Review of the BikeConsole Power Plus for Samsung Galaxy S4 by Bike2Power
The BikeConsole Power Plus for Samsung Galaxy S4 is a three-part system consisting of a heavy-duty cycling mount, a removable weatherproof and shockproof casing, and a 2800mAh rechargeable backup battery. The casing keeps the Galaxy S4 phone fully accessible to bicyclists while they are out on the road.
Design and features
The mounting hardware is sturdy and durable. It is compatible with virtually all bicycle handlebars. The bicycle mounting hardware comes with a spare heavy-duty rubber band and a hex driver tool.
Installing the mount is easy. You simply put the mount and the strap around your bike's handlebars and push the strap through the mount's slit while turning the Allen wrench. To increase the mounting bracket's grip, you can use the spare rubber band and tighten it using Allen wrench until it is secure. Be careful not to over-tighten the strap, as this could damage the threads.
The BikeConsole Power Plus case is made of engineered plastic. The case has several layers of plastic and rubber for protecting the smartphone. It features a flip-open front cover with a transparent matte screen that allows you to use your phone's touch screen while it is inside the case. The Samsung Galaxy S4 fits snugly inside the case. A snap on each side of the case closes down tightly on the front cover and prevents your phone from falling out of the case.
The case has transparent plastic windows for both the front and the back cameras. The case also lets you access the on/off, wake/sleep, and home buttons easily.
In order to use the rechargeable battery to charge your Galaxy S4 while on a long bike trip, you need to install the included micro USB connector module inside the casing. Once the micro USB Connector is installed, all you need to do is plug a power cable into the mounting bracket to charge the battery.
Putting it to the test
We used the BikeConsole Power Plus with our Diamondback mountain bike. We installed the mounting hardware on its handlebar without any trouble. Then we mounted the BikeConsole case on the bracket. We put our Galaxy S4 in the case and it fit very snugly. We could easily adjust our phone for the right view. Once everything was in place, we went for a short bike trip to see how it performed on the road.
We went biking on a bumpy road to test the case's durability. The phone did not move a bit, thanks to the mounting bracket's tight grip on the handlebar. The phone's screen remained at the perfect angle for easy viewing. While riding, we ran an app to track calorie burn, distance, speed, and so on. We also used the phone's GPS navigation, and used the front and back cameras to record the bike trip. We made and received calls using both the Bluetooth headset and the cabled headset. In each case, the voice quality was clear and loud on both ends. However, the videos we took had slightly dark pictures and lower sound quality due to the transparent plastic windows over the lenses and the casing over the microphone. The rechargeable battery came in handy when the Galaxy S4's battery was running low. The weather-resistant case did not cause any connectivity issues or other problems.
A smartphone can be very useful when you are out biking. But taking an expensive, fragile phone on the road is risky. The phone could get damaged, or you could put yourself in danger by messing with your phone while biking. Moreover, running apps, recording video, and using other features of a smartphone can drain the phone's power fast. Bike2Power's BikeConsole Power Plus provides a solution to all these problems.
The BikeConsole Power Plus for Galaxy S4 by Bike2Power provides a sturdy mounting bracket, weatherproof and shockproof casing, and 2800mAh rechargeable battery. This three-part system keeps the phone securely in place on bumpy roads, protects it from weather and debris, and gives you extra battery life for long trips. The BikeConsole may even give your phone the protection you need in case you drop your bicycle. The weather resistant case does not limit your access to the phone or lower your phone's performance, network reception, or in-call voice quality. Therefore, HomeGear gives BikeConsole Power Plus for Galaxy S4 our highest rating, 4 Lights On: Excellent and Highly Recommended.
• Fully waterproof and shockproof
• Mountable to bars or stem
• Portrait or landscape mode
• Reinforced mounting bracket and internal silicon cushion
• Rechargeable 2800 mAh battery