11 July 2017

REVIEW: GP Power Bank & USB Torch

Team work. 

Recently we went camping to review this awesome tent. While out in the wilds (seriously, we were a 40 whole minutes drive from the house!) we discovered we needed two very important things each night at about 10pm: light and power to charge our phones. Fortunately battery experts GP sent us a couple of their products to test in the field, and we found that they worked excellently together. We check out the GP Power Bank & USB Torch.

To be precise, we're reviewing the GP Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 10,000mAh Power Bank, and the GP Design PR57 High Lumen Rechargeable USB Torch. Both are compact gadgets that do what they're supposed to do very well. Let's first look at the...

GP Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 10,000mAh Power Bank

This portable power pack is a slab of metal mobile charge. About the size of your phone, the pack comes in smooth, brushed aluminium with plastic ends; the top side of which features the USB ports, both in and out. The battery inside packs a whopping 10,000mAh power, making this one of the most powerful portable batteries we've ever reviewed. So, depending on your phone, you could get up to four whole charges from this thing, or a couple of charges for a tablet. And, as it is a Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 device, it will deliver that power faster than a standard charger, so long as your phone is a Quick Charge device.

You'll also be able to charge more than one device, as the GP Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 10,000mAh Power Bank boasts two full-sized USB ports, allowing simultaneous charging. This was especially useful while camping, when more than one person (or more than one gadget) needed juice at the same time. Also, the battery feels very rugged and solid, and the metal body looks as if it won't easily bend or contort at the bottom of your bag. In fact, camping trips and travelling aside, this is great power option for permanently installing in a bag with a charging cable system (such as this) is it doesn't take up too much space, and provides enough power for several days. We highly rate it.


Available from www.amazon.co.uk

GP Design PR57 High Lumen Rechargeable USB Torch

This powerful torch is unique in that it won't require you to stop off at Boots on the way to the camp site to pick up a pack of AA batteries. That is because it can be charged via USB, in the same manner that you charge your phone, and can therefore be fully juiced up by the Power Bank above. Nice combo.

However, the true headline of the GP Design PR57 High Lumen Rechargeable USB Torch is not how it charges, but rather how damn powerful it is. This thing can light all the way to 1000 lumens, which is bloody bright - so bright in fact that it has an effective range of up to 180 metres. More than capable of lighting your way to the camp site toilets without stepping on slugs.

It is water resistant, comes with a lanyard, USB charging cable, and protective case - although you might not find yourself needing it, as this torch is already drop proof from 1.5 metres. And if you thought a USB-charged battery would never last as long as a traditional battery, it can. At full 1000 lumens whack it will shine constantly for 1 hour, 15 minutes, while at 50% brightness that will be stretched to two hours. However, knock the beam down to just 2.5% of maximum brightness and you'll be able to leave this thing shining for two entire days. And, as we found, 2.5% of 1000 lumens is more than a enough to use as a gentle tent lantern and night light for the kids, so highly versatile.


Available from www.amazon.co.uk

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