of charging two devices at the same time is hard to pass up when you're on the road.
Battery Type: Lithium Ion Battery Capacity: 6000 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