Review: Neptor NP065K dual port battery charger

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Neptor NP056K

First off, if you don’t like orange, this thing comes in blue, purple, red and green as well. But I suppose orange isn’t so bad.

Out of the box, you get the a Neptor NP056K battery, USB to micro USB cable, a lanyard loop, and an owners manual (and yes, we actually read those things). The lanyard is a bit tricky to lace into the rather small loop on the back of the battery, but it is secure once installed. The unit is compact and light weight: 3.97 x 1.93 x 0.98 inches and 5 oz so it’s easy to pack and carry around.

Plug the USB end into your power source and the micro USB end into the Neptor, and in about 5 to 7 hours your 5600mAh battery will be fully charged. At full charge, the Neptor will provide three (maybe part of four) charges of your iPhone or iPod. With a one hour charge up on the average tablet, you can get about 15% charge.

The unit has two USB ports—one for 1.0A devices and the other for 2.1A devices, so you have some flexibility, including charging two devices at once. If that wasn’t enough, you even get an LED light so you can find your way if, say, the power goes out at your workplace…six times in the past three years here (I wish I were kidding).

The Neptor even has some nifty blue LEDs on the front to let you know the charge status of the battery—one light is about 1% to 25%, two is 25% to 50%, etc. This brings us to the multifunction button on the side of the device. A quick double tap will turn the flashlight on and off. A single tap and hold (about 2 to 3 seconds) will make the power level indicator LEDs light up for you. If you have a thirsty device plugged in and ready for charging, press and hold for a second or two to start charging.

Speedy, portable charging in a handy package. The only thing they might have done differently is to use a smart port to manage the output amperage, but that is a nicety, not a necessity. The hardware is solid and almost foolproof. With a price of $49.99, it’s an investment, but if you need portable power this is a good option.

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Neptor NP065K Dual Port Battery Charger review

Buy the Neptor NP065K dual port battery charger

Provides: Portable battery charge and flashlight functionality
Developer: Neptor
Minimum Requirements: iPhone, iPad, iPod, and other USB chargeable devices
Price: $49.99
Availability: Now

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