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IOGEAR GearPower 12,000mAh Mobile Power Station Review
      03/17/15 07:42 PM

IOGEAR currently offers three GearPower portable battery chargers starting with the GMP7K (7,000mAh) and going up to the GMP10K (11,000mAh) and now the GMP12K that increases the capacity to 12,000mAh. This super high capacity portable battery charger comes in a surprisingly compact form and weighs only 9.8 ounces. The GearPower 12K has two full USB charging ports and can charge two devices simultaneously. The battery comes with an AC adapter for faster recharging speed.



Design

The GearPower 12,000mAh Mobile Power Station has a creaming white plastic housing with chromed band around the sides. All three GearPower batteries have a similar design, and the 12K and 11K batteries have the same size at 4.75 x 3.19 x 0.94 inches. The powerful battery is compact enough to fit in your travel gear bag or commute bag. The battery's 2 USB output ports live on the same side as the micro USB recharge port. Four green LED light bars blink through the top casing and a round power button lives under the LED lights for turning on charing and for checking power levels.



Features

The IOGEAR GearPower 12,000mAh Mobile Power Station is among the powerhouse battery chargers that are cropping up. The Lithium Polymer battery offers plenty of power for smartphones and tablets. In our tests, it could provide 4-5 full charges for the iPhone 6 and 1-1.5 full charges for the iPad Air 2. So far we haven't seen a portable battery this size can fill up the iPad Air 2 battery, and the GearPower 12K did that with more power to spare. The two USB ports, one outputs 2.1A and the other 1A, can charge two devices at the same time. Naturally the 2.1A port charges devices faster than the 1A port. In our tests, the 2.1A port charged the iPhone 6 in about 2:15 hours and the iPad Air 2 in nearly 5 hours.



The IOGEAR GearPower 12,000mAh Mobile Power Station has good quality battery with built-in short-circuit, over-charge and temperature protection. The battery has 500 full charging cycles of optimal battery life and it comes with an AC adapter and USB cable for recharging. The only drawback for such a large capacity battery is that it takes about 8 hours to recharge via AC charging.



Conclusion

Very few of us now travel without taking at least one portable battery charger for our smartphones, tablets, ebook readers, digital cameras and other gadgets. The IOGEAR GearPower 12,000mAh Mobile Power Station can give you enough power for an overseas flight or a week worth of topping up devices at the end of the day. The battery has excellent standby time and the super capacity comes in a pact package. Two output ports let you charge two phones or two tablets or a phone and a tablet simultaneously and the 2.1A port charges reasonably fast. The GearPower itself however requires over-night recharging. With the same amount of power, the GearPower is an ounce lighter than the Cheero's Ingress Power Cube. If you don't need so much power, the IOGEAR's GMP7K is even lighter and $40 cheaper.

Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Compact and light for the power it packs, charges two devices, large and easy to see LED light bars.
What's Not: Recharge time is long.
Price: $99.95
Web site: IOGEAR

Reviewed by: Tong Zhang









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