Scosche goBat 6000 ReviewFebruary 18, 2016
- Outstanding durability
- Outstanding waterproofness
- Relatively lightweight
- Low overall battery life
- Relatively expensive
Though the Scosche goBat 6000 doesn’t excel in battery life, its ‘military grade’ housing is by far the most durable and waterproof charger we’ve tested, regardless of size category. Overall the goBat is a no-frills mid-size charger that can handle extreme conditions, and is an outstanding buy.
The Scosche goBat’s overall battery life is low compared to competitors, offering only 196 minutes of power in our intensive ‘real world’ tests. Only the Kmashi 3-in-1 and the ChoeTech 3-in-1 delivered less overall battery life. Discharge rate is on par with competing devices, however.
In terms of power per cubic inch and ounce, the goBat also scores lower than competitors, and ranking third-to-last place among mid-size chargers.
Where the Scosche goBat 6000 really shines is durability. The packaging advertises ‘Military Spec 810G Drop/Shock construction’, and the device did not disappoint in our impact, compression, or torsion tests: it was the most durable device of any we tested, regardless of size or weight category. The goBat also offers IP68 waterproofing, the highest of any portable charger tested. Unlike designs in competing devices, USB charging ports are protected by a cover that latches tightly and securely, even under impact or duress. In terms of durability, it’s hard to find a better device.
In terms of features, aside from the waterproofness, the Scosche goBat is bare bones, offering only 2.4 amp charging and a metal loop for a tie or carabiner to attach to gear.
In terms of value, the Scosche goBat delivers less than average power per dollar spent. However, when accounting for the goBat’s outstanding durability, it makes sense to cost a bit more.
Gear Institute Battery/Power Test Results:
Discharge rate:.47% per minute
Overall battery life:196 minutes
– Per cubic inch:18.22 minutes
– Per ounce:26.13 minutes
– Per cubic inch/ounce:2.43 minutes
– Per dollar:2.8 minutes