OnePlus is on a roll. Widely considered to be one of the best startups in the world today, OnePlus is quickly following up with the success of their smartphone, OnePlus One with several accessory products including headphones, covers and now external battery packs.
OnePlus has announced its own battery pack which brings a couple of USB out ports each rated at 5V-2A with a micro USB port as well to charge the device. The powerbank will sell for just a cent less than $15 in the US which would translate to about Rs 900, very much in the Xiaomi powerbank zone. The powerbank right now, is on sale only in the US on the official OnePlus website, though the plans are to bring it to India very soon once the logistics are sorted. OnePlus said:
Some of you may be aware that shipping “pure batteries” (any battery that is not connected to or inside another product) is extremely complex due to the special shipping requirements. This led to high shipping costs for the batteries, which would’ve resulted in a more expensive product, and a customer experience not on par with OnePlus standards. We wouldn’t ask our fans to settle for anything less. So, we are looking into alternative methods that will bring the Power Banks to European fans without compromising the cost.
You are also probably wondering why there was a delay with the Power Bank release. Processing battery certifications (FCC, CE, and battery compliance) is very time sensitive. Since each country in our global market has different requirements and regulations, all battery certifications used different procedures and were not finalized as quickly as we had hoped. Each one needed to be completed individually before moving forward, and this resulted in the wait.
The powerbank also has the feature where it will show the status of the battery when gently shaken and is expected to land in India by next month.