Hey gang, Valkor here. The Pepcom Holiday showcase has long come and gone, but I have a few choice nuggets post event that I need to clear off of my testing table before the final show of 2016. This round sees the return of Monoprice and their latest battery pack – the IP65 Rugged Power Bank. And it's the first pack I have no issue dropping over and over again with glee!
The Monoprice IP65 is not for the casual user, though they could make use of it as it can survive simple drops. But it’s built for tougher terrains and looks like it can take some serious abuse, while still being able to power up your devices in their most dire of needs. The IP65 is wrapped in rugged plastic around the sides and “premium aluminum” at the back and front, forming a tight seal around the 10,500 mAh battery within. The front of the pack has the indicator lights for checking the battery levels. And at the top of the pack, you’ll find two USB ports, one microUSB port (for charging the pack), and a LED flashlight. When not in use, there’s a flap that covers the ports, ensuring that not too much from of a harsh environment gets in and disrupts the inner workings of the pack. Finally, to the right is the power button, which also activates the flashlight as well.
For testing the pack, I used the same method I did for the Ventev and myCharge products, which is to drain my device (Nexus 6) down to 15% and recharge it for one hour. And after the time has passed, I was able to get my phone up to 63%. And because this is a rugged pack, I also abused it a bit by dropping it a few times (straight drops and downstairs) and I gave it a few splashes of water (never submerging it). And even after all that the IP65 is still going strong.
Testing out the Monoprice IP65 has also made me aware of how much stuff I carry in my messenger bag on any given day, which had also made me aware just how much abuse my devices must take when I’m on the go. I have to say I've been lucky thus far since I haven’t had any serious mishaps. So, going forward, I’ll start to make better use of my baggage space, to save myself any heartache of damaged equipment.
Out of all the battery packs I’ve had the pleasure to review; I have to say that testing out the Monoprice IP65 Rugged Pack has been the most fun. Fun because I get to do more than just plug in a device and wait. With this pack, I not only get to see how well it charges but how much abuse it can take. And it does well on both counts. If you’re running low or completely drained, the IP65 will bring you back up to decent levels in a short amount of time. And if you’re out and about, the pack can take just about anything tossed at it, or wherever you toss it, and it’ll still respond when you’re ready to charge. So, all my fun with this pack is meant for your benefit as you search for which battery pack is right for you. And Monoprice’s IP65 is the one you'd want if you’re looking for something that’s durable and quick charging on the go.
Monoprice IP65 Rugged Power Bank is available now and it’s the sturdiest, most durable and reliable battery pack I’ve had the pleasure testing out. If you feel that this is the pack for you, click that logo to the right to learn more about it and much more from Monoprice. And out of TOV 5 stars, I’m giving Monoprice IP65 Rugged Power Bank a perfect 5. And it’s been Valkor tested, TOV Approved!