Brando iPhone Powerstation Battery Backup Review

We can all agree that the battery life on the iPhone 3G is not the brightest battery out of the smartphone bunch. Part of its dismal performance is due in part to the 3.5″ touchscreen, 3G, WiFi, and push notifications. Throw in a plethora of other apps, games, and websites we tend to use constantly.

What’s the solution to extend your iPhone 3G battery? You could follow some of the tips for extending battery life, or you could invest in a Richard Solo Backup Battery. Today we’re going to take a look at an alternative iPhone 3G battery back up from Brando, a Hong Kong based accessories company.

Brando iPhone 2G/3G Battery Backup Review

The Brando iPhone 3G battery back up comes in a simple plastic case. The unit itself is similar to the Richard Solo battery back up in size, but it’s a bit thicker and has larger status LED lights on the front.

The Brando Powerstation has a 1000mAh capacity and is recharged via yoru iPhone’s USB cable. It comes in black or white and is also compatible with the iPod Touch and various generations of iPods as well (check their website for more info).

The unit has 4 push buttons on the front that light up blue to indicate how much power is left in the charge. When the powerstation is charging the lights will flash blue. I was able to charge my iPhone 3G from 20% to a full charge. It works exactly as advertised, however there are some caveats.

The one thing that stays in the back of mind regarding the Brando Powerstation is that it is not Apple Certified. Sure, it worked great on my iPhone 3G but you just never know if these units might fry your iPhone like various iPhone car chargers. I’m not trying to scare anyone out there but my iPhone 3G is a major investment. If it bricks because of a lower cost, unofficial battery backup I’d only have myself to blame!

Check out these pictures of the Brando Powerstation versus the Richard Solo:

That being said, the Brando has worked extremely well when I tested it and others have had success with it too. For $25 it is half the price of the Richard Solo backup battery. However, for $25 it does not include a battery cap, AC charging adapter, USB cable, and “Made for iPhone 3G” status by Apple. You do get a choice of white or black though!

Should you buy this unit? It worked extremely well for me, however as an “unofficial” battery backup, that leaves me a bit hesitant to pull the trigger. However, it comes at a fantastic price of $25 (with $3 shipping worldwide), which means you could have two of these for the price of one Richard Solo unit. Regardless of which one you decide on, having a backup battery for your iPhone is priceless!

What iPhone battery backup solutions are you currently using? I have one more battery backup solution review coming soon. Stay tuned!

[Brando HK]

**Looking for an iPhone 3G case? Go get an invisibleSHIELD, the strongest protection for your iPhone backed by a 30 day moneyback guarantee, lifetime replacement warranty, and FREE shipping! Use coupon code iphoneinca for 20% off your purchase! Order today!**

If you enjoyed this post, please subscribe to my RSS feed, so you won’t miss any updates! You can also subscribe via email and have daily updates sent to your Inbox! Want more? Find out what I’m doing right now! Follow me on Twitter!

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of iPhoneinCanada.ca. Follow me on Twitter, and @iPhoneinCanada, and on Google+.

  • On the topic of battery back up… I received my Richard Solo back-ups and they work superbly! Thanks for that review iPhone Fan! The only negative I can find with the Richard Solo is that it won’t plug into my phone with my OtterBox Defender case on the phone. Not a huge deal though… I simply take the phone out of the case in the event that I need an “emergency” charge! Have a great Wednesday everyone 🙂

  • On the topic of battery back up… I received my Richard Solo back-ups and they work superbly! Thanks for that review iPhone Fan! The only negative I can find with the Richard Solo is that it won’t plug into my phone with my OtterBox Defender case on the phone. Not a huge deal though… I simply take the phone out of the case in the event that I need an “emergency” charge! Have a great Wednesday everyone 🙂

  • On the topic of battery back up… I received my Richard Solo back-ups and they work superbly! Thanks for that review iPhone Fan! The only negative I can find with the Richard Solo is that it won’t plug into my phone with my OtterBox Defender case on the phone. Not a huge deal though… I simply take the phone out of the case in the event that I need an “emergency” charge! Have a great Wednesday everyone 🙂

  • Breathless

    This thing looks great. Perfect price too. Just wondering about how you said its not certified for the iphone, I clicked on the link and the video that it shows doesn’t have any popup on the phone saying “this accessory may be incompatible” (or something like that) I thought you only have to worry when a message pops up?

  • Breathless

    This thing looks great. Perfect price too. Just wondering about how you said its not certified for the iphone, I clicked on the link and the video that it shows doesn’t have any popup on the phone saying “this accessory may be incompatible” (or something like that) I thought you only have to worry when a message pops up?

  • Breathless

    This thing looks great. Perfect price too. Just wondering about how you said its not certified for the iphone, I clicked on the link and the video that it shows doesn’t have any popup on the phone saying “this accessory may be incompatible” (or something like that) I thought you only have to worry when a message pops up?

  • JC

    How long does it usually take to charge the phone from the backup?

  • JC

    How long does it usually take to charge the phone from the backup?

  • JC

    How long does it usually take to charge the phone from the backup?

  • zorg

    You mentioned this in both your battery backup reviews, but I’d like someone to explain the difference between a 1200mAh (Richard Solo battery) and a 1000mAh (the Brando battery).

    I’m sure it’s better to have the 1200 over the 1000, but HOW much better? Can someone explain the real-life difference (e.g., is it possible that 1200 gives you a full charge when you hit the 20% remaining warning — versus — 1000 gives you a 80% charge when you hit 20%????)

  • zorg

    You mentioned this in both your battery backup reviews, but I’d like someone to explain the difference between a 1200mAh (Richard Solo battery) and a 1000mAh (the Brando battery).

    I’m sure it’s better to have the 1200 over the 1000, but HOW much better? Can someone explain the real-life difference (e.g., is it possible that 1200 gives you a full charge when you hit the 20% remaining warning — versus — 1000 gives you a 80% charge when you hit 20%????)

  • zorg

    You mentioned this in both your battery backup reviews, but I’d like someone to explain the difference between a 1200mAh (Richard Solo battery) and a 1000mAh (the Brando battery).

    I’m sure it’s better to have the 1200 over the 1000, but HOW much better? Can someone explain the real-life difference (e.g., is it possible that 1200 gives you a full charge when you hit the 20% remaining warning — versus — 1000 gives you a 80% charge when you hit 20%????)

  • Bud Colby

    Being an Electrician, I’ll make this easy to undrestand. Lets use Amps instead of Milliamps. So you have a bulb that draws 1 amp. and 2 batteries, the first Batt. is rated 1 amp hour, and the second rated at 2 amp hours. So, the bulb will stay lit for 1 hr. on the first batt. and 2 hrs. on the second batt. So now you take a bulb that draws 1/2 amp., it will stay lit for 2 hrs. on the first batt., and 4 hrs. on the second batt. Now just use the same analogy for milliamps. works exactly the same.

    Hope this helps. If not, just ask what it is that you don’t understand

  • Bud Colby

    Being an Electrician, I’ll make this easy to undrestand. Lets use Amps instead of Milliamps. So you have a bulb that draws 1 amp. and 2 batteries, the first Batt. is rated 1 amp hour, and the second rated at 2 amp hours. So, the bulb will stay lit for 1 hr. on the first batt. and 2 hrs. on the second batt. So now you take a bulb that draws 1/2 amp., it will stay lit for 2 hrs. on the first batt., and 4 hrs. on the second batt. Now just use the same analogy for milliamps. works exactly the same.

    Hope this helps. If not, just ask what it is that you don’t understand

  • Bud Colby

    Being an Electrician, I’ll make this easy to undrestand. Lets use Amps instead of Milliamps. So you have a bulb that draws 1 amp. and 2 batteries, the first Batt. is rated 1 amp hour, and the second rated at 2 amp hours. So, the bulb will stay lit for 1 hr. on the first batt. and 2 hrs. on the second batt. So now you take a bulb that draws 1/2 amp., it will stay lit for 2 hrs. on the first batt., and 4 hrs. on the second batt. Now just use the same analogy for milliamps. works exactly the same.

    Hope this helps. If not, just ask what it is that you don’t understand

  • zorg

    Bud
    Excellent. Thanks for the explanation.

    So, if I’ve got it right — the 1200mAh has 20% more capacity (or charge) than the 1000mAh. According to what you are saying, if the 1000mAh gives me 5 more hours of iPhone use, then the 1200mAh will give me 6 more hours (that is, 20% of 300 minutes is 60 minutes).

    That sound right?

    That just leaves the question about how much “extra” battery time does the 1000mAh give???

  • zorg

    Bud
    Excellent. Thanks for the explanation.

    So, if I’ve got it right — the 1200mAh has 20% more capacity (or charge) than the 1000mAh. According to what you are saying, if the 1000mAh gives me 5 more hours of iPhone use, then the 1200mAh will give me 6 more hours (that is, 20% of 300 minutes is 60 minutes).

    That sound right?

    That just leaves the question about how much “extra” battery time does the 1000mAh give???

  • zorg

    Bud
    Excellent. Thanks for the explanation.

    So, if I’ve got it right — the 1200mAh has 20% more capacity (or charge) than the 1000mAh. According to what you are saying, if the 1000mAh gives me 5 more hours of iPhone use, then the 1200mAh will give me 6 more hours (that is, 20% of 300 minutes is 60 minutes).

    That sound right?

    That just leaves the question about how much “extra” battery time does the 1000mAh give???

  • Bud Colby

    Yup, you got it right.

    And as for how long will it last, well that is totaly at your mercy. LOL. what I mean is, turn on 3G, more power, turn on Wi-Fi too, more power, watch YouTube videos, more power, etc. etc. etc. Get the picture? So only you will know, and be able to tell how long it will last you.

  • Bud Colby

    Yup, you got it right.

    And as for how long will it last, well that is totaly at your mercy. LOL. what I mean is, turn on 3G, more power, turn on Wi-Fi too, more power, watch YouTube videos, more power, etc. etc. etc. Get the picture? So only you will know, and be able to tell how long it will last you.

  • Bud Colby

    Yup, you got it right.

    And as for how long will it last, well that is totaly at your mercy. LOL. what I mean is, turn on 3G, more power, turn on Wi-Fi too, more power, watch YouTube videos, more power, etc. etc. etc. Get the picture? So only you will know, and be able to tell how long it will last you.

  • Bud Colby

    After thinking about my last answer, I believe I may have miss understood your question. So now I’ll add that, as I am led to believe, the iPhone 3G is supplied with an 1150 mAh battery at time of purchase, so, from that you should be able to figure out how much additional battery you should be able to live with.

  • Bud Colby

    After thinking about my last answer, I believe I may have miss understood your question. So now I’ll add that, as I am led to believe, the iPhone 3G is supplied with an 1150 mAh battery at time of purchase, so, from that you should be able to figure out how much additional battery you should be able to live with.

  • Bud Colby

    After thinking about my last answer, I believe I may have miss understood your question. So now I’ll add that, as I am led to believe, the iPhone 3G is supplied with an 1150 mAh battery at time of purchase, so, from that you should be able to figure out how much additional battery you should be able to live with.

  • Cool, glad you are enjoying your Richard Solo! I love the OtterBox Defender case too though…:)

  • Cool, glad you are enjoying your Richard Solo! I love the OtterBox Defender case too though…:)

  • Cool, glad you are enjoying your Richard Solo! I love the OtterBox Defender case too though…:)

  • It will work with your iPhone, but the product itself is not “iPhone Certified”, meaning it has not passed testing by Apple. Just a 3rd party accessory.

  • It will work with your iPhone, but the product itself is not “iPhone Certified”, meaning it has not passed testing by Apple. Just a 3rd party accessory.

  • About an hour or so…depending on how much battery you have left.

  • About an hour or so…depending on how much battery you have left.

  • It will work with your iPhone, but the product itself is not “iPhone Certified”, meaning it has not passed testing by Apple. Just a 3rd party accessory.

  • About an hour or so…depending on how much battery you have left.

  • Mark Woodford

    What about the Noma Pocket Chargers from Canadian Tire?
    1200 mAh $24.99
    2000 mAh $34.99
    3200 mAh $54.99

  • Mark Woodford

    What about the Noma Pocket Chargers from Canadian Tire?
    1200 mAh $24.99
    2000 mAh $34.99
    3200 mAh $54.99

  • Mark Woodford

    What about the Noma Pocket Chargers from Canadian Tire?
    1200 mAh $24.99
    2000 mAh $34.99
    3200 mAh $54.99

  • Reed K.

    I’d like to put in a good word for the RichardSolo battery. I questioned these guys through a few emails before I purchased and the battery has lived up to all I was told. No hype, simply honest answers… very unusual to find nowadays, for sure. I’m not a numbers guy but let me tell you, by late afternoons my 3G is usually ready to go hibernate. I’m driving. I plug in the RS to my 3G and lie it on the passenger seat while I cuss out another idiot (I’m a truck driver)— :-)… within about an hour I’m good to go with another full charge. That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? Numbers are disgusting. Just enjoy and realize the good folks at RichardSolo have already done the hard part. Our job is to use the hell out of it! And so far— so good. I’m very impressed with the quality, the power it provides and the wonderful customer service that backs it all up. Amen.

  • Reed K.

    I’d like to put in a good word for the RichardSolo battery. I questioned these guys through a few emails before I purchased and the battery has lived up to all I was told. No hype, simply honest answers… very unusual to find nowadays, for sure. I’m not a numbers guy but let me tell you, by late afternoons my 3G is usually ready to go hibernate. I’m driving. I plug in the RS to my 3G and lie it on the passenger seat while I cuss out another idiot (I’m a truck driver)— :-)… within about an hour I’m good to go with another full charge. That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? Numbers are disgusting. Just enjoy and realize the good folks at RichardSolo have already done the hard part. Our job is to use the hell out of it! And so far— so good. I’m very impressed with the quality, the power it provides and the wonderful customer service that backs it all up. Amen.

  • Reed K.

    I’d like to put in a good word for the RichardSolo battery. I questioned these guys through a few emails before I purchased and the battery has lived up to all I was told. No hype, simply honest answers… very unusual to find nowadays, for sure. I’m not a numbers guy but let me tell you, by late afternoons my 3G is usually ready to go hibernate. I’m driving. I plug in the RS to my 3G and lie it on the passenger seat while I cuss out another idiot (I’m a truck driver)— :-)… within about an hour I’m good to go with another full charge. That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? Numbers are disgusting. Just enjoy and realize the good folks at RichardSolo have already done the hard part. Our job is to use the hell out of it! And so far— so good. I’m very impressed with the quality, the power it provides and the wonderful customer service that backs it all up. Amen.

  • leeroyjenkins

    Super liqui-pamper farts.

  • Anonymous

    Super liqui-pamper farts.