When you asked me last year whether a portable power pack was a good buy, I would tell you to pass on the product. However, after testing a number of different portable chargers (here and here), I’m convinced they’re a necessity for every mobile lawyer’s arsenal. The Poweradd Pilot 2GS 10000 mAh USB charger is no different.

Poweradd 10000mAh Charger

Compact portable power

In case you’re not aware, 10000 mAh is a lot of power.

10000mAh charger

10000 mAh will easily charge two devices, with enough remaining power to eek out a third half charge. You can buy smaller chargers, such as 5000 mAh models for about $15, while the 10000 mAh model will cost $26 on Amazon. In my opinion, the double power capacity is worth the extra $10.

The Poweradd looks great too.

Poweradd Charger

The charger has a brushed aluminum case and weighs about 9 ounces. That might seem heavy, but probably doesn’t weigh any more than your current phone.

In addition to having a low mass, the charger is also fairly compact.

Poweradd and Pen

The small form factor guarantees that the Poweradd charger will fit anywhere comfortably.

Charging power

The device charges using a micro USB cable and has two USB ports to charge your phone or tablet.

Poweradd Charging Ports

The blue port works double time to charge your device, while the middle port is a “standard speed” charger.¬†In reality, I didn’t notice too much of a difference between the single bolt port and the “super speed” port. I figure the blue port is about 1.5 times faster than standard speed.

Poweradd Charger Ports 1

Obviously, the four blue lights indicate how much charging power remains, and the button on the left is a quick way to see how much power remains.

There’s something missing

Poweradd is missing a vital carrying bag, which seems standard with other chargers I’ve tested or used. Although this device is compact and the charging cable is small, it’s difficult to keep these things together, especially when you’re hopping from hotel to hotel. You might want to look for a sturdy carrying case, just to keep everything together.

And now you’re considering…

Overall, I’m satisfied with the performance of this device. The Poweradd charges quickly, which means you can get moving much faster. If you’re going on the road, there’s no reason not to grab this 10000 mAh charger or one of Poweradd’s other products.

Poweradd’s external battery would be a great device to add to your emergency kit — especially in light of the upcoming severe weather season — or to your mobile travel bag.¬†Better yet, these batteries help free you from your cord while you’re laying in bed.

Jeff Taylor

I'm just an ordinary guy living an extraordinary life. I'm also an attorney and I blog about Android for lawyers. You can follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, or Google+.


Robert Fein · December 25, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Doesn’t seem to work with my Galaxy s3

Marsha Mitchell Randall · January 18, 2015 at 2:52 pm

Should the blue lights stay on all the time or just when you push the button on the left? Thanks.

    Jeff Taylor · January 18, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    I believe just when you push the button. It’s been awhile since I used the charger.

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