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Taking the BlackBerry 2100mAh power charger bundle for a spin

A useful accessory to go with your BlackBerry 10 smartphone
By DJ Reyes on 29 Apr 2014 12:59 pm EDT
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Every version of a BlackBerry 10 smartphone, with the exception of the BlackBerry Q5, had a charger bundle released alongside it. The charger bundle comes with an extra battery and a case in which you can charge the battery. It could be used as a portable charger or you could just swap out the battery. What is great about these charger bundles is that you can charge both the bundle and your device at the same time. Much like legacy BlackBerry charger bundles. With the BlackBerry Z30 not having a removable battery, its matching charging bundle does the same. It's just a portable power charger.

I purchased both the BlackBerry Z10 charger bundle and the BlackBerry Q10 one (although I have since passed this on) when I used those devices but when I got a BlackBerry Z30, with its excellent battery life, I didn't really need it. However, I recently got hold of one and thought I'd do a quick write up on it. It's nothing special but for anyone interested in getting one, here are my thoughts.

It's a 2100mAh charger. Much like the Q10 bundle. While that is lower than the 2880mAh you have on your BlackBerry Z30, you're only going to use it to top up, so it will suffice. Plus, the BlackBerry Z30 in itself has great battery life, so you may not even have to use it often. 

Just like with the Z10 and Q10 charger bundles you have the pull out cable to charge up your device, it just doesn't have a removable battery. Is it worth it? I always like to have something around to help top up my battery when I'm out and about, especially for long days, it gives me peace of mind. If you're the same, I'd recommend getting one. However, if you already own a Q10 charger bundle, that will essentially do the same thing, so I'd stick with that if you do have one.

Features

  • Power capacity: 2100mAh
  • Intigrated cable: MicroUSB
  • MicroUSB output for spare device or charger
  • Power level indicator light
  • Slim and sleek design
  • Easily portable and storable
  • Input: 5.0V - 2.0A
  • Output: 5.0V - 1.0A *Battery type: Lithium Ion

It's a nice small size and slips into a pocket easily and it's not heavy to it won't take up too much room wherever you carry it. On my recent trip to London it came in very handy and I used it often to top up my Q10. My Z30 is currently out of commission). And it charges up your device quick fast too.

The LED indicator is also very useful. If it's green then you've got 100% charge. If it's lighting up yellow then you have between 25%-75% juice left and anything below that, it will have a red indicator.

The Good
  • Great for a quick battery top up, whichever device you're carrying
  • Small and lightweight
  • Can charge the bundle and device at the same time
The Bad
  • A little awkward to use device whilst charger bundle is plugged in
The bottomline

Even though this charger bundle was released in conjunction with the BlackBerry Z30, you can use it with any BlackBerry 10 device. However, if you're a Z10 or Q10 user and prefer to be able to swap out your battery rather than just juice it up, then I would get the matching device charger bundle. I know for many Z30 users, the battery lasts the whole day and for those people, you probably won't need this accessory but if you feel that you want that backup, for those unforeseen situations, I highly recommend purchasing this charger bundle.

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Reader comments

Taking the BlackBerry 2100mAh power charger bundle for a spin

77 Comments

I agree, a new Z30 with removable battery is my next wished workhorse device, even if battery size cannot be as big.
I do like the Z30 but today I still prefer to quickly swap my smaller Z10 battery by the end of the day(or when required) then to be hook to a wall or any kind of charger for 1 or 2 hours.

Posted via CB10

Agree, every BlackBerry released needs to have a removable battery and expandable storage if they want to entice users. At this point they cannot give users any reason to dismiss BlackBerry as an option.

Posted via CB10

I agree as well. The Z30 is a great device but it needs a removable battery. It doesn't get me through the day and I could probably convince people it is a better device to get and if it had a removable battery that could be the deal closer.

I see people all the time with their apples struggling to find a charger and I'd love to be able to wipe out my Z30 and say look this device is nicer and I don't worry about battery life.

I can kind of so that with the Z10 but realistically it's not as nice as the newer iPhone. The Z30 is.

Posted via CB10

Better than removable or internal battery should be a combination of a small internal battery combine with a hot swappable battery.

This way the device could be maintained live when swapping to a new fully loaded battery.

Always ON. Always mobilr, no need to be attached to a wall.

Posted via CB10

Disagree. The Z30s battery is amazing and saves weight and space by not being removable. Also I strongly believe that many of the issues of BBOS devices were tied to removable batteries.

Posted via CB10

I don't disagree with you about the fact that the Z30 battery is amazing.
But field heavy users still might be short to complete their long day, whereas swapping to a new fully loaded battery is always preferred over been attached to a wall or any kind of charger.

Posted via CB10

oh look who it is again... can't just be a normal person and NOT say first.... pathetic. just pathetic. I guess your life revolves around trying to be cool making so called witty first posts just to bug people like me. I'm just merely here to point out you are pathetic... The internet is so much better without stupid people posting first or trying to be witty.

Resistance is futile! Hahaha!

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing)  ‎BlackBerry Q10...oh wait a sec....its my new Z30, son! The holy grail of phones!

Before you point fingers, may I suggest taking a step back and asking yourself if it is "normal" to post responses like that on this forum.

More info less drama please....

Powered by my BlackBerry Q10

Is the Z30 bundle in essence an external battery? If not, I would definitely not bother. Even then the only use case I can think of is really long flights using Android APPS non-stop as this Z30 battery is outstanding.

It's completely useful for those who travel or who work on the go.

I must say, my Q10 external charger is the best piece of industrial design I have in my electronics cabinet. I absolutely love it, and the feel of it. Great stuff.

Posted via CB10

Our family has 3 Z10s and 3 battery charger packs. Perfect for swapping Batts but great for a quick charge if you don't want the reboot. I find that tucking the battery behind the phone makes it fine for use.

Posted via CB10

I am strongly interested, and that's what I would have done. A velcro strip or a few dots an tuck it behind. Makes for a thicker, unfashionable phone, but I can image it's real practical...

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

Got this during the free accessories for BlackBerry deal it's been a life saver for my wife. Having a mobile charge made it great for her I use a 2800 mobile charging case for my Z10 and the old fashioned wall for my Z30 every night.

Posted via CB10 on my blazing fast Z30 on 10.2.1.2141

Lol I just caught that when I looked back...some good ol BB lovin right there

Posted from sessy white Z30 via CB10

Ridiculousness! Love it! "Come on baby....I know what you want. Let me give it to you."

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing)  ‎BlackBerry Q10...oh wait a sec....its my new Z30, son! The holy grail of phones!

This is a great unit. I recently purchased a 3200 mAh backup battery leather case for the Z30 and it's super awesome! Alleviates having to try to handle the phone and the charger. I got it for $19.

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing)  ‎BlackBerry Q10...oh wait a sec....its my new Z30, son! The holy grail of phones!

The Q10 charging bundle is a much better deal. I use it plus an extra battery for my Z30. That gives me 2880 mAh stock on the Z30 plus two 2100 mAh charges for the price of one of these 2100 mAh chargers.

Posted via CB10

Don't really need it for the Z30 because of its long battery life but I still have one from my Z10. It's nice to have it as a back up when I am travelling, have used it twice.
Even with the Z10 I never switched the batteries but used the phone with the bundle connected on it.

Sent from my Z 30

When I got my z10 from AT&T they didn't send a battery pack with it! And I bought 2 z10's at the same time! WTF!

I have the Z30, and bought this as a back up. I've used it twice and it's saved me after a full 15hrs heavy use where I went down to 10%, and wasn't gonna to a charger for another few hours. Gave me the juice I needed.

One caveat - the unit discharges over time without use, I have found. I tested this when I got it, and it gives me around 60-70% after charging, but a day or two later this slips to 50 or so, and after a week I only got 30% from it.

Posted via CB10

I should have removed the word 'currently'. Until recently, just before doing up this review, I didn't have a Z30 as I cracked the screen. All good now though

Posted via CB10

I have this silly issue when charging my phone with the battery pack. I normally hook up the battery pack when I have 2 or 3% of juice left. But the phone becomes a little bit unusable because I constantly get this notification saying something like "less than 10% battery left". This doesn't happen when hugging the wall, only when using the battery pack.

Anyone else experience this issue, and is there a remedy ?

Have a nice day

No need for my Z30 as the battery life is amazing. Had one for my Z10. Needed as I rarely made it through 3/4 of the work day.

Posted using Z30 and CB10

You don't want to use the charger bundle while using your device, as I have noticed the device gets hotter than usual. I have a white dot on my screen that you can only see on a white screen, It maybe because of this or from simple charging....not sure trying to get this worked out with Blackberry.

Posted via CB10

What is with you guys complaining about the lack of a battery pack with the z10.

It never came with one and has always been a separate purchase unless you got some special deal.

The z30 comes with one.

Depends on where you get the device. My Z30 from ShopBlackBerry did not come with a battery pack. Not that I need one, it turns out.

Posted via CB10

Is it possible to just get the external pack without the extra battery? I already have an extra battery for my z10.

Posted via CB10

I tried to look at the q10 version by clicking on the link but your stupid sprint ad is blocking the entire page. No "x" or close option. Guess the site from crackberry is not compatible with a blackberry. Smh

Posted via CB10

Why would I wan this when I can get a bigger cheaper portable charger!?
Unless.... I'm a BlackBerry drop dead fan?! ;)

Posted via CB10

I'd like to see some more battery cases like the Incipio Offgrid and Mophies Juice Pack come out for the BlackBerrys. Granted, the Z30 is probably the device least needing it (pointing my finger squarely at the Z10 as the main culprit here). Just got one for my wife's iphone 4s and it's really done wonders, pretty much negating the need to carry a charging cable everywhere.

Posted via CB10

BlackBerry provides you with an awesome keyboard (z10) and two power sources, a wall or car. If 'merican's or some other country can't find that on the way then you all gotta another thing coming. Rob Halford style, I guess.

Posted via CB10

My wish is for Blackberry to increase the battery pack for all future devices! The reason being is that its an inconvenience to carry another battery pack. Why not!? Give us some battery love and include a bigger battery pack for future devices?

Posted via the Android CrackBerry App!

I brought this charger for my Z10 and have been using it for over 4 months now and it has worked great. I don't understand why this is promoted for the Z30 only.

Personally I don't like the charger / battery bundle. I don't like opening my phone unless I absolutely have to...like for example to do a reset, which has fortunately only happened once.

If my phone reaches 50% battery power, the charger will take me to 100% while still using the phone!!!! If the battery is almost dead the charger can take me to 100% or the high 90's if I don't use the phone while charging.

This is soo much better than the battery / charger bundle. Like this I don't have to carry a spare battery around. The charger is portable, easy to pack for when you need that extra power boost. Like that I don't need to carry too much equipment. Just the phone and the charger.

By far one of the best investments I made for a BlackBerry accessory. This portable charger should be promoted for all BlackBerry devices!!!

Oh and when recharging, you can connect the portable charger to your phone and thus recharge them both at the same time.

If you just recharge the charger on its own, it recharges really fast (damn that sounds retarded! ).

The LED indicator comes in handy and you know exactly how much power you have left from the charge. There is also a button that when pushed performs the same function.

All in all a good product.

Cartman says: Screw you guys I'm going home!

I like the fat batteries that come with a shell and look like it's factory made. For now I will keep my external battery have a long ride by greyhound to catch this weekend and so I will check my email and catch the Web when I can but I can tell you I won't be a happy camper with a dead battery nor do I like not being able to use my phone, hoping that the bus will have those new power outlets installed thank God some do have them. I gotta call and see if they are DC or AC or both.
I'll by my fat battery next week when I get my check right from this site I like the one a saw it had a crash case and everything.

Posted via CB10

Verizon ripped me off for failing to provide the external battery charger as well as ear buds with my sweet STA100-3 Z30. Any other VWZ Z30 owners have the same experience? Where could I buy a BlackBerry external battery charger for my Z30?

Posted via CB10 from my VZW Z30

I opted for those powerbank things from Amazon. For only less than 20 bucks (with free 2-day shipping with Prime), it carries 8000 mAh and can output to my BlackBerry at 2.1A which basically means I can charge my Q10 from 0 to full in a little over 1 hour when powered off, or in 2-3 hours when left powered on (although that drains the powerbank's battery faster). It is HEAVY and VERY UNCOMFORTABLE to hold up your ear but you can store it somewhere like a backpack during downtime.

The powerbank even has extras such as a built-in LED charge indicator, a torchlight, a laser pointer, and (most random of all) a counterfeit detecting UV light. Haha

As well, I don't want to loosen my cover by taking it out constantly to replace the battery. I did that with my Z10's two battery packs and it was annoying; it killed my beautiful trident case! Trust me Z30 folk, you should count your blessings here. The ability to take out the battery might be nice for when you must absolutely do a battery pull and can't get to the restart button, but doing a battery pack switch daily is annoying!

Best of all, I don't have to leave my Q10 plugged into a wall outlet once every 2/3 days anymore and will no longer be constrained by the length of my charger's cord and my bed's distance to an unused wall outlet! Lol

Posted from my BlackBerry Q10 on AT&T

Am not enjoying my z10 by at&t...
The battery is completely poor, u just av to do something better about ur battery.

Posted via CB10

Why would I want to make this purchase if there are a lot of portable batteries like Jackery which has more battery level and costs less?

Posted via CB10

Right now the Z30 takes me easily through the day, much improved over the Z10. Personally not needed at this time. Best phone out there right now.

Posted via CB10

I bought this and worked great for charging on the go but has blown up... quit wont charge anymore tried different batterys and notta, great while it lasted

Posted via CB10

An external battery is what I use for my z10 and it's 10,000 mah. Keeps me going a couple of days. Can't really see the point of this one.

Posted via CB10