New Trent iCarrier IMP120D 12,000 mAh Battery Pack hands-on
Our first time checking out something from its camp, the New Trent iCarrier IMP120D 12,000 mAh Battery Pack aims to be the all-in-one solution you’ll ever need for all your travels. For starters, it’s packing along a monster sized 12,000 mAh battery inside of its body, which is grossly above average compared to other offerings we’ve scoped in the past. In terms of design, it definitely tries to splash a hint of modern elements to the mix, as its slick feeling black plastic shell has a nice contrast with its blue accents. Still, we kind of get the hint it’s still a bit on the conventional side with its design – especially with its straightforward squarish appearance.
Armed with two full-sized USB ports (one being 1A, with the other putting out 2.1A), it’s nice that we’re given simultaneous charging action with the iCarrier, which is mentioned to easily provide charging to most smartphones somewhere around the ballpark of 4 to 6 times. However, as much as we appreciate the longevity it’ll bless our gadgets, the 4 hours of charging time that’s needed to fully top off its internal battery is somewhat of a bummer – so yeah, you’ll have to leave it charging for some time. Even more, it relies on a proprietary charging port, instead of the usual microUSB, which means that we’ll need to remember to carry along its charging cable at all times.
Despite those annoyances, some will value the fact that it’s priced competitively at $76.95. It might seem like a hefty tally, but previous to this, other 10,000 mAh battery packs we’ve seen normally hover around the $100 mark.
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1. Muayyad (Posts: 66; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
I have this battery pack and I'm pretty impressed with it. I use it all the time to charge my phone and my wife's, at least 3 times each. Also, the manufacturer says it has 500 times charge/discharge cycles before it goes bad, Money well spend.
2. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2952; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
I hate it when accessories come with the letter "i" prefixed!
I mean, what are they trying to prove? I won't be suprised if came with, "works will all Apples".
5. Whateverman (Posts: 3065; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Thought I was the one one bothered by this. Build your own brand, make your own name and if it's a good product we will buy it. But there is so much iCrap out there (and NO, I'm not taking a jab at the iPhone) that seeing "i" in front of anything cheapens it before you get a chance to check it out for yourself.
7. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2952; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Exactly man! What's wrong with making stuffs with their own name?
If it's good, it'll find it's way through.
3. raunak (Posts: 458; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)
i dont understand the problem with 4 hours of charging time. it normally takes around two hours to charge a phone and this thing can charge them 4-6 times on a single charge of 4 hrs.
4. slillo114 (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
I have had this for a while and it was definitely worth the money! I got mine on amazon and it came with a free 5500 mAh that I use even more then the 12000. Awesome device.
6. phoenixpr (Posts: 157; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
I much rather have a bulky phone with super battery or phone with removable battery, than have to carry around in my pocket another gadget. Fat pocket in slacks looks crazy, stupid. Men don't have a purse, so everything goes onto our pocket. This is a dumb idea. I say best to have a small slender extra battery and swop it out when needed.
8. Muayyad (Posts: 66; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
If you are in a trip, extra batteries are not practical if you use the phone to shoot pictures and for internet connection shared to others.
10. phoenixpr (Posts: 157; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
That is exactly how I use my extra battery when I'm on vacation. Talk, text, yelp, FB, then by early eve, I'm swopping to a new battery and go to go for the rest of my walk about town. My pocket light as a feather. Not seeing why it isn't practical than this bulky device iCarrier?
12. pinkiwong (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)
Good point, but the iPhone does not have a removable battery, now i may understnad that you may have one, but alot of phones actually dont have removeable batteries. I just checked out their website, it looks like they have other products on top of this charger, and prices start at 39.95...newtrent.com. there's one that looks like its only 1/2 the size of the smartphone and will charge it 2-3 times. I wouldnt mind carrying a small one, but agreed, the icarrier may be too big to carry in a pocket, but i think this large capacity one would be used for more of a long term travel where you keep this unit in the car or the hotel or a backpack (backpacking trip) Other competition products with similar power capacities look almost 2 times larger than the iCarrier, so it's decently compact for the size. Make note that a common battery is approximately 2000mAh (iphone is around 1440) so this charger, being able to charge the phone up to 6 times is pretty nifty.
9. ghostnexus (Posts: 95; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Juice-External-Battery-for-MacBook-iPad-iPhone-USB-s/91.htmI want the 150wah battery.