About a month ago, I got passed the Sony A2L Portable Charger to do a review. It came at a pretty good time because I had recently gotten a Nexus S and the battery life of that device was in stark contract to that of BlackBerry devices. While I had to charge the BB only once at the end of the day, I found the Nexus S goes flat within 6 hours of my usage.
And so i’ve been using it for a month and with the exception of size and charge rate, it’s been a good experience so far. Let me elaborate on a few points of the product
Clad in white with a lot of smooth edges, the Sony CP-A2L feels quite nice to hold in the hand and very pleasant to the eye.
That said, I do represent a group of consumers who prefers ultra-portable and rugged equipment so that I won’t have to be overly careful with my gadgets. It would be nice if it came in a few others colours. I also think the product could be made smaller if not for the special input that it requires. It would be nice to be able to have the device at 75% of it’s current height.
The output on this device is 0.5A which works just fine while you’re out and you really need the extra juice. Just take note though that this is lower rate than the wall chargers so expect the phone/device to take a longer time to charge. In some cases, it may even just prevent the device battery percentage from dropping. No complaints though because it’s the same situation if you charge a device via USB.
In real life terms, it took around 6 hours for it to bring back my Nexus from 20+% back to 90%. To be fair, I was using the phone at the same time which might have contributed to it taking so much longer. But it’s still better than having a dead phone.
At SGD $49.90, it’s quite an affordable product. In fact, I think it might be one of the lower priced ones in the market for it’s capacity and brand. No complaints from me here.
Battery Capacity : 4000mAh
Weight : Approx. 45g
Dimensions (WxHxD) : Approx. 58 x 84.5 x 26.4mm
Charging Time : approx. 5hrs
2 x USB ports for simultaneous charging of 2 devices
Price : SGD $49.90
Availability : Click Here
I’m not too sure what people look for in a portable charger, so if you have any other questions, just drop a note and i’ll check it out for you.
Update [ 20 June 2011, 12.52am ] : @shenheng pointed out that some other chargers allow for for direct USB charging which is useful for charging on the move. One such charger is the Sanyo Eneloop Mobile Booster. That said, that one also costs $20 more. So it boils down to your usage patterns I suppose. If you don’t see yourself having to recharge the portable charger multiple times in a day, then the Sony CP-A2L might make the cut for you.