Xtorm XB103 Power Bank Wireless 8000 Review
Xtorm for me are a big name in battery innovation, they have systematically released product hit after product hit, and I was more then happy to look at their latest product. The Xtorm Power Bank Wireless 8000, is an 8000mAh battery with a Qi point at the top and an included Micro-USB cable built into the battery. This completely removes the need to have a cable constantly plugged into your phone. All you need to do is charge it overnight, then grab it and go. You can then place your phone on top and charge without the need for any cables.
Unlike previous battery pack reviews we have done, this is a powerful 8,000 mAh battery with a built in wireless charger, all in a small light package. As with any portable device, strength and durability is a massive positive, and with a hard protective plastic shell, the Xtorm held up to a lot of knocking about and the occasional drop. The rubberised top and bottom, means that it won’t skid about on the surface you place it on.
On the front side of the Xtorm is a 5V/1A micro-USB port for charging the internal battery, and 2 output ports for charging no Qi devices. This means that in testing I could charge my S7 Edge on the top of the Xtorm and my wife’s phone via a USB slot. A row of LED indicators are lined down the side of the charger showing how much battery is left and when it’s charging a device.
In terms of ease of use, it couldn’t be quicker or better, all we need to do is press the on button and drop your phone onto the top of the rubber Qi stamp. It will then signal a digitised noise to inform you if it’s charging. I found it took about an hour or so to fully charge my S7 Edge. Xtorm claim around 4 recharges of smartphones and I managed to get around four and a half. The Xtorm also managed to hold onto a full charge for a month without dropping a single LED bar.
Obviously the major drawback is the fact you cannot wirelessly charge on the move, as the device has to be on the device. but the two USB 2.0 connections are at hand, but this means having a cable, no problem! The Xtorm includes a USB cable, which is built into the device itself. It can then be pulled out and used on the battery, or on any other USB connection you’d need a cable for.
Qi wireless charging, integrated into a battery pack has huge advantages. Then throw in a built in cable, and it’s an all in one device. It’s more straightforward to use over cables if you have Qi enabled devices and cases. The Xtorm Wireless Power Bank also manages to do all this while still being compact and lightweight. Check it out below: