Been using this mobile battery pack for iPhone 4 called Venus by a China-based company Noontec. This device will also work perfectly for iPhone 4S, so if you guys are looking for a portable battery pack — read on CTB’s review and see it for yourself if you can add this in your buying list.
The build of this mobile battery pack feels plasticky in the outside, yet it is light-weight and compact. Noontec says this device is available in a multi-colour choice, but the review unit I got has a combination of black and yellow which I personally liked.
The curves in the sides make the Venus look stylish, but I believe Noontec designed that way so it will keep the iPhone from moving sideways. When docked, the iPhone still reveals the entire antenna frame except the bottom part; and the mute as well as the volume buttons of the iPhone are accessible except for the SIM tray in the opposite side.
The camera and LED flash are fitted within the hole at the back, and since the wall isn’t reflective, you still got high quality photos from your shots.
The USB port is located at the bottom where you insert the charger.
Noontec’s Venus Mobile Battery Pack has been designed to integrate itself to the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S effortlessly. The standard Apple dock connector is positioned well at the bottom so it fits well to the port every time you slide on and insert the handset.
I just find the Venus holding the iPhone too tight that sometimes I really have to apply enough force when I’m about to remove the handset.
The Venus Mobile Battery Pack for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S is basically designed to offer extended battery life of the handset. The iPhone 4 battery is rated to offer up to 7 hours on 3G and up to 14 hours on 2G, while the new iPhone 4S’ is claimed to offer up to 8 hours on 3G and up to 14 hours on 2G.
Surprisingly, when I did an experiment with my iPhone 4 using Venus, the phone lasts more or less 24 hours since fully charged. And that’s even when the iPhone 4 has 15 to 20 apps running in the background, and both 3G and Wi-Fi turned on.
As a blogger, I always have several apps running at a time including the core Messages and Mail apps, Safari with multi-tabs, Skype, Facebook, FB Messenger, Twitter, Viber, Blogger, WordPress, Foursquare, and etc. With just the iPhone’s battery itself, I only have more or less 8 hours before the handset totally dies; even shorter when I launch Google Maps when I need it.
Using Venus is very easy and straighforward. At about 4-5 degrees, just slide in and insert the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S into the dock connector until it fits in, connect the micro-USB cable at the bottom, and plug in the other end of the cable to any standard USB port. Venus is rated to accept 5V at 500mA as its input power, so you guys can still use the charger that originally comes with the iPhone 4/4S in the package. It can handle a massive 2200mAh of energy, enough to at least double the life of your phone’s battery. Better yet, it doesn’t dissipate much heat when charging.
Another good thing with Venus as a portable battery pack for iPhone 4 / 4S is you can also use it as a protective case; but I’m not totally impressed with that because it’s just too bulky to carry.
Playing music and videos isn’t compromised though as there’s a pair of holes for the loudspeaker.
There’s also a LED power-state indicator at the lower left side for battery checking. And when you re-charge Venus or even both the iPhone’s battery and Venus mobile battery pack — it automatically disconnects to prevent overcharging once the battery is full.
Other security features of Venus includes short-circuit protection, anti-overcharge, and anti-discharge.
Noontec’s Venus Mobile Battery Pack for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S is certainly an answer to those who always run out of battery. This device retails in Philippine local stores for Php 1,999 – and though it may appear to be quite expensive for some, at least you really get the true value for money. Its primary purpose is to bring back your iPhone to life, but the design is appealing that you may consider it as alternative casing for your handset.
Stylish and multi-coloured
High charging capacity (2200mAh)
The build is light-weight and compact
Comes with security features like LED indicator
Can still capture photos without removing the battery pack
Mute and volume buttons are still accessible
SIM tray isn’t accessible when charging
Appears to be bulky due to thickness
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