Ack, I wandered too far around the internet last Thursday and bought myself another powerbank. Same as last time, the powerbank I bought is part of Lazada’s flash sale series as their way of introducing a new product into the market.
I was not aware that Asus had ventured off into portable charging solutions too until sometime this week. They’re a reputable company, and the price was affordable (it costs 60% less than the other powerbank I bought w/ a similar mAh capacity) so I thought to myself why not get one for myself?
The gist of Thursday’s happening was Lazada had a flash sale for the Asus ZenPower 10050 mAh powerbank from 12nn-onwards, or until the powerbanks were sold out. The powerbank is priced at Php 795 (vs. other powerbanks of the same capacity ranging from Php 900-up). Not sure if that price is introductory or it’s the SRP.
Another flash sale will happen this June 29 at 12nn (Manila time).. so if you weren’t able to pick up one the first time, there’s your chance!
Since this was a flash sale, I was not hopeful to get one in my preferred color. Heard there was a black version but it wasn’t in Lazada’s page (or maybe just not available in Asia? IDK)! I originally wanted the silver model so it matches my Xiaomi powerbanks but it wasn’t available anymore (as usual!) at the time of purchase. Only gold, pink, and blue variants were left and there’s no way in hell I will get a pink powerbank. 😛
I was ready to check out w/ my blue and gold orders when I was about to pay, it prompted that the blue model is already sold out. WTF! After a couple of instances I added/removed the items and being indecisive whether I should really get one or just patiently wait for another Xiaomi flash sale… I ended up checking out, selecting Cash on Delivery for ONE Asus ZenPower Gold powerbank.
See, the plan was to get TWO of these. But I suppose from previous flash sale events of Lazada, they might have put a limit of one order per color per customer to avoid people who hoard. Good (and I hate those hoaders who sell these hard to find items for twice its price online!), but maybe increase to at least two per person next time, yeah?
As per usual, ordering from their Lazada Philippines website was a breeze! I received timely updates from them. Show ▼
This afternoon, I finally received the package.. in Lazada’s new packaging bag. Before they would use third party couriers to ship their items. I guess now they do everything by themselves? I had a lol moment with the packaging, too. Read my comment on Instagram! 😛 Sorry if I may have offended @LazadaPH but it’s just my opinion. I hope you don’t blacklist me or delay my future orders. 😛
Moving on.. there wasn’t much to the contents inside since I was restricted to only getting one of this. 🙁 Lol. While I was still hesitant on purchasing this, I looked up reviews and other people’s impressions of this powerbank.
Here are the contents upon unboxing. One thing I noticed is the instruction manual that was included is so thick for a product with one function and takes only two (at most) steps to get it working. I didn’t even bother flipping through the booklet hehe.
On the other hand, I wish powerbanks included power adapters too.
Everyone mentions that it is as small as a credit card, and that it’s lightweight and easy to carry but no one mentioned how long it takes to recharge this, for one. I’d like to know because it’s a bigger capacity powerbank.
The color is a subtle shade of gold which is nice. Sorta like Champagne Gold, to compare it to Apple colors. I was expecting it’s going to be flashy, eye-catching shade of gold(?) that’s going to attract anyone who sees it (like when you point light to it and it will look shiny). It blends well next to the silver powerbank, they don’t clash with each other. From afar, it kinda looks silver too.
Also, the credit card comparison.. I don’t fully agree with it nor do I see it. It certainly looks too wide to be comparable to the size (in terms of width) of a credit card. The Xiaomi powerbank fits in that aspect better. (Throughout this post, I will be comparing the Asus to the Xiaomi 5200 mAh powerbank.)
Comparing it to a regular sized cigarette pack would be more realistic. This is my first impression of it tbh. I opened the box and held it, looked at it and immediately I was reminded of a pack of cigarettes…
and that I need to take a smoke break (just kidding).
It had around 50% of battery power left when I turned it on so I tried my phone with it. With what’s remaining, it was able to charge the phone back to 100% from 50% in 30 minutes or so (I dunno, I didn’t keep time of it strictly for the first use).
It is a bit heavier than the Xiaomi powerbank but given its larger capacity of 10050 mAh, this is considered light already. So, Asus was able to downsize the Xiaomi 10400 mAh, although losing a bit of power capacity, to a cigarette pack-sized lightweight powerbank.
I just hope it performs as good as its competitor. 🙂
It’s been two days since purchasing this and I like it so far. It’s handy to hold, love the form factor, nice color, and it feels premium for the price. I can charge fully charge my phone 6x. I’ve yet to find out how long it will take it charge the powerbank back to 100% capacity and for the powerbank to entirely lose battery before I can charge it.
Do tell me if you have an interesting story about a gadget you always bring with you (other than smartphones) 😉
PS: I am in the market for a fast charge plug/adapter sort of thing. Something like this: Romoss iCharger Adapter. I’m still unsure if I should buy this because I’m not too convinced if it’s actually fast charging. 😛
..If it’s a new and original/authentic adapter I need or a more quality USB cable. Those things factor into the time consumed when you’re charging phones and other devices and I just found out recently about it. That’s for another post, maybe.