Product Reviews

Like almost everyone else on this planet, I am a consumer, that is I buy products.
Some of these Products are good, some are very good and unfortunately some are bad, or very bad! Either way, if a product is good, I’d recommend it, and if its bad, I would advise people not to make the same mistake as me, look for an alternative.

This page has a link to some product reviews that I feel worthwhile commenting on.

Battery Packs

There are many other battery packs out there, many of similar quality and I am sure there are some better than my choice. That said before I buy a product I do tend to do a lot of research before I commit to buying, and I do use a reputable online retailer to then be able to send it back if it doesn’t live up to expectations.

What is a battery pack?

A battery pack or external battery is a device that you can top up or recharge other devices from. As a cyclist I’ve used them for years, especially on long tours to recharge mobile phones, Garmin GPS devices, cameras and just about anything else I carry on tour that can be charged from a USB socket.

Do I need a battery pack?

That depends, how long do you ride for, what weather conditions do you ride in? If you find that you regularly run out of charge on your devices or you get uncomfortably close then yes. I use Strava and so often see rides posted that say “Garmin died” or “Phone ran out of charge”, these guys definitely need battery packs. Both Garmins and phones can be charged while riding from a battery pack.

Tecknet Zenith 13,000mAh vs Anker 20,100 mAh Battery Packs

Tecknet Zenith 1300

Anker 20100

Comparing the packs side by side

The Anker packs in more power, 20,100 mAh compared to the Tecknets 13,000 mAh, however there is an overall weight penalty for this, the pack weighs in at 76 grams more. However the Anker does recall this a little by being less weight per 1,000 mAh.

The price, the Zenith works out the cheapest overall and per 1,000 mAh.

Case Materials – The Tecknet comes out on top, having used Alloy metal on the outer casing, providing a more robust case.

Output – The Anker states an output of 4.8A, which is correct, but this is by adding both of the 2 x 2.4A outputs together. The Tecknet again wins by outputting a maximum of 3.1A from one of its sockets and the other is 2.4A

Recharge Times – The Anker takes 10 hours to recharge using a 2A charger, the Tecknet 6.5 Hours, this is to be expected as the Tecknet has a lower overall capacity.

Summary – At the end of the day, if you want more capacity and don’t mid the weight or paying more per mAh,go for the Anker. If you want the best value and still a good capacity, go for the Tecknet. TEcknet do offer several higher capacity options in their product range, however looking at a like for like, if I wanted one around 20,000 mAh, based on the details and current product ratings, I would go for the Anker. I found whilst travelling through Africa for a year, 2 x 5,000 mAh Tecknet batteries were more than enough for some quite arduous touring, never failed once and with several days on the road between charges were more than adequate. In my view, unless you are carrying items such as iPads, there would be no point in taking the heavier Anker product which would add quite a bit of weight.

If you have any alternatives worth looking at, please comment below.

Please take a look at the table below for my comparison results, please note the dimensions of the Tecknet in real life are smaller than those stated on the website, unless my tape measure is wrong 🙂

Model mAh Grams Weight per 1,000 mAh  Price  Price/1,000 mAh  Length Width Depth Volume Volume per 1,000 mAh Case Material Max Output per single port Output Sockets Recharge Time @ 2A Link To View
Anker 20100 20100 356 17.7  £       27.99  £             1.39 16.6 5.8 2.2 211.8 10.5 Plastic 2.4A 2 10 hours
Tecknet 13000 13000 280 21.5  £       15.99  £             1.23 11.9 5.8 1.7 117.3* 9.0 Alloy & Plastic 3.1A 2 6.5 Hours

* Measured from an actual Battery Pack.