April 14, 2014
- Unique, useful design
- Small, portable size
- 2.1A power output
- Large capacity + supplementary packs
The Lepow ADD is a "customizable" power source for your mobile devices. It allows you to charge your smartphone, tablet or other mobile device while on-the-go. You can also add onto the ADD by attaching a supplementary pack for twice the power.
The ADD Power Bank from Lepow is another one of those little devices that go a long way. There are many occasions where you might be away from a power source for extended periods of time, like while hiking, camping or traveling, and your mobile device's built-in battery won't last. The ADD will charge your device in no time.
The standard ADD pack measures 4.7 x 2.4 x 0.4-inches (hwd) and weighs 4.2-ounces. The supplementary pack has all the same dimensions and weight except for the slightly shorter height at 4.4-inches. The batteries are lithium polymer and they both have a 4500mAh capacity. The power output is rated at 2.1A, so it can charge both a smartphone and a larger device, like a tablet. The USB port means that it will work with any device that can be charged via USB.
It's a rather stylish device too. It's made of plastic and has a smooth exterior that comes in three colors: white, pink and blue. The supplementary pack comes in gray only. On the top of the ADD, there is a USB port for connecting your mobile device, a battery charge indicator and a swing out arm to attach the supplementary pack. Under the swing arm, there is a microUSB port to use the included cable to charge the ADD system. To attach the supplementary pack, just bring the two together (they are magnetic) and swing out the silver arm to connect the two.
The battery status lights on the top will illuminate to show how much juice is left in both the main pack and supplementary pack (if attached). To get the lights to illuminate, you gently shake the ADD.
We tested out the ADD with our Apple iPhone 5S, which was able to get two complete charges out of a single fully charged ADD (without the supplementary pack). Each charge took around 5 hours to complete. The idea of having customizable power, either the one battery or multiple, means you get to choose how many extra power you want to carry. For example, if you know you'll just be on a long day, the single 4500mAh battery is good enough, but if you'll be on a 3 day business trip, you can carry both the main unit and supplementary pack.
When we were testing the ADD in a public place, we had a few people stop and ask what the device was out of curiosity. The Lepow ADD's appearance is definitely a unique one.
One last note worth mentioning is the packaging, which is comprised of two recycled cork boxes and a blue silicone plug. These packaging materials are very innovative as well as environmentally friendly. The two cork boxes can be easily re-purposed too for other things.