Seattle Sports SurviVolts Power Bank
The power bank, 5000 mAh capacity, can recharge a cell phone or power an included set of components useful for lighting or emergency signaling especially. It is compact and portable, although not ultralight.
- Basic power supply, coupled with useful components, reliably switched and interchanged
- Usage is not entirely straightforward. One needs to read the instructions and handle the unit before using it in earnest.
My initial impression is quite favorable. The basic power bank seems to be a 26850 lithium-ion battery with an integral small flashlight, potentially quite useful if you ever need to assemble the other components in the dark. Four blue LEDs indicate the charge status.
Other components are: a siren, fire starter, flashlight, lantern/SOS flasher, and red laser. These all plug into a USB outlet on the power bank which is adjacent to a mini-USB receptacle on the port which recharges the power bank. A sturdy power cord is provided for this purpose.
With my phone, a Samsung Galaxy 6, I can use the same cord to recharge the phone by simply reversing it on the power bank, thereby not having to carry another cord. I recharged a 50% phone quite readily, but the power indicator went from four lights to one in the process—not sure I could fully charge a dead phone.
The 130 lumen flashlight is satisfactory, with an evenly lit field with sharply defined margins. The lantern has a broader field which is not so uniformly lit. The SOS flasher works, but who comprehends SOS these days? The red laser is vivid, a dandy pointer, and the electronic siren is loud and attention getting.
The power bank and components are carried in a sturdy plastic case, which is not excessively heavy, although I am not sure I would include it on a normal backpacking trip. Be sure and read the instructions and familiarize yourself with the various items. This is not something to put away in a drawer, but an item to be used routinely and well.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $60
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