You can never have too many power banks or external batteries for your mobile devices. The new Mini Lock External Battery Pack is designed to provide convenient power for the iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, and 4S and a host of other USB charged devices. The 3000mAh Mini Lock holds the power capacity to charge an iPhone 5, 1.5 times and to fully charge the phone in 90 minutes.
The Mini Lock comes nicely boxed and includes a short, flat microUSB cable and a printed Users Manual. I particularly like the new flat USB cables which don’t tangle. The Mini Lock is not a simple rectangular shape but has some design elements that add a bit of flair. One of these is a stylized cutout space in contrasting silver suitable for attaching a clip or the USB cable so it won’t get lost. Small enough to hold in the palm of your hand, the compact size of the Mini Lock makes it the ideal choice to slip in your pocket or purse for quick charging when you’re on the go. This new stylish design is available in blue or green to indulge your fun side and a more conservative black for business use. Regardless of the color you select, you will smooth finish attractive and comfortable to hold in your hand. The finish reminds me a little of an M&M candy.
I removed the Mini Lock from its box and immediately noticed that the power indicator lights were on. Activating the lights on most power banks requires pressing a button but there is no such button on the Mini Lock. The lights went off automatically in a few seconds while I was trying to figure out how I had turned them on in the first place. As I turned it over in my hands the lights came on again and I finally broke down and read the manual. The Mini Lock has a unique touch sensitive power switch that just requires a touch or hand sliding over the area to activate the lights. The 4 light panel indicates the remaining power in 25% increments each. You can always see at a glance how much power remains in the Mini Lock. It charged to capacity quickly when connected to a USB charging station. All devices connected to the the Mini Lock also charged quickly without any significant rise in temperature.
As with its big brother the Amzdeal/Aukey A1 Power Bank, the Mini Lock charges with the included microUSB cable when connected to a computer or USB charging station. To charge a phone or other mobile device, plug the Type A USB end of the cable into the Mini Lock and the microUSB end into your device and charging will begin automatically. If your device uses a different type of USB cable, then use that cable instead.
The Mini Lock incorporates Internal Li-Polymer battery cells for greater safety and stability. Its high quality circuitry provides short circuit protection, anti-explosion protection and 500 lifetime use cycles (charge/discharge) for 24/7 instant power when you need it. Use the Mini Lock to charge your iPhone and other mobile devices when you’re traveling, camping, hiking or during emergency power outages. One of my favorite uses for the Mini Lock is to use it for powering a Flexible Mini 28 LED USB light which is designed for use with a computer. It makes a very bright and long lasting reading lamp for camping or during a power outage. It also makes a great work light for illuminating the dark corners inside a desktop computer case or under sink cabinet. Those USB lights are available on Ebay from many sellers for less than $5.
There is no longer any excuse for having your phone battery die when you can buy an Aukey Mini Lock external battery for less than $20 on Amazon. This would also make a thoughtful gift for someone you care about. The List price of the Mini Lock is $39.90 but you can find it on Amazon in Blue, Green, and Black for only $18.99 with free shipping on qualifying orders over $35.
Mini Lock Specification:
Product Model: Aukey G013
Input: DC 5V 1A
Output: DC 5V 1A
Lifespan: > 500 times
Size: 3.9″ x 2.1″ x .43″
Weight: 2.8 oz.
Battery Cell: Li-polymer
Warranty: 18 Months