Linkon Power Stick 3000 is my new favorite gadget. The device is, as the name suggests, a portable external battery of 3000 mAh, which you can use to recharge mobile devices on the go, such as smartphones, iPhones, tablets, MP3 players, GPS, and gaming devices.
The external battery comes in four colors (blue, green, pink, silver), with a metallic finish (aluminum alloy casing), and I chose pink for my review sample because the shape and color make it look feminine, like a lipstick. Measuring only 91 x 23 x 23 cm at 75 grams, the battery is smaller than most of the latest smartphones and can be carried in small spaces inside a purse or jeans pocket. The device feels durable and I hope that the metallic color won’t get scratches.
I’ve been relying on Linkon Power Stick 3000 for the last couple of weeks almost daily because my smartphone’s battery drains in less than 12 hours. The capacity of 3000 mAh was enough to recharge my phone’s battery of 1650 mAh up to 85% in two and a half hours, considering that I’ve been using the phone almost continuously all this time. If I would have left the phone in standby mode only, the battery would’ve been fully recharged.
Linkon Power Stick 3000 comes in a small box that holds a mini USB-to-USB charging cable, the user manual, tips for iPhone 4 and iPhone 5, as well as a carry pouch made from a grey velvety fabric. I keep the stick together with the charging cable in the pouch, inside my bag, all the time.
Besides the nice shape and color, the Linkon stick also has another feature that I like. There’s a button that you can press to check the remaining battery level as a percentage shown on a tiny LED display.
The power stick features Samsung Grade A cells and is compatible with most devices featuring USB 5V/1A output. To charge your phone, you have to connect it to the power stick using the included cable. Charging starts automatically. To recharge the Linkon stick, you have to connect it to a computer via USB or to an USB-to-AC adapter. I prefer the AC adapter for when I’m at home and a laptop when I’m out. The stick recharges in four hours.
You can get the Linkon Power Stick 3000 in your favorite color for $24.95 from Amazon.