Moshi IonBank 10k – 10,000mAh Portable Battery Pack

IonBank is the name of the range of portable battery packs from Moshi. Right now, there are 3 products in the category, the IonBank 10k, IonBank 5k with Lightning Connector and IonBank 5k with Micro USB Connector.

The IonBank 5k has a battery capacity of 5,000mAh and has two integrated cables, one of them is either the Lightning or Micro USB cable and the other is a normal USB cable to charge the battery pack. It also has a spare USB port to charge another USB device.

The IonBank 10k on the other hand has a battery capacity of 10,000mAh but only has one integrated cable which is the normal USB cable used to charge the battery pack. Because of this, instead of having one USB port, the IonBank 10k has two.

The Moshi IonBank 10k is retailing for SGD$150.90 and weighs 319g which is lighter than Panasonic’s USB Portable Power 10,260mAh (QE-QL301) which weighs 490g.

The total output for both USB ports is 18W/3.6A but it is enough to charge two iPads simultaneously. Apple recommends at least 2A to properly charge an iPad. However, as long as the power source is able to output more than 1A, the iPad will still charge, but just at a much slower rate.

Moshi has something called DPS (dynamic power sharing) built into the IonBank, it will intelligently detects and delivers the optimal charge rate to each connected device. I am guessing that the DPS will overwrite what the connected device request from the power souce.

If you are charging two iPads simultaneously, technically it will draw a total of 4.2A but since the IonBank only output a maximum of 3.6A, depending on which iPad ypu plugged in first, normally the first iPad will charge at 2.1A while the second iPad will charge at 1.5A. But with DPS, I think both iPads will get the power evenly distrubted between them which is 1.8A.

Most portable battery packs are using Lithium-Ion batteries, but for IonBank, it is using Lithium-Polymer batteries. Lithium-Ion batteries have high energy-densities and cost less to manufacture but it does not hold charges well, whereas for Lithium-Polymer batteries, it is lightweight, safer to use and hold charges well but have lower energy-densities and cost more to manufacture (read more: Lithium Ion vs. Lithium Polymer).

The Moshi IonBank 10k is encased in aluminium and comes with a carrying pouch with a front pocket to carry cables.

Features

  • Stylish aluminium casing with push-button battery level indicator.
  • Dynamic Power Sharing technology (DPS) for optimised charging efficiency of 18 watts across two outputs.
  • Two USB ports for charging for 2 devices (i.e. 2 iPads) simultaneously.
  • High-endurance 10,000 mAh lithium-polymer cells.
  • Includes travel pouch for easy storage and portability.

Where To Buy
You can get the Moshi IonBank 10k, Moshi IonBank 5k with Lightning Connector or Moshi IonBank 5k with Micro USB Connector from physical stores such as EpiCentre or online from Ban Leong’s eStore.

Moshi IonBank 10k - Box Front
Moshi IonBank 10k – Box Front

Moshi IonBank 10k - Box Back
Moshi IonBank 10k – Box Back

Moshi IonBank 10k - Box
Moshi IonBank 10k – Box

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Anker 25W 5-Port Wall Charger

The Anker 5-Port Wall Charger is retailing for USD$19.99 (SGD$24.72) on Amazon. My friend, Benjamin, ordered for us and I shared the shipping with him, after everything I paid SGD$33.

This Anker 5-Port Wall Charger weighs 166g and measures 98mm (Length) x 60mm (Height) x 27mm (Thickness).

The 5 USB charging ports are labelled as:

  • iPad (2.1A)
  • Samsung Tab (1.3A)
  • iPad (2.1A)
  • iPhone (1A)
  • Android (1A)

Do note that the total output is 5A and I managed to charged at most 4 devices (2x iPads, 1x iPhone 5s and 1x HTC One). I tried 5 devices (2x iPads, 2x iPhone 5s and 1x HTC One) but the HTC One did not charge. If you only charge an iPad, it will be possible to charge another 4 mobile phones with it.

I wish it can output 2.1A for each of the 5 USB ports like the Griffin PowerDock 5.

You might want to consider a better alternative from Anker, which is the recently released Anker 36W USB Quad-Port Wall Charger. It has 4 USB ports and is capable of producing a total output of 7.2A (2x 2.1A and 2x 1.5A).

Anker 5-Port Wall Charger - Box Front
Anker 5-Port Wall Charger – Box Front

Anker 5-Port Wall Charger - Box Back
Anker 5-Port Wall Charger – Box Back

Anker 5-Port Wall Charger - Box Open
Anker 5-Port Wall Charger – Box Open

Anker 5-Port Wall Charger - Box Contents
Anker 5-Port Wall Charger – Box Contents

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3M Easy-On Privacy Filter For iPad From screenprotector.sg

· · · Endorsement

Thanks to screenprotector.sg for the complimentary 3M Easy-On Privacy Filter For iPad!

Description

3M privacy filter for iPad 2 & iPad 3rd/4th Gen. (Landscape/Horizontal mode) is Made in U.S.A. This custom-fit screen protector not only helps keep on-screen information private, it maintains high clarity images and protects LCD screen from damages. Easy, quick and bubble-free attachment method (paste 4-corners only) allows the privacy filter to be removed and reapplied numerous times.

Package Contents

  • 1x Privacy Filter
  • 1x Cleaning Cloth
  • 1x Storage Folder
  • 1x Instruction Sheet
  • 8x Adhesive Corner Tabs

3M has several privacy filters for different devices. Prices are as follows:

If you are interested in getting the 3M Privacy Filter, you can get them from screenprotector.sg. Please use the following coupon code to get 10% off:

LESTERCHAN

This coupon code is valid till 30th November 2013. Shipping is FREE worldwide. If you are in Singapore, it is by Registered Mail and if you are outside of Singapore, it is by Registered Airmail.

3M Screen Protectors - Packaging Front
3M Screen Protectors – Packaging Front

3M Screen Protectors - Packaging Back
3M Screen Protectors – Packaging Back

Timbuk2 Singapore Store

Timbuk2 opens its first in-store customisation outside of the United States right here in Singapore. The Timbuk2 Singapore store officially opens yesterday, 31st October 2013 and is located at #03-26A Bugis Junction (200 Victoria Street, Singapore 188021). The opening hours are from 10.30am to 10pm daily.

The Singapore retail store measures 280 sq ft and will showcase 75% of its product line of more than 100 styles of bags and accessories from the United States. There is an interactive custom station where you can design your custom bags or accessories made to order in the Timbuk2 San Francisco factory. It takes about 2 weeks from the moment you order till you get your bag.

Primer-Uniglobe Singapore, the guys behind the Timbuk2 Store in Cineleisure and Bratpack are also the guys behind this.

If you order from Timbuk2.com itself, they charge a base of USD$30 shipping for UPS International Expedited and USD$50 for UPS International Express. For every additional bag, they charge an additional of USD$5 for shipping.

It is more worth it to get from Timbuk2.com if you are ordering a few bags or sharing the shipping with your friends as it will be cheaper. But if you are getting only one item, you might be better off getting it from the Timbuk2 Singapore Store as the prices are only about 10% more expensive after factoring in credit card exchange rate from the bank and shipping from Timbuk2.com.

Based on the table below, it is not worth getting the Custom Eula Messenger Bag, Custom Tartine Tote Bag, Custom Maya Shoulder Bag and Custom Envelope Laptop Sleeve from Timbuk2.com because they are more expensive than the Timbuk2 Singapore Store.

Below is a table of the starting prices for the customised bags of Timbuk2.com and Timbuk2 Singapore Store.

1 Prices from Timbuk2.com with USD$30 shipping added and total amount converted to SGD$ based on USD$1 = SGD$1.26.

Item Timbuk2.com Timbuk2 Singapore Timbuk2.com 1
Custom Classic Messenger Bag (XS) USD$109 SGD$185 SGD$175.14
Custom Classic Messenger Bag (S) USD$119 SGD$199 SGD$187.74
Custom Classic Messenger Bag (M) USD$129 SGD$219 SGD$200.34
Custom Classic Messenger Bag (L) USD$139 SGD$235 SGD$212.94
Custom Laptop Messenger Bag (S) USD$149 SGD$249 SGD$225.54
Custom Laptop Messenger Bag (M) USD$159 SGD$269 SGD$238.14
Custom Laptop Messenger Bag (L) USD$169 SGD$285 SGD$250.74
Custom Commute Laptop Messenger Bag (M) USD$149 SGD$249 SGD$225.54
Custom Eula Messenger Bag (XS) USD$49 SGD$85 SGD$99.54
Custom Knockout Laptop Backpack USD$99 SGD$219 SGD$162.54
Custom Swig Laptop Backpack USD$119 SGD$199 SGD$187.74
Custom Tartine Tote Bag (M) USD$79 SGD$135 SGD$137.34
Custom Tartine Tote Bag (L) USD$89 SGD$149 SGD$149.94
Custom Maya Shoulder Bag (M) USD$79 SGD$135 SGD$137.34
Custom Envelope Laptop Sleeve (XS) USD$39 SGD$65 SGD$86.94
Custom Envelope Laptop Sleeve (S) USD$39 SGD$65 SGD$86.94
Custom Envelope Laptop Sleeve (M) USD$39 SGD$65 SGD$86.94

Protip: Once in a while, Timbuk2.com will have a sale that gives you 20% Off Custom Bags which makes it even cheaper to get it from Timbuk2.com, so wait for it if you are not in a hurry!

Timbuk2 Singapore Store - Before Opening
Timbuk2 Singapore Store – Before Opening

Timbuk2 Singapore Store - Before Opening
Timbuk2 Singapore Store – Before Opening

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Griffin Coiled USB-to-Lightning Cable

· · · Cable

Got the Griffin Coiled USB-to-Lightning Cable from Challenger for SGD$39 (SGD$31.20 after a 20% member’s discount) for use in the car. I always have the thought that coiled cables are meant to be used in cars, am I the only one who thinks like this?

When it is coiled, it is 13″ (~33cm) (measured by me) and when it is fully stretched, it is about 4ft (120cm) (according to the specification printed on the box).

I am surprised it is almost the same price as what it is listed on Griffin’s Store after a currency conversion. Sometimes electronics in Singapore will be more expensive due to the markup by the official agent/distributor.

Griffin Coiled USB-to-Lightning Cable - Box Front
Griffin Coiled USB-to-Lightning Cable – Box Front

Griffin Coiled USB-to-Lightning Cable - Box Back
Griffin Coiled USB-to-Lightning Cable – Box Back

Griffin Coiled USB-to-Lightning Cable
Griffin Coiled USB-to-Lightning Cable

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