Turcom Laptop Charger Review – External Battery Pack
The Turcom TS-282 33600 mAh External Battery Pack is a portable USB power bank designed for laptops, notebooks and tablets etc.
On its release, Turcom was confident that this laptop charger would be a major player in the market. Unfortunately as days passed after the initial released, less appraisal and more criticism have what paved its way.
Though its build quality looks awesome and possesses ‘feel good’ properties owing to its metal case and solid battery, the downside is a really flimsy On-Off switch. Apparently, it appears that Turcom has really tried to elevate its profit margin and cut off its manufacturing cost by resorting to a cheap plastic switch but what they failed to realize is that this switch thing is an Achilles Heel for the users who spend their hard earned money on this and this little flaw can make a potentially good device useless.
Slick and Slim:
If you mind the extra weight along with yourself while travelling or going on picnic or hiking, then this powerbank may not be the best option for you.
Though not as arduous and backbreaking as other chargers are, the Turcom battery backup is quite slim and compact bearing dimensions of 11*3*7 millimeters, considering the huge battery capacity.
Though according to some users, the device occasionally malfunctions while charging the devices, but we didn’t run into any such problem.
A regular average laptop battery lights up the laptop for 4.5 hours approx. and this life cycle is witnessed during regular usage. One tester used a laptop that bears a 6 cells 4400 mAh built in battery having output voltage of 48 Wh 10.8 Volts. Bear in mind, Turcom external battery features capacity of 33600 mAh with output voltage of 15-20V 125Wh.
For the sake of experiment, one user charged the Turcom battery up to its full capacity and plugged it into his laptop while there was no regular battery at that time in the laptop. Surprisingly he surpassed the 5 hours of intense usage.
After a 3 hour break, (with laptop running), he continued to use the laptop again for 5 more hours until it got dead. This comes out to 10 hours usage and 3 hours standby. Keep in mind that Gaming and Videos streaming drains battery at very fast pace, but 10 hours plus on a charge is wonderful. Overall we were satisfied with the capacity of this external battery package.
Though this product bears 1 year product warranty, our research has shown that if you get your hands on a malfunctioning product, do not expect that Turcom will not respond to the issues you are facing with its product. They do respond, just not timely. So if you do have a product/technical program and need to contact support, you may be in for a delay. So consider weighing the ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ before spending $119.00.
The following is product specification table designed for giving you bird’s eye view:
|3||Portable Laptop Charger||Yes|
|4||Dimensions (LWH)||11*3*7 inches|
|7||Input Current Voltage||DC 15-20V 1.2A|
|8||Output Voltage||DC 15-20V ; 125 Wh|
|10||Micro USB Connector||Yes|
|12||Built in USB Charging Cable||Yes|
|17||Short Circuit Protection||Yes|
|18||Number of Devices it can charge simultaneously||9|
|19||Rated Charge Time||8 times|
|20||No. of batteries||2|
Turcom Laptop Charger Review… The Bottom Line?
While the Turcom TS-282 33600 mAh External Battery Pack does have a huge battery capacity… with the flimsy On-Off switch, and unsatisfactory customer support, for this Turcom laptop charger review, we unfortunately do have to give it a ‘thumbs down’.
If – in a future version of this device, Turcom fixes the switch issue, and improves their support delay… they would have an excellent portable power back available for laptops, notebooks, tablets and cellphones.
Consider Our Laptop Charger Recommendation…
Another option that is indeed an excellent choice to count on, would be the ALLPowers Portable Solar Laptop Charger.
The ALLPowers Solar power bank features a smaller 7200mAh battery backup, but it is much lighter and 7200 mAh is ample amount of power for a laptop. (Users have reported 3-4 charges with most laptops.)
The On-Off switch works perfectly as it should and a great feature is it can charged not only with a USB port, but also with it’s built in solar panel.
With a $106.99 price tag, the Allpowers charger is about $13.00 less than the Turcom TS-282, so that is another plus.
Before taking Allpowers power bank out along with you, make sure that it is fully charged. Get the most out of sunny weather and put your product in the rear window of car or if you are at home, placement on window ledge would work great.
The fact that the this device can be charged by either solar energy, or like most power banks, a standard USB port, gives you more than one charging option… a very handy option indeed.