Feb 18, 2014
I’ll say it out loud: the first person or entity that makes a battery for smart devices that is self-replenishing (or simply has insanely long usage life) will be the richest person/company in history.
Myth? In the short term, most likely. But again, this void is what Paick is trying to fill with its Noble Power Bank.
The review unit personifies the design intentions, with its smooth aluminum housing and slim profile. It comes rather exquisitely packaged, and has a removable grey anti-slip bumper and white micro USB cord. Specific to size, it is 4.65 x 2.83 x 0.53 inches and just under 5.3 ounces. Physically, it is noticeably smaller than my HTC EVO 4G LTE, which makes it very pocketable.
Towards the one end, there is an interesting, dark-colored pop-up interface, and just north of that is the button the controls the pop-up. In this raised portion is a charging port flanked by 2 USB ports; there are also LED lights embedded in the cover. All together, it looks kind of slick in an unassuming kind of way, mostly siver-ish with dark, hard plastic accents.
Getting the Noble going requires charging it, and to do it’s job, the Noble packs quite the appetite. I charged the review unit overnight before getting the LED lights to indicate a full charge on its polymer-lithium ion battery. Using it made up for the prep time; this bad boy boasts 6000mAh capacity and 5V 1A/2.1A output, and in my informal testing, it did not feel like empty chest-thumping. Tapping the touch interface after connecting via one of the USB ports initiates charging, and it charged my depleted devices just about as fast as a wall charger, and managed two full charges (though neither was from a completely dead phone). It charges two devices simultaneously in an efficient manner too.
If I had to whine, it would be about the pop-up. I love the combo dust protection and slick press-to-initiate mechanism, but the extra moving pieces do give me pause; the pop up button could be a bit more robust. Call me greedy, but I’d also like something as crazy as a retractable USB cord to reduce the need for detachable pieces.
All said though, the price-to-functionality quotient is admirable, and it’s hard to find a reason not to own this accessory.