When I first saw the Panasonic Mobile Backup Power, the design reminds me of the Sanyo Eneloop Mobile Booster that I had. It feels weird that Panasonic will release something that looks almost the same as another company’s product. Then I discovered something. Panasonic had acquired Sanyo a couple of years ago. So the Panasonic Mobile Backup Power is actually the next version of the Eneloop Mobile Booster.
I got my hands on the Panasonic Mobile Backup Power 2700mAh to try out. As the name suggest, the Mobile Backup Power has 2700mAh. That’s enough for 1 full charge on your mobile phone (and maybe a little bit more to spare). And it is not just for mobile phones. Any device that uses USB for charging can be use on the Panasonic Mobile Backup Power. Things like your Bluetooth headset, MP3 player, MIFI etc etc.
The Panasonic Mobile Backup Power 2700mAh is pretty small and lightweight. 39 x 70 x 22 mm and weighs just 78 grams. It has only 1 USB out port. It’s very easy to use. Just plug in your device using your device’s USB cable, press the power on button and it starts charging. A indicator light tells you approximately how much power is left. Green means 100% to 60%, Orange means 60% to 30% while Red means less than 30%. Oh, and no light mean 0% lah. It is much easier to tell the battery level now compared to the Sanyo Eneloop Mobile Booster.
Recharging the Panasonic Mobile Backup Power is easy. I like the fact that it is using a MicroUSB charging port for recharging. This means that you can use your smartphone charger (unless you are using iPhone) to recharge your Panasonic Mobile Backup Power. It takes around 3 1/2 hours to fully recharge the Panasonic Mobile Backup Power 2700mAh. You can also use USB connected to your computer to charge but that will take 7 hours.
The Panasonic Mobile Backup Power is a great upgrade from the Sanyo Eneloop Mobile Booster. It fixes all the shortcoming of the Sanyo Eneloop Mobile Booster while retaining its strength.
If you are like me and carry lots of devices around, 2700mAh will most likely not be enough for you. Well, you’ll be glad to know that there is a 5400mAh version. It has 2 USB output ports, weighs 142 grams and is 62 x 70 x 22mm. This should be enough to charge your mobile phone up to 2 times with some to spare.
The Panasonic Mobile Backup Power 5400mAh is retailing at $89.90 while the Panasonic Mobile Backup Power 2700mAh is retailing at S$49.90.