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Portable Battery Review: Patriot FUEL+ Mobile Rechargeable Battery 7800mAh Review
      #46160 - 03/11/14 12:40 PM

With two new portable battery chargers adding to the existing collection, Patriot is now offering the FUEL+ portable battery line in almost every capacity level to meet the needs of frequent travelers. The new 7800mAh battery charger comes with the same high quality battery that's in the FUEL+ 6000mAh and the FUEL+ 9000mAh batteries. The Patriot FUEL+ Mobile Rechargeable Battery 7800mAh offers two charging ports and dual charging capability. The 7800mAh capacity can fuel up any smartphone and even large tablet. The battery also supports fast charging on some mobile devices.



Design

The Patriot FUEL+ Mobile Rechargeable Battery 7800mAh has the same design as the rest of the batteries in the collection with a white shiny plastic cover on a matte red housing. The FUEL+ batteries come in sizes that match the capacity, and the 7800mAh variety measures 3.7 x 4.5 x 1 inches and weighs 6.4 ounces. As with other FUEL+ batteries, the 7800mAh battery has two USB charging ports on one side, marked with output amp level, and a micro USB port for recharging the battery itself on the other. The front side has four blue LED lights for indicating battery levels when you're recharging the battery or using it to charge your devices. Next to the LED lights, the FUEL+ offers a power button for turning the battery on and the LED lights on to check the battery level. The battery comes with a very short USB charging cable.



Features

The Patriot FUEL+ Mobile Rechargeable Battery 7800mAh is made with high-grade battery that's specified for laptop batteries. It has built-in protection against over charge, over current, under discharge and short circuit, ensuring the safety of your devices' batteries and providing safe charge cycles. The battery's LED indicators give you some idea of how much power's left in the battery any time. The battery will shut down when the device is fully charged to save power. You can recharge the battery pack with the included USB cable but it'll take you overnight to charge from empty to full.

You can charge two devices simultaneously with the Patriot FUEL+ Mobile Rechargeable Battery 7800mAh via the two USB power output ports. These USB type A ports include a 5V/1A charging port and a 5V/2.5A port that outputs higher power than most small portable batteries offer. If your device supports fast charging, the FUEL+ can take advantage of it via the higher power 2.5A port and charge your device speedily. We tested it with several smartphones and tablets and found the battery meeting and exceeding our expectations.



The Patriot FUEL+ Mobile Rechargeable Battery 7800mAh can charge the iPhone 5s about four times from nearly empty to full, and takes a little over 2 hours to do a full charge. It can charge the Sony Xperia Z1s at least twice and takes about 2 hours to fully charge the phone's battery from nearly depleted to full. The battery takes similar time to charge the new Nokia Lumia Icon and provides about the same amount of power as with the Xperia Z1s. With tablets, the Patriot FUEL+ Mobile Rechargeable Battery 7800mAh performs impressively. We tested it with the iPad Air. It filled 60% of the tablet's large battery in about 2 hours. What's even more impressive is that it can charge high-grade battery in the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 where some 3rd party chargers aren't good enough to charge the battery. The FUEL+ battery provided 40% power to the large Galaxy Note Pro 12.2's battery in 3 and half hours.

Conclusion

The Patriot FUEL+ Mobile Rechargeable Battery 7800mAh is a versatile battery pack that can charge your mobile devices from the smallest Bluetooth headset to the largest Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 tablet. It supports dual charging and fast charging, and the battery proves to be very high quality. The size and weight of the 7800mAh battery make this portable charger an easy choice for road warriors who are often away from AC outlets and also those who consume heavy multimedia content on several devices throughout a day to have something handy to juice up their phones and top up their tablets. If you need something beefier than this, Patriot also offers a battery pack with 9000mAh; or if you need something lighter, you can find lower capacity models in the FUEL+ collection.



Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: High capacity, dual charging and supports high grade batteries.
What's Not: Takes a long time to recharge.
Price: $69.99
Web site: Patriot Memory

Reviewed by: Tong Zhang








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