IOGEAR GearPower GMP1001B Review
The IOGEAR GearPower GMP1001B charger conspicuously lacks a connector for devices powered by micro-USB, which is on its way to becoming the worldwide standard for cell phones. But you can pick up an adapter for a few bucks extra and still not spend as much as you would for a similar charger.
The IOGEAR GearPower GMP1001B is the cheapest mobile device charger we found that can still run with the rest of the pack. It boasts a 2,000 mAh lithium polymer battery that the specs say will fully charge two devices before needing a recharge. But one IOGEAR GearPower GMP1001B review on Amazon is skeptical, and after trying to charge two devices with a fully charged GearPower GMP1001B, the user questions whether the stated battery capacity is accurate. A battery with 2,000 mAh is certainly a lot of power for the price, and other IOGEAR GearPower GMP1001B reviews indicate users are satisfied with the external battery's performance. On Newegg, for example, one user writes that the GearPower GMP1001B almost fully charges a 2G phone after playing back a couple of movies and another reports that it kept a cell phone juiced during a day when the device was called upon to supply GPS and music services and support the Wikitude app. In short, users say they can count on this compact and low-cost mobile device charger to provide decent backup when and where they need it.
The biggest knock on the IOGEAR GearPower GMP1001B is that it lacks a connector for devices that charge via micro USB, which is already the universal standard for phones in Europe and on its way to being adopted in the U.S. Some users find this a real irritant, according to IOGEAR GearPower GMP1001B reviews, but others are unfazed. First of all, you can pick up an adapter for only a few bucks. The company also notes that the product comes with a USB type A female tip, which you can then plug into a micro-USB cable to charge a device. We also found a user review on Newegg that describes a cheap DIY fix that involves some cutting, stripping, connecting, and tying a micro-USB cable. Note that the IOGEAR GearPower GMP1001B comes with five other connectors that are compatible with a variety of devices, including cell phones, Bluetooth headsets, and digital cameras, but you have to use your own USB charging cable for Apple devices.
IOGEAR GearPower GMP1001B reviews also indicate that users appreciate the LED lights that let you know how much power is left and the accessory bag for the adapters. This cheap mobile device charger also comes with built-in short-circuit, overcharge, and temperature protection. It's the lightest charger we looked at, weighing just an ounce, and its feather-like weight wins positive notice in GearPower GMP1001B reviews at B&H.
If you can overlook the missing micro-USB cable, a better mobile device charger for the price would be hard to find.