Review: Madcatz Power Pack for PSP

Discussion in 'PSP - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by Kouen Hasuki, Feb 13, 2013.

Feb 13, 2013
  1. Kouen Hasuki
    OP

    Member Kouen Hasuki Kouen the Cyber Husky

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2013
    Messages:
    1,388
    Location:
    Gaming Bunker
    Country:
    Norway
    In my obsessive quest with my PSP one thing has always been a Pain, Battery life! Now unfortunately for me I never started looking at battery's till a while after the 1000's Stamina Battery was pulled from the market and none have been around on eBay.

    So looking around I came across the Power Pack for PSP by Madcatz.

    It's an odd little thing I tell yea, its like an additional cell for your current battery

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    How it seems to work is piggy back on the Original PSP's Eeprom and adds itself as an extra cell, to start to use it may catch you out you have to
    • Charge your PSP Battery Fully
    • Put the PSP Battery into the Power Pack
    • Put the Power Pack into the PSP
    • Charge The Power Pack + PSP Battery till the Orange Indicator goes Green (PSP's Battery Indicator Says 100% Through this)
    Then your good to go, After it does seem to read charge and discharge from the combo correctly, My guess is this is to sync both battery's charge levels.

    [​IMG]

    This readout is with my XMB at 266/133 Clock Speed, Maximum Brightness, 80% Volume although with Medium Brightness, 50% Volume and Default Clocks the PSP did in fact show 16 Hours. This is obviously Subjective and is in XMB game time would vary depending on the title but it was a better way to compare to a Standard 1800mAh Sony Battery which at the same settings as the image was taken gives 5:57. The Power Pack Claims it can Double the life of the PSP and looking at this it seems it can deliver on that promise.

    BUT... all is not dandy and there is flaws as you can imagine.

    The two I have come into one minor and one more major. Starting with the minor, Some of my games when I am just starting the UMD up after launching it kicks up a exit game prompt like I pressed Home or opened my drive, its not often but has occurred only when the pack was in, however just pressing No was enough and it would not appear during play.

    the more major one is its size. its frigging HUGE

    [​IMG]

    As you can see it comes out just a bit farther than an open UMD Drive about 0.6 Inches this can be a strain on people with smaller hands such as myself, I couldn't find a comfortable way to hold it and be able to use the R button. if I had both my fingers at the top one on the battery the other on the R button (Similar to how you would hold a PS or 360 Controller) my little and finger next to it would get tired within 20 minutes supporting the right side of the PSP with the additional Weight, if I used one finger on the top but 3 supporting the PSP pressing the R button felt somewhat awkward and hard to do.

    [​IMG]

    Wrapping this up

    Pro's:
    • Does what it claims and indeed does double the battery life of the PSP
    • Could be good for people with large hands
    • Makes the PSP Stand perfect, Good for film watching (if it didn't muffle the sound)
    Cons:
    • HUGE
    • Not as plug and play to use at first start
    • Can tire your fingers trying to support it
    Final words: The Madcatz Power Pack does what it claims, but is too bulky I feel for a good majority of gamers, worth a look if you find it cheap (as I did £5) and good for films and a long trip.

    (Please note: I would have placed this in the review section but I lack the privileges)
     
    Qtis, BAHIM Z 360 and Rydian like this.
  2. trumpet-205

    Member trumpet-205 Embrace the darkness within

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2009
    Messages:
    4,363
    Country:
    United States
    That thing is huge. :blink:

    Yeah battery life is a problem for me too (PSP-3000 user here). I want to buy the official 2200 mAh extended battery but found out that Sony no longer produce them. I am thinking about external battery with USB output.
     
  3. Kouen Hasuki
    OP

    Member Kouen Hasuki Kouen the Cyber Husky

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2013
    Messages:
    1,388
    Location:
    Gaming Bunker
    Country:
    Norway
    I got an official 2200mah rocking in my 3k :D

    imagine if I was allowed to use that and the madxatz device in a 3k...
     
  4. BAHIM Z 360

    Member BAHIM Z 360 B-but I'm not a new member :(

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2008
    Messages:
    256
    Location:
    Teh Amala Labyrinth
    Country:
    Bahrain
    Your PSP looks really sexy from the front :)

    But damn that Power Pack thing looks like a huge tumor! (Well at least it gives you 11 hours for your PSP)
     
  5. Guerillaz

    Newcomer Guerillaz Advanced Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2012
    Messages:
    59
    Location:
    KEN-TUCK-KY
    Country:
    United States
    I remember this ridiculous thing! I haven't seen one in a while though. I guess its because of the hunchback it gives the PSP. At least it you the power you want ;)
     
  6. aleXXXps

    Newcomer aleXXXps Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2013
    Messages:
    43
    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    Country:
    United States
    That's a little too large for me...
     

Share This Page