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Rechargeable battery / charger for MP4 players, phones etc

#1
got a fantastic bit of kit and just wanted to share!

i had to do a handful of 17hr flights recently, and wanted a backup battery for my Creative Zen MP4 player. it is dead handy for watching films etc, but even though the battery life is great (4hrs watching video) - obviously this would only do me for a quarter of the flight.

so i was looking for an external battery / charger for it. i looked around for tech specs etc and did quite a search. in terms of size vs charge capacity, i was only realistically expecting to find something that gave me another four or five hours, to be honest.

anyway, i bit the bullet and bought something called a Pines MP-530 battery pack. it costs £34.90 on Amazon and the link is here http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0030434CE/?tag=armrumser-21

it fits in your pocket, has tons of adapters etc - all the kind of thing i expected. but what i did NOT expect was the performance.

i plugged it in to my Zen and left it playing videos continuously - i wanted to see how much it extended the battery life. in the end, i had to re-start my test because it just kept going and going. so i charged it all up again and started over, listing every film it played and film length.

impressive? well, the base battery life of the Zen is about 4 hrs. with this little gadger attached, the battery life increased to... wait for it... 23.5 hours!!! and that's not some manufacturers claim - that's me, playing it on constant video with full volume to see how long it would last.

so - absolutely delighted with this bit of kit. i flew back the other day, 17hr flight, and when i landed it still had 60% charge left (wasn't watching vids constantly). i used to use a little charger that took 4 x AAA batteries, and for that flight i would go through the Zen internal battery, plus 3 sets of AAA batteries.

not really one for posting reviews, recommendations etc - but this little thing has impressed the hell out of me. i would happily have paid double the price for it, if i'm honest. size, connectors etc - fine. battery life? fucking brilliant - "tick VG". :D
 

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#2
Sounds impressive,

I'd like to see how well this compares to any of the solar recharge items. Apparently the place I'm off to has a fair bit of sunshine (you'd think someone would have mentioned it before now)
 
#5
out of interest, which Zen do you have CRCR or does it have connectors for the older Zen's as well as newer ones? Got a Zen Vision:M myself, battery life is starting to deteriorate so would be great to give it a reasonable life!
 
#6
Just about to order for my first 2 weeks training as a TA SUT... cheers for the review. Looks way better than the power monkey I've been thinking about buying, and 10 quid cheaper! Muchos gracias!
 
#7
Acidcrash said:
out of interest, which Zen do you have CRCR or does it have connectors for the older Zen's as well as newer ones? Got a Zen Vision:M myself, battery life is starting to deteriorate so would be great to give it a reasonable life!
i've got an old Zen Vision M myself. just checked for you and yes, there is a connector for it (4th adapter from left in photo). i still use the Vision M for output to TV - 60GB capacity and can stick dozens of DVDs on there.

just for interest, i have now ordered a Zen X-Fi 2. does the TV output (which the zen doesn't) but has the size advantage of the Zen. plus like the zen, it's liquid memory rather than hard drive - so it's far less prone to crashing than the old Vision M. it's £129 for the 32GB variant on the creative website.

so back to your question - yes, it's got the vision M connector.
 
#9
I bought an ipod charger from ebay. £4.99 inc postage. Takes 2xAA batteries (I've 1000's of them as I steal from work regularly) and gives another 6 hrs or so on the ipod when watching movies.
 

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