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Varta Indestructible Portable Powerpacks

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VARTA Portable Power units keep smartphones, tablets, MP3 players, GPS and other key devices powered - anywhere and anytime, meaning we can enjoy total independence from the energy supply whilst away camping and caravanning.

We were asked to check out two of Vartas latest portable chargers, the Indestructible Powerpack 2000 and the Indestructible Powerpack 6000.

Both units have a have an incredibly tough construction in ABS and aluminum and have been drop tested to 2 meters, are dust proof and water resistant to IP 67 which is the highest standard. Once charged, they will hold a charge for up to 6 months and a 4 LED battery gauge indicator shows the charge and discharge status. The power pack can be recharged 100's of times using a standard USB charger.

A simple button turns the charger on – if is it's inactive for 4 seconds it will automatically turn off to save battery power. They come with a 1 metre long Micro USB charge & sync cable and a travel bag

Indestructible Powerpack 2000

This powerpack is perfect for the daytripper and is the tough companion to power all mobile devices, giving up to 100% phone charge per single charge of the unit (based on an iPhone 5)

It has a powerful 2000 mAh Lithium Ion rechargeable battery, and a single USB port to charge devices (at 1.0A)

Indestructible Powerpack 6000

This more powerful unit gives up to 3 full charges per charge (based on the iPhone 5) meaning this powerpack is perfect for campers. It has a powerful 6000 mAh Lithium Ion rechargeableb battery and provides 3.4A total output through two USB ports - meaning you can charge two devices simultaneously (2.4A + 1.0A). As it has a 2.4amp output, it will charge most USB devices at maximum speed including tablets.

They share the same compact design, with a width of 65 mm, height 29 mm, length 118 mm, and weigh just 237 grams


Our Review: What did we think?

These small, but very effective units contain built in cells which means you do not need to add batteries to it in order to make use of them. As soon as you plug in your phone, or whatever it is you are charging, the unit's LEDs light up and show you the state of the batteries and how much has been used, what is left. When charging the unit itself, the blue LED's on the front light up and display depending on how much charge they have. We found the 6000 took around 3 hours to get a full charge from the mains and when using this on a Samsung Galaxy S4 we got just short of two full charges, so perfect for a weekend in a tent!

The big difference between these and the numerous other cheapo ones on the market is of course the fact these are waterproof (to IP 67 standard which means complete protection against dust, and protection against water immersion up to 1m and for up to 30 minutes)

These are an ideal companion on any camping, caravanning, fishing, hiking trip, and will be so handy to keep your phone, camera, tablet charged up, however you must remember to charge them before you leave home, or when in the car on the way to the campsite.

Where to buy them from:

VARTA is one of the leading consumer battery manufacturers in Europe and has expanded its range to include an exciting array of premium tech products. For more information on VARTA’s products visit: the Varta website or the VARTA Facebook page. TIndestructible Powerpack 2000 has a RRP of £24.99 and the Indestructible Powerpack 6000 has a RRP of £31.99 (prices correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice)

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    Message posted by CamperStoke on 22/05/2015 09:31:24Report Post Report this
Quote: Originally posted by AdminBob on 21/5/2015Varta Indestructible Portable Powerpacks
1. Have you seen these? 2. Have you used these? 3. Would you take one when away camping? Why not let us know what you think.
1. No 2. No 3. Not this particular one It looks like you are paying hefty premium for the Dust-Proof/Waterproof features. I would rather pick up an Anker branded powerpack, you can get a 16000mah device online for only £21.
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    Message posted by gibbonm on 22/05/2015 12:43:33Report Post Report this
Yes no no There are far more cost effective options out there which do the job as well as or better. Not that its a bad piece of kit, it just seems overpriced.
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    Message posted by Hacksaw Bob on 22/05/2015 13:23:56Report Post Report this
No No Yes - as soon as I win one!     
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    Message posted by Webmaster on 22/05/2015 14:50:21Report Post Report this
Thanks for the feedback so far, keen to hear people's experiences of THIS item as per the first post. The big difference between these and the numerous other cheapo ones on the market is of course the fact these are waterproof (to IP 67 standard which means complete protection against dust, and protection against water immersion up to 1m and for up to 30 minutes) Oh, and have been and drop tested to 2 meters ! Cheers Ian
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    Message posted by CamperStoke on 22/05/2015 14:59:39Report Post Report this
Quote: Originally posted by Webmaster on 22/5/2015
The big difference between these and the numerous other cheapo ones on the market is of course the fact these are waterproof (to IP 67 standard which means complete protection against dust, and protection against water immersion up to 1m and for up to 30 minutes) Cheers Ian
Agreed, but seems pointless when most phones, tablets, laptops aren't IP rated. I disagree in the use of the term cheap though, Anker (who i mentioned above) are one of the best brands in the world for this type of product.
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    Message posted by Webmaster on 22/05/2015 15:06:28Report Post Report this
Yes, sorry, wouldn't call the Anker a cheapo one, I have one myself and it's great - it's some of the other really cheap copies which I was really referring to, which really aren't comparable. For anyone who is interested in a waterproof and really tough battery pack though, then these Varta ones are definitely worth a look Ian
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    Message posted by CamperStoke on 22/05/2015 15:11:24Report Post Report this
Quote: Originally posted by Webmaster on 22/5/2015Yes, sorry, wouldn't call the Anker a cheapo one, I have one myself and it's great - it's some of the other really cheap copies which I was really referring to, which really aren't comparable.
For anyone who is interested in a waterproof and really tough battery pack though, then these Varta ones are definitely worth a look Ian
I agree with all of that. If people understood battery tech they would know the devices you see claiming to be 50000mah for example for under a tenner are more than likely to be 5000mah if that! I would say for cheaper devices 5400mah for £10 would be the best you could expect. If you have a JCB Tough Phone then this Varta device would go nicely with it!
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    Message posted by lockie on 22/05/2015 15:58:34Report Post Report this
For my iphone i just have a mophie juice case which gives me plenty of power and its all in one. I really fail to see why its needs to be ip rated either but its good the bigger one can charge two devices at once, it must have a use for somebody away from a car charger. Is there a market for a tough battery or is it design for the sake of design ? Only time will tell i suppose.
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    Message posted by gibbonm on 22/05/2015 16:13:00Report Post Report this
The IP rating is a bonus but not something i would even look for. Obviously if it was a choice between one with or without at the same price point and options, then the IP would be the deciding factor. As Lockie stated the only reason i would want one with this feature was if i was going somewhere that needed it, and then i would need a similar phone to match haha
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    Message posted by JacquieT78 on 19/07/2015 11:24:54Report Post Report this
1 - I have never seen these 2 - I have never used these 3 - I would live to try these I have just recently started going camping bought my first Skandika tent and would love to try these
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    Message posted by fleck2 on 19/07/2015 12:27:35Report Post Report this
I bought a 2300mah one from China on eBay, works great, it just gives one charge to my phone when I'm out all day and it was about 3 quid 😎
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    Message posted by Ewen c on 19/07/2015 15:34:22Report Post Report this
I got a Lidl one. 2300mah. Was very handy on our last non ehu trip.
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    Message posted by THE HOLLOWAYS on 24/07/2015 23:39:32Report Post Report this
no, no, yes - would love to win this
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    Message posted by storeman_uk on 30/07/2015 06:33:54Report Post Report this
1, no 2, no 3, yes Varta is a 'known' brand and as such will carry a price premium on top of any premium for battery quality & IP Rating. Many of the very cheap units available at any of the well known on-line outlets will likely to have been made using cheap materials and possibly without any kind of overload protection and so have questionable safety concerns. Personally, I would never buy any battery item at a too good to be true price. A long time ago I bought some 'high capacity' rechargeable AA batteries which drained more quickly than good batteries with half the capacity and failed to hold their charge when not being used. While I like a bargain like most people, It usually works out cheaper to buy quality. Much better to buy once and use many times than to buy many to use once.
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