Plox 3000 Portable Phone Charger Review
Pros:- Solid construction, battery capacity.
Cons:- Weight when charging via inbuilt ports.
A well made, compact charger with a few nifty extras.
The market for smartphone and gadget charging devices has pretty much exploded in the past few years. From battery style cases, to solar and even wind up solutions, there’s pretty much an option for everyone. But assuming you’ve decided to go down the portable battery charger route, what’s the difference between your cheap $10 knock offs, and a pricier product… conveniently such as the Plox 3000 ‘Lipstick’ Series charger we’re taking a look at today?
The Plox 3000 is described as a conveniently sleek. stylishly designed and durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of daily life by Plox. In my words, it’s a cylindrical 3000 mAh battery pack, available in a range of six colours. What this does for you really depends on your phone. Plox claim that the 3000 charger can charge up to two iPhone 4/4S (1420/1432 mAh). For reference sake, a current generation Samsung Galaxy S4 sports a 2600 mAh battery.
Weight, which let’s be honest is pretty much down to the battery size, is 83 grams, and dimensions are 27.5 x 27.5 x 108 mm. Output is rated at 5 V at 1 A, which means while its fine for phones, it won’t do too much for tablets such as the iPad which requires 2.1 A.
Plox Party Tricks
So how does the Plox 3000 differ from your run of the mill charger? Apart from a more solid quality unit, Plox have added a few party tricks. Firstly they have added a 4-LED battery indicator that operates off of a motion sensor. Nothing pressing a button couldn’t give you but pretty nifty all the same. They have also chosen to integrate a 30-Pin Apple connector to charge any of your previous generation iDevices, and a USB port to charge the Plox itself. For anything else, a small USB cable with every connector under the sun is included for Blackberries, microUSB, the Apple Lightning connector, and even for the Sony PSP.
Using the Plox 3000
Quality wise, Plox have done well and created something that seems like it can handle being thrown around a bit. Usage is pretty simple as you’d expect. The only issue is when using the Apple 90-Pin connector or recharging the thing. While Plox had admirably tried to integrate the connectors into the device which means there’s less little bits to lose, it also creates a bit of a problem. 83 grams isn’t much weight in your hands, but it is however a fair bit to hang off a connector like a USB port. While the thing is robust enough to support its own weight, it only would take an accidental knock to create a bit of damage.
Elsewhere Plox have also added an overcharge feature that stops charging when its full presumably to extend the life of the charger and save you a few pennies in the process. Testing the Plox 3000 on my Sony Xperia Z (2330 mAh battery), the Plox managed to deliver a 55% charge and drained itself in around 1 hour and 26 minutes. Recharging took around 3.5 hours to reach full capacity via USB. This would be a lot quicker via a not supplied wall charger.
If you’re on the go, then something like the Plox 3000 can give you the juice required to get through the day. Retailing for $50, the Plox 3000 charger is around 4-5 times more expensive than your cheaper knock-offs. For that, you get a well made, solid device, usable device with a 3000 mAh battery. You also get nearly everything you need to get started including a wide range of connectors. The device even comes charged out of the box ready to use straight away. So yes, while there are cheaper options out there, none are as complete. For some that just require a small top up in an emergency, that may be fine. For those that require a solid, dependable device, you need something a bit better and the Plox 3000 ‘Lipstick’ charger does just that. Check out the list of stockists here.
For a limited time only, Plox are offering readers of The Global Playbook 20% off. Use the code: ‘playbook’ at checkout on the Plox online store to receive the discount.