Review: Aukey 5,000mAh USB-C Portable Charger

AUKEY 5,000mAh USB-C Portable Charger

8.3

Power

9.0/10

Design

8.0/10

Build

8.0/10

Reliability

8.0/10

Pros

  • Has a USB-C charging port that give a 5V/3.0A charging speed to USB-C compatible smartphones.
  • It's really small and lightweight that makes carrying this fast portable charger easy.
  • Very easy to use with only 3 functional parts

Cons

  • Not really meant for Non-Compatible USB-C charging devices.
  • Too thick to place into a pocket comfortably.

It’s not something that we expected to see for a while but here it is. A Mini power bank that makes use of a USB-C charging port for both Input and Output charging needs. Aukey is one of the first charging electronic companies to make this bold move and for really good reasons too. Since more smartphones are using USB-C for charging and it’s basically going to be the standard for most smartphones on the market, this power bank provides a dedicated way of charging using those devices without having any side things added on. It’s the minimalism behind this power bank is what will make it so spectacular.

This is Aukey’s 5,000mAh power bank with USB-C. Let’s see what it has to offer.

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Power

Power Capacity:

The Aukey power bank is much like the newer generation of mini power banks because it offers an initial power capacity of 5,000mAh just like the Anker PowerCore 5000 and another one of Aukey’s 5,000mAh portable chargers. This one doesn’t make use of a special battery like LG or Pansonic and that doesn’t matter too much because the power bank only has a singular charging port, and as a result, on average you’ll be getting an Output power capacity of about 4,000mAh.

A 4,000mAh power capacity can actually get you quite far and it’s a really good thing that Aukey made their mini USB-C power bank have an initial power capacity of 5,000mAh and not a smaller power capacity like this Jackery power bank. This is because most smartphones that use USB-C have large battery capacities and that means that you’re going to need a lot of power to charge it to full.

Take for example these USB-C compatible smartphones:

  • One Plus 3:  3,000mAh
  • Google Pixel: 2,770mAh
  • Nexus 6P: 3,450mAh

Those are large battery capacities and this Aukey power bank is going to be able to charge all of those to their full power at least once. Some USB-C smartphones will be able to leave some power capacity behind too.

Also, even though this power bank uses a USB-C Output port, you can still charge smartphones like iPhones that use Lightning charging cables. However, you won’t be using a lightning charging cable, you’ll need a USB-C to USB Adapter.

 AUKEY 5,000mAh USB-C Portable Charger (Real Capacity 4,000mAh)Phone CapacityAUKEY 5,000mAh USB-C Portable Charger Left Over Capacity after One Charge

# of Full Charges for the Device
iPhone SE4,000mAh1,624mAh2,376mAh Left Over

2.4 Full Charges
iPhone 64,000mAh1,810mAh2,190mAh Left Over

2.2 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus4,000mAh2,915mAh1,085mAh Left Over

1.3 Full Charges
iPhone 6s4,000mAh1,715mAh2,285mAh Left Over

2.3 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus4,000mAh2,750mAh1,250mAh Left Over

1.4 Full Charges
Google Pixel4,000mAh2,770mAh1,230mAh Left Over

1.4 Full Charges
Google Pixel 24,000mAh2,700mAh1,300mAh Left Over

1.4 Full Charges
Google Nexus 6P4,000mAh3,450mAh550mAh Left Over

1.1 Full Charges
Nexus 5X4,000mAh2,700mAh1,300mAh Left Over

1.4 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S8+4,000mAh3,500mAh500mAh Left Over

1.1 Full Charges

Output Charging:

No fast charging while using the Charging Meter.

A Mini Power Bank that Uses USB-C

Capable of Fast charging USB-C smartphones, such as this Samsung Galaxy S8.

Just as USB-C charging should be, this power bank is able to provide a charging speed of 5V/3.0A, and that’s a max charging speed for most smartphones that use USB-C charging. Other than that, there’s not much to say about the charging speed, however, we’re surprised that a Mini power bank is able to Output such a fast speed and we hope to see other power banks have fast charged with their USB-A ports, just like this RAVPower Luster power bank does.

Overall, this Mini charger is able to provide max charging speed to USB-C compatible smartphones. With that said, though, if the smartphones are Quick Charge compatible then it’s not quite charging at its max charging speed because Quick Charge speeds are just a tad bit faster.

Input Charging:

Can only be recharged using a USB-C to USB-A cable. Not a USB-C to USB-C cable.

The power bank is recharged by using the USB-C to USB-A charging cable and the max recharge rate is 5V/2.0A. We’re a bit disappointed since most power banks that use USB-C ports as an Input port have the max recharge rate at 3 Amps. Oh, well.

If you’re using a 2 Amp wall charger, then a full recharge will take 2-3 hours. So you’ll most likely be able to use it the same day that you used up all the power capacity.

Similar Power Bank

Tronsmart Presto USB-C 10,400mAh Power Bank

Design

Size and Weight:

Most mini power banks are, well, “Mini”. Even though this portable charger is small, in terms of it being small in comparison to lower capacity power banks, it takes a rather larger stance.

Take it Everywhere

This is because it has a length of 4.3 inches, and width/thickness of 1.1 inches. So it’s a small power bank, but not exactly on the thickness side and as a result it won’t be fitting into your pocket very comfortably. We’re not very surprised by that aspect because the Anker PowerCore 5000 and Aukey’s other small power bank have the same problem with being small but having too much bulge.

It’s very easy to hold the charger though with its small size and lightweight of 4.5 ounces.

Functional Components:

There are only 3 functional parts on this power bank and they can be found on the side. That’s where you’ll find the power button, 4 Green LED power capacity indicators and the USB-C charging port.

Charging automatically starts when connecting your charging cable, and that leaves the power button with the main function of simply checking power capacity.

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Build

Structure and Material:

The Aukey power bank is made of plastic and it holds strong even though plastic is known be a brittle material. There are about 4 separate pieces that make the power bank whole and they do a good job at making the charger reliable to use on a daily basis.

Tech:

For a single port charger, it doesn’t have too many tech build benefits, but it does use safety tech that provides Over-Current, Overheating, and Overcharging protection so your smartphone stops charging once it’s fully recharged.

Reliability

Reliability is very narrow. This is because this power bank is really made for those that own USB-C compatible smartphones as they’ll be able to get the fastest charging speed and there’s no need for an adapter to charge other devices like iPhones. With that said, even though you can use the adapter with this power bank to charge different devices, it’s a hassle and it’s best to just stick to normal USB-A power banks if you’re searching for a power bank to either charge your Micro-USB or Lightning compatible device.

For those that do own USB-C compatible smartphones, it’s going to be awesome to own this power bank as you’ll be able to get fast 3 Amp charging, enough power capacity to charge your smartphone once and superb portability.

Similar Power Bank

PowerCore+ 20100 with USB-C

Summary:

Power:

Charging is mainly meant for devices that use USB-C to charge as you’ll need a USB-C to USB-C charging cable. The power capacity is perfect for charging smartphones that it’s meant to charge.

Design:

It’s a small but bulky power bank that is very portable but it’s not meant to fit into your pocket. Charging automatically starts, and it only has 3 functional parts that make it easy to use.

Build:

A solid build and lots of safety tech to keep you and your devices safe during charging.

Reliability:

Most of the reliability is attributed to charging smartphones that use USB-C to charge; sure you can charge iPhones with it by using adapters but that’s a pretty big hassle.

More Power Banks with Similar Charging Abilities:

6,000mAh – 12,000mAh Power Banks

13,000mAh – 20,000mAh Power Banks

Specs of the AUKEY 5,000mAh USB-C Portable Charger:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 5,000mAh            Output Capacity: 4,000mAh
  • Output:  5V/3.0A
  • Input:      5V/2.0A
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 6.2 x 2.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Weight: 4.5 Ounces

Conclusion:

For the most part, this power bank is great…. For USB-C smartphones users. It has all the aspects that a new generation of smartphones is bringing with its high enough power capacity and fast charging; this power bank is built to withstand the test that newer smartphones are giving portable chargers with their rising needs.

 

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