Hey gang, Valkor here. We’ve covered plenty of battery packs here at TOV, and over the years their usefulness has become more relevant beyond their initial purpose, which is to give mobile devices a boost when they’re quickly running low on charge. Here on the east coast, we’ve experienced many events that have caused blackouts, which causes many (such as myself) to make a point of keeping a fully charged battery pack on hand for just such an emergency. And now, thanks to the folks at ADATA, who is also new to the Val-Cave, they’ve put out a pack that's a must add to anyone's repertoire. Check it out; it’s the D8000L Power Bank! And while it sports a look that screams outdoors, it's usefulness could come in handy anywhere!
The ADATA D8000L is a power bank wrapped in a sturdy body that’s meant to handle all kinds of abuse; it’s touts being water, dust and shockproof so it can withstand many of the rigors of the outdoors. When you pop the lid at the bottom you’ll find two USB ports meant for charging two devices at once with a microUSB port set in the middle port to charge the pack. At the rear you’ll find your power button, which also switches on the indicator light, letting you know just how much charge the pack has to remain. But if you give it a long press it’ll switch on the main event, as the front panel of the pack is an LED light! The light has multiple settings from solid, to ambient, blink and SOS; this is perfect if you’re out cycling, backpacking, or faced with an on-the-road emergency. The light is plenty bright, but considering what you’ll need it for, I'd say the bright the better. Finally, the D8000L has a loop at the top, which you can use to hook the pack to a backpack, bag, and bike or wherever you can hook it. So, while the pack has its outdoor usage, how does such a pack work for indoors?
The D8000L would work great in blackout situations or other home emergencies; even if you stumble in the dark and drop it, you really only risk (maybe) breaking the front panel. But then you might only be without an emergency light. However, the D8000L, even with the light on, it can still charge up your devices, hopefully getting you through whatever event is taking place.
I took the opportunity to take ADATA's D8000L power bank along with me on my daily commute, putting it through some harsh conditions including weather. And after giving the pack a proper run, is it ultimately worth the investment? That gold award in the corner says yes, but I’ll give you the full rundown in the TOV Breakdown.
While there are plenty of battery packs on the market to choose from, I’d recommend something that not only works well indoors, but it can handle whatever the day brings you on the outside. And ADATA has you covered with the D8000L! It has a sturdy body that handled many of the bumps and drops I faced along my commute. And yet it still works as the day it was produced. The idea of a loop to hook it wherever was a great idea, especially if you’re the outdoorsy/on the go type. But hey, you can even hang it indoors, in an area where you would need additional light, especially during blackout situations. And speaking of light, I recall I had something of an issue with Monoprice’s Select pack with its flashlight, in that I wasn't sure why it was there. But since then I've run into situations where I needed that light, so I can see the usefulness of ADATA’s D8000L light panel. You’re given a wider spectrum that’ll light up a room or shine bright enough that it can be seen from afar, should you be in an emergency situation. And what I’d suggest for future incarnations of this pack would be to add a color change of the light. Maybe a red would be nice to show one is in an emergency, especially since it has a flashing mode. Finally, let’s talk about how well it can charge up your devices when they’re on the low; I put the D8000L to the test against my Samsung Galaxy 8+, which I dropped to 15%. And in one hour, it brought me up to 72% (your experience may vary). On repeat, it produced the same results more or less. So your smartphone and/or tablet will get a pretty good boost in a decent amount of time when you're running low. ADATA, you’ve scored a win the Val-Cave. And if you’re looking for a battery pack that can take the abuse and still keeps on rocking, then the D8000L is the one for you!
ADATA’s D8000L Power Bank is available now. And if you’re looking for a rugged battery pack with a couple of nifty features, then consider adding this one to your fold. I highly recommend it. So, out f TOV 5 stars, I’m giving the D8000L a 4.5.