UMPC Accessory Test: Ultimate-Netbook U2o Universal Power Pack and UMPC Holder. 10% off.

Updated on 18 May 2009 by

umtest1Ultimate-Netbook, a big accessory retailer based in Europe, has just announced a 10% discount code (Psst – Use the offer code WEBultra mobile PC to get the discount) for our readers so now would probably be the best time to tell you about two Ultimate-Netbook products that I’ve had for a while. A universal power pack and a universal car mount. For anyone into mobile computing, these two products are well worth considering.

u20 Power bank

The first of the two products i’ve tested is now one of my always-with-me accessories and really, if you’re mobile, you’ve got to get one of these. Similar to the Tekkeon Power Bank that I smoked last year, this is the U2o 13200mah Universal External Battery, a 50wh battery pack with 19v input and multiple, switchable voltages on the output. Also included are a range of adaptors and a USB port which allows you to attach a range of USB-charging devices. I’ve even added a secondary set of adaptors to my kit and it covers almost every device I’ve got that runs on 9v or above. I’ve been testing a sample of the U20 since late last year.

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U20 universal power bank. Click to enlarge.

Charging the device is simple. Just use a standard 19v adaptor. (This is not supplied. I use the adaptor that cam with my Medion Akoya / MSI Wind) and leave to charge. The 4-stage indicator lights tell you when it’s charge. To use, select the correct voltage and then connect the device using one (or a combination) of the adaptors. Press the button on the device to turn the unit on. The indicator lamps show you how much charge is left (press the button when you want to see the remaining charge.)

There are a number of reasons I find this a excellent product:

  • One battery, multiple device. No messing around buying expensive batteries for every device.
  • Charge in serial. If you’ve got extra batteries and you haven’t got an external charger, you’ll know about the problems of preparing both batteries for a day out. It requires two charging sessions and more often than not, it means swapping that batteries at an awkward time of the day. The U20 can be plugged in and be charging, while also acting as the charger for your device.
  • Leave multiple DC adaptors at home. The U20 requires one 19v DC adaptor (not supplied)
  • Charge devices in your bag. Phones, UMPCs. I’ve tested this out on a number of occasions. Be aware of airflow requirements for some devices.
  • Value for money. This is cheaper than many dedicated solutions.
  • Tested with Medion Akoya, Gigabyte Touchnote, Fujitsu Loox (additional adaptor) Samsung UMPCs.

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Some points to note:

  • 5V output limited to 500ma. This won’t run UMPCs or netbooks that require a 5V input but can be used for mobile phones and other devices that can charge over USB.
  • No simultaneous USB / DC output. Get round this problem by charging your USB device from the device you are charging. (Only works with some devices in standby where USB power is still available.)
  • Additional loss. Running a device from a power-bank is not as efficient as running a device from the internal battery due to the additional DC-DC electronics. You’ll also lose energy if the PC is charging AND running at the same time. (estimated 10-20%)
  • The device only turns on when a load is attached. Low-low devices are not detected. My mobile phone, for example, doesn’t charge over the USB on the device I have. (note that I have a sample. Other people have had success with charging mobile phones.)
  • No 9V output
  • I don’t have the USB adaptor set with this sample. See this 4Win review for images of the retail packaging.
  • 50wh will power the average netbook for about 4 hours while in-use but only about half of that if it is also charging the devices battery at the same time.
  • The most efficient way to use the power pack is to remove the device battery or to use the power bank when the device battery is already fully charged. Beware, if you remove the battery and accidentally pull the cable out, the device turns off!

Specs:

  • Output voltage:DC 5V/12V/16V/19V
  • Product size:180x84x23.5mm
  • Product weight:430g
  • Price: 89.59 Euro (Don’t forget the 10% offer which brings it down to 80.63 Euro)

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8 Comments For This Post

  1. johnkzin says:

    For the U2o:

    on “things to note”, the 2nd bullet item just ends with “Get round this problem by”. You probably meant to say something like “Get around this by charging the USB device on the netbook/UMPC while it’s charging from the U2o”.

    Sounds like a great device. I have a Samsung Q1U, which you seem to imply will work with this. I also just acquired a Dell Vostro A90 (Dell Mini 9). Any idea if the Dell will work with it? I’d love to be able to use the extra/travel Samsung charger cable I have to charge this battery, and then just charge my Dell (or Samsung) from this battery. It would give me both an extended external battery for the Dell (or Samsung) and not require that I buy ANOTHER set of travel chargers for the Dell.

    It would be an extra bonus if my G1 can also charge via its USB port.

    * use the extra Samsung Q1U charger in my gadget bag to charge the battery (and Dell or Samsung, depending on what I’m carrying) when I’m away from home.

    * use the Dell charger to charge the battery (and the Dell) when I’m at my desk

    * use the original Samsung charger to charge the battery (and the Samsung) when I’m on my couch.

    * use the battery to charge my Dell, Samsung, or G1 when I’m out and about and need an extra battery boost.

    That would be pretty amazing.

  2. Chippy says:

    You got it! Thanks.

    I think JKK has both the u2o and the Dell. He’s doing some testing so keep an eye on jkkmobile.com

  3. johnkzin says:

    On the “Universal” Mount:

    It looks like devices with a Dell Mini style hinge are the ones that wont work with it (seems inappropriate for them to call “Universal” when it’s not quite universal ;-) ).

    What I’m really looking for is a desktop netbook mount. Maybe something out of a very thick wire frame, that folds up? or flat plastic pieces that fold and click into place? I want it to fit in my gadget bag and take it with me. Anyone know of something like that? (with URLs)

  4. Joshua Meduri says:

    Chippy I have a question. I just bought a Everrun s16s when you said that: “5V output limited to 500ma. This won’t run UMPCs or netbooks that require a 5V input but can be used for mobile phones and other devices that can charge over USB.”

    So this won’t charge the s16s will it? Doesn’t the s16s require a 5v input.

    And anther question is, the battery doesn’t have its own charger?! Does it just need a standard main lead like the one that connects to the wind powerbrick or does in need a entire power brick to charge? The reason I asked was because one of the main reason that I was going to purchase this device was to get rid of the LARGE(in relation to the s16s) OEM powerbrick in exchange for more battery life in my kit, not to mention the versatility.

    Thanks

  5. Cherimoya says:

    Just to say I think Chippy must have had a non-retail version because mine did come with a AC adaptor – a small UK 3pin plug. It’s probably worth checking with the reseller you intend to use.

  6. Volker mit V says:

    My first contact with ultimateaddons-uk.co.uk wasn´t very good – Order canceld, because of different credit card/shipping address, although the order was under 100 EUR.

  7. kangikbal says:

    wow…it’s great power yeah…

    I have a tablet pc lifebook P1610 3.5G, for reason of mobility I need long battery. Is it really (effective) longlife 11 hours?

    I live in Indonesia, where I can store this battery? I wanna buy directly here without payment of visa or credit card.

    Please send info’s as soon as possible.

    Thank you.

    Sincerely yours,

    MUHAMMAD IKBAL
    JAKARTA INDONESIA
    +62817 875 470
    +62251 8555609
    m_ikbal_ma@yahoo.com

  8. Steve 'Chippy' Paine says:

    @Fleinsbach It's my multi-voltage power pack. Works with netbook and other devices. Info here. http://bit.ly/cbC40K

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