There's a reason why this is one of the best selling power bank at the moment. The KMASHI 10,000 mAh MP816 provides ease of use, two charging slots, three charges for your phone and although it's not as portable as an Anker PowerCore 10000 or the Aukey 10040 and has no smart charging, it's much cheaper and overall an incredible bang for the buck.
KMASHI is a name that will probably pop up when considering the best power bank for the money. Their 10,000 mAh External Battery Charger is the number one selling power bank on Amazon at the time of writing (12/22/2016). So, of course we had to see what the fuss was all about. Let’s take a look at the KMASHI 10,000 Power Bank in this review.
Design and Portability
We were never really used to seeing dual output power banks that were also compact. But earlier this week we reviewed the Aibocn 10,000 Power Bank and were blown away by how compact it is for a dual slot portable charger. The KMASHI 10,000 mAh power bank comes along and even though it’s not as compact as we’d wish it to be, it’s still quite portable for a double output power bank. It’s slightly taller than the Aibocn at 5.47 inch, and is 2.52 inch in width. It’s a bit on the thicker side as well with 0.86 inch which is about twice as thick as an iPhone. Essentially the KMASHI 10,000 mAh Power bank is very comparable in size to a thick smartphone. Therefore, it’s not the most comfortable in your pocket, but defintely an option if you don’t have space in your bag or purse.
Also, the two USB outputs are on the top end of the power bank instead of on the side like the Aibocn unit had. This is a great advantage meaning you can keep the KMASHI power bank in your pocket when you charge your phone, something you can’t do with the Aibocn 10,000 Power Bank (unless of course, you like to keep it in your pocket horizontally..).
The combination of red and black looks sleek and stylish and the casing of the powerbank is indented on the side. At quick glance, this kind of makes it look like a wallet. But it’s actually a nice touch and keeps it from slipping when you hold it. Whether you like the design or you don’t, the KMASHI is definitely not the worst looking powerbank on the market.
The features are pretty simple. It has a power button on the side to start the power bank and charge your device, and can also be pressed to see how much battery is left. There are four blue LED lights to indicate battery charge in 25% increments. It would’ve been handier if there were a couple more but let’s not nitpick here.
You get two USB slots to charge your phone, tablet, smartwatch, GoPro or whatever micro USB device you have. One output is 2.1A and is for bigger devices like tablets or e-readers, and the other is 1A and is suitable for smaller devices. Unfortunately we don’t find smart charging on this power bank. Which means you can’t just randomly put your device in either of the ports and let the unit deliver the ideal amperage, but have to carefully watch in which port you’re putting your device before charging. Since a smartphone being charged with too high of an output can shorten the lifespan of your battery, and on the other side a tablet will not be charged by an output that is too low.
The power bank is equipped with “Intelligent Power Manage IC” (not to be confused with smart charging). This feature separates good quality power banks from the bad. It prevents the power bank from overcharging or short circuiting, which could not only damage the power bank but also the devices you’re charging. The best power banks always have a feature like this and it will protect you from unnecessary damage.
It’s always nice to see a pocketable power bank with a great power capacity. It has 10,000 mAh which is enough to charge any average smartphone up to three times, or a small to medium tablet roughly once. It charges quite fast and an iPhone will be charged in under two hours. It’s not the best pick to charge tablets and a higher power capacity is recommended for multiple tablet charges, but the KMASHI 10,000 Power Bank does the job at least once, charging a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 fully and still has some juice left.
A downside to the KMASHI 10,000 Power Bank is its long recharge time. If the power bank runs out of battery it takes an average of eight hours to fully charge again, and even more if you don’t have a proper adapter, as charging it via USB port on your PC will take about twelve hours. It unfortunately doesn’t come with an AC adapter so you’re gonna have to charge it via laptop or PC if you don’t have one yourself.
I thought the Aibocn 10,000 Power Bank was a great bang for the buck, but the KMASHI is just as much so, if not more. It’s so cheap for the power it has, and charges any given device surprisingly quick thanks to its quality battery cells. Obviously, it’s not one of the best selling power banks for no reason. It’s a quality power bank that’s easy to use, has double charging slots, and is as reliable as they come. The KMASHI 10,000 MP816 Power Bank is without question one of the best power banks for the money.
|Measurements:||2.52 x 5.47 x 0.86 inches|
|Charging ports:||2 (2.1A and 1A)|
|Safety features:||Overcharge and short-circuit protection|
|Compatible with:||Tablet, smartphones, digital camera (most micro-USB supported devices)|
|Battery indication:||4 LED lights|
|Qualcomm quick charge:||No|
|Battery capacity:||10000 mAh|
|Total max output:||2.1A|
|Total max input:||2A|
|Time to charge itself:||6 – 12 hours|