We all imagine in investing on a powerbank that can charge all our devices, perhaps even including your big gadgets such as your laptop, speakers or even electric fan. Unfortunately if you would invest on a laptop powerbank, you might be investing more no less than 7 thousand pesos for one.
But meet Promate 120, a portable power generator for basic power backup. Interestingly for the Promate 120, it looks like a small generator and can even has an AC socket for appliances up to 200 watts.
Equipped with a lead acid type battery and an inverter inside, the Promate 120 is a 5.4kg portable battery to carry everywhere when needed. It’ body is made of a combination of red plastic and black rigid rubber body, which makes it look durable and not to mention it can handle a few bumps from time to time.
Powering up the Promate 120 is easy by choosing into two modes, one is the USB mode where all three USB ports on the left can charge devices up to 2.1A each. The other one is the inverter mode which converts the lead acid battery from DC current to AC current, providing one socket for devices up to 200W.
Upon opening the inverter mode, the small fan on the right side will open to provide cooling for the battery. Unfortunately, we find the fan quite noisy and provides a high pitch noise…believe us its annoying.
On the left is a compartment for your cables, there aren’t any cable provided except the charger but it fits inside the compartment. Which is very handy especially you won’t have to carry the unit’s charger in another storage.
Beside the charging ports for USB and AC socket, DC sockets similarly found in cars is also present. Very friendly if you have equipment in your car for DC sockets, you’ll be able to use it as well in the Promate 120 for those much needed moments.
Using the Promate 120’s DC socket was handy, last election we used the Promate 120 for uninterrupted usage of our laptop. We were able to squeeze additional 6 hours of juice on our laptop before reaching low battery level. In another occasion, we used it for running a 70W electric fan simulating a black out. With the fan on level 1 and charging one phone, we were able to squeeze around 4 hours before getting the low battery.
Charging the Promate 120 takes an average 12- 16 hours time, it might be long but pretty normal since you won’t use it that often. Overall given its features to charge USB devices, an AC socket for laptops, speakers, electricfan or anything less than 200W and DC socket for car based gadgets, you won’t get disappointed with the Promate 120.
Especially with you have gadgets and travels a lot, we recommend the Promate 120 for you. A lightweight, multiple charging and best of all is an affordable power generator for only Php5,999. A solar charger is also available for separate purchase to charge the promate 120, but unfortunately its not yet available in the market yet.
We encountered some of our friends saying “Then why don’t you just buy 2-3 20,000mAh powerbanks? It’s much cheaper that way”. Our reply to that is that this one is powered by a lead acid battery and not li-polymer battery simillarly found in powerbanks. To make it simple, the power capacity isn’t the same and converting Li-Polymer batteries into DC current is still expensive to do as compared from using a lead acid battery.
If you are interested in purchasing one, just visit https://www.facebook.com/PromatePH/ for more details. But if you feel the Promate 120 is a bit lacking in power, a bigger version is still available which is the Promate 240 with a feature to jumpstart cars is available for Php9,999.