We would all like to have longer battery life for our smartphones, and there is nothing worse than having a dead battery and no place to charge it. We recently reviewed the OffGRID Thin Battery Case from Incipio, but that is not the ideal solution for everyone. So here is another great option from Incipio, the OffGRID Portable Backup Battery. This battery pack offers a larger capacity and allows you to charge a number of different devices, not just an iPhone.
What you get in the box is pretty straightforward – the battery and a 3’ usb charging cable. The battery itself is very small (4.5” x 2.75” x .5”), and pretty lightweight (just 5.4 oz). It has the look of a small portable hard drive. The Offgrid also has very smooth feel and it will easily slide into a jacket pocket or purse.
Operation is also very simple. To charge it, you plug its own usb cable and four blue LEDs will show you the progress. It’ll take a 4-5 hours to charge it fully, but then you’re good to go and leave that wall socket behind.
You can charge two devices simultaneously using the dual usb ports. There is a 1A and a 2.1A for faster charging. To start charging, all you do is plug in your cable and press and hold the power button for 2 seconds, that’s it. When it’s done, you can press and hold the button for 2 seconds or simply unplug the cable. In order to check how much of a charge is left in the battery, just press the power and let go, the LEDs will light up to indicate the amount remaining
There are 3 models to choose from (4000mAh, 6000mAh and 8000mAh) and a fourth with Qi wireless charging. The model we tested here is the 6000mAh capacity.
We were able to get 3 full charges (from well under 10% to 100%) and then one more partial charge on our iPhone 5s. The iPad 2 that we tested charged up from 7% to 80%, so you won’t get a full charge for your tablet, but it will keep you going for quite a while.
The Incipio OffGRID Portable Backup Battery is a great solution for those that use multiple mobile devices each day or who may be traveling for a while and need a larger sized backup battery, but they don’t want a battery pack that will weigh them down too much either. Overall, the Incipio Offgrid series is so practical and easy to use, you’ll wonder why everyone doesn’t have one. You can order one from Incipio for $69.99.
The Good: Pretty compact and lightweight for its capacity. Charges multiple devices simultaneously. Offers reliable charges.
The Bad: A bit pricey. Design is not very exciting.