UNU’s collection of fast-charging battery packs are awesome for that long flight, road trip, or charging your device anywhere outlets just aren’t convenient. How fast is fast? The UNU Ultrapak Tour can fill itself with enough power to charge a typical smartphone from empty to full in just 15 minutes. That’s so fast, you can only do something that takes 15 minutes in the time it takes this thing to charge up to full.
- keep your phone going on road trips
- watch videos through long flights
- charge anywhere in the house
- charge multiple devices at once
- impress your crush
Let’s compare the UNU Ultrapak Tour 10,000mAH and the UNU Superpak 10,000mAh portable charger packs. Both have the same amount of battery power and competition-slaughtering charging speeds, but one is better than the other (we just know it) and we’re going to figure out which one that is.
UNU Ultrapak Tour vs. UNU Superpak Comparison
|UNU Superpak||UNU Superpak Tour|
|Weight||5.6 oz||8.5 oz|
|Self-charging speed||"2x the speed of a normal pack"||"8x faster than the competition"|
|Charging time from empty to full||A few hours||95 minutes|
|Power indicator||4 LED dots||LED display with segmented battery icon, time until fully charged|
|Smartphone charge from empty to full||300-600%||300-600%|
|Tablet charge from empty to full||100%||100%|
|Advantages over the other||Smaller size, included adapter for micro USB to Lightning connector||Better on-unit display, charges itself faster, small on-unit flashlight|
|Disadvantages over the other||Charges itself more slowly, no flashlight, simpler remaining power display||More expensive, bring your own cable(s), uses a proprietary charging cable|
Note that when UNU says their device charges “8x faster” than the competition, that means the battery pack itself charges faster, not your phone/tablet. Got that? Your phone can only charge as fast as its firmware will allow (you don’t want it to melt into a puddle of slag, do you?) and phones, tablets, cameras, Kindles, etc, all have different charging times, but the UNU packs are smart enough to throttle the charging to suit the device.
UNU Ultrapak Tour 10000mAh Portable Charger External Battery Pack Review
The “Tour” model costs more than the Superpak model, but you get a better LED display and a much faster battery pack charge time. The entire thing can charge to full in about an hour and a half, and in 15 minutes it can fill itself with enough power to fully charge a typical smartphone.
The LED display in particular is pretty awesome. The display has a segmented battery icon and a numerical display that tells you how long until the battery pack is fully charged. Like the Superpak, the Ultrapak Tour can charge two devices simultaneously. Unlike the Superpak, the Ultrapack Tour does not include a “2 in 1″ charger cable (micro usb / Lightning).
5.5″ long x 3″ wide x 3/4” thick
UNU Superpak 10000mAh 3.1A Portable Charger External Battery Pack Review
Sort of a budget model version of the UNU Ultrapak Tour, the UNU Superpak costs less even though it has the same charging capacity.
What’s up with that? The tradeoff here is that the Superpak (this one) charges more slowly than the Ultrapak and this one’s LED display isn’t as good. Compared to competitor battery packs, the Superpak has a more durable-feeling case and a very small body size (fits in your hand).
The Superpak’s “display” is just a series of four dots, so you don’t get the cool “time until charging is complete” display like you get on the Ultrapak. Still, for less than half the price, maybe the tradeoffs are worth it if you don’t use it daily or plan to only let it charge overnight, or just don’t care about that level of detail on your external battery.
The “2 in 1” micro USB / Lightning cable is a nice touch but we here at LBG.com tend to carry our cables with us anyway, so having one more wasn’t a huge selling point.
Go with the UNU Ultrapak Tour – the faster charging time will save you so much hassle, and the device isn’t that much larger or heavier than the Superpak. In just 15 minutes, the UNU Ultrapak Tour can charge itself enough to turn around and charge a typical smartphone to full.
If you’re on a really tight budget, though, the Superpak is beats out many competitor models thanks to its included “2 in 1” cable, metal body case, and the strength of the Apple Certified UNU name behind it.