Usage and Testing
The first thing you’ll need to do is charge the MagicStick and when charging the LED will light up red and then charge to blue when it’s fully charged. Charge time will vary according to how much capacity the battery has left, it took about two hours for it to charge for me.
To test it I charged my HTC One Android phone. Using it is very simple, I used the included cable as the HTC One charges over microUSB, just plug one end into the MagicStick and the other into your device and it will start charging your device automatically.
Charge time will vary depending on the remaining battery capacity of your device, it seems to take the same amount of time with the MagicStick as it does over my regular USB cable connected to my computer so no surprises there.
One thing I noticed and one thing I don’t like about the MagicStick is that there is no indicator on it to let you know it’s charging. Yes my phone has an indicator that shows it’s charging but there’s nothing on the MagicStick that does. It’s not a big deal but it would be nice to have a visual indication that it’s working. You can press the button when charging and it will show you the remaining charge via the color of the LED.
According to the specs the MagicStick should offer two full charges, but that depends on the device you’re charging. My HTC One has a 2300mAh battery in it and it was at about 3/4 charge when I used it with the MagicStick and when charge was full the MagicStick LED was green meaning it was between 30% and 70% capacity.
The Super MagicStick has a standard USB port on it so as long as you have the cable that came with your device you can charge it. Yes you don’t have to use the microUSB cable that came with it for charging your stuff, but you’ll need to keep the cable handy for actually charging the MagicStick.
The price of the Super MagicStick is about $40 on average and that’s a bit high for a 2800mAh battery. The RavPower Luster that I reviewed not long is a 3000mAh battery and it sells for about $20, the D8 iBag that I reviewed also is an 8000mAh and it sells for less than $30, the there’s the RavPower 14000mAh battery and it sells for about $42.
The RavPower Luster is very similar in shape and size to the MagicStick, it’s virtually the same size really, but the Luster also features an excellent flashlight built into it along with the 3000mAh battery and, again, it only sells for about $20, or about half the price of the Super MagicStick.
In my opinion the Powerocks Super MagicStick is overpriced when compared to other offering on the market.