5 out of 5 Stars
February 21, 2015
By RatherLiveInKeyWest (Central Virginia) - Amazon Top 100 Reviewer
Golf Tiger 209 Portable Power Bank - External Backup Battery - 10,000mAh capacity - Easy to use - Works well - Recommended
This Golf Tiger 209 Portable Power Bank is priced well as compared to others in its large 10,000mAh capacity range, seems solidly constructed, and is of a convenient size given its capacity. At about 5.5 inches long by 2.5 inches wide and about 1 inch thick, this backup battery is an easy carry in your brief case, laptop bag or back-pack.
This unit comes with a micro USB cable and we successfully tested the power bank using using multiple devices. I like it and would recommend this power bank to others.
This power bank weighs in at about 9.6 ounces, giving it a substantial feel while still being very portable, and is constructed with a thick plastic case (ours is two-toned, orange and white).
Upon receiving the battery, we plugged the unit into our wall adapter (used my Samsung S3's wall adapter and micro USB cable) and, after pushing the power button, the blue slider-style indicator lights came on; one solid and one blinking of four total, signifying that it came about 25% pre-charged. Over the next couple hours the additional light went from blinking to constantly on... letting us know that the battery was fully charged.
One note of interest: To turn on the lights that indicate how much charge remains, you have to push the power button. However, when pushing that button, the indicator lights and the front flashlight both come on. in order to turn the flashlight off, you have to push the power button once again. This leaves the battery and the indicator lights on, but turns the flashlight off. As information -- the flashlight put out a decent light; it is not tactical strength, but puts out enough light to help you find your way down a sidewalk in the dark of night.
Operating this battery is a breeze -- for phones that have micro USB ports, just plug the supplied micro USB cable in to each device; for devices that do not have micro USB ports, like our daughter's iPhone 5c, just use the device's charging cable. Simple, easy and effective.
The storage capacity of this battery is 10,000mAh which is fairly substantial, great for charging the devices we have a couple times over, to help out in emergencies and perfect for a long weekend away too. The charging times we experienced were consistent, averaging about 0.60 percent per minute, or about 30% recharging per hour, from its 2.1A USB output port (and about half that from the 1A port). Good performance that is equal to or better than our wall chargers.
We tested this power bank with a Samsung S3 and an HTC Droid DNA. The battery pack did not get hot when being charged or when charging the devices. While charging a device, the blue LED lights go out but can be reactivated with a push of the power button if you want to check on how much juice is still left to be used. The lights are easy to read, and the power bank is easy to use.
The user manual is basic but usable, and it notes that this power bank is covered by "a six months warranty", so if an issue arises within that time-frame I will return here to update the review and let you know what the issue was and how resolution was handled. I did receive this power bank gratis from the seller and put it to use to objectively find out how well it performed. My statements here reflect that testing.
We found this power bank to be affordable, portable, and it did the job as described by the manufacturer. If you are looking for a battery pack of this color, 10,000 mAh capacity, size, style and good charge rate, for use as I have described above, then I recommend giving this Golf Tiger 209 Portable Power Bank a try based on our experience with it.
Go for it.