PowerCell USB Power Bank 1,200mAh £1 in Bargain Buys
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PowerCell USB Power Bank 1,200mAh £1 in Bargain Buys

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LocalFound 14th Mar 2016
Had these in a display basket next to the batteries in Swansea store.
Comes with a MicroUSB power cable and keyring lanyard. Lots of people buying them. Bargain Buys (used to be DiscountUK) is the same company as Poundworld, so might be in Poundworld too. 1 Amp current, 300 use cycles. They had pink, green, white and black colours in stock, but they also make yellow and blue varieties. Please note they come in a blister pack and have the powercell brand name, I could not find an image online sorry, but the unit in photo is identical.
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I brought the exact same branded one of these before and for the low price they are great
Not bad for a top up but assuming 60% efficiency it would take 4 of these to fully charge my phone!
they've had these in poundworld for a while - bought one ages ago. not that i'll ever use it
Good for raspberry Pi projects?
heat added, but no chance of juicing up my phone: tired these before. charge barely holds and only ",slows" down battery expenditure - doesn't go up! apologies, f.y.I...y'all
And of course these will certainly not burn down your house, because they have a CE mark.

Those CE marks could be fake? I used to work in the printing industry, and i know these can be easilly faked, not that i am saying it is.

MrPuddington

And of course these will certainly not burn down your house, because they … And of course these will certainly not burn down your house, because they have a CE mark.


Tanweeralqarni

Those CE marks could be fake? I used to work in the printing industry, … Those CE marks could be fake? I used to work in the printing industry, and i know these can be easilly faked, not that i am saying it is.


Exactly, that is the point.
BungalowBill

Not bad for a top up but assuming 60% efficiency it would take 4 of these … Not bad for a top up but assuming 60% efficiency it would take 4 of these to fully charge my phone!


Yup, the 22000mah one I bought on a previous hotukdeal can charge my smart ultra 6 less than 4 times when battery is at 10-15%, so its more like 40-50% useful capacity.
Same in Poundland - got several a few weeks back, they work well for emergency power for a couple of hours
Power banks are one of those things where I think it's unwise to get super cheap ones. Technically if sold here they should be safe (by law) but I wouldn't suggest taking the risk - I think quite often the "Chinese Export" version of "CE" slips through the cracks with pound shops and market stalls etc. Not worth it - save your limbs / house and go for a known good brand like Anker (Amazon)
MrPuddington

And of course these will certainly not burn down your house, because they … And of course these will certainly not burn down your house, because they have a CE mark.



Chinese Export?
Very little power from this bank. I would need 3 of them to charge my phone to full power. Also while carring your device while charging risks snapping the usb plug off, as that's what I have done to my mp3 player. I think many of these banks will end up flat and gathering dust in the kitchen bit and bobs draw. Probably a waste of £1
These are at poundworld.
Took one apart, they're not glued in any way so disassembly is very easy. Inside is a 18650 li-ion and a control chip which is marked as MP34014 / 1550A2 which didn't come up with anything on google. The battery is unmarked so not sure, but it could be swapped out, it's not soldered in any way, spring contacts on the unit. The output seems to be around 500mA for around an hour and a half, so, total capacity of the battery is probably somewhere in the 900maH region.
I would be more confident if I could see the spec sheet on the chip. However on initial inspection I couldn't find any reason to assume it's any less safe than any other chinese power bank other than the totally unmarked battery I guess.
Picked one up today. It's shown as an emergency supply to give you another two hours of phone life. It charged my Moto G 3 from 68% to annoy 85%.
Works alright they are in poundland
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