very useful product, less cumbersome than carrying around a charger ...
very useful product, less cumbersome than carrying around a charger and cord when you don't know whether you'll find an outlet, easy to use
Cannot charge XPS 13 fully. Audible piezoelectric sound.
Dell 94TR3 Power Companion (12,000mAh) USB-C Purchased for my Dell XPS 9360 laptop, this Power Companion is listed as recommended/compatible accessory on Dell web site. Some observations and notes: 1. Compact and relatively lighweight 2. Uses laptop's 45W power adapter for charging 3. USB-C charging cable is thick, not too flexible and has some kind of adapter attached to the wire in a form of 5cm x 1cm box that adds to the weight and bulkiness. USB-C cable cannot be stored twisted around the bank as we do with power adapter cord. 4. During the time battery pack is charging itself, there is an audible piezoelectric sound that is very annoying. This is the first reason why I am requesting replacement via Amazon. 5. I've tried to charge my 9560 at various stages of depletion. Fist time, laptop battery was on 80% and Power Companion battery pack was able to bring it to 99% before dying completely depleted. Second time I was able to go from 60% to 90%. Third time, I went from 20% to 60% before I noticed that the battery pack is off and no longer charging the laptop. So, in short, you may add up to 40% to your battery charge which is not acceptable for me. This is the second reason why i am requesting a replacement in a hope that I got defective unit and new one will perform as designed. I have my reservations that this battery pack can charge 60Wh internal laptop battery given the fact that is physically much larger but will see. 6. Well overpriced but unfortunately there is no other battery pack that can work natively with XPS. I'll update this review once I have and test replacement unit. ---------- Update 2017-05-16: Received replacement unit. Same whining coil noise as first one while charging the battery pack. Managed to charge laptop battery from 48% to 82% before the pack died. At this point, I am returning it for full refund and ordering larger 18000mAh battery pack to test it out. It is clear that 12000mAh CANNOT fully charge XPS battery that has larger capacity than the pack itself. So realistically, you can give some juice in a range of 30-35% that should add 1-3 hours of run time to your laptop battery. End of discussion. Update 2017-05-27: Just received larger Power Companion battery pack (Dell Power Companion 6 Cell 18000 mAh (WCKF2)). No piezoelectric sound while charging :-). Using included "standard" barrel charging cable (won't work for devices that use USB-C/TB3 for charging) I was able to charge XPS 9360 battery from 19% to 89% before the pack's batteries wend completely dry. Still an improvement over small 12,000mAh battery)!
When charging the Dell XPS 15 - 9550, the ...
When charging the Dell XPS 15 - 9550, the power is drained even before charging the battery, nevertheless the specification indicates that can perform at least one full charge
An Emergency Companion
It gives about an 80% charge, is a little bulky, but comes in handy when you're about to run out of power and you don't want to plug your laptop into a wall socket.
Great device, but not as much power as you'd think
Love this device. Much, much easier than having to swap out batteries (which can only be recharged in the laptop). This can be recharged while it's plugged into the laptop, meaning one cord is used for both. Then, once it's fully recharged, then the laptop is recharged. So it's incredibly convenient, and much better than a spare battery. My only complaint is that I found them listing the mAh instead of the WHr to be misleading. With laptop batteries they list WHr, yet here they listed mAh. Since Watts = Amps x Voltage, and since the laptop runs on 11.1 V, I was expecting 132 WHr (12 Ah x 11.1 V). However, after it was received, I discovered that it's only 42 WHr. So, apparently they used 3.5 V (the AVERAGE voltage), rather than 11.1 V (the maximum voltage) when calculating the mAh, resulting in 12,000 (instead of 3,784 if they had used the maximum voltage). On the back of the device it lists the "EU mAh" value based on the maximum voltage. So, apparently, in Europe they're required to use the maximum voltage when specifying mAh, unlike in the US, where they can use the average voltage, and come up with a much higher value. Like I said, I find this to be misleading because they could've just listed the WHr, as they do with laptop batteries. But they chose to be vague about it, and list the mAh, instead. So, not as much bang for the buck as I had expected. But still a great product.
I have owned this back since November 1, 2016. Works as advertised. I was originally worried it was not going to work with my Dell XPS 15 (9550) due to the wattage limitation. it can only provide 90.02W (based on a another reviewers wattage claim who said it is 60 - 65W, that is the battery capacity which is different) but 90 watts meets the bare minimum of the XPS15 (9550). It can charge the computer while using it but your charge amount is not only greatly diminished but also the charge rate. I find that it performs the best when charging the laptop when its either off or in hibernate. While in hibernate, the pack it self was at 100% and took the computers battery from about 15% to +90% the first time I tried it. The fact that I can charge the device with a 7mm or the new 4.5mm barrel jack is a nice feature and allows for a relatively ease of charging the device. (about 2-3 hours when completely discharged) You can also charge the laptop, power pack and the same time. Just be aware that the charging rate to the laptop might be throttled to only 90W instead of 130W The right angle connectors are great, in fact I wish the original chargers would come with that style My real complaint about the device are about the USB ports. Some devices such as tablets or cell phones either don't recognize what it is plugged into or it will not take advantage of the full 2.1A at its disposal for charging and defaults to a 500mA charge rate.
Works with Dell Precision 7710
Works perfectly with Dell Precision 7710. The unit actually recharges my laptop while using extending the operating time by about 4 hours. The 7710 is a workstation class laptop with Quad core Xeon 2.9GHz processor, SSD drives, 32GB Ram, 4GB nVidia Quadro graphics card, etc... This laptop draws lots of power and typically does not last long on battery power alone, typically 2.5 hours in balanced mode, with the pack I used the laptop with the battery companion during a recent international flight and the companion worked flawlessly.
It's a nice power cell
It's a nice power cell, i just feel like it's missing a lot compaired to it's competitors. But it's the only power cell that works for the dell XPS that i am aware of, so i use it. But I really wish anker made an attachment for their power cells to support the xps.
Great Tool for On the Go!
Bought for my Dell laptop and works great! It also has ports for charging my phone and tablets. I have not yet tested the longevity of the battery (such as would be on a long flight) but it seems durable and stable--so I am going to give benefit of the doubt. The only suggestion would be for the manufacturer to add into the instructions the fact that you use the power cord of your laptop or other device to recharge the battery pack--I had to search online to find that tidbit. I will take with me to meetings and not be tethered to an outlet like most people are. If I can find a reason, I would buy a second one--just because...
Will charge xps 9350 (13") and will also charge the ...
Will charge xps 9350 (13") and will also charge the Nintendo Switch. While it's not the biggest battery out there for the switch, it is the only one I am aware of that will do both!
Recommended for laptop user who wants some extra juice on the go
Unable to charge but able prolong the usage of my laptop(Dell XPS15). Excellent for short trips or when needed to use the laptop during travel without the hassle to look for power outlets. Able to charge my other mobile devices too with the 2 usb ports.
awesome product saved me many times
Wow, awesome product saved me many times. Nice not having to worry about finding an outlet and charges the laptop quickly.
The only way I could find to reliably extend the battery of a modern Dell laptop
I was nervous that this wouldn't work with my Dell M3800, but it does great. Key things to know: * It is small and portable, and has jacks for charging any USB device. * The Power Companion comes with a cable for both the old and new Dell power jacks. * The M3800 pulls too many AMPs, but on bootup it detects that the Power Companion only puts out 90 watts, and it adapts. * My battery life doubled. I don't give it 5 stars because it offends me that my Dell computer won't reliably use a non-Dell branded battery pack. They shouldn't cripple their products like that.
Absolutely great! Perfect thing to have to use even just ...
Absolutely great! Perfect thing to have to use even just for a portable charger for iphones. It was refurbish, a few scratches. but works great.
I wouldn't recommend.
Doesn't last very long on my pc. Actual cable itself was broken when i received it so that's probably why. I wouldn't recommend.
Read This First
Works very well. Holds a charge for a long time. It is a bit large, so it is also heavy. I would have given it five stars, but it doesn't come with a power pack to charge it. You have to use the power pack that came with your laptop. It should really include a micro USB port to perform the recharging if you can't live without your main laptop charger. I bought a second laptop charger, which wasn't very expensive, but still.
Failed in just over a month..
Good while it lasted. Failed 3 days after 30 day Amazon Return period expired. While the battery pack still works, the cable that connects the pack to my laptop developed an "open" rendering the whole thing useless. (the light doesn't come on, and the laptop doesn't see the pack) The product is supposed to have a 1 year warantee through Dell, but the Dell's customer support is worse than horrible. I've been transferred from person to person looking for a "service tag" that this product does have or a dell order number that you don't get when you order from Amazon. 3 hours of transfers and I can't get a single person that has a clue..
Just what I need to keep my laptop going on ...
Just what I need to keep my laptop going on a long plane trip or when I am away from a power supply (in the car, etc).
Handy when you need a little more run time on the laptop.
Handy to have some backup power for the laptop when traveling on a plane with no seat power outlet. Also can be used for charging phones or other devices that charge from USB power.
Excellent battery pack for charging my work and personal laptop ...
Excellent battery pack for charging my work and personal laptop as well as being able to charge a USB device.
Very handy to be able to charge the laptop, ...
Very handy to be able to charge the laptop, this battery and 2 devices at once with only the laptop charger to plug. Using it with my Dell XPS13 without any issue.
Not actually 18000mah?
The product itself is decent, it works, feels very cheap but it works (by no means worth 100$ but since it's the only option what can you do) the reason I give this a 1 star is because on the back of my device (the 18000mah version) it states that the battery is rated at a rechargable capacity of 11.1v at 65Wh, perhaps I am misunderstanding here (like maybe this is refering to each set of two cells) but that totals ~6000mah for the whole battery pack. Would appreciate some explanation from either Dell or anyone else who understands how these things are labeled. Not to mention that my current battery pack can only charge my dell xps 13 once before dying (which from my rough calculations has a about 6-8000 mah so that'd make sense). I am rather frustrated and would love for someone to tell me I'm wrong in my suspicions.
Nice and sturdy craftsmanship
Does the job and does it well. Nice and sturdy craftsmanship, including the cables.
This battery does not come with a power cord to ...
This battery does not come with a power cord to charge. You have to make a separate purchase in order to charge this unit. I cannot believe Dell would sell an external battery without a power cord! How do people give this product a positive review when it does not come with a power cord to charge! Very cheap way of doing business Dell!
Small, powerful, a tad expensive
For the small size, it delivers a tremendous amount of extended life to my XPS 13. It's expensive(hence the 4 stars) but for the convenience on the go and for the assurance that it is voltage-compatible with my device, I suppose you have to pay a few extra $. I have also used the USB ports to charge my phone in a pinch, very handy to have one power pack that has multiple uses.
Adds an extra 2. 5 hours to my dell ...
Adds an extra 2.5 hours to my dell xps 9550. If you boot up with it connected the bios will say this can't power your device but after boot up it actually does.
inconsistently charged laptop, returned
~$95 4/2016 Purchased the USB-C version of Dell power companion to use as the primary charger for my dell xps13 laptop which did not come with a USB-c charger. The goal was power in, video out and 2 way USB through one USB-C port. This device would supplement that convenience by always having a topped off portable power bank that can charge all my devices including my laptop. The power companion required you to press the battery indicator button before it would power via USB-c meaning whenever I plugged in I would need to press a button to start charging. Additionally my unit would not fully charge my laptop. I would plug the (NOT INCLUDED) DC barrel jack power supply to the power companion, and then the power companion to the turned off laptop, and press the button on the power companion. The next morning the laptop was always around 65% full. Returned
Nice little battery
Nice portable design. It's not a second battery that will double your uptime. In my experience, it gave me about another 1-1.5 hrs.
Good device, but Dell Support is horrible.
I purchased this Dell Power Companion battery pack as I was travelling and did not have access to power. Physically, it's quite large and heavy and weighs about a little over a pound. It's solidy built, however. Besides the laptop charging ports, there are two USB charging ports, power ports for both the smaller and larger Dell adapters, and a battery level indicator. I did not test the actual capacity, but it was able to take a Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition from 40% to 90% in about 3 hours (while I was using the laptop). I still had 3 lights lit on the Companion's power level indicator after this. With an XPS 15 it maintained the power level at 80% for an hour. Unfortunately, this power pack does not work with the 2015 Chromebook 11. On plugging it in, it will charge for about 15 seconds then turn itself off. The Chromebook 11 is not listed as a supported device but I was hoping that it would work. I would have given this device 5 stars except that Dell support is pretty horrible. Their technical support was fine (just one call), but their order and warranty support is easily the worst in the industry (6 calls, 12+ reps, 4 hours hold for the same issue). Unless you can return the device to a third party, stay far away because you absolutely do not want to have to deal with Dell support directly.
Excellent charge for travel
A great travel companion. Almost completely charges laptop and has USB slots for mobile phones and tablets. Excellent purchase and highly recommend
Dell XPS 13 9343 gets about 45% charge
PERFORMANCE: I timed this battery while charging my XPS 13 9343 (2015). Laptop went from 18% to 62% in 70 minutes. At that point the power companion was dead. Overall, this adds 3.5 - 4 hours of life to my laptop. That's with normal usage (Word, Chrome, Spotify), nothing really taxing. NOTE ABOUT DELL SUPPORT: My first battery was defective. It would only add about 30 minutes of life to my XPS 13. If you have problems, don't let Dell support transfer you to the "accessories" department. That is a sales department and can't help you. Good luck if you have to deal with Dell. I was lucky enough to get my replacement directly from Amazon.
My Dell laptop was fully charged prior to taking a 5 hour flight. I watched movies on the laptop the entire time while connected to the Dell Companion and my laptop battery did not run out of power. Plus I was charging my daughters ipod at the same time. I have no complaints.
does not fit anymore after dell changed my motherboard
so its pretty strange. i bought this item from this exact page and on the label behind it says PW7015L. based on this page, the 9550 should be compatible with it. [...] however, i had some laptop issues recently and dell (singapore) replaced my motherboard. after that, i was not able to connect this power companion to my laptop anymore. u will notice that in the head of the plug, there is some glass looking thing in between that blocks me from plugging it into the laptop power port. however, the power adapter does not have that thing that blocks it. is there i way i can get another cable that would be compatible?
Fortunately, this Dell battery bank works with your Dell ...
Shoppers should be aware that third-party battery banks won't work with today's Dell laptops. The reason is that they have a data signal to communicate with the computer. As a result, you'll see Windows tell you that the computer is "plugged in but not charging". They will power the computer, but they won't charge it. Fortunately, this Dell battery bank works with your Dell laptop, and is reasonably priced here on Amazon. An added advantage is that you use your Dell power supply to charge this battery, and you don't have to bring an extra power-brick as you would with these 3rd-party battery banks. I use RavPower and other brands for charging my 5V devices (phone, tablet, usb camera chargers, camera, etc. But when it comes to these specialized battery banks that output 20 Volts to charge a laptop - it's buyer beware. Thanks Amazon!
It works perfect for my Late 2015 version of the Dell XPS ...
It works perfect for my Late 2015 version of the Dell XPS 13 (9350) laptop. I don't have to look for a power outlet while traveling and is about the same weight as a charger with cables. It came with two connector cables, one fit and the other probably works with other Dell models. Looks like a true OEM product to me at a lower cost than the Dell website. Having the two USB type A outlets adds to the usability.
Great extra Battery if you have a compatible Dell.
Great extra Battery if you have a Dell. Who doesn't have USB batteries these days? With this unit you can charge it while charging your 'compatible' Dell laptop, or just use it as a USB battery for other devices. Expects to use your current Dell power supply as input. Has the ability to use the 7.4mm connector or the smaller one for input. Comes with two cables, One for the 7.4mm laptop connector, One for the smaller units. The Smaller cable fits my Dell Venue pro 11 Dock.
Worked on a Latitude Laptop that was supported, but on an older firmware version that supposedly wasn't
I bought this as I travel a lot for work and I'm always running out of juice on my iPad, iPhone, and Dell Laptop Computer. I have a Latitude E6540 and prior to my purchase I checked the latest firmware on my computer and the firmware change logs for the Latitude on the Dell website and realized I was running a firmware that pre-dates when the Power Companion is "supported." As I don't have access to update the firmware I rolled the dice anyways, and I'm happy to confirm it still works with the laptop even with the earlier firmware before they "supported" it. I'm not sure if the newer firmware provides advanced functionality or is able to understand through some communication protocol that it is plugged into the companion, but I haven't had any issues yet. I recommend everyone check the Dell Website for compatibility first: http://accessories.ap.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=in&l=en&s=bsd&cs=inbsd1&sku=451-12193 and my experience with it working on firmware that it appeared would not be supported could just be my luck and your mileage may vary.
Works great and very useful for travel. On a full charge the Companion charged a Dell XPS 13 laptop from 7% to 64%. A full charge will also recharge an iPhone 4 at least 5 times. Be sure that your laptop is on the list of compatible Dell products, as the companion doesn't work on laptops that have 65 watt or higher AC adapters. So far the XPS 14 battery life has been good (> 8hrs of normal use), and the companion will extend that to at least 12 hrs.
... 13 (2015 edition with Skylake CPUs) and it works great. It comes with the power connector that plugs ...
I got this for my XPS 13 (2015 edition with Skylake CPUs) and it works great. It comes with the power connector that plugs into your device to charge, but it does not come with the cables required to charge the power companion itself. You must charge the power companion with the cables that came with your device. There was a BIOS update available, but I didn't need to update the XPS 13 for the power companion to work. The power companion charges my laptop perfectly. I haven't done any tests to determine how many extra hours I can get, but it lasts long enough that I'm happy with this product. It is also capable of charging cell phones and tablets at the same time. It's a large, but it weighs less than a pound so I don't really notice it in my backpack. I highly recommend this product.
Now includes the dongle for 2015 XPS 13
I bought this for my XPS 13 (9350, 2015 model). To my surprise, the battery did come with the required dongle; you do not have to purchase an additional dongle for the 2015 versions of the XPS 13 and XPS 15. Unfortunately, I assumed that I would need an additional dongle and purchased data-hook="product-link-linked" class="a-link-normal" ="/Lucco-Dc-Power-Dongle-Supply-Converter-Charger-Adapter-Cable-for-Dell-Vostro-5460-V5460-and-for-Hp-M4-Pavilion-15-e029tx-Xps12-13-Ultrabook-Laptop/dp/B00PRXBLXU/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_txt?ie=UTF8">Lucco Dc Power Dongle Supply Converter Charger Adapter Cable for Dell Vostro 5460 V5460 and for Hp M4 Pavilion 15-e029tx Xps12 13 Ultrabook Laptop. (On a side note, I have found this dongle quite handy since it allows me to use my older dell power supplies with my new laptop.) The battery is not able to charge dell laptops that requires a high wattage. When I tried charging an older XPS 15 (approximately 2 years old), the battery is not able to charge the laptop. However, it is able to run the laptop. The laptop simply reduces its power settings to match the wattage output of the battery.