The Neptor NP065K Review
WHAT WE LIKED:versatility, charges multiple phones at the same time, lightweight, quality build
WHAT WE DISLIKED:lanyard difficult to attach, doesn't quite hold a full charge for a tablet
The Neptor NP065K is an interesting and versatile product. It is more than just a lightweight battery pack capable of fitting in your pocket with its sleek design. It includes several additional features. Its bonus LED flashlight allows you to use it as an emergency flashlight, or for reading at night, or for finding your device without turning on bright lights. It is also capable of charging smartphones simultaneously. Furthermore, it includes a battery indicator staged in 25% increments, which is designed to inform you if it needs to be charged. Finally, the unit is also accompanied by a color matching lanyard & 285mm USB cable.
Unfortunately, the device isn’t strong enough to charge Kindle tablets fully. It is also not strong enough to charge the Kindle tablets and the Droid family of phones simultaneously. However, you should be able to charge multiple smartphones, which are more commonly used, and are typically the first to need charging from constant use anyway. The best thing to consider while charging devices is to pay attention to the listed mAh.
There are a couple of other minor nitpicks. We would love to see the lanyard hook designed a couple millimeters wider to make it easier to attach the lanyard. Also, the recharge time is much longer via USB 2.0, although that is to be expected. Keep in mind, however, that some motherboards (ASUS and Gigabyte come to mind) offer faster USB 3.0 charging for these types of smartphone/tablet uses, so that can speed things up after the BIOS update now supports USB 3.0 charging.
For only $49.99 USD, the Neptor NP065K is reasonably priced compared to its competition. If you’re in the market for a lightweight portable battery pack with a compact design, the EagleTech Neptor NP065K is a solid investment, and earns our PureOverclock Great Hardware award.