Review: MiPOW Power Tube 3000

No ordinary charger, the Power Tube 3000 is a remote shutter release and more - we test it out.

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Our Verdict

Nicely designed portable charger that provides a lot of juice for not much pocket space, but its app needs some attention as does its connectivity, as the extra features – which look great on paper – were useless on our test.

For

  • Will fully recharge an iPhone
  • Quality design
  • Useful extra features

Against

  • Refused to connect to app…
  • …rendering extra features useless
  • Very expensive

Smartphones are amazing items. They've only been around for 10 years or so but already most of us can't live without one – or that's what it feels like anyway, especially when you leave yours at home, lose it, or its battery runs out leaving you with a useless lump of glass and magic internal gubbins.

Battery life is the one area that smartphones don't seem so smart, with most struggling to get a day's heavy use out of a charge. Fortunately there are handy pocket power stations available, and here we are testing one such item, the MiPOW Power Tube 3000, which is compatible with any lightning-connector iPhone or iPad.

The '3000' in the name refers to its battery power: 3000mAh, which is more capacious than the batteries in all but a couple of high-end smartphones. That is plenty or juice to carry around with you, potentially giving you an extra day's-worth of iPhone useage.

That part of the MiPOW works perfectly – it takes around four hours to fully charge via its built-in USB connector, and it is a svelte 85g so will hide away in a pocket or handbag almost unnoticed. However its smart design and tactile plastic and metal finish may mean you want to leave it out on show – it's a handsome little stick, as far as these things go.

Use the USB to charge it up, and the lightning connector to attach to your iPhone/iPad

Pair it up with the JuiceSync2 app via Bluetooth 4.0, and it adds extra talents. The app will analyse your phone's battery useage, giving you useful feedback on why your juice is used so quickly. You can also use the app to find your phone and vice-versa thanks to built-in GPS location.

Furthermore, the Power Tube acts as a 'selfie shutter' – a remote shatter release for your phone's camera. This feature is pretty useful, particularly if you have a mini-tripod for your smartphone and frequently take group selfies. It can also be used as a PowerPoint slide controller.

The Power Tube gave my iPhone 6s Plus a useful charge in 20mins, and filled it up in around an hour

The only problem – and it's a major one – is that I couldn't test the remote shutter features because the app wouldn't recognise my Power Tube. It was paired correctly to my iPhone 6s Plus (iOS 9.2) via Bluetooth but the app wouldn't budge, frustratingly.

None of the Power Tube's features feel like gimmicks, except perhaps the battery analysis (you'd have to be pretty keen to be interested in that!). It is three genuinely useful tools in one, albeit an expensive one, and if we could only have managed to pair it properly it could have been deserving of a higher score.

MiPOW Power Tube 3000

The Verdict

5

out of 10

MiPOW Power Tube 3000

Nicely designed portable charger that provides a lot of juice for not much pocket space, but its app needs some attention as does its connectivity, as the extra features – which look great on paper – were useless on our test.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Craig Stewart is managing editor of Creative Bloq. Craig has written about everything from cars and design to football and tech for numerous national newspapers, websites and magazines, including Classic Ford, The Scotsman and T3.