I would like to start this review by saying this external battery is beautiful in comparison to all other external batteries I have reviewed in the past. It is sleek, stylish, and rugged to put it bluntly. When the Chief Marketing Officer of Zendure contacted me, I knew I had to put this product up to the challenge! With all the claims of how well it was created and how extremely versatile it was. I said “Challenge Accepted!”.
After receiving the A5 model, I started putting it through test after test after test, and then tested it some more. The reason for all these test is that I was trying to disprove at least one of their claims, just one. To which I failed to do so. I was most interested in their claim of the battery being crush proof. So of course I had to go above and beyond their run over test using a Volvo passenger car. I used a Volvo as well, Just a Volvo vnl670 weighing in at just about 38,000 LBS. Over board you ask? Yes, just a little, I wanted to see exactly how tough this little guy was. To my amazement, it took the driver side tire like a CHAMP! Next test: I discharged the battery from fully dead and then back up to a 100% full charge. Once fully charged, I put it through the power tests. I discharged my HTC Evo 4g LTE to fully dead and charged it with the Zendure a total of 10 times. Even though Zendure claims it will only fully charge a device 8. So there was a claim I was happy to myth bust at least. Last test: With this test I was advised by Tom that it was a bad idea, but I did it anyway. I took 2 4 port USB hubs and charged 8 devices at once. The Zendure did charge them, but it was slow going. Which even though I was advised not to, the Zendure endured the punishment very, very well. So I will repeat “this is not advised by Zendure to do, so DON’T DO IT” [Side note] “I charged my Htc Evo 4g LTE with the screen on from 3% to 100% took 45 minutes total!” This external battery has 2 main ports technically 3, the 3rd of which to charge the Zendure itself. But I digress. The blue port is for Apple devices pushing out 5 volts @ 2.1 amps, the black port is for all other devices such as Android devices which need 5 volts @ 1 amp. This battery can even charge iPads and Android tablets with no problem at all! It is hard to find this type of versatility in an external battery, which covers both sides of the device world. That impressed me as well, to be able to charge an Apple device and an Android device simultaneously. Oh and did I mention that while doing that you can charge the battery at the same time? Well you can!
- Apple iPhone 4, 4S or 5: ~8.5 times
- Samsung Galaxy S III: ~5.7 times
- Samsung Galaxy S IV: ~4.6 times
- Samsung Galaxy Note: ~4.8 times
- Samsung Galaxy Note II: ~3.9 times
- Amazon Kindle Fire: ~2.7 times
- Apple iPad 1 or 2: ~1.8 times
- Apple iPad 3 or 4: ~1 time
- Apple iPad mini: ~2.7 times
- HTC One X+: ~ 5.7 times
- Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX: ~3.6 times
- LG Optimus G Pro: ~3.8 times
- Apple iPod Nano 7th Gen: ~54 times
- Apple iPod Touch 5th Gen: ~11.5 times
- GoPro Hero 3: ~11.5 times
- Sony PSP: ~6.6 times
In the Box: The A-Series includes a cloth carrying pouch, a 22″ (56cm) Micro USB charging cable, and a product manual. We are still making some changes to the design of the box and will provide updates throughout the project.
To make a pledge and pre-order your Zendure head over to their Kickstarter page! Or their product page, which can be found at www.zendure.com (Images provided with permission from Zendure) You can also enter to WIN this Zendure A5 in the raffle HERE “I’m Evil_Devnull and I approve this message”