Incipio offGRID 4000 ReviewMarch 29, 2016
- Excellent battery life
- Excellent value
- Cable management
- Largest & heaviest in category
- Average durability
Incipio’s offGRID 4000 provides excellent battery life for it’s 4000mAh capacity and is a great deal for that amount of power. It also has a great containment system to manage those otherwise unruly cables. Unfortunately, it's large and heavy compared to the other similar products in this test. It's best suited for day trips where size and weight aren't as much of a concern.
The Incipio offGRID 4000 survived for a full 268 minutes under our extremely intensive (see below) battery life tests, earning it best-in-class for the micro size category. Discharge rate is on par with industry averages for competitive devices.
The offGRID 4000 isn’t as small or as light as others in the test like the myCharge RazorPlus 3000, the LithiumCard, or the Ventev PowerCell 3105c. It does not fit well in a wallet or hide indiscreetly in a pocket. Still, it delivers great battery life and performance for its size, sitting respectably in the middle of the pack of all devices tested.
Durability for the offGRID 4000 is average. The offGRID is constructed from a decent plastic/polycarbonate with a thin rubber-coating over most of the device which provides some impact resistance and improves grip to keep it from slipping out of loose hands. The offGRID handled our elementary impact, torsion, and compression tests well, but we did not subject it to more advanced/extreme measures due to the stress observed during initial tests.
Like all devices tested, the offGRID offers standard 1amp charging and integrated power level indicator lights. Where the offGRID differs, however, is by including a rubber-band around the case that neatly holds the USB and micro-USB charging cable.
In terms of battery life and power/performance for each dollar spent, Incipio’s offGRID 4000 is not only tops for its size class, it actually delivers twice the power for each dollar spent for any other device the micro charger category. The Incipio offGRID 4000 is a great portable charger for whom size and durability are less of a concern.
Gear Institute battery/power test results:
Discharge rate:.48% per minute
Overall battery life:268 minutes
– Per cubic inch:58.1 minutes
– Per ounce:83.8 minutes
– Per cubic inch/ounce:18.2 minutes
– Per dollar:8.9 minutes