The age-old balancing act between a mobile device's size and its battery life has no foreseeable end. And for some folks, accepting the extra bulk of a battery case in exchange for increased endurance is simply out of the question. Patriot hopes to alleviate the conundrum with the Fuel+ 6000, a mobile battery with the ability to charge two mobile devices at once. At $59.99 ($50.87 via Amazon), this could be the alternative to cumbersome battery cases that you've been looking for.
On one side of the Fuel+, users will find a power button with four bright, blue charge-indicator LEDs. The battery houses one micro USB input on one of its smaller sides, while the other side is home to two USB outputs. One of these outputs charges at a faster rate of 2.5 amps, while the other charges at a standard 1 amp; each is clearly labeled.
Since the combined capacity of the Nexus 5 (2,300 mAh) and G Pad 8.3 (4,600 mAh) exceeds that of the Fuel+, the battery couldn't charge either device completely. In about three hours, the Fuel+ charged the Nexus 5 up to 86 percent through the battery's 1A port and the G Pad 8.3 to 56 percent through the 2.5A port.
After draining the remaining battery life on each device using the same test, we found that the Nexus 5 lasted 10 hours and 7 minutes in total, while the G Pad 8.3 lasted 11:06. In our original battery tests, the Nexus 5 lasted 6:11, while the G Pad 8.3 hung on for 7:06. That the Fuel+ could extend each device's endurance by about four hours is impressive.
The battery can charge connected devices while simultaneously charging itself through a power pass-through feature. However, charging the Fuel+ alone took about 3 hours and 45 minutes.
Configurations and Warranty
Patriot has a number of Fuel+ mobile batteries with various capacities, namely a 7,800-mAh model for $69.99 and a 9,000-mAh model for $79.99. All Fuel+ batteries come with a two-year limited warranty.
|Battery Type/Life||6,000 mAh|
|Size||3.7 x 1.75 x 1 inches|