Back up batteries are becoming a must have item nowadays, especially with so many people having and relying on gadgets that are battery powered. There are plenty of products to choose from and today, I have the Sandberg PowerBar 2200mAh, complete with its own flashlight, for review.
The packaging that the PowerBar arrives in is pretty simplistic. It shows you the PowerBar itself through the clear packaging at the front and in the bottom corner, there is a short bit of text about the product. On the reverse of the box, there is a bit more info which is also available in several languages. The bottom of the box shows you that there is a 5 year guarantee on the product.
Removing the PowerBar from the box is as simple as open the top of the box and sliding out the plastic sleeve that houses the product. Also included in the box is a Micro USB cable which is used to charge the device, and a small instruction leaflet. The PowerBar itself has nicely curved corners and measures in at 9.3 cm in length and 2.10 cm in width, and weighs around 75g – definitely small enough to be carried around with you while out and about. Along one of the sides, you will find the Sandberg logo, a silver button and 3 LED lights. The button is for the flashlight – double click to turn it on and double click to turn it off again. I haven’t had a reason to use this too much yet, but what I have used, it could prove handy. The LED lights show the battery level and come on when you press the silver button once.
Charging the device prior to its first use was really straightforward, It was simply a case of connecting the USB cable to the PC and also to the PowerBar. Once connected up, charging started immediately – no need to install any drivers. While charging the LED lights flashed, and once fully charged, the flashing stopped. It was just as simple to use when I wanted to charge my phone also. I simply hooked up my charger cable to the PowerBar and connected it to my phone and charging began. It managed to charge my phone around 45% after a 30 minute charge. It could have charged it more if I wasn’t using my phone at the same time. I have only had to charge the device once since receiving it last week, so it seems like the battery life will be sufficient for most people.
Overall, I am very impressed with the PowerBar. It does what it should, when it should, and is small enough to be portable. The metallic effect to the pink colouring makes the device stand out even more and doesn’t look out of place. This can be used with many devices – pretty much any that can be charged via USB cable. For the price of between £12.00 & £17.00 GBP (varies with colour choice) on Amazon UK, I think that this is a handy accessory to have, even if as a ‘just in case’.