4.5 / 5.037 ReviewsDurability4.6 / 5Reliability4.7 / 5Performance4.8 / 5Ease Of Use4.6 / 5Value4.3 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (28)No (3)Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesFlight Gear Backup BatteryDoes a great job and recharges quickly. It charges my iPad, iPhone, and MacBook Pro flawlessly.June 9, 2019Purchased
3 weeks agoDurability4 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesCrazy Amount of PowerI've only had this for about a month, but I put it to the test a couple weeks ago. I was able to charge my tablet (Samsung Tab S2 8") from dead twice and my cellphone (Samsung Galaxy S7) once from dead and another time from about 60%. Even after that, the LED indicators still showed 75%+ left in the battery.
I will echo others report that I'm a little disappointed it didn't come with a charger plug, and the cable that does come with it is too short to be of much use for anything. (The cable shown in the product photo is not what came with mine. Mine was about an 6-inch white cable, not the black one pictured. The product page does mention this at the bottom of the description and features section.) So, you'll want to make sure you've got a good charging plug to charge the battery.
Which brings me to the only other downside I found. Even with a 2.0 amp charger, it takes a very long time to charge. From essentially empty, it was close to 8 hours. Now, proper planning for overnight stays and so forth make this a non-issue, but it's something you should be aware of.
Otherwise, I can't really find anything I don't like about it. It performs great. Lots of juice for long flights and slips easily into the side pocket by my legs in a C172.June 2, 2019Purchased
1 month agoDurability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGood batteryBattery worked as advertised. I went on a flight with partially charged I-pad and connected to battery. Used IPad entire flight and ended up with higher charge than started. Battery actually charged better than aircraft power supply AND was able to eliminate cord crossing co-pilots feet/legs....one less wire in cockpit. Only used it once so far
Rating got minus one star as battery bigger than anticipated. Battery actually bigger than largest portable phones. However, I got a new knee board case to hold IPad and battery fit nicely into one of the pocketsJune 1, 2019Purchased
4 weeks agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesI would recommend this product to anyone in need of a auxiliary charging devise.it is well made and lives up to all of its claim'sApril 22, 2019Purchased
2 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?YesIt should be smaller to fit well on the kneeboardThe battery it’s great quality but the downside it’s too wide and large for the knee board to be stored. It’s should be advised to size on the product so you can make sure it will fit in your kneeboardApril 14, 2019Purchased
2 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability3 / 5Performance3 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?YesNot that impressed with the USB mini charger. It does not sit well in the side port. The contact wiggles out at timesMarch 19, 2019Purchased
3 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesTakes a long time to charge from depletedThis is a great device, with plenty of capacity to charge your devices. However, be advised that it does take a LONG time to charge fully from completely depleted. I would estimate that it takes approximately six hours or more to full charge. However, a great device.March 15, 2019Purchased
11 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesIt is about the size of a large iPhone. The various plug-in ports are well labeled and idiot proof.March 12, 2019Purchased
3 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesFlight Gear Battery BackupIt is a perfect backup for my I pad, using fore flight, my scout and the adapter for my headset to hear Fore Flight.February 20, 2019Purchased
4 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesWorks great, except for "pass-through" modeIt works great to charge my phone, iPad and even my MacBook.
It jumps to 9V and 12V output voltage on USB-C but not on the standard USB ports.
Charging the battery pack happens anywhere between 8 and 11.6 Watts on 5V depending on charger and cable used. The original iPad charger with a lightning cable only supplies 9W and the FlightGear charger supplies only 8 Watts via lightning cable. So expect longer charge times via lightning cables. Same lightning cable however is able to charge at 11 Watts with an Anker charger and same FlightGear or iPad charger is able to charge 11 Watts via USB-mini or USB-C cable.December 30, 2018Purchased
5 months ago
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Browse 18 questions Browse 18 questions and 27 answersDoes this battery backup support passthrough charging. Will it power a device and charge the battery at the same time?BEST ANSWER: Yes. For example, I flew from Centennial Airport (KAPA) to Eagle (KEGE) and had my iPad both plugged into the charger and also had the screen on bright the entire flight. When I landed my iPad battery was at a higher charge than when I started. Whoever said this thing can't charge an iPad with the iPad running is incorrect. Charging a device in use us the whole point of this thing.What is the total charge time when charged via USB-C?BEST ANSWER: The lighting cable will take approximately 12 hours to charge. the USB-C and Micro Micro will charge in approximately 7 hours.Does it come with a charger?BEST ANSWER: Includes micro USB charging cable. It does not include a charging plug but will work with any USB charger.If my IPad battery is reaching the end of its life, will this gadget by-pass the dead battery and still allow me to use my iPad, or will it only re-charge a good battery ?BEST ANSWER: No, the iPad battery will need to accept a charge for this to work. The iPad does not power directly from the external power source.Will it pass TSA inspection?BEST ANSWER: According to a TSA FAQ:
Lithium ion batteries (a.k.a.: rechargeable lithium, lithium polymer, LIPO, secondary lithium). Passengers may carry all consumer-sized lithium ion batteries (up to 100 watt hours per battery). This size covers AA, AAA, cell phone, PDA, camera, camcorder, handheld game, tablet, portable drill, and standard laptop computer batteries. The watt hours (Wh) rating is marked on newer lithium ion batteries and is explained in #3 below. External chargers are also considered to be a battery.
This battery pack is rated at 74wH so is under the 100wH limit. It should be OK.Being a lithium-ion battery, will Sporty’s ship it to Australia?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it can not be shipped outside of the US due to regulations concerning shipping batteries.If you charge it with a USB-C and a Lightning cable at the same time, does it charge faster?BEST ANSWER: No, it will only charge from one cable.Does the 4th LED light stay on when fully charged?BEST ANSWER: I have found that the Flight Gear Backup Battery will behave as follows: (1) If the unit is fully charged and connected to a device, then yes, the 4th LED light (actually all 4 lights) will remain on. (2) Once you disconnect the device, the LEDs will switch off within about 15 seconds. (3) If you just want to "test" the charge level (number of LEDs illuminated) with NO device connected, power the charger ON and the appropriate number of LEDs will illuminate for about 5 seconds, and then turn off automatically.
BTW, the 4 LED means that the Backup Battery is charged anywhere between 75-100% (i.e., not necessarily "fully charged").What is output voltage - 5V?BEST ANSWER: On the standard USB ports, the voltage is 5.0 V but on the USB-C port, the voltage is negotiated with the device. A smartphone may get 9V, a MacBook gets 12V (with a heavy duty USB-C / USB-C cable - not with the thin one that the MacBook comes with).Can I used the back up battery even if the battery of my I pad is not charging at all ?BEST ANSWER: If the battery is completely discharged then no.What is the length of the charging cable? Thanks.BEST ANSWER: Approximately 6 inches.Does this item also charge a Stratus 3?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will charge the Stratus 3.What are the dimensions of this battery?BEST ANSWER: Measures 7.75” x 3.75” x 0.5” and weighs less than 1 lb.What is the standby life of this unit (i.e. how long will it hold its charge without being plugged in or used?BEST ANSWER: We expect that the charge will remain for at least 6 months. The Lithium-ion battery will discharge over time without being connected to a device.How long is the warranty?BEST ANSWER: Is is warranted for one year.Is it possible to monitor the charge remaining in the Flight Gear Backup Battery?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it has a status indicator.How many iPad mini recharges (from empty) will this charger support before it needs to be recharged?BEST ANSWER: It will charge the iPad 3-4 times.What’s the main difference between this power bank and this “USB C Power Bank 26800mAh Portable Charger 20000, 3 Inputs (5V 1.5A 2A 2.6A) & 4 iSmart Outputs (5V 2.4A 3A) Type C Battery Pack for MacBook, Nintendo Switch, Galaxy S8, Google Pixel, iPhone, iPad” available on popular e-commerce site?
It seems to have the same form factor with more storage capacity at half the cost.
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