Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000 and PowerLineII Lightning Cable

We have some more Anker products to review. Seems like we just did review some, but there are many other products from “America’s Leading USB Charging Brand.”

The main product we’ll cover is the Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000.

This small device looks like one of those USB wall chargers, and it is, but it also converts into a portable charger when you are not near a wall outlet. The plug folds inside, and you can carry this small(1.2 x 2.7 x 2.8 in) charger in your pocket and charge a tablet, iPhone, Samsung phone and many more with up to 5,000 mAh capacity. That should charge most phones at least two times before needing to be charged up again. It takes about two and a half hours to charge itself, but while it’s charging you can also charge 2 other devices at the same time, and that can come in handy.

How do you know that your PowerCore Fusion has enough juice? There are little LED blue lights on the side that will give you an idea of how much power you have left.

All-in-all, a good little gadget that sells for $21.49 on the Anker website. You can also get it in three different colors- red, black and white.

 

The 2nd item we’re reviewing is a PowerLine II- 6 ft lightning cable. There isn’t a whole lot to say about a lightning cable, but this one claims to be the world’s most durable, and that is a big claim when it seems like you have to go through many cords sometimes. It’s strength tested to hold up to 175 lbs, and can handle bends over 12,000 times, so go ahead and swing off your cord if you want to.

This cord is MFi Certified for iPhone X / 8 / 8 Plus/ 7 / 7 Plus / 6 / 6 Plus / 5S, and is actually a decent price for a phone cord- especially given it’s durability. The cord sells for $10.19 on the Anker site. This cord could be color coordinated with the PowerCore Fusion, and you could also get it in blue.

As with most products we review, these two items were sent to us free of charge by Anker, and we give honest and fair reviews in exchange.

 

A Review of Some Re-fuel by Digipower Products

Re-fuel by Digipower is a company which manufactures items like portable chargers, a lot of GoPro stuff like rechargeable batteries, protectors, and mics. They also make bluetooth speakers, and tripods/monopods, et. al. For this review, we have four different items that we’ll cover- the Powerbiner, the 24 hr Action Pack rechargeable battery for GoPro HERO4, 3+ and 3, another Action Pack rechargeable battery for the GoPro HERO6 and HERO5, and a rechargeable 13,000 mAh PowerBank called Juggernaut.

First off, we’ll review the Powerbiner.

This cool gadget can clip to your backpack when you are hiking, and with 3,000 mAh, it can recharge a phone a couple of times. While this Powerbiner looks like a heavy duty, giant carabiner, it is not meant for rock climbing, rappelling, or any other extreme outdoor activities. It says so on the box (well, on the back in small print).

It doesn’t have much juice included in it when you hook it up- not really ready to go out of the package, but you could juice it up with your own USB to USB-C cable (not included).

A sealed compartment in the rubberized grip contains the USB ports. It doesn’t say if it’s waterproof, but at CES, they do keep these items in a display next to water. I would say maybe water resistant. I wouldn’t risk testing the waterproof capabilities. Usually the packages have an IP rating, but this one doesn’t.

It has short circuit and overcharge protection, which is pretty cool. It can hold up to 132 lbs, so you could use it to hang your backpack from a tree to keep it from bears, or something. Give us your uses for a carabiner in the comments below. If you like it, it retails for $29.99.

Next up, the 24 hr Action Pack rechargeable batter for GoPro Hero4, 3+ and 3. In one charge, you can have up to 24 hours of recording (with a fully charged internal battery on your GoPro). They also have 6 and 12 hr ones which aren’t as big and expensive if you don’t need the extra battery life.

It’s waterproof up to 131 ft, and dirt and dust proof so you can do those high adventure filmings- including in extreme cold and heat from -22F to 122F.

The little LED indicator lights on the side tell you how much battery life you have left with a simple tap or shake. A micro USB cable and USB wall charger is included.

This item runs for $129.99 on the Re-fuel site.

If you have a GoPro HERO6 or HERO5, you can extend your filming time as well with this Action Pack rechargeable battery. This one will allow you to film at 4K for 6 hours straight, at 1080P for 8 hours, and 720P for 9hours.

This one is also waterproof- only up to 33ft, but is also protected from dirt, dust and extreme weather (this one from 0 degrees to 110 Farhenheit) like the aforementioned product.

It has pass through power, so you can use it while it’s charging (though, not underwater). It is $59.99, if you’re willing to spend on this one.

Finally, we have the 13k mAh rechargeable power bank. They call this the Juggernaut. It’s one of the more powerful ones they sell- with the ability to charge devices up to 5 times per charge. It has double USB ports, so you can charge a couple of items at a time on it.

Easy to read LED indicators will let you know about how much juice you have left. It comes with a 1ft long USB to micro USB charging cord. This lightweight portable charger is a great deal at about $59.99 for those on the go.

ChargeHub X3 and X5 Chargers, with Cables and Travel Case!

A few years ago, I was at a convention and I saw a device called a ChargeHub. It is one of the brands of Limitless Innovations, and they also make cool things like the CableHub, some personal cable organizers.

The ChargeHub X3 3 Port USB Charger

I have recently reviewed a very similar product from Nomad with their 3-Port USB Hub. This particular ChargeHub X3 has 2.4 amps per port, unlike the previously mentioned one with 2.1 Amps on one and 1 Amp for each of the others.

So this really can charge three different USB devices quickly. What you do is you plug it into the wall, and then plug it into the Hub itself for 25 watts of total power. It’s pretty much as simple as that, but did you expect anything more complicated?

It definitely belongs on any desk or office, and what is interesting is that it comes in eight colors: Black, White, Red, Blue, Pink, Purple, Orange, and Green. You can even design some special photo of yourself on the free online DesignStudio. You can find it on the ChargeHub site for $39.99.

The ChargeHub X5 5 Port USB Charger

Well, it is pretty obvious what the difference between the X3 and the X5 is: one of them has more USB ports. Not only does the X5 have 5 ports, but it has 40 watts of total power.

Everything else is pretty much the same. Like it has the plug-in as well as the DesignStudio for you to put a picture in. It is also available in the same eight colors. It is available on the ChargeHub site for $49.95

Then there are some great accessories, like this Travel and Storage Case for the ChargeHub. All you need to do is zip it open, and it has 2 dividers, as well as places for the ChargeHub and the accessories. It is available for about $19.99 on the ChargeHub site.

I’ll go ahead and talk about the other accessories that I have to review, the 4-part Micro to USB Value Pack for $23.99. Then there is the USB-C to USB-A Charge Cable, and the Lightning to USB cable for $7.99.