We’ve already established how handy battery packs are to have. They’re there to give your phone battery a boost or even a full charge when you’re out and about. No need to be that person sitting on the ground next to a wall outlet in the airport. No need to bring your wall charger along and have to plug your phone into a wall at a party. The battery pack will take care of you when and where you are, as long as you’ve charged it beforehand.
So, what we’ve reviewed this week is the B612Q battery pack from Choetech. How does this battery pack with a weird name stand out from the rest, you ask? Well, it certainly stands out from any battery pack we’ve reviewed yet. It has a Qualcomm Certified Quick Charge 2.0 to charge the B612Q battery 75% faster than standard chargers and is also featured with a quick charge port for devices which support QC 2.0 technology. How rad is that? Faster battery pack charging and faster phone charging if your phone has the capability. Additionally, the B612Q has 10,400 mAH which should offer you a solid couple of phone charges or should serve you and your friend for a night out.
Choetech offers a few different variants of its Quick Charge 2.0 battery packs with different capacities and ports. We reviewed the 10,400 mAH battery with a Lighting port ($29.99). They also offer 15,600 mAH ($31.99) and 20,000 mAH ($38.99) batteries with Lightning ports for only a fraction of the cost more. Additionally, Choetech offers a 10,400 mAH variant with a USB type C port in place of the Lightning port ($31.99). I think Choetech providing Lightning or USB Type C ports in addition to the industry standard micro-USB ports is really great. This removes the need to bring extra cables with you when you’re traveling just so you can charge your battery pack and your phone. Whatever charging cables you use, you can get a Choetech battery pack that can be charged with that cable.
The Choetech B612Q battery pack operates much like any other battery pack out there. It has a button that activates charging mode on the battery and will also activate the LED lights on the front of the device that display the charge of the battery. The case is metal and has a nice feel to it but it seems to attract fingerprints a bit. Last, the battery packs come with two input ports to charge the battery (micro-USB and Ligtning or USB type C) and two output ports (Quick Charge 2.0 and a standard 1 A port). Two devices can be charged at once, but the battery pack does not pass through charge. Last, the battery pack comes with a 12 cm micro-USB cable.
Next we compared charging performance between the B612Q and the Motorola Turbo Charger which also has Quick Charge 2.0 technology on my Nexus 6. As can be seen in the figure to the right, the B612Q quick charge port actually slightly outperformed the stock Nexus 6 Motorola Turbocharger with a charge rate of 1.3% vs. the 1.1% per minute over 40 minutes on the Moto Turbo. For comparison, I also charged the Nexus 6 on the B612Q 1 Amp port which yielded a charge rate of about 0.5% per minute. So, pretty nifty results for the Choetech B612Q.
So how does the Choetech B612Q stack up against other chargers we’ve reviewed like the TYLT ENERGI 10K and or the Lumsing Grand A1? Compared to the Lumsing Grand A1 13,400 mAH, the Choetech is very similarly sized, lower battery capacity and slightly more expensive, but it has more input ports and quick charge technology. Compared to the TYLT ENERGI 10K, the B612Q is smaller sized, similar battery capacity, has Quick Charge 2.0 and more input ports, but has less charging ports and does not have pass through charging. So overall, I will still probably prefer the TYLT ENERGI 10K for traveling because of the number of ports and pass through charging, but the charging speed of the Choetech B612Q has bumped it up to one of the top chargers out there, especially for the great price.
The Choetech B612Q and other Quick Charge 2.0 battery pack variants can be picked up on Amazon. For a limited time, Choetech has provided the Android and Me readers an exclusive coupon code to drop the already low price of the chargers even lower. The code WHNJTCYR will get you $4 off the B612Q and the code MIFLDQVJ will get you $6 off the B611Q, the 15,600 mAH battery, bringing both totals down to $25.99. If you’re in the market for a battery pack these are definitely worth a look, especially if you have a Quick Charge 2.0 device. I’ve also been told Choetech will soon be releasing a Quick Charge 3.0 battery pack. So keep on the lookout for that.
Let us know if you have any questions about the Choetech battery pack and/or if you’re getting one. What are your favorite battery packs out there and when and how do you use them? Happy New Year everyone!