What is being reviewed?
Up for review today is the EcoSmart X3000 “multifunction portable power supply” which as we have to disclose, was provided to us by the company for review. Needless to say, any and all opinions are entirely ours and not influenced in anyway. With that, the EcoSmart X3000 is a portable battery pack/charger that retails from anywhere from as low as $60 and up to $70. In regards to that pricing, Newegg and Amazon respectively.
The battery pack measures in at 3.66 x 2.48 x 1.0 inches and weighs 5.64 ounces. The X3000 contains a 2200 mAh battery, has a life cycle of 500 plus charges and is sporting four USB ports, a fold-out AC plug, solar panel, USB power indicator light, battery power indicator lights, an LED flashlight and a blue LED “nightlight.” The kit also contains a travel bag, car charger adapter and a wide variety of cable and device connectors.
Initially I thought the device was a bit cheesy. After all, who needs a wall power and solar power battery charger that also has an regular and blue LED light on it. I did not think it was me, and while I will say that I did not often use the solar functionality, the ability to charge multiple devices at the same time was rather nice, and while not super in terms of four at once, it was helpful to be able to charge a phone and MP3 player at the same time. And as much as it pains me to say it — the lights, both the LED flashlight and the blue LED “nightlight” came in handy on multiple occasions. As for using the battery, I would bring the charger in and plug it into the wall for a quick power up, and then for the most part kept it in my car and used it while on the go. That of course, is where the flashlight came into play, on the go and in a dark parking lot where I dropped my key on the ground (next to the car). Another nice use case for me was (again) in the car, but this time it was with charging and not dropped keys — thanks to the ability to plug in four USB ports I was able to plug the battery into the car power adapter and still charge up my phone along with my daughters phone and iPod touch.
The bottom line
All said and done, if you need an external battery pack that will charge multiple devices then this should at least be one to consider. Personally I was more than happy with the performance and feel a $70 price tag is fair, especially given all the included cables.