The king of power banks has arrived
We review quite a few portable power banks at AndroidGuys. Generally most portable charging solutions are rather boring, but they’re essential for many of us as our smartphones, tablets and other tech gear need power beyond the typical charge.
Have you ever been at the gym, a restaurant or at a coffee shop doing work/homework when you ran out of power? It’s happened to all of us and the anxiety of losing power is real in the age of the smartphone. LG has named it ‘Low Battery Anxiety’; instead of offering us smartphones with two day battery life, we are still stuck with subpar battery performance on our devices.
The need for power on the go is only growing as we increasingly use our devices, especially in cases like Pokemon Go which is a leach on battery life. Backup power is also becoming more of a necessity due to the power outages caused by weather, natural disasters, and other odd scenarios that are occurring much more frequently.
I’ve been using something for the past month, that I had never even heard of, until Romoss informed me of its charging station that holds and charges eight battery packs. For a single guy like me, this charging station is well beyond my needs.
Those with large families, or small business owners who try to differentiate themselves by providing free power to their customers, like gyms, coffee shops, restaurants, and other public venues, the Romoss Charging Station is an investment that will keep your clients ‘Low Battery Anxiety’ free.
Let’s check it out.
At first glance the Romoss Charging Station reminds me of a toaster oven on steroids. Instead of two slots, it has eight, and instead of dropping bread into those slots, they’re made to accept and charge eight individual portable power banks.
The Charging Station is made of matte black plastic that can be customized to suit individual business needs. If you opt for black, it comes with a matte finish which keeps away scratches and fingerprints. The build quality is top notch; all of the seams line up perfectly with no overlap of plastic on the edges. The station itself has one power input that accepts standard 100-240V, and can be daisy chained to keep wires clean if you need more than one.
Each individual power bank holds a 10000mAh lithium battery with inductive charging as the input. The inductive charging is built into each battery for ease of use (versus plugging in each battery to recharge) as well as to prevent thieves from taking the batteries home with them. There’s no way to recharge this battery other than with the charging station.
The fan kicks on for no more than 30s at a time in my experience, and is barely audible unless you are sitting right next to it.
Each individual battery pack has a 10000mAh rating, which is enough to charge most smartphones 3-4 times. There are also dual USB output ports so users can charge two devices at the same time at 2.4A which is the fastest iOS devices can be charged, but not quite fast enough to keep up with Android Quick Charge 2.0 and 3.0 standards.
Romoss kindly includes eight coiled charging cables with combo microUSB/lightning charging tips to suit almost all needs. It did not come with USB Type-C cables but it still can charge those devices safely with intelligent circuitry built into each power pack.