iHome PowerClip 2600 ReviewJune 15, 2016
- Integrated loop & carabiner
- LED lights
- Poor durability
- Low overall battery life
- Slow discharge rates
- High cost per minute of power
The iHome PowerClip 2600 is a good idea: a portable charger with an integrated loop, carabiner, and LED lights. However, the PowerClip falls short in battery life, and fails several of our tests for durability. As a charger, it is best suited for light everyday use.
In terms of battery life, the PowerClip 2600 scored at the bottom of the pack for small size chargers, delivering only 92 minutes of power during our intensive, ‘real world’ tests. This is nearly 30% less than the OutdoorTech Kodiak Mini, which also sports the same 2600 mAh rating, and 1/2 of the power of the significantly smaller GoalZero Switch 10. Discharge rates are also very slow, charging devices at only 1/4 the speed of industry averages.
The PowerClip 2600 scores second-to-last for small size chargers for power per cubic inch, and power per ounce.
The PowerClip looks as though it would be a very durable device. Our tests, however, yielded surprisingly different results. Lightweight compression tests easily separated the seams between the top and bottom half of the device, and the plastic case damaged easily under lower-stress drop and impact tests.
In addition to a 1 amp charging and power level indicators, the PowerClip 2600 also offers an integrated loop, carabiner, and LED lighting.
In terms of power per dollar spent, the PowerClip 2600 is second-to-last among all small size chargers tested. When accounting for its poor durability scores, however, we believe this device to be in last place.
Gear Institute Battery/Power Test Results
Discharge rate:.16% per minute
Overall battery life:92 minutes
– Per cubic inch:19.05 minutes
– Per ounce:28.75 minutes
– Per cubic inch/ounce:5.95 minutes
– Per dollar:3.07 minutes