Pivos has been known mostly for their media players so when a new set of battery packs showed up I was a bit surprised. The Company simply did not seem to be in that category but with so many tech companies extending their reach into so many other facets to ensure they can offer so many more solutions this move by Pivos should not really be a major surprise. One thing is that its obvious that Pivos took note of the rise in mobile gadgets and with that and the inclusion of now “Wearable” tech, the ability to charge on the go is quickly becoming majorly important.
Pivos MANA 5200 mAh Battery Pack
As we become more mobile as a society solutions like these have simply started to crop up everywhere even with the recently passed CES show we saw battery packs literally being handed out by companies by the handful, but of course those were cheapie giveaways that would likely last a few charges if not DOA to begin with.
The Pivos MANA series of battery banks are very similar to others we have seen but one thing I think prominently stands out is the finish and color choices. The MANA chooses a matte black finish which means NO FINGERPRINTS (Awesome) and is accented with a light blue stripe which creates a TRON style feel to it.
Of the two units I received this unit is the larger 5200 mAh which means it should easily handle any current smart phone more than once or for a hefty duration of extending usage along with even handling some extension to a tablet lifespan as well.
As you can see it comes in a standard blister package with a cardboard backplane which carries some of the feature info.
Inside, you find the accessories which are a instruction guide which is super simple and a USB to Micro USB cable which can be used for a android phone and also can be used to recharge the battery unit. If you have a different connector such as an Apple based product you would need to use its cable for this as the MANA only comes with the Micro USB style cable.
The charging end also is where you will find both the standard USB connections used to connect a cable to your device and charge it whereas the Micro USB you see here is used to charge the MANA battery pack for usage. There is also a LED indicator which changes color according to the operation at the moment. Green color means you are charging out to a device, Red color means you are charging the MANA Battery pack from a Wall or other charger and Orange means you are “Simultaneous Charging” which means you have a charger hooked to the MANA unit while also you are charging out to a mobile device which is great in case you happen to have a single USB wall charger available you can charge your mobile device while also ensuring your MANA is topped off so you have full usage ready on the go.
- Simultaneously charge the MANA and a mobile device when wall outlet USB charger is available.
- Dual USB charging ports offer high current charging at up to peak 2A and constant 1.6A
- DC input: 5V –0.5A
- USB output: 2 x 1.6A
- Safety Protection:
- Short Circuit Protection (SCP)
- Over Current Protection (OCP)
- Over Discharge Protection
- Over Charger Protection
- Safety Approvals: FCC, RoHS
- Net Weight: 140 g
The dual USB output is rated at a max output of 1.6A although I have seen short spurts of up to 2.1A which may help for a faster charge on your Mobile device.
Like with any battery pack it can only simply be measured by the “Does it work” factor as there are simply no other features to test for it and the MANA 5200 does exquisitely charging my phone two times and still has a bit left to spare. Testing it with my Nexus 7 tablet it held up quite well and extended the life by quite a lot without being huge or heavy.
The Pivos MANA 5200 can be had for a current retail price of $29.95 USD as found here: LINK . This may seem a little steep as many chargers can be had for a bit less, but as I said earlier in the overview the MANA battery packs come from a reputable company who stand behind building a solid product and most times that can be worth spending a few extra bucks!
Performance - 10
Value - 7
Quality - 9
Features - 8
Innovation - 7
The Pivos MANA series is nice to see and a welcome addition to the market as right now it is simply flooded by cheaper lower quality power bank units.