So, you’re looking for a review of the iWALK PowerSquid, huh? Well, this little gadget was offered to me to review and I accepted! What initially caught my attention was the built in charging cables and the sleek design.
I couldn’t wait to put it to the test, having just finished a review of the iWALK model name here.
The PowerSquid is a power bank that comes with multiple charging ports, allowing you to juice up multiple devices simultaneously. It’s a handy device for those times when you’re on the go and need to charge your smartphone, tablet, or any other USB-powered device.
When I first opened up the box I was pleased to see that the iWALK marketing team have kept the box design consistent across their range. It’s a pleasure to unbox and the presentation of the device, once you lift the lid, is great.
It’s packaged in a tough exterior box and comes wrapped in a single use plastic sleeve, to protect it.
But honestly, the sleeve isn’t needed. Despite the single use plastic, I immediately liked this little device.
Build Quality & Design
Let’s dive right in, I’m really quite impressed by the build quality. It feels sturdy and well-made, with a solid construction that gives me confidence in its durability. The plastic used to make the PowerSquid seem to be of good quality, I really detest the idea of using cheap, brittle plastic to encase the batteries. They need to be well protected and they are in this instance.
There are no loose or flimsy components and neither are there any poorly fitted panels or rough finished plastic that could cause concern about how long this will last before it ends up in landfill. With that in mind, I definitely believe it’ll take daily abuse and general wear and tear.
The PowerSquid’s got a good, reassuring weight to it, without being too heavy. This helps in the portability department.
Speaking of being portable, it’s got a compact and portable design, making it easy to slip into a bag or pocket without adding much bulk.
The ports and connectors are firmly integrated into the device, although, if you do bite your nails, as I sometimes do, you might struggle to pop the cable out from its hiding place!
There is a USB-C and USB-A port at either end of the cylindrical shaped PowerSquid. It also looks as if the ports have been re-inforced, to help prevent damage around the edges of the insertion points.
I was worried about a potential failure point, in respect of the cables. However, they’re firmly attached to the device and they don’t show any concerning signs of weak points when plugging or unplugging your devices.
The PowerSquid features an LCD screen which displays the remaining battery life, allowing you to keep track of how much power is left, you don’t want to be caught short when you need power the most!
It’s super easy to read and bright enough, even on those very sunny days.
Although I like the LCD display, it does feel like the only weak point on the charger. Pressing against it with my finger, it does make a subtle yet distinctive plastic creaking noise. I really don’t think it’ll be an immediate failure point however, just one to keep in mind. Perhaps a bog-standard LED indicator light would have been better.
I really like the compact design and the white colourway, the combination of gloss and matt looks quite classy, in my opinion. I do feel like it could get quite dirty though, but a good microfibre cloth and a very light misting of cleaning spray should do the trick.
Now, onto arguably the most important part of my review. So, how well does the iWALK PowerSquid perform when it comes to charging your devices?
Well, to get straight to the point, it’s brilliant. It charges my iPhone incredibly quickly, using the PD Fast charge capability. Because it’s packing 9000mAh, it’ll charge your iPhone between 2 and 3 times, depending on the model.
I also hooked up the iPad Air and it charges that flawlessly too. It will just about charge the iPad Air to 100% before running out of juice. I feel for the price, it’s just ever so slightly short on capacity, I really do like the iWALK, I reckon it’d be a lot better if they boost the capacity to 10,000mAh, though.
How Much Is It And Where Can I Buy It
The iWALK PowerSquid is priced in the mid-range for power banks of its kind. You can find it on various online retailers, including Amazon, where it’s usually available. It’s worth checking different websites for the best deals and availability.
I do think it’s ever so slightly overpriced for the battery capacity, but you can get it on offer from Amazon for under £30. Hit the button below to check it out.
Summary & Verdict
This is a fairly a solid choice if you’re in need of a portable power bank with multiple charging ports. It’s build quality is impressive and the charging performance is reliable.
I can see this being one of my go to portable chargers.
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