Portable Battery Review: myCharge The Hub 6000 Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Built-in Lightning and Micro-USB cables and connectors, built-in wall prongs and it can charge three devices at the same time.
What's Not: Doesn't have a lot of power for charging tablets.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
The Hub 6000 from myCharge is a portable power bank that has a built-in rechargeable battery and three charging ports. The Hub 6000 packs impressive 6000mAh power and can juice up an iPhone 5, a Bluetooth headset and a camera battery on one charge. The portable battery can also output enough power for a tablet such as an iPad with Retina Display but it will only function as top up instead of filling up. The Hub 6000 comes with a built-in wall plug and two charging cables that make it very convenient to charge your devices on the go.
The Hub 6000 comes in a 4.5 x 2.65 x 1.2-inch block that's curved on one side. The silver colored body has white sides and grey rubber covers. A single LED-lit button lives on a side corner and you can press it to check the battery level or turn the charging on for the Lightning connector. The Hub 6000 has two built-in output connectors, a Lightning connector and a Micro-USB connector, and they're embedded in the grey rubber covers. Under the wide grey cover on the opposite side you'll find the foldable wall prongs. You can charge the battery by plugging the prongs to a power outlet. There is an additional grey cover that hides the full USB output port. The Hub 6000 weighs 8.2 ounces which is heavier than the Xtorm Power Bank 7300 that has higher capacity battery.
The biggest advantage of having all three types of charging port and connectors separated from one another is that you can charge three devices at once with the Hub 6000. All three charging ports have 5V power, and the Lightning and the USB ports output 2.1A while the Micro-USB port outputs 1.0A. While charging three devices, the battery will give priority to the Lightning charging port so that your iPhone 5 gets charged first, unless the other devices you're charging draw very little power, such as a Bluetooth headset or a small camera battery, then the battery charges all three devices simultaneously. The Lightning connector works with the iPhone 5, iPad mini and any other device with a Lightning port.
The beefy 6000mAh battery can give the iPhone 5 one full charge plus additional 40% charge, and it charges the iPhone 5 in 2 hours from nearly 0% battery power to 100%. It can charge the Samsung Galaxy S4 via its built-in Micro-USB connector, and gives the phone a full charge in 3 hours. These smartphones have large capacity batteries and the Hub 6000 handled them very well. Like with other portable power banks, the Hub 6000 can only provide 40% power to the Retina iPad and 60% power for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, but no full charges for tablets. The battery took several hours to dump its power into the iPad with Retina and the Note 8.0 in our tests, which was significantly longer than when it charged phone batteries.
The single LED light on the Hub 6000 gives you a rough idea of the power level on the battery. When the LED light is green the battery has above 70% of power, when it's yellow it's above 40% and when it's red it has 11% to 40% battery left. The LED light will flash red when the power goes below 10%. The Hub 6000 takes about 4 hours to fully charge. The LED light also functions as start button for the Lightning output and you'll need to press it for the battery to start charging your iPhone 5 or iPad mini.
The Hub 6000 from myCharge is very compact and should fit in your gear bag for some extra power for your tablet or more than a full charge for your smartphone. It can charge three devices simultaneously and you don't have to bring your own Lightning cable or Micro-USB cable to use the battery. We like the balance between the power it packs and the small footprint, though it's a bit heavier than other batteries with similar capacity. If you need less or more power than 6000mAh, myCharge also offers a smaller sized and a larger sized portable battery than the Hub 6000.