Review: Hypergear 16000mAh Dual USB Portable Battery Pack

The Hypergear 16000mAh Dual USB Portable Battery Pack is a high-capacity lightweight portable battery pack with a digital power usage indicator that takes the guessing away on how much power you really have left.

Hypergear 16000mAh Dual USB Portable Battery Pack

Hypergear 16000mAh Dual USB Portable Battery Pack – Features and Specs

This portable battery pack can charge two devices at the same time. You get a maximum output of 2.4A shared between the two ports for charging. You can charge two cell phones or one tablet at a time.

As with most premium portable battery packs , the Hypergear 16000mAh Dual USB Portable Battery Pack comes with Smart Chip Technology. It will automatically detect whatever device’s power needs are and adjust the output to fastest but safest speed it can charge the device.

The power input is a 2A micro USB port that will charge your battery pack faster than many other battery packs on the market.

With the Hypergear 16000mAh Dual USB Portable Battery Pack there’s no need to worry about overcharge, over current, or short-circuiting. It comes with premium circuitry that will protect your devices.

Hypergear has designed this battery pack for travelers, professionals, and commuters. Its designed to be slim and light weight. It can easily fit in a small bag, carry-on, or laptop bag. In addition to its premium matt black finish, its still drop-tested and should withstand a short drop.

Specifications and Package Contents – Taken from Hypergear website

• Battery Type: Li-Polymer
• Capacity: 8000/12000/16000/20000mAh
• Output: 5V/2.4A Maximum (1A + 2.4A)
• Input: 5V/2A
• Protection: Short Circuit / Overcharge
• (8K) 5.8 x 2.9 x 0.71 in. | 300 g
• (12K) 5.8 x 2.9 x 0.71 in. | 300 g
• (16K) 6 x 3 x 0.9 in. | 400 g
• (20K) 6.5 x 3.2 x 0.96 in. | 438 g
* For best performance, charge fully before first use. Charging Results may vary based on usage patterns.

• Portable Battery Pack
• Micro USB Charging Cable
• User Manual

Hypergear 16000mAh Dual USB Portable Battery Pack –The Review

I few weeks ago I picked up the Hypergear 16000mAh Dual USB Portable Battery Pack deeply discounted for about $20 at a local electronics big box store. I didn’t know much about the product and had been told that Hypergear makes great battery packs. Normally I’m very picky when it comes to charging devices for my tech gear and I do a lot of research before I buy. But for this one, I just couldn’t pass such a great deal.

I really didn’t have a need for another pack since I have the Blitzwolf 15600mAh battery pack. But with a planned trip to Bora Bora coming up in a few weeks and needing to free up some weight (extreme weight restrictions even on carry-ons and personal items) I decided to give this lightweight pack a chance.

Hypergear 16000mAh Dual USB Portable Battery Pack

After opening up the package, I noticed how light this pack is compared to my Blitzwolf battery pack. This unit is so light that its only a few ounces more than my smaller Anker battery pack.

Because of its lightweight design it feels cheep. But its quality it up there. Its all premium plastic and they say its drop tested. I just couldn’t find from what height it was tested to. I am also concerned about the power usage indicator screen. That is made from a soft plastic. Will it withstand a direct hit if dropped or will it crack?

Charging Review

 

Hypergear 16000mAh Dual USB Portable Battery Pack

The instructions recommended a complete charge before using. I used the supplied Micro-USB cable and plugged it into my Anker USB hub. After about an hour and half it was all charged up.

I plugged in my LG G4 into one of the USB ports and charged from 20% to full in just over an hour. It charged slightly slower than my Blitzwolf and Anker portable chargers. But not enough to worry about. I did notice that both my cell phone and charger got a little warm.

Over the next few days I charged up my phone each time it got down to between 10 and 20%. I was able to get 7 charges out of it. If I ran it down to 0% or charged multiple devices at the same time or tablet you won’t get a full 7 charges.

Next I charged up an old iPhone 5. I charged it up from 10% to full and was able to get 7 charges and still had a little left over afterwards. I also found no signs of a warm charge.

Next I tried charging and old iPad and ASUS transformer tablet up. Both charged up nicely. Both devices charged faster than OEM chargers. I was able to get 4 charges from 20% to full. Both devices have large batteries and consume a lot of power.

For the final test I did operational tests. When I ran my LG G4 down to about 20% I plugged in the battery pack and kept on working. It ran for hours and I couldn’t burn it up. My device did heat up a little. But I’ve noticed that other battery packs do get warm if I’m using it while charging.

On the trip to Bora Bora my wife couldn’t use the battery up. She used and old Phone 5. She did say she didn’t use her phone as much as others might but for a 7 hour flight you should be able to keep your phone charged up and maybe even a tablet charged as well.

Build Quality

Hypergear 16000mAh Dual USB Portable Battery Pack

As I mentioned earlier its made of premium drop tested plastic and I feel it is made well and should hold up to traveling or daily commuting. The USB and Micro-USB ports are nice and tight and the power button is placed just at the right spot on the side of the device that it feels natural when pressing it (when not looking at the device). The supplied USB cable is the right size, but I would replace it with a nice Anker or Blitzwolf USB cable. I found my devices charged slightly faster with premium cable like the Anker cable.

What I like
  • Lightweight
  • Size
  • Two USB ports
  • LED Power Status Indicator
What I Don’t Like
  • Feels cheep
  • LED Power Status Plastic look like it might break
  • Scratches to easy
  • Lack of information about the device
  • Lack of Technology to enhance the device capabilities
  • Price is to high. Other units with better options are cheaper
  • 1 year warranty. Many of the others have an 18 month warranty

Final Thoughts

The product’s sales page is very limited on what technologies it uses to charge your devices. It just says it uses smart chip technology to help protect your devices. This at the very least should be on any charging device you purchase. But most premium charging devices at this price point also use other technologies on their devices and they proudly tell us about those technologies. Heypergear does not.

Anker, Blitzwolf and several other premium portable chargers offer Quick Charge 3.0 (also 2.0 and 1.0) technologies for similar devices at cheaper price. This should be a feature on all premium battery packs.

At first I thought about returning this device but, I ended up keeping the battery pack. Its light weight and will work great for those days when every ounce matters. If you need a light weight large capacity portable battery pack, then this is a great option. Its one of the lightest battery pack on the market. You can pick up this battery pack up for $43.99 (Current as of the article publish date) from Amazon.

If you are in the market for a portable battery pack and the Hypergear 16000mAh Dual USB Portable Battery Pack isn’t for you, then check out these other great options I found. I haven’t had the chance to review them, but they are highly rated on Amazon.


About James

James spends most of his free time using social media and loves to teach others about design, web development, CSS, SEO, and social media. He is addicted to Wordpress, social media, and technology. You can reach him on his personal website, Evolutionary Designs Blog, Do not forget to follow him on Twitter @element321

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