Gear Review: IntoCircuit PC11200 Power Bank

WP_20141007_015Today we are taking a look at IntoCircuit’s 11200 mAh portable power bank! As you may or may not know, we here at Some Gadget Guy are not into unboxings, however I really do like the packaging and colors that this battery is packed in. With that being said, let’s jump right into the review!

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Upon opening the box and pulling out the power bank, you will immediately notice that this power bank has a hefty feel (278G), and it has a very nice brushed aluminum case. The design is simple yet rugged looking and measures 4.3” X 2.8” X 0.9” . There is a nice bright LCD screen that will light up for 30 seconds so you can see the progress of your devices being charged. The display will also show you which port is being used. The IntoCircut PC11200 has one button to turn the power bank on and off. When you double press the button, you will activate the flashlight. Yes, the IntoCircuit PC11200 has a bright flashlight which would come in very handy for multiple situations. I really like the flashlight option on this power bank because you never know when you will need a flashlight in case something goes awry. (power outages, zombie apocalypse  or when you go camping.)

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The IntoCircuit PC11200 comes with the power bank, 1 micro USB cable, warranty card, instructions and a velvet like bag to protect the power bank from scratches.

 

WP_20141007_017On the bottom of the IntoCircuit you will find the 5V micro USB port for charging the power bank, 1 USB 5V 2.1A out port for charging tablets and quick charging some phones. There’s also a 1 USB 5V 1.0 out port for slower charging. The placement of the ports and flashlight are nicely spaced out just enough to not feel crowded when plugging in your devices to charge. Speaking of charging, the IntoCircuit PC11200 has a great feature which they call “output short-circuit protection”. When the IntoCircuit PC11200 detects a short-circuit, the power bank will immediately turn off. Once the short-circuited device is removed via the USB cable, the IntoCircuit PC11200 will power back on and be ready for action once again. When the IntoCircuit PC11200’s battery is under 3V it will shut off so you will not damage the power bank’s battery.

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The devices we’ll be recharging today: Nokia Lumia 521, Samsung Dart, and Samsung Note 3. I was able to get almost four full charges on my Lumia 521, three full charges on the Samsung Note 3 and the Samsung Dart. I did notice when you unplug the IntoCircuit from the wall charger it instantly drops to 99%. Battery capacity is rarely accurate at the extremes (full and depleted), so this isn’t surprising, but it is kind of annoying. Still, having a percentage readout is a lot nicer than the traditional four dots most other batteries give you for showing the remaining battery life.

I drained the IntoCircuit PC11200 power bank down to 5% to see how long it would take to recharge the IntoCircuit. It took about 2 hours to fully charge the power bank back to 100%.

All in all the IntoCircuit PC11200 is well designed and handles any charging task that you might need to do. At the time of writing this article,  the IntoCircuit PC11200 is only $32.99 which is a steal for this size battery.

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