The folks at Jackery, makers of premium external batteries and portable chargers reached out and asked me to review a couple of their products. Today, I’ll be sharing my hands-on review of the Jackery Mini 3200mAh portable charger.
The Jackery Mini with its compact body is designed to be a travel charger. But don’t let it’s small size fool you because it packs some power. With it’s high-capacity 3200mAh Lithium ion batteries, it’s the ideal companion for charging your mobile device during road trips, flights or commutes. It comes in 4 different colors – Orange, Silver, Black, Gold. The unit that was sent to me was the Black one and I love it because it’s one of my favorite colors when it comes to gadgets.
Check out this video for a brief introduction to the Jackery Mini.
The Jackery Mini features a polished aluminum finish which makes it look nice and stylish but not slippery to hold. The device is made of premium quality materials, compact, light and sturdy, making it easy to bring along on trips. Inspite of it’s small size, it does the job well with it’s Panasonic Grade A Li-ion Polymer technology batteries that lasts up to 500+ recharging cycles.
Aside from the ON/OFF button, a USB Type A port and micro USB port, it also has 4 blue LED lights which works as the battery status indicator. 4 LED = 80-100%, 3 LED = 55-79%, 2 LED = 25-54%, 1 LED = 10-24% and blinking = 0-9%. The provided micro USB cable is also made of good quality. It doesn’t look and feel cheap or flimsy like most generic or third party USB cables.
Unlike some external batteries and portable chargers, the Jackery Mini is designed to conserve as much battery power as possible. When a device is plugged in to the unit, it doesn’t automatically turn ON and charge the device. The user will have to press and hold the power button to turn it ON and start charging. Once turned ON, the LED battery status indicator lights up but will automatically turn OFF after a few seconds to conserve power. It will also automatically turn OFF if there is no power load detected so users won’t have to worry about draining the battery if they happen to turn it ON by accident.
The way Jackery products are packaged is also very nice. It’s simple yet premium looking and very similar to how Apple products are packaged. The package includes the Jackery Mini, a micro USB cable, a user guide and a warranty card.
I’ve had the Jackery Mini for about a week so I was able to try out all its basic features and test its performance. I used it to charge an iPhone 5, iPhone 6 and a LG G3 and it worked well, providing enough power for all devices. With a 3200mAh capacity, the Mini can charge the iPhone 5 – 1.5 full charge cycles, the iPhone 6 – 1.2 full charge cycles and the LG G3 – 0.9 full charge cycles. Charging time for the unit itself takes between 3-4 hours when completely empty.
The Jackery Mini is an awesome ultraportable charger and well-designed product that performs exactly as advertised. Although the 3200mAh capacity may not seem impressive, it is more than enough to provide a full charge for most iPhones and most Android smartphones. It’s also very affordable. As of this writing, it is listed at only $12.99 for the Orange and Silver colors or $14.99 for the Black and Gold colors on Amazon.
On a normal day, my LG G3 lasts about late afternoon or early evening. Having this portable charger as a backup is perfect because I can bring it along with me anywhere I go and I don’t have to worry about my phone running out of batteries.
There’s nothing much to say or dislike about the Jackery Mini because it is a very good and reliable device, both quality-wise and performance-wise. The only minor cons I could find are that the package doesn’t include a carrying case/pouch and it doesn’t include a lightning cable for iOS devices or a power brick for charging the unit. I know these details could be important for other users but it wasn’t an issue for me because I had several extra lightning cables and power blocks from old iPhones and Android devices.
With that said, I love my Jackery Mini and I’d recommend it to my family members, friends or anyone who needs a reliable ultraportable charger.
Anybody else own or plan to purchase a Jackery Mini? What do you like/dislike most about the product? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
DISCLAIMER: The product used in this review was provided by Jackery but all opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine.