Here at Rootzwiki we talk about all things Android, devices, operating systems and more, and they are all great. Who doesn’t love the latest and greatest in shiny tech? The tech that sometimes becomes an extension of ourselves. The gadgets we cannot imagine living without despite the fact that less than a decade ago Android didn’t exist and two decades ago we were just starting to buy cell phones. Technology is great, but what seems to be one of the most talked about specs in any mobile device? Battery size and battery life.
The latest Android flagship smartphones seem to hover around 2500mAh and 3000mAh in size, with life being over a day most easily. iPhones are so lucky as far as size goes, with only 1800mAh but thanks to Apple’s configurations they get similar battery life as our favorite Android devices. Even with batteries getting better and technology becoming more efficient, our devices die often, and what good is a tiny hand-held supercomputer if it won’t power on? That’s where Limefuel comes in.
Limefuel is a relatively new company (becoming established in only 2013) but is already making a big name for itself by providing a diverse inventory of external batteries and even battery cases. The external batteries range from a low of 2840mAh to a high of 24000mah — that’s about 7 times the capacity of the larger Android battery sizes. I got the chance to review three different batteries by Limefuel and want to share in my experiences.
The three that I’ll be going over today are: the L150XR (Rugged, XR) which is battery pack that is also IP66 proof, the LP150X (Lite, 150X) which is a standard external battery pack from Limefuel, and lastly the L240X (Blast, 240X) which is the highest capacity battery pack that you can acquire from Limefuel at the moment. Let’s examine these three batteries, before my phone dies — like that would actually happen now.
Let’s start with the LP150X, the Lite. The Lite is one of the original external batteries that Limefuel sells, but it still contains some great and unique features that the Blast and Rigged series don’t offer. The particular version that I received has a battery capacity of 15000mAH, much higher than any phone or tablet to date, and can easily charge both. It was also the only one I received in a cardboard box instead of a dedicated box with the product and company name covering the side.
The Lite is a long rectangular prism that has a brushed aluminum texture, curved edges at the top and bottom, and indented sides. At the top-most side we’re presented with two USB ports, one that pushes 1A and the other 2.1A, so definitely using the 2.1A if needing to charge only one device. There is a status led in the middle of the two ports. On the right side we have the power on/off button, and on the left side we have the micro-usb port to charge the actually battery. On the back plate we have information about the battery (capacity, input, output, etc) and on the front plate we have a LED screen to tell us how much battery life the battery has left in percentage.
Using this variant proved the be useful when I didn’t to carry the giant 240X with me or need the protection that the Rugged provided. The Lite is sleek and slim, although very compact as you can feel the weight that the battery has. The screen also gave me an easy to read display on the battery’s life so I didn’t have to approximate by using dots. Given that the price of this model is only $60, it’s very easy to recommend the Lite to anyone needing a lot of external battery for not a lot of money.
The L150XR is next up at the plate, also know as the Rugged edition. The Rugged only comes in one capacity, and that’s 15000mAh which is the same as the LIte, and should be able to provide numerous charges to any device that you seem to be losing life in. What makes the Rugged really unique is that it’s IP66 proof which simply means that this battery is water, dust, shock, and crush-proof. This makes the Rugged the ideal battery pack to take on trips or when doing external activities like camping, hiking or the sort.
On the packaging you get all the normal print that you would expect to see on the box, including the product shot, buzz words and press on the back, along with signature features and more. Yet, the real gems are inside once you remove the sleeve and take off the top layer of the box. We are presented with the XR. It has too many curves and textures for me to simply say it is a rectangular prism. It has a rubber coated around the exterior of the battery — that you can actually see screws in. The middle of the battery (on the front and back layer) is a soft black, matte material which provide contrast to the rubber surroundings. On the back layer we are again presented with information about the battery while on the front layer there is a touch activated, indented power button that you can see thanks to the embedded lights. Underneath the flap on the top side (that is used to keep the ports protected from the elements, and is complete with a rubber insert for water protection) is where you’ll find the three ports: two full USB output ports at 2.4A and a microUSB port to charge the battery.
Underneath the battery is where you’ll find even more gems. First, you’ll find what I consider the most gorgeous and useful charging cable that I’ve ever received, a white flat cable with USB on one end and at the other is a microUSB to lightning adapter-thingy, (scientific name, I swear). The full USB part is minimal similar to what you’d see on the Oneplus One’s cord, and the other end is seemingly lightning at first but you can pull the top off to reveal microUSB. Keep in mind you, you cannot charge microUSb and lightning concurrently. The microUSB is the source for the lightning. This allows you to charge either a newer iOS device or an Android/Windows device using the same cord, so now you don’t need to have all those tangled cords in your possession. Plus it’s absolutely gorgeous, did I say that already? Also you get a lanyard of sorts to keep the battery in your possession or tied to something while in use, very convenient.
The Rugged is the battery I would choose if I knew I was going to be anyway near water, or if I was a clumsy person, also those trips I take to the mountains seems like a perfect spot to use this battery. The grip is amazing, the capacity is huge, and the size is compact so I’m not carrying a huge brick. I actually use this battery over the Lite, because even though it has the same capacity, the increase in amperage in the ports helps charge my devices faster. Plus with a price tag of only $85, it’s still a great battery for the cost.
Last, we have the L240X, the blast which is the highest capacity battery you can acquire from Limefuel — and for some reason I think the surname really fits this battery. The Blast actually comes in several different capacities from 6000mAh to 24000mAh. Naturally I choose to get the biggest one because, why not? At that capacity I never worry about running out of life before I get to the next charger, and is the one battery that I will carry with me on flights. No more needing to carry around multiple chargers or having to worry about getting to the nearest outlet.
The Blast comes in a more sleek packaging than the Rigged, still with product shots on the cover along with words and phrases about what the battery can do on the back — you know… it can charge stuff. Yet once removing all of the packaging you can take a look at the battery. It is much longer than the Lite or the Rigged but a lot sleeker. Covered in the same black matte feeling that was in the center of the Rugged, the Blast is rounded and surprisingly light. There’s also not much to it, on the right side is the multi-function button that turn on the battery and the flashlight (yes it has a flashlight in case you can’t see what you’re charging). At the top are all the ports: the two 2.4A full USB ports, the LED for the flashlight and the microUSB charging port. On the front you’ve got the Limefuel logo, and on the back are the battery’s stats; simple, clean, powerful. You also get another one of those gorgeous 2-in-1 microUSB/Lightning cables and a booklet to learn how to operate the battery and to learn how to turn on/off the flashlight (just double-tap).
The Blast is the battery I’d carry with me in two different situations: 1. I’m going on a long trip, long meaning including flights or multiple hour car ride or 2. I’m going to be having multiple devices with me one including a tablet, just to make sure I justify having the Blast as my choice. Not saying that the Blast can’t handle the more mundane day to day tasks or charging your iPhone, but I will only be using it for the bigger charges in life. The Blast is available at $150 and in either black or white, which is still a great price for the battery as I’ve seen external batteries go for much more with less capacity.
All three of these batteries are available to buy at Limefuel’s website as well as from several third-party retailers such as Amazon. I can easily recommend you grab either one of them, and make sure you pick up a 2-in-1 cables as well if your choice doesn’t come with one. With Limefuel you’ll never go searching for an outlet or complain about your dead phone again.
The real question is, can I charge one external battery via another one?