When it comes to power banks for your mobile devices there are absolutely dozens of options out there, some at rock bottom prices, some with higher capacities and better designs. The EnerG series from Luxa2 is great attempt to offer a really strong product in a more stylish design, while still retailing for a competitive price. Let’s take a quick look at what Luxa2 have to offer.
The Luxa2 EnerG series comprises of three models spanning some pretty serious power capacities; the smallest is the EnerG 6600 which offers a regular 5V 1.5A USB port power charging of its generous 6,600mAh battery. At 9.2cm x 6.5cm x 2.cm, the 6600 is the smallest in the series and fits into your hand without issue. It is a bit bulky for carrying in your pocket during charging however, and as with the remainder of the series, the EnerG 6600 is better suited for carrying around in your bag; here’s looking at you ladies.
In fact, the EnerG series has a design ethos that may well be appreciated by female geeks. The overall design of the EnerG series is not so much glamor or glitz, but the sleek and shiny black finish (which can attract fingerprints unfortunately) looks very attractive, especially on the 6600 and 8800 models which integrate a silver edge on the side facing the LEDs and power button.
On the EnerG 6600 the inputs and outputs are located on the bottom of the device with a small power button which reads current capacity levels. Four discrete LEDs which light up to indicate four levels of capacity. This button is also used to initiate powering once a device is connected. One drawback of the smaller EnerG 6600 is that it supports only single charging on its 5V 1.5A USB port. The larger models are capable of more.
The Luxa2 EnerG 8800 and 10400 have capacities of 8,800 mAh and a whopping 10,400 mAh respectively. Both support dual charging from a total output of 5V 3.1A, divided into one standard 5V 1.5A, plus one 5V 2.1A for fast charging. How well the fast charging works depends on the device being charged, but Luxa2 make estimates of between 220% and 460% faster.
Here’s our comparison table
LUXA2 EnerG Power Solutions
|EnerG 6600||EnerG 8800||EnerG 10400|
|Capacity||6,600 mAh||8,800 mAh||10,400 mAh|
|Weight||171 grams||232 grams||245 grams|
|Input||5V 1A (Mini USB)||5V 1A (Mini USB)||5V 1A (Mini USB)|
|Output: 5V 1.5A||1 USB||1 USB||1 USB|
|Output5V 2.1A||0||1 USB||1 USB|
The two larger capacity EnerG models, especially the 10400, perform really well on multiple charging sessions. We have used these power banks on road trips, events and conferences where you are on the move all day, but need to top up your devices’ power where possible. I often have to carry multiple device around when doing product reviews, and the last thing you need is a dead device that is supposed to be performing. The Luxa2 EnerG series, especially the two larger capacity models, really perform well in these circumstances.
I do however, have some gripes to share. I generally prefer to have a device design which somehow integrates the USB cable for charging. Several occasions have arisen where I need to charge and I have the power bank in hand, but alas no USB cable. This of course immensely annoying. Finding a way to integrate the cable to the power bank is what we need folks.
The second gripe I have is that the cables provided with all three models are power only cables. They cannot be used as data cables. This is incredibly annoying for a bunch of serious geeks like us. Our USB cables kind of get mixed up into a melee of a USB messiness. We just tend to snap up the nearest cable and run with it, but if you have snagged a ‘power only’ cable by accident, then you are not going to have a good time trying to access a devices’ data. I realize that Luxa2 may well be using power-optimized cables, but please, if you are bundling a USB cable, make it at least standard USB 2.0 compliant on all levels.
Overall the Luxa2 series is fantastic looking solution to your travel charging needs. I think the sleek styling kind of suits professionals you are on the move throughout the day and may have to manage several smartphone or tablet devices. I also the styling and the actual size of the power banks means that they are well suited to women who generally tend to have more bag space than us fellas and our over reliance on pockets. If you are traveling however, the EnerG series has plenty to offer.
The EnerG 6600 is available for $29.99, the EnerG 8800 costs $34.99 and the EnerG 10400 will set you back $39.99. There are cheaper solutions on the market, but what you get with the Luxa2 EnerG series is a solid and good looking product that adds a touch of class.