Lumsing 11000mAh Li-on Battery Power Bank Test

Over the last two years I’ve acquired a set of portable USB power banks. These are great for powering the Pi and the larger ones can keep a Pi running for many hours. In previous posts I’ve tested standard AA batteries,  a generic Li-on Power Pack and a RAVPower 10400mAH Power Bank.

Now it’s the turn of the Lumsing 11000mAH power bank. This device is slightly unusal in that it has 5 USB outputs. Yes five. This gives you the chance to run 5 devices from it. In a future post I’ll see what I can run off it but for this test I’ll just be using a single 1A rated port.

Lumsing Power Bank (PB-AS008)

Lumsing 11000mAh Power BankThe package contained the following items :

  • Power Bank unit
  • 2 USB-to-MicroUSB cables
  • Carrying pouch
  • Instruction manual

and has the following features

  • 11000mAh capacity
  • 40.7Wh
  • 5 USB output ports (0.5,1,1,1.3,2.1A)
  • 1 MicroUSB input port for charging
  • 4 stage blue LED status bar
  • On/Off switch

The battery had some charge in it when I first switched it on but I charged it fully before I attempted to use it. As it charged the blue LEDs showed the progress.

Test Setup

Lumsing 11000mAh Power BankOnce it was charged I got ready for the test. The Pi was setup with the following equipment :

  • Raspberry Pi (Rev 2)
  • BerryClip addon board
  • SD card with Raspbian
    “Wheezy” (2013_02_09)
  • Lumsing 11000mAh Power Bank
  • USB to MicroUSB cable
    (as supplied with the Power Bank)
  • Python script as used in my AA battery shootout post

The Pi was networked and I used Putty to connect to it from PC. This terminal was used to set off the Python script with the following command :

sudo python battery_uptime_test.py

The current uptime was updated in the Putty window and I just left it running. When the power runs out the time left in the Putty windows gives me the total uptime.

Predicted Battery Stamina

Lumsing 11000mAh Power BankMy eBay 12000mAh Power Bank lasted 18 hours 40 minutes (1120 minutes).

The RAVPower 10400mAh Power Bank lasted 17 hours 55 minutes (1075).

So a good guess would be (11000/10400)*1075 = 1137 minutes compared to the RAVPower’s slightly lower stated capacity. That would give us 18 hours and 57 minutes.

Results

The Lumsing pack lasted 19 hours 22 minutes (1162 minutes). This is almost 30 minutes longer than the prediction. The Pi isn’t doing much in this test but it showed the Lumsing was in the same league as the RAVPower.

The Lumsing 5-port 11000mAh External Backup Battery Pack is available from Amazon.com :

Lumsing 11000mAh 5 x USB External Battery Pack

Photos

Here is a set of additional photos I took of the battery pack and my Pi setup:

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5 Responses to Lumsing 11000mAh Li-on Battery Power Bank Test

  1. Greg says:

    Great article Matt. Do you know if the power bank can be used as a sort of USB UPS to keep several things alive through a power cut – can you charge and discharge through the different ports simultaneously? Any idea what that would do to the battery pack over time? Obviously you’d need to be able to charge at a higher current than you are drawing, so it may not be possible.

  2. Not bad for that price!

  3. This is valuable info, thanks.

    Have you any insight into how a USB nano WiFi adapter would affect the results? One of my primary reasons for using battery/portable power is to allow the Pi to completely wirelessly – no mains power, no ethernet, headless – for example in a turtle robot.

    I have found that power is a big factor in whether these WiFi adapters work reliably; if there’s not enough milliamps from batteries, they tend to drop the connection far more frequently than if attached to a solid 1.2 or 2.1 amp mains power transformer.

    I’d appreciate anyone else’s experience in this area.

  4. Zenon Monge says:

    Looks great, but am wondering if can be used as “ups like backup”?

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