weBoost’s Drive Sleek isn’t new to the scene. Despite its handsome good looks, it’s been around longer than most of the phones that work with it it at this point. I did an unboxing video and a test video when it first launched in 2017. At that time I found that I got about 25dB boost, which is consistent with the manufacturers claims. But did it hold up over time? That test booster went to a contest winner at this blog, and I tracked them down to see if they still used it. I wanted some long term impressions.
A cradle booster?
Cradle-style cell boosters have had a bit of a checkered past. Not because they don’t work. They do work, and they work quite well. But despite their low price, customers haven’t always embraced them. Customers who need better cell service tend to gravitate toward whole-vehicle boosters like weBoost’s Drive Reach. Boosters like that provide coverage inside the entire vehicle, which obviously makes you seem like less of a jerk to your passengers.
Early cradle boosters were designed to be used inside a home as well as inside a car. This was done through the use of power adapters that could use home wiring rather than the 12 volt car wiring. This was never a terribly popular option and none of today’s boosters are really designed for it. It’s still possible to do, but I leave it to you to decide if you’d actually do it.
The 2017 Drive Sleek
When I tested this booster, I commented not only on its good looks and powerful boost, but also on its power adapter. The booster is powered through a standard utility socket (call it a “lighter socket” if you’re of a certain age) and provides a separate USB connection to the booster. That seemed like the best way to do it at the time. Today I wonder if the booster could be powered through USB. That would probably require re-engineering it, and I’m not sure that USB could provide enough energy unless you’re one of the lucky few with 2.1 amp USB connectors in your car.
But that’s less important. The Drive Sleek’s competitors don’t give you a separate USB connection, so if your car doesn’t have one you’re going to have to choose between charging your phone and using the booster. That can be a tough choice.
Had this booster been released today, I would think it would include some sort of wireless charging. It might even work with Apple’s MagSafe system to make it easier to attach the phone. But back in 2017 that was far less of a concern.
Does it still work?
I reached out to the person who got that test unit and got back a pretty long response. I’ll post it here in its entirety.
This booster is on its third car and going strong. I put a lot of miles on, even in the last couple years. So I trade in my cars about every 3 years. So a booster like this is perfect for me. I have even taken it on the road and put it in rental cars.
It still looks pretty good. It doesn’t look new anymore obviously but it still works great! I downloaded that same app you told me to use and I got 21dB extra signal. So I’m guessing it still works about as good as it ever did.
I’m using the Sammy 21G and it works with 5G too. Didn’t expect that but I’m glad. I need Waze all the time and I use Spotify whenever I’m driving. I’ve never lost signal once. Not even in the mountains where I never thought I would get signal.
Let me know if you have any more of these to test because I have other people who want one. I’m not giving mine up!
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