Kmashi Victor K1 ReviewJune 15, 2016
- Excellent battery life
- Low cost for its size
- Outstanding value
- Relatively large and heavy
- Limited durability
If durability isn't a huge concern, the Kmashi Victor K1 is a good portable charger for everyday use. For a few dollars more, however, readers may want to consider the Kmashi MP806, which offers considerably higher durability and battery life in roughly the same size.
Battery life for the Victor K1 is excellent. In our ‘real world’ tests, the K1 survived for a full 280 minutes, and was bested only by its slightly larger cousin, the Kmashi MP806. Discharge rate is approximately 20% slower than the industry average for competing devices, but this does not seem to impact overall performance.
While the K1 did not deliver the most power per cubic inch, it did earn a respectable second place and out of all small portable chargers tested. The K1 was best in class, however, for delivering the most power per ounce.
The Kmashi Victor K1 is constructed mostly of plastic, with a very thin rubberized coating. Unfortunately, the plastic is thin and does not appear to be high-density, and damaged easily in impact tests. The K1 appears suitable for everyday use, but readers in need of a more durable battery may be advised to look elsewhere.
The K1 offers a 1 amp output and integrated power level indicators, but does not provide additional features like an LED flashlight or integrated charge cables found in similarly sized competitors.
The Kmashi Victor K1 is best-in-class for power per dollar spent among all small size portable chargers tested. Overall, it is an excellent buy. However, for a few dollars more, readers may want to look at Kmashi’s MP806, which provides significantly better durability and battery life, and also includes an integrated LED flashlight.
Gear Institute Battery/Power Test Results
Discharge rate:.4% per minute
Overall battery life:280 minutes
– Per cubic inch:52.83 minutes
– Per ounce:58.33 minutes
– Per cubic inch/ounce:11 minutes
– Per dollar:25.48 minutes