Cheero Energy Plus hands-on: 12,000 mAh worth of backup power for all your mobile devices
Judging by the popularity of our battery life test results, a hearty, enduring battery is among the most important factors when picking up a new handset for most. And that's not at all surprising, as the industry has now reached a point where performance issues are no longer as prevalent as before, allowing us to now demand improvements elsewhere. And, sure enough, we're getting there -- battery life is going up. But probably a bit too slowly for everybody's taste.
So we established that the cell inside Cheero's Energy Plus pack is quite generous, but size is also a pretty important consideration for most. Thankfully, the Energy Plus model is no bigger than your typical 5-inch phone, just thicker and heavier (16 mm and 275 grams, respectively). This makes it easily transportable wherever you go, and especially if you're travelling and know that a power outlet will be hard to come by.
The Energy Plus model comes with four LED indicator lights that will show you remaining power in real time (each light accounts for 25% of the total charge), and offers two USB ports for charging -- a 1A and a 2.1A one. You just plug your smartphone into either of the two nests and click the button on the side to start charging. Once the pack runs out of juice, you just connect the included USB to microUSB cable to it and, on the other end, attach the AC adapter. As per the manual, you'll need about 10 hours to fully charge it. Cheero has also included two perks with the Energy Pack -- a dedicated pouch to help keep the gadget's exterior from getting damaged, and a built-in flashlight that you can make use of in case of need.
But perhaps the best thing about the Cheero Energy Plus is its price -- at $29.99 on Amazon US, this is among the best offers we stumbled upon. There were a few cheaper alternatives, but there was often a caveat to them -- no AC adapter, for example, or lower overall capacity and just one charging port. In other words, if you're looking to get your money's worth, then you needn't look any further.