Hey gang, Valkor here. With the holiday season upon us, one of the most important gifts you can give anyone this year, besides a sweet pair of headphones, has to be a portable battery pack. I know that might sound kind of cheesy, but given the fact that many of you might receive a new smartphone, it's always good to keep a portable charger on hand. Well, ADATA is back in the TOV Val-Cave with their latest charger, the P5000. And while it might not be one of ADATA's strongest packs in their repertoire, it does come with a unique feature that could come in handy.
The P5000 is a small, palm-size pack with a look similar to a candy bar. At the top, you'll find the power button as well as the indicator lights signifying how much life the unit has stored within. On the right side is the microUSB port for charging the pack and on the tip, you'll find a USB output port and a counterfeit light.
Yes, you read that correctly. The P5000 comes equipped with a counterfeit light rather than a flashlight that I've seen on most battery packs I've recently reviewed. Normally, you'd hold a bill up to the light to check its authenticity. But with the P5000, you simply give the power button an extended push to switch the light towards a bill to reveal its watermarks of legitness. I would've never expected to find a battery pack with such a feature. And it's my sole reason for wanting to review the P5000. Honestly, I can see it's usefulness, especially to check your change from a bodega, or even if your money that just got from an ATM doesn't feel right. Either way, you can check it out with the quickness, to save yourself the hassle of trying to dispute the bills later on.
For this round of testing, I went with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and mainly used the P5000 during my one hour commute when my phone was on the low side. The first round I was down 15% bringing it up to 37% when my ride was over. The second round I was actually at 37%. And after one hour the P5000 brought my phone up to 62%. Not bad. But I'd rather have one of the big bigger boys along for the ride.
Given that the P5000 is smaller than the ADATA mobile chargers I've previously reviewed, it still does a pretty good job of sustaining mobile devices when it's creeping to low percentage levels. The P5000 won't bring you up to a full charge, but it will give your phone enough of a boost until you can reach an outlet. The size is perfect that it'll easily fit in your pocket, purse or messenger. And then there's that counterfeit light, where you might feel you don't actually need one (especially since most money is digital), but you'd be surprised how much use you could get out of it. I've had some sketchy runs with bodegas where I've called them out on my change. But with the P5000 handy, I can “shine a light” on the whole situation. In the end, I can dig the compactness of ADATA's P5000. And the company gets bonus points for the counterfeit light, which might seem useless at first, but you'd be surprised by its usefulness.
If you're looking for the perfect stocking stuffer this holiday season, especially if you're giving the gift of a mobile device, then the ADATA P5000 would make the perfect add-on. While I'd much prefer the larger packs, you can't deny the compactness, decent charge and a unique feature in its counterfeit light that this portable charger brings to the table. So, out of TOV 5 stars, I'm giving the P5000 a 4.