Review: Aukey 3,600mAh Portable Charger External Battery

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If you want a very portable solution to charging, then you’re going to have to use a small power bank. These types of portable chargers offer a charging experience that very few other power banks can. This is because once a power bank leaves the “Small” category of portables chargers, then the design and overall way that you can carry it just become the same whether it’s 10,000mAh or 20,000mAh. Although there are some exceptions like the Aukey 10,000mAh power bank with its small size.

This is the Aukey 3,600mAh power bank that is quite slim and very portable. Read on to know whether or not this small charger is really deserving of being considered portable and powerful as the rest.

Power

Power Capacity

Okay, so the power capacity is that of Anker’s PowerCore and Tylt’s chargers. It’s to be expected with its size and the initial capacity of this charger is 3,600mAh. Of course, there’s the conversion rate, and the Output capacity of this charger isn’t too bad with it only having one charging port and the speed of the port is 1.5A. As a result, you’ll be able to get 3,000mAh of Output power capacity.

Like many other portable chargers like this, the power capacity isn’t going to last days and is meant to charge a device to full only once and then this power bank needs to recharge. Unless you’re recharging an iPhone 5 which has a very low battery capacity, then the power bank may very well have some power left in it. However, for everything else, the charger is going to last for at least one charge for most smartphones and we think that the 3,600mAh Initial power capacity was trying to be able to charge a Galaxy S7 Edge with its 3,600mAh battery capacity but in this case, you’re at least going to get close to a full charge.

As for higher battery capacity devices to charge with this power bank; it isn’t the best idea, because if you’re charging something like a tablet with this power bank, then you’re only going to be able to charge Quarter of the way through.

DevicesAukey 3600mAh Portable Charger External Battery (Output Capacity = 3,000mAh)Phone CapacityAukey 3600mAh Portable Charger External Battery
iPhone SE3,000mAh1,624mAh1,376mAh
1.8X
iPhone 63,000mAh1,810mAh1,190mAh
1.6X
iPhone 6 Plus3,000mAh2,915mAh85mAh
1.0X
iPhone 6s3,000mAh1,715mAh1,285mAh
1.7X
iPhone 6s Plus3,000mAh2,750mAh250mAh
1.0X
Samsung Galaxy S63,000mAh2,550mAh450mAh
1.1X
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge3,000mAh2,600mAh400mAh
1.1X
Samsung Galaxy S73,000mAh3,000mAh0mAh
1X
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge3,000mAh3,600mAh0mAh
0.8X

(You would need 600mAh more power capacity)

Output Charging: 5V/1.5A

Charging for your devices is going to be quite good, as long as you’re charging small devices that have lower Amperage needs when it comes to charging. This means that charging smartphones with this power bank is going to provide the ideal charging experience because most smartphones have a max charging speed at 1.5 Amps. Other smartphones can even take higher Amperage speeds, like Quick Charge smartphones but this power bank doesn’t offer that. With that said, we think that Aukey really made it a point to provide enough charging power to smartphones and other small devices.

Just like the case with power capacity along with tablets, this power bank will not be able to charge tablets at their max charging speed, because a tablet’s max charging speed is usually 2.4 Amps.

Input charging:

So the Input charging could be higher with it at 5V/1.0A but it’s a recharge rate that’s acceptable with a power capacity as low as it has. It doesn’t really matter what wall charger you’re using since it’s going to recharge at 1 Amp and as a result, you can expect this power bank to be recharged within 2-3 hours. Even though the recharge rate is “Slow” for this power bank, it isn’t that slow because of its low capacity and you may be able to use on the same day you used it up.

Design

Size and Weight

This is a very portable charger with its small size and lightweight.

The length is 4.9 inches, the width is 1.8 inches and the thickness is 0.5 inches. So it’s about the size of smartphones as long as you’re not counting the thickness but even then for a power bank, it’s also very thin. The weight of charger is 2.9 ounces, so it’s a really light portable charger that you can easily place into your pocket because it’s small and doesn’t weight much. Holding it in your hand is also another option and probably the most used option that you’ll be using because this power bank can easily be held in a single hand while you’re using your smartphone.

However, fitting it into your pocket along with your smartphone isn’t the best experience because this power bank is still quite thick. So we can’t rank it as a Slim power bank but it’s nearly there.

Functional Components

There are only 3 functional components on this power bank and they’re all on the same side.

You can find the USB Output port, Lightning Input and LED power indicator all on the same side panel. So the first thing that needs to be stated is that this power bank doesn’t have a power button because the power bank automatically begins charging once a device is connected to it and turns off automatically when there are no devices connected to it. Even so, it’s really strange that this charger doesn’t have a power button to at least check power capacity when you’re not charging a device. It’s almost like Apple removing the Headphone jack on the iPhone 7. Such a basic feature is gone and even other power banks like the Lumina 15,000mAh has the same design.

Instead of using 4 LED power capacity indicators or even fewer than that, it uses only a single light to indicate the power capacity and the light changes colors.

0%-20% : Red
20%-60% : Green
60%-100% : White

Although this kind of system for reading power capacity is helpful, it isn’t nearly as helpful as having multiple lights for telling the power capacity.

Lastly, there’s the Lightning Input and it’s really strange to say that this power bank is recharged through a Lightning Input that uses a Lightning charging cable. So iPhone users can rejoice because they can recharge this power bank with their own charging cable or the one that’s included with this power bank.

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It’s still really strange because nearly every power bank on the market is recharged using a Micro-USB Input.

Build

Structure and Material

The power bank is made of plastic with a light varnish that makes it very easy to hold. The charger is separated into 3 pieces with a center piece and the 2 side panels, so it holds quite strong with the few pieces it has. Overall, the structure of the power bank is good but it isn’t anything special and we highly recommend not dropping it.

Tech

The tech of the power bank could be better. Sure, it takes advantage of safety tech like Current-Control, Over-Heating, and Over-Charging Protection. However, the main question to ask here is: “Does that all really work?”. This is because the power bank uses Lithium Polymer batteries and with that, during charging the power bank can heat up which can cause the batteries to expand. When that happens, the structure of the power bank can expand as well and this can end up breaking the charger.

We do like that power bank is slim but it’s slim at the price of it not performing optimally. Of course, the power bank is capable of doing that and damaging itself, but most models are able to perform accordingly.

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Reliability

It’s a reliable power bank if you know what you’re getting. You have to know what you’re purchasing a power bank that a low capacity and will be reliable for only a single charge and be able to charge a single device at any one time. Then again, this charger is also very portable and you can take it nearly anywhere you go.

If the build doesn’t hold up and the Lithium Polymer batteries aren’t performing well, then you’re not going to be getting a reliable experience. With that said, you can always depend on Aukey’s 24 Month Warranty to save you.

Summary:

Power:

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The power capacity is rightly aligned with the portability of the power bank and the 3,000mAh Output power capacity is going to be able to offer a single charge to most smartphones, as it’s expected to. The Output charging speed is acceptable as it can charge most smartphones at their max charging speed and the Input charger is strange to have a Lightning as an Input but it’s actually really cool.

Design:

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It’s a small power bank, but not yet slim or at least it’s not slim enough to place into your pocket along with the smartphone. But you can place it into your pocket alone or you can simply carry it because it’s really light.

Build:

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The Structure and material don’t have any problems but it’s what’s on the inside that could use some work. The power bank uses Lithium Polymer batteries that can have problems with expanding when too much heat is generated, although this isn’t prevalent with each and every one of these it’s still possible that it can happen.

Reliability:

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For the most part, this power bank is reliable with its power and design. If you get a poorly performing one with its safety tech, then it could prove otherwise. If that happens then take advantage of Aukey’s 24 Month Warranty.

Specs of the Aukey 3,600mAh Portable Charger External Battery:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 3,600mAh             Real Capacity: 3,000mAh
  • Output: 5V/1.5A
  • Input: 5V/1.0A Via Micro-USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: Single Light Power Capacity Indicator

0%-20% : Red
20%-60% : Green
60%-100% : White

  • Size: 4.9 x 1.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Weight: 2.9 Ounces

Conclusion:

Small power banks are meant to be simple to use and not have much to them. That case is very true with this Aukey 3,600mAh power bank as it doesn’t even have a power button and only 3 functional parts on the same side. There’s nothing too special about it, other than all the awesome aspects of a small and thin charger.

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Review: AUKEY 10,000mAh Dual USB 3.1A Portable Charger

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It’s quite well known that the higher the power capacity of a portable charger is, then the larger the size of the power bank will be. Although, that kind of way of how portable chargers are structured isn’t becoming so prevalent because electronic companies are now able to fit larger capacities into smaller spaces. This kind of innovation is changing how we purchase our portable chargers because now we don’t always have to consider the size of the charger to match the power capacity.

This is the Aukey 10,000mAh power bank and it packs quite a lot of power for its size.

Power

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Power Capacity

When you have a capacity of 10,000mAh in a small size such as this, then the Output capacity is bound to be much lower than the Initial power capacity. This is because the charger either uses multiple small sized Lithium Ion batteries or flat and slim Lithium Polymer batteries; as a result, the conversion rate is going to be poor. With that said, the conversion rate is also more dependent on whether or not you’re charging 2 devices at once and what the charging speed of the devices are. Overall, you can expect a 2,500mAh lower capacity than the initial power capacity and this will result in a 7,500mAh Output capacity.

Still, a 7,500mAh power capacity can still mean a lot if you’re charging smartphones because for smartphones you’ll be able to charge most 3 times over. Ultimately, the power bank is meant to charge smartphones because of its relatively lower capacity. For a tablet, we don’t recommend using this charger to charge tablets because you’re going to have to use the entire power capacity to charge a tablet to its full capacity. Even then, a tablet uses more power and the chances of charging a tablet to its full capacity even if you’re charging it alone are slim. So it’s best to stick to lower battery capacity devices to make the power capacity more worthwhile.

DevicesAUKEY 10,000mAh Dual USB 3.1A Portable Charger (Output Capacity = 7,500mAh)Phone CapacityAUKEY 10,000mAh Dual USB 3.1A Portable Charger
iPhone SE7,500mAh1,624mAh5,876mAh
4.6X
iPhone 67,500mAh1,810mAh5,690mAh
4.1X
iPhone 6 Plus7,500mAh2,915mAh4,585mAh
2.5X
iPhone 6s7,500mAh1,715mAh5,785mAh
4.3X
iPhone 6s Plus7,500mAh2,750mAh4,750mAh
2.7X
Samsung Galaxy S67,500mAh2,550mAh4,950mAh
2.9X
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge7,500mAh2,600mAh4,900mAh
2.8X
Samsung Galaxy S77,500mAh3,000mAh4,500mAh
2.5X
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge7,500mAh3,600mAh3,900mAh
2.0X

Output Charging: Port 1: 5V/2.1A   Port 2: 5V/1.0A

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Okay, so the charging speed of this 10,000mAh charger is good and it means well but ultimately power banks that don’t share Charging Current between their ports to reach their Max Output aren’t that good. This is because the device that is connected to the 1 Amp port will almost always be charging slowly.

1 of the ports is able to Output 5V/2.1A, so you’d connect the devices like tablets or any device that you want to charge the fastest with this port. The other port is able to charge at 5V/1.0A which is a slower charging speed. The max Output of the charger is 3.1A. So you can take full advantage of both charging port’s speeds but ultimately, if you’re charging 2 devices, the 1 Amp port will always be limited to its 1 Amp because the 2.1A port doesn’t share its power.

It would be better if charging speed were shared. This way, if you’re charging two smartphones and both smartphones could charge at 1.5A, then they would be able to charge at 1.5A each. In this case, they can’t. With that said, the power bank does try its best to provide a powerful charging experience with a Max Output of 3.1A, and we give it credit for that.

Input Charging: 5V/2.1A

Input charging is great because it’s 5V/2.1A. Most portable chargers its size just use a 2.0A Input speed or sometimes even lower. So if you’re using a 2.1 Amp wall charger, then you can expect this power bank to be fully recharged within 5-6 hours. If you’re charging it with a 1 Amp wall charger then recharge time will double.

If you want to know what wall chargers are best to use to recharge your power bank, then take a look at our Wall Charger Reviews.

Design

Size and Weight

The most notable things about the power bank is its size. This is because the amount of powering capabilities that you’re able to get from this chargers doesn’t meet the size of it. That’s a good thing, though.

Length is 3.5 inches, width is 3.1 inches and thickness is 0.9 inches. The weight of the power bank is 8.1 ounces. It’s a really small charger that can fit into either your front or back pocket, but at the same time, the charger is going to feel quite uncomfortable in a pocket. We’re not saying that you shouldn’t put this power bank into your pocket but just because it can fit into your pocket doesn’t mean that it should go into your pocket. However, holding it in your hand is the next best portable option because you can very well hold it, and use it if you’re charging a single device like your smartphone.

It’s a very portable charger, and definitely a new gen of chargers that is able to be small and still provide a lot of power. This is why we were really surprised by the size of the Aibocn 10,000mAh power bank for its large size. This charger is quite the opposite.

Functional Components

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With the charger being very compact, it’s really easy to find and use all the functional parts of the charger. Both of the USB Output charging ports are on the side, and there’s a flashlight between the USB ports. The Micro-USB port is alone on another side of the charger. There’s a power button and 4 LED Power capacity indicators on top of the charger.

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It’s really easy to use power bank, with charging automatically starting when you connect a device to the USB ports and the charging automatically stops if there aren’t any devices connected to the power bank. The power button is mostly used to check the power capacity of the charger and turn on the flashlight by holding the power button down for about 10 seconds. The Flashlight is LED but it’s not that bright and turning it on will obviously burn into the power capacity that’s available on it.

Build

Structure and Material

This small charger is built very well just like many other power banks that are small. It’s separated into 3 pieces, there’s a centerpiece and 2 side panels. The charger is made out of ABS Plastic, which is basically a stronger version of plastic. With a structure that uses very few pieces and uses a higher grade of plastic, this charger can hold itself together very well and is actually on the edge of being a rugged charger if it had more reinforcement. Even though it could take a few drops here and there, we don’t recommend dropping this charger on hard ground because the somewhat heavyweight can generate a lot of shock and inflict damage to the charger.

Tech

Like many other portables chargers, this one offers safety tech like Over-Heating Protection, Over-Charge, and Short-Circuit protection. Unfortunately, it doesn’t use any special charging tech like Quick Charge and it doesn’t use any special batteries like Panasonic battery cells.

Reliability

For a 10,000mAh power bank, this charger is very reliable. The size is what makes it so reliable to use because you’re able to bring all of its powering capabilities and great build quality with you nearly anywhere you go. So you’ll be able to have plenty of power capacity if you choose to place it into your pocket and when you take it out you can charge 2 devices wherever you are.

Charging speed could be more reliable with the charging ports being able to share their Amperage Current but alas that’s not the case like many other portables chargers.

Summary:

Power:

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Output Capacity could better with the usage of better batteries and better management of heat but an average Output power capacity of 7,000mAh is still enough to charge smartphones a few times. The charging speed means well, but if charging power were shared between the 2 charging ports then there would less of a compromise

Design:

design

The size is what it’s most known for and for good reason with it being able to provide powerful charging experience while still be able to fit into your pocket.

Build:

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On a physical structure level, the power bank is really strong with few pieces being used and with it being made of ABS plastic. On the inside, things could be better to improve better conversion rate.

Reliability:

reliability

For the size, for what you’re able to get with this portable charger, it makes itself very reliable. There are very few other power banks that are this small and able to provide an initial power capacity of 10,000mAh and 2 charging ports.

Specs of the AUKEY 10,000mAh Dual USB 3.1A Portable Charger:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 10,000mAh          Real Capacity: 7,500mAh
  • Output:   Max Output: Port 1: 5V/2.1A  |  Port 2: 5V/1.0A
  • Input: 5V/2.1A Via Micro-USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity
  • Size: 3.5 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 8.1 Ounces

Conclusion:

We welcome the Aukey 10,000mAh power bank because of how it presents itself. This charger is really small and is continually proving that portable chargers are just that, they’re portable while still providing plenty of power while you’re on-the-go.

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Review: Aukey Pocket 5,000mAh Power Bank

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Small power banks with the ability to take our portable powering solutions with us on the go are amazing to have and use. Sure, a power bank is ultimately supposed to hold the ability to allow us to take them anywhere, but it’s the portable chargers that are smaller than the usual standard that makes taking them anywhere very easy. These chargers may sometimes lack the tech that other higher capacity and bigger portable charger might have but these power banks are still very capable of providing tons of value.

This is the 5,000mAh Aukey Pocket charger.

Power

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Power Capacity

Of course, this being a small portable charger the power capacity isn’t going to be that much. The initial power capacity that you will be getting is 5,000mAh and with the power bank only having a single charging port, you won’t be losing much. Even though it depends on the charging speed you’ll be getting, on average you’re going to be receiving about 4,000mAh of Output capacity.

4,000mAh of Output isn’t that bad for a charger of its size and you can expect to get full charges for nearly any smartphones that you have, this even goes for smartphones that have very large battery capacities like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge with its 3,600mAh power capacity. So this charger is mainly meant to be used for small devices with small battery capacities and you can even get more power even after charging your smartphone to its full capacity.

As for tablets, this power bank isn’t designed with the tablet in mind. And if you were to use a tablet like an iPad with this power bank, then it wouldn’t be so good. Even with the lowest grade iPad with the lowest battery capacity, the power capacity of the power bank will only be able to charge it a quarter of the way through or maybe half way.

DevicesAukey Pocket 5,000mAh Power Bank (Output Capacity = 4,000mAh)Phone CapacityAukey Pocket 5,000mAh Power Bank
iPhone SE4,000mAh1,624mAh2,376mAh
2.4X
iPhone 64,000mAh1,810mAh2,190mAh
2.2X
iPhone 6 Plus4,000mAh2,915mAh1,085mAh
1.3X
iPhone 6s4,000mAh1,715mAh2,285mAh
2.3X
iPhone 6s Plus4,000mAh2,750mAh1,250mAh
1.4X
Samsung Galaxy S64,000mAh2,550mAh1,450mAh
1.5X
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge4,000mAh2,600mAh1,400mAh
1.5X
Samsung Galaxy S74,000mAh3,000mAh1,000mAh
1.3X
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge4,000mAh3,600mAh400mAh
1.1X

Output Charging: 5V/2.1A

The Output speed is really good at 2.1 Amps which is really close to the Max Standard charging rate of 2.4 Amps. As a result, this charger will be able to charge nearly any devices that are connected to it at its max charging speed. This goes for most smartphones, except for smartphones that use Quick Charge because this power bank does not feature Quick Charge tech.

We’re even talking about tablets too since many tablets like iPads have a max recharge rate of 5V/2.4A, this power bank does a good job at recharging them near their max charging speed.

We’re really surprised that this power bank is able to Output so much Amperage from such a small device.

Input Charging: 5V/2.1A

The Input charging is equivalent to the Output charging and as a result, as long as you’re using a 2.1A wall charger with this power bank or a higher Amperage wall charger to recharge it, then it will recharge within 3-4 hours. If you’re using a 1 Amp wall charger then recharge times will be around 5-6 hours. So it’s important to know what wall chargers you should be using with this power bank so you can recharge it as fast as possible.

Take a look at our Wall Charger reviews to know what wall chargers are best to use when recharging a power bank.

 

Design

Size and Weight

Of course, the size and weight of the charger aren’t that large.

The length is 3.5 inches, the width is 1.7 inches and the thickness is 0.9 inches. It’s also a lightweight power bank that weighs 4 ounces. Overall, it is indeed a power bank that is small and lightweight enough to fit into your pocket. Or if you don’t want to place it into your pocket because the thickness may be a too great for comfort, then holding this portable charger will hold no problems.

Functional Components

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One of the best parts about this power bank is the way that you use it. It’s really simple

The USB Output port and the Input Micro-USB port are on a side panel of the charger. There is a power button and 4 Blue LED Power capacity indicators on tap of the power bank. The power button is not used very much unless you want to check the power capacity of the power bank by simply tapping it. Other than that, the power button holds no other functions as charging begins automatically when you connect a device to it and charging stops when there are no devices connected to it or when the device it’s charging is at full.

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The most noticeable thing about the design are the 4 LED power capacity indicators because they’re a lot more noticeable than the usually dotted power capacity indicators on most power banks. These ones are larger and bright blue.

Build

Structure and Material

There’s nothing special about the physical build of the power bank because it’s just made of plastic and there are 3 parts holding it together. However, that’s not to say that the build isn’t good. It’s actually really good with the pieces being well placed and holding real tight. Also, since the weight of the charger isn’t too heavy, we think that it can take shock damage quite well. Just don’t go throwing it or dropping it on purpose.

Tech

Just like the structure, the tech build side of things is very usual. There’s the usual safety tech to keep you and your devices safe and that’s about it. The power bank doesn’t take advantage of any special batteries like Panasonic battery cells but it does a good job even without those.

Reliability

It’s a really reliable power bank and that can’t be said about many other small portables chargers because they’re usually just small and provide too little in the way of powering capabilities.

In this case, the Aukey 5,000mAh power bank is able to provide a reliable amount of power capacity that can charge most smartphones once while still having some power capacity left over. The charging speeds are very effective no matter what you’re charging because both of them are capable of Outputting 2.1A, which is something that is very uncommon for a power bank of its size to do.

Summary:

Power:

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The power capacity has the usual conversion rate that makes the Output capacity 4,000mAh but that’s still enough to charge most smartphones to their full capacity and even leave some more power. Charging speed is really good with the Output and Input being 2.1A.

Design:

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It’s a small and light portable power bank that can fit into your pocket or you just hold it and use your smartphone while it’s charging from the power bank.

Build:

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There’s nothing special about the build but it does a good job. The structure is held strong and the lightweight of it gives it less of a chance that it will get damaged from a fall.

Reliability:

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It’s really reliable for a small power bank and optimizes itself to provide the most that it can out of its small size.

Specs of the Aukey Pocket 5,000mAh Power Bank:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 5,000mAh             Real Capacity: 4,000mAh
  • Output:   Max Output: 5V/2.1A
  • Input: 5V/2.1A Via Micro-USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 3.5 x 1.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 4 Ounces

Conclusion:

Most small power banks take the easy way out by giving into their own limitations. This means that they have slower charging speeds and lower power capacities. In this case, though, Aukey 5,000mAh provides enough power capacity to charge plenty of smartphones to their full capacities and a charging speed of 2.1A that not many other chargers have. Other power banks are starting to meet this standard and we think that this is a great thing for the portable charging market because it’s providing more quality.

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Review: Aukey 16000mAh 2-Port Portable Charger with Quick Charge 2.0

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Power banks with special fast charging tech are always awesome to have if you’ve got compatible devices because you’re able to bring a fast charging experience that you’d get with a wall charger with you on the go. There’s also the benefit of having a high power capacity when you’ve got fast charging too. With those two combined, a power bank may very well be worth it to get.

This is the Aukey PB-T3 16000mAh Power Bank that utilizes Quick Charge 2.0 and has quite a unique design that many other portable chargers within its class don’t really have. Let’s take a look if this power bank is just boasting or if it actually delivers on what it promises in this Charger Harbor Review.

Power

Power Capacity:

The initial power capacity of this power bank is 16,000mAh, so it’s pretty high but you’re losing to lose quite a bit of power capacity if you’re utilizing some of the fast charging that this charger has to offer. Both of the charging ports are able to deliver 2.4 Amps and one of the ports is Quick Charge 2.0 enabled. As a result, you can expect to lose about 2,000mAh-4,000mAh of power capacity depending on your usage of the charger. In this case, we’ll assume that it’s used moderately and you’ll get a power capacity of about 14,000mAh.

With an Output capacity of 14,000mAh, you’re still going to be able to charge many kinds of devices numerous amount of times. This hefty Output capacity will be able to charge a smartphone about 4 times or more. If your goal is to charge a tablet with this power bank, then you can expect about 1.5 charges if you’re charging two devices at once; but if you’re charging tablets with lower than usual power capacities like the iPad Mini 2 and 4 versions, then you can expect 2 full charges.

DevicesAukey 16000mAh 2-Port Portable Charger with Quick Charge 2.0 (Output Capacity = 14,000mAh)Phone CapacityFosPower PowerActive 10,200 mAh Power Bank
iPhone SE14,000mAh1,624mAh12,376mAh
8.6X
iPhone 614,000mAh1,810mAh12,190mAh
7.7X
iPhone 6 Plus14,000mAh2,915mAh11,085mAh
4.8X
iPhone 6s14,000mAh1,715mAh12,285mAh
8.1X
iPhone 6s Plus14,000mAh2,750mAh11,250mAh
5.0X
Samsung Galaxy S614,000mAh2,550mAh11,450mAh
5.4X
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge14,000mAh2,600mAh11,400mAh
5.3X
Samsung Galaxy S714,000mAh3,000mAh11,000mAh
4.6X
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge14,000mAh3,600mAh10,400mAh
3.8X

Output Charging: Port 1 (AiPower): 5V/2.4A      Port 2 (Quick Charge 2.0): 5V 2.4A | 9V 1.67A | 12V 1.25A

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There are two charging ports with this high capacity power bank and both of them are able to deliver fast charging. The Green colored port is AiPower, which is able to deliver 5V/2.4A charging rate. 2.4 Amps is the max standard charging that will be able to charge most smartphones at their max charging speed and will charge tablets at their max charging speed of 2.4 Amps.

Then there’s the Quick Charge 2.0 port that is able to deliver the same thing that the AiPower port is able to give but it’s also able to Output Quick Charge speeds. The fastest charging rate that the Quick Charge port is able to give is 2.4 Amps at 5 Volts. Then it may go lower than that but the voltage during charging increases if the Amperage decreases for Quick Charge compatible devices. Overall the charging speed is at an optimal level whether you’re charging normal devices and Quick Charge compatible devices.

Input: 5V/2.0A

If you’re using a 2 Amp wall charger to recharge this power bank, then it’s going to take approximately 6-7 hours to fully charge it. Using anything lower than a 2 Amp wall charger then it can double the recharge time and take 14 hours to fully recharge the power bank.

Design

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The physical structure of the power bank is one of the most noticeable things about it and it’s quite surprising because it’s slim. The length is 6.5 inches, 2.9 inches in width and it’s 0.7 inches in thickness. So it’s a long power bank but the slimness makes it possible to place the charger in a large back pocket. It’s actually more possible to place this portable charger in a back pocket than the Lumina 15,000mAh charger. With that said, though, the charger is somewhat heavy at 12 ounces and that’s over half a pound. You’re going to be able to feel some weight but it’s not so heavy that it’ll be cumbersome to hold in your hand. It’s best to just place it down and use if you’re not willing to hold it or if you’re charging 2 devices at once.

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The functional parts of the power bank are basically in the same general location with the charging Output and Input ports being on the side, and the flashlight being in the same location. The power button is on top of the power bank. The flashlight can be turned on by pressing the power button twice quickly. Another function of the power button is that you can press it to check the capacity that’s left in the power bank.

That’s about it for the power button because charging automatically begins once you connect a device to the power bank and it turns off automatically if there aren’t any devices connected to the charger.

Power capacity indicators aren’t very efficient with this power bank because it’s only indicated with 3 colors. The colors appear on the power button.

  • White = 70% – 100%
  • Green = 30% – 70%
  • Red = 0 – 30%

Sure, on paper the concept of the power capacity indicators seems alright but it can be confusing to tell just how much there really is and whether or not you should recharge the power bank. There are also cases that a power capacity color may stay the same until the charger loses all of its capacity. Aukey should consider implementing either a Dot capacity indicator system or a Digital Display System like the iMuto and Lumina chargers have for a more accurate read on capacity.

Build

The physical structure of the power bank is nearly a uni-body structure with it just having a top and bottom piece. The material it’s made of is plastic. Even though the outer structure of the power bank is strong and sturdy, the inside is more of a threat because the power bank uses Lithium Polymer batteries, which is why it’s so slim. If the charging gets too heated a repeated amount of times, then it can cause the battery to swell and then that will result in the structure of the charger to swell. Although this can be a common issue, if this problem does occur then you can always take advantage of Aukey’s 24 Month warranty.

On the inside pertaining to safety tech, there are features to make sure the charging is safe with Over-Current Protection so the power bank shuts off after all devices are fully charged, Short-Circuit Protection, and Surge Protection.

Reliability

Reliability with most high capacity portable chargers is almost always high because their power capacities are able to last long and charging speed is faster than the usual. In this case, the power capacity can wane at times if you’re making full use of the charging speed, but then you have to take into account the fast charging that you’re getting from this power bank with AiPower’s 2.4 Amps and Quick Charge 2.0 with its increased Voltage. Speaking of Quick Charge 2.0, this power bank is great for those that have Quick Charge compatible devices because they can take advantage of the Quick Charge charging port.

Summary:

Power:

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The power capacity can fall short at times when you’re pushing the charging speed but you’ll still be able to get enough charges in for smartphones and possibly 2 full charges for some tablets if you know what you’re doing. Charging speed is great with the AiPower port being able to deliver 2.4 Amps and the Quick Charge 2.0 port being able to deliver an equivalent amount of power and even more for Quick Charge 2.0 compatible devices.

Design:

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It’s a slim power bank that’s somewhat heavy and if you’ve got big enough back pockets then you can fit it there. The power capacity indicator system could use some work because it’s difficult to tell what capacity the power bank is close to.

Build:

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At a physical structure level, the power bank does well but if the Lithium Polymer batteries heat up, then they can start to swell and morph the power bank’s structure.

Reliability:

reliability

High capacity portable chargers are reliable for the most part and the same goes for this one. It’s going to be reliable to its peak if you’re actually using a Quick Charge 2.0 compatible device with it.

Specs of the Aukey 16000mAh 2-Port Portable Charger with Quick Charge 2.0:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 16,000mAh             Real Capacity: 14,000mAh
  • Output:

AiPower Port: 5V/2.4A

Quick Charge 2.0 Port: 5V 2.4A | 9V 1.67A | 12V 1.25A

  • Input: 5V/2.0A via Micro USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 3 Colors to indicate Power Capacity
  • White = 70% – 100%
  • Green = 30% – 70%
  • Red = 0 – 30%
  • Size: 6.5 x 2.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Weight: 12 Ounces

Conclusion:

Aukey has created a great power bank that can deliver a very well-rounded charging experience. With its power capacity and charging speed, that’s enhanced with Quick Charge 2.0. The build can fall apart if the battery swells, but Aukey’s 24-month warranty is there to save you. Other than that it gives the basis of what portable power should be; portable, powerful, and long-lasting. A flashlight is just a plus.

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Review: Aukey PB-P8 12,000 mAh Dual USB Port Solar Power Bank

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Solar power banks chargers are a kind of power bank that can be better than your normal power bank chargers. This is because their main attribute is their solar charging capabilities. They can charge by having solar rays from the sun charge the power bank itself and as a result, you don’t have to plug it into the wall to recharge it. However, it can very well be used as a regular charger even if you don’t take advantage of the solar charging.

With that said solar power banks offer a little change with when it comes to power banks and can be a better preference depending on your usage of it. With that said, this review is about this Aukey 12,000mAh solar portable charger. Take a read about if it gives a good standing to the solar arena of chargers.

Power

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Power Capacity:

So the capacity of this solar charger is 12,000mAh. That’s only the initial power capacity though and you can expect the power capacity that you’re really going to get to be about 9,000mAh. This is because this power bank doesn’t have much focus on good conversion and the heat during charging can make the power capacity lower. Although it’s common for normal power banks to have this problem, one would think that it would have a better conversion rating considering that it’s a solar power bank and will mostly be used outside.

However, the lower power capacity of 9,000mAh can still provide enough charges to smartphones and tablets to still last long enough. You can expect many smartphones to get 3 full charges or much more. Tablets will mostly be able to charge 1 full time or 1.5 times. Altogether, the real capacity is much lower than the initial capacity and we still think it should have lived up closer to its 12,000mAh power because this charger is at crossroads where it can really impress or just be another portable charger. In this case, the power bank’s capacity can last for a few days but for it to last a week without being recharged is not really apparent.

DevicesAukey PB-P8 12,000 mAh Dual USB Port Solar Power Bank (9,000mAh)Phone CapacityAukey PB-P8 12,000 mAh Dual USB Port Solar Power Bank
iPhone SE9,000mAh1,624mAh7,376mAh
5.5X
iPhone 69,000mAh1,810mAh7,190mAh
4.9X
iPhone 6 Plus9,000mAh2,915mAh6,085mAh
3.0X
iPhone 6s9,000mAh1,715mAh7,285mAh
5.2X
iPhone 6s Plus9,000mAh2,750mAh6,250mAh
3.2X
Samsung Galaxy S69,000mAh2,550mAh6,450mAh
3.5X
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge9,000mAh2,600mAh6,400mAh
3.4X
Samsung Galaxy S79,000mAh3,000mAh6,000mAh
3X
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge9,000mAh3,600mAh5,400mAh
2.5X

Going into the charging speed of the power bank, it does quite well. One of USB charging ports has a charging speed of 5V/2.4A. The other port has a charging speed of 5V/1.0A.

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USB Charging Port 5V/2.4A

This port has the max standard charging speed and the logical usage of this port is for it to be used by a tablet. This is because most tablets like iPads are able to charge at a 5V/2.4A rate. However, with that said, I actually recommend using this port anytime you’re not charging an iPad with the power bank. This is because there are many smartphones and other devices that can charge above the 5V/1.0A charging speed. By using the other charging port that only offers 1.0 Amp charging, the charging speed for the device that you use with it will have slower charging.

So use the 2.4A port at all times if you’re not using the Solar power bank to charge a tablet; the device will be able to charge at its maximum charging speed.

USB Charging Port 5V/1.0A

This port offers a slower charging rate, and that’s all that can be said about it. 1 Amp charging is a very limited charging speed for devices that can charge beyond the 1 Amp rate. So the only time you should use this port is if you’re going to be charging two devices at the same time. However, you should connect the device that you want to charge fastest to the 2.4A port.

Overall, the two charging speeds of the power bank are standard and are kept constant because the max output of the charger is 3.4A. This means that it’s possible for the 2.4A port to maintain a 2.4 Amp Current and for the 1.0A port to maintain a 1.0 Amp current at the same time and as a result the max output is 3.4A.

Recharge

Recharging can be done with two ways. Since this is a solar power bank charger, it can recharge via solar power. This means it can recharge when sunlight is directly hitting the solar panel, the power bank can recharge.

But does this mean that the power bank recharges itself as fast as being recharged from a wall charger?

No, it does not. The recharging speed with solar panel only provides a conversion rate of 23.5%. As a result, if you wanted this power bank to charge to its full capacity using only solar power, then it could take days. We’re not saying the solar part of the charger is a gimmick but it has its situations that it’s most useful and in some instances when it’s not useful. The solar charging is most useful if you’re using it when the actual solar charging is taking place. Or at least, using the power bank while you’re periodically using the charger and recharging it via the solar panel.

If there’s something very important to remember, it’s that the power bank only recharges when sunlight is hitting it directly.

Another recharging option is to use the Micro-USB Input port and honestly, this will be the more preferred kind of recharging option to use. The recharging speed via the Micro-USB Input option is 5V/2.0A. You can fully recharge the power bank in about 7-hours by using the Micro-USB method.

Overall, the solar power bank’s powering capabilities don’t provide that much of a different charging experience. Sure, the power bank can charge via the sun, but it’s not to the point of absolute awe.

Design

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Solar portable chargers are mostly made for the outdoors. This is because the solar panel can be most useful when someone is outside and the sun is hitting the charger’s solar panel allowing it to recharge. Not only that, solar power banks tend to have a tougher body structure and provide a more sturdy feel to them. That’s definitely the case with this Aukey Solar power bank.

The charger isn’t actually that large, when you consider what it’s capable of. The length of it is 5 inches, a width of 3 inches, and a thickness of 0.73 inches. Its weight is what can make it seem quite large by weighing in at 9.7 ounces. It’s the just the right size and weight for it to be taken into the outdoors setting. However, there are design choices that make the power bank not so friendly for hiking or camping purposes. Like the lack of a hook attachment. There’s no way to connect this solar power bank to your backpack. Instead, you have to opt to hold the charger or place it in a bag.

The body of the power bank features ridges  and grooves, that make it easier to hold and give a sense that it’s made for the outdoor world as they make it easier to carry.

You can find the two USB charging ports on the short side of the charger with the Micro-USB port near the 2.4A port and they’re both covered by flaps that can keep water out. But it’s important to remember that is power bank is not fully waterproof. It can handle a light drizzle but not full on rain.

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In between the two charging port is a LED Flashlight that can be turned on by holding the power button down for 3 seconds. You can find the power button on the long side of the power bank, along with 4 LED power indicators. Of course, then there’s the solar panel that takes up an entire face of the power bank’s side. It makes sense for it to be so big and such a prevalent design aspect of the charger; because solar rays need to hit it for the solar power bank to recharge.

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Build

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The main body structure of the solar power bank is made of plastic. The charger is nearly uni-body designed, it just has a large body structure as a base and a slim part where the solar panel sits on. There aren’t any signs of the panel coming off and that’s good because the solar panel is the main attraction for the charger.

So as we mentioned in the design section, the solar power bank is not waterproof. It can only handle light rain or splashes of water. If you place this charger out into the heavy rain or submerge it into water, then it will get damaged. Also, it’s very important to remember that its few water resistant capabilities only work if the flaps are covering the charging ports.

Other than being a light waterproof power bank, the charger is also able to be dustproof and shockproof. This means that dust can’t get inside of it and it also means that dropping it will have a less chance of damaging the power bank. Like many solar chargers like it, the power bank is meant to be taken into the wilderness or a place that you wouldn’t take conventional power banks. It’s really great to use if you’re not taking it into the outdoors and instead using it in everyday situations; because there’s not much that will be able to damage it.

Along with its strong physical structure, the power bank offers a multi safety tech protection system. Although Aukey doesn’t specify what this means, it could mean that it offers the standard Over-Current, Over-Voltage, Short-Circuit Protection and maybe Temperature control. You’re probably wondering why I said “Probably” to Temperature control. This is because the charger can heat up quite a lot when it’s being charged from the sun and so Temperature increases are basically unavoidable. This might be why the output capacity of the charger is much lower than the initial capacity. But even so, the charger can heat up with just normal charging happening and no solar rays present.

Reliability

By being a solar power bank, the charger can be reliable beyond its base operations as just a power bank. If you plan to use this power bank for rough situations while hiking and camping, then it’s going to deliver quite well. It may not be fully waterproof but it is water resistant, and along with the dustproof and shock-resistant capabilities, the charger can be very resilient in the wild.

The solar part of the charger is good but it doesn’t break any records. It’s important to know that overall, solar charging is not that fast and this power bank will recharge itself at 200-300mA if you’re recharging it through the Solar Panel. It can recharge the power bank in increments but don’t expect it to recharge it fully because that can take days.

It’s a portable solar power bank, that offers toughness and solar charging capabilities, with just enough power capacity that can keep you going for days.

Summary:

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It’s power capacity can be very underwhelming if you expect to use the full 12,000mAh power capacity but it ends up being 9,000mAh. You can still charge most smartphones a few times over and tablets can take a full charge or 1.5 charges. There are two USB charging ports and overall they can total up an Output of 3.4A. Two options of recharging power bank: Solar can be very slow and uses solar rays, or you can use the Micro-USB Input port and recharge the power bank fully in about 7-8 hours.

design

It’s actually not that large of a portable charger and it’s somewhat heavy at 9.7 ounces. Grooves and ridges on the charger make it easy to hold but the solar charger does not have any hook that can be attached to a backpack.

build

Nearly the entire body is made of plastic, the charging port can be covered with flaps and as a result, the solar power bank can have a very advantageous build. It’s lightly water-resistant but nothing too serious. It’s dustproof and shock resistant. This makes the user experience much smoother and opens doors for it to be taken for activities that require the outdoors.

reliability

It’s a reliable enough power bank that should be taken into consideration of a purchase if you plan on taking full advantage of the solar panel. This doesn’t mean that you’ll use the solar panel to fully charge the power bank, instead, it means that you’ll rely on the power bank to charge itself in increments. The charger is also very resilient against dust, drops, and some water. So if you take all those things and think that it far surpasses what a regular power bank can offer, then this portable charger is for you. Simply because it has add-ons that can be worth it.

Specs of the Aukey PB-P8 12,000 mAh Dual USB Port Solar Power Bank:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 12,000mAh            Real Capacity: 9,000mAh
  • Output:      Port 1: 5V/2.4A      Port 2: 5V/1.0A     Max Output: 3.4A
  • Input: 5V/2.0A via Micro USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 5 x 3 x 0.73 inches
  • Weight: 9.7 ounces

Conclusion:

Ultimately, solar power banks are not a revolutionary way for power banks to go. Sure, solar power banks are able to recharge without a wall charger, but the technology just isn’t there yet. The solar charging aspect is just too slow to be considered acceptable as a sole way of charging. However, solar power banks do offer the same aspects as regular power banks with a few upgrades. Such as better build by being dust-proof, water-resistant and shock-resistant. If you value these add-ons and find that these things will provide more value to portable chargers, the solar power bank charger is definitely for you.

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AUKEY 30,000mAh Portable Charger with Quick Charge 3.0

High capacity portable chargers sit on the spectrum of power banks that many people use and many people don’t use. They’re able to deliver a massive amount of power but the free portability is mostly lost because high capacity power banks tend to be a lot bigger and weigh more. Even so, these monstrous portable chargers are still great to use if you’re looking for a charging experience that’s going to last a long time without needing a recharge for quite a while and additionally these kinds of chargers feature charging tech that lower capacity power banks don’t have.

In this review, we’re reviewing Aukey’s 30,000mAh power bank. It’s got a quite a lot of things going on, so let’s get started!

Power

Power Capacity

As you probably already know, the power bank’s capacity is 30,000mAh and that is a LOT of power. However, here at Charger Harbor, we’re here to reveal the truth about what power banks offer. In this case, though, there’s not much to uncover, the Aukey 30,000mAh portable charger has a real capacity of about 27,000mAh and that’s still quite a lot of power to charge plenty of devices a few times over. The capacity loss is contributed to the charging that this charger offers, which is through three ways but we’ll get to that later.

You can expect a lot of charges for smartphones. iPhones are like going to receive the most charges because of their low battery capacities. Even for larger capacity smartphones like the Galaxy S7 Edge, you can expect to get about 7 full charges with this portable charger. Tablets are going to be able to charge plenty of times as well because an iPad Mini 4 can charge fully 5 times over. This type of power bank has a power capacity that can literally last for days and is perfect for camping, road trips, having it in a case of an emergency or simply using it every day because of its amazing power capacity. Power anxiety will be wiped away as you charge your device again and again.

The power bank has many charging options that can fit quite a lot of charging ways. There are two USB ports. One of the USB ports is Oranged colored because it has Quick Charge 3.0 and the other USB port is simply a regular AiPower port. The Quick Charge USB port is able to charge Quick Charge 2.0 and 3.0 at their own Quick Charge speeds.

 AUKEY 30,000mAh Portable Charger (Real Capacity: 27,000mAh)Phone CapacityAUKEY 30,000mAh Portable Charger
iPhone SE27,000mAh1,624mAh25,376mAh
16.6X
iPhone 627,000mAh1,810mAh25,190mAh
14.9X
iPhone 6 Plus27,000mAh2,915mAh24,085mAh
9.2X
iPhone 6s27,000mAh1,715mAh25,285mAh
15.7X
iPhone 6s Plus27,000mAh2,750mAh24,250mAh
9.8X
Samsung Galaxy S627,000mAh2,550mAh24,450mAh
10.5X
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge27,000mAh2,600mAh24,400mAh
10.3X
Samsung Galaxy S727,000mAh3,000mAh24,000mAh
9X
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge27,000mAh3,600mAh23,400mAh
7.5X

Output Charging:

Quick Charge 3.0 Port Charging Speeds: 3.6V-6.5V/3A, 6.5V-9V/2A, 9V-12V/1.5A

The above are the speeds for the Quick Charge port. So if you’re using a Quick Charge compatible device then you’re going to be getting 3 Amp charging speeds, which is some seriously fast charging. However, if you’re not using a compatible device with the Quick Charge port, then the charging speed will either go down to 2A or 1.5A for the device that’s connected to the port. It’s not all that bad though because even though there’s a decrease in Amperage speed, the Quick Charge port provides high Voltage and as a result, the Amperage that you’re getting with non-compatible Quick Charge devices will stay more constant.

AiPower Port Charging Speed: 5V/2.4A

The Green port on the power bank is Aukey’s AiPower port and this means that it provides a max charging speed of 2.4 Amps. This is the max standard charging speed and will charge any devices that are connected to it quite quickly. 2.4A is the max charging speed for tablets like an iPad and so you can expect smartphones and other USB charging devices to charge at their fastest rates when they’re connected to this port.

Next with the charging capabilities of this power bank are the input ports. Or least one of them is hybrid, with the USB Type-C port being able to act as an Input and an Output port.

USB Type-C Output Port: 5V/3.0A

The Type-C Input port can also be used as an Output port and be used to charge devices that are compatible to use the Type-C charging cable. This means that you’re going to need a Type-C to Type-C charging cable so the Type-C port is able to act as an Output port. When you’re able to use this port as an output, it can charge at 5V/3.0A and although you’re receiving 3 Amps current charge, the port has quite a low voltage.

Not only can you charge smartphones that are compatible with the Type-C cable like the HTC 10 and Nexus 6P; but you can also use this charging port to charge a Newer Macbooks since some Macbooks use a Type-C Input to charge. So there you have it, this high capacity power bank can not only provide plenty of charges to smartphones and tablets but it can also provide charging to a laptop! How cool is that?

Input Charging (Recharging):

USB Type-C Input Port: 5V/2.0A

Micro-USB Input Port: 5V/2.0A

On the other side of charging, the recharge of this power bank can happen through two Input charging ports simultaneously. Each of them is able to recharge the power bank at 5V/2.0A charging speeds but if you’re using both of the ports to recharge the power bank the max recharge speed will be 5V/4.0A.

If you’re only using a single Input to recharge the high capacity power bank, then you expect a full charge in about 13 hours. If you’re using two of Input ports, then the recharge time is cut down to about 7 hours to full capacity. Also, the Individual recharge speeds for each of the Input ports are different when you’re using this individually. Meaning that the USB-C port used as an Input port has a max recharge rate of 5V/3.0A and the Micro-USB Input port has a max recharge speed of 5V/2.4A.

Design

Weight and Size

Of course, when it comes to having such a large capacity and being capable of providing so many powering options, this power bank is large. But it’s still compact. The length is 5.9 inches, the width is 3.3 inches and the thickness is 1.1 inches. So overall, it’s not actually physically large. Sure the power bank is pretty big compared to other portable chargers but those are usually lower capacity power banks. The 30,000mAh power bank can still be held in one hand if you really wanted to hold it in your hand but that’s most likely not going to happen. This is because the dimensions of the portable charger aren’t the main problem, it’s the weight. This charger weighs 20.4 ounces. That’s 1 pound and 4 ounces heavy. Most power banks are much lighter than this but going along with what it’s capable of, this charger is really heavy. Even though it can fit into your hand, it won’t feel comfortable because of how heavy it is.

Because of the weight being so overbearing, you’re going to have to opt for using it as a charging hub. This charger is not meant for your Pokemon GO adventures but it is meant for travels that take you where you still need power. Taking it to the office is a great example or perhaps using it in the library because you can charge your Macbook, smartphone, and tablet all the same time. This is what I mean that this is a beast of a charger. It’s portable in the way that you’re supposed to take it to a location and use it. Not so much for on-the-go purposes.

Functional Components

The functional components on the high capacity power bank are clear to see and easy to use.

All the charging Output and Input ports are on a single side of the charger. The Two USB Ports are next to each and the USB Type-C Input/Output and Micro-USB Input are next to each other as well. between the two USB ports is a LED flashlight that can be turned on via the power button. The power button is on top of the power bank and by holding the power button down for 2-3 seconds, the LED flashlight turns on and holding it like so will turn off the power bank.

The power button has two other functions as well. The power button must be pressed to actually turn on the power bank so it can begin charging the device that’s connected to it. This charger does NOT automatically detect and begin charging. Another thing is that the power button is the power capacity display. It displays the power capacity via three colors.

White: 70-100%

Green: 30-70%

Red: 0-30%

Build

Structure and Material

Large capacity power banks tend to have poor build because everything is everywhere but this isn’t the case here. Instead, the structure of Aukey 30,000mAh power bank does a great job at being compact and well built as possible. The charger is made of plastic and has few separate pieces to make the charger whole. Even so, the power bank does a great job at being built solidly by holding a strong binding with its separated structures.

All the functional components of the power bank function perfectly and provide a straightforward user experience.

Tech

On the inside, the charger is supported by some safety tech like Over-Charging Protection, Over-Current Protection, and Overheating. However, the overheating one is a bit questionable because the charger does heat up a lot. The heat generation is mostly caused by the charging speeds that the charger is capable of Outputting. If you’re using all the charging outputs on this power bank, then you can expect it to become quite heated up. The heat can result in less capacity being transferred and it will also damage the battery capacity in the long-term.

Structurally the power bank is built very well but the at times the charger can be too powerful for its own good.

Reliability

Its power capacity alone makes the charger very reliable. The power can last for days or even weeks depending on how you use the charger. While relying on the high capacity of the power bank, you’re also able to take advantage of the faster-charging options. With Quick Charge, AiPower, and USB Type-C port; the ways to charge your devices provide the optimal charging experience.

You may not be able to walk with this high capacity power bank comfortably, but for any other cases, it’s perfect to rely on. The charger can easily be used as a 3 port charging hub for charging 3 devices at the same time. You can potentially charge a Macbook, your smartphone, and tablet all at the same time. This doesn’t pose too much of a problem for the charger because of its insanely high capacity.

Easy to use. Has lots to offer.

 

A power capacity of about 27,000mAh is able to charge many smartphones more than 6 times over. Some Tablets will have no problem charging 4 times over. The power capacity can last for days depending on how you use it. The charging options that you get with this power bank are phenomenal. Two USB charging ports; one being Quick Charge 3.0 and the other being Aipower. Then there’s the Type-C port that can be used as an Output port and charge compatible devices that use Type-C. You can use the Type-C port to charge a Macbook. The Type-C port can also be used as an Input alongside the Micro-USB Input port, and putting them together can create a max recharge speed of 4 Amps. This can recharge the power bank in about 7 hours.

 

It’s a very normally sized power bank that can be held in one hand and placed in a bag quite easily. However, that’s not what stands out the most. Instead, the most notable thing is that the power bank is quite heavy weighing in at 1.4 pounds. It’s a portable charger that’s portable by the way you take it to a location and use it. It’s not meant to be held and used. All the functional components are the in the same area and are very easy to use. The power button is an integral part of the charging experience; although an auto start charging feature would have been nice to have.

 

The build of the portable charger is done well. The charger is made of plastic with a few separate pieces that are stuck together to make the charger whole. As a whole, the physical structure of the power bank is strong. On the inside, the power bank features safety tech to prevent any damage from happening to your device. With that said, the charging options can make the power bank generate plenty of heat and because of that, the power bank’s capacity that the user receives is depleted. Over the long-term, it’s questionable on how this power bank will perform because heat tends to degrade batteries.

 

It’s a very reliable portable charger because of its capacity and the charging options. The portable charger may not be as portable as other chargers but it’s simple to know that it’s equivalent exchange. The power bank has plenty in the way of power but it has to give up versatile portability. Even so, the power bank can be taken nearly anywhere and be used at a location for the best user experience. Best of all, you can charge 3 devices at once.

Aukey 30,000mAh Portable Charger with Quick Charge 3.0:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 30,000mAh             Real Capacity: 27,000mAh
  • Output:

Quick Charge 3.0 Port Charging Speeds: 3.6V-6.5V/3A, 6.5V-9V/2A, 9V-12V/1.5A

AiPower Port Charging Speed: 5V/2.4A

USB Type-C Output Port: 5V/3.0A

  • Input:

USB Type-C Input Port: 5V/2.0A     Individual Usage: 5V/3.0A

Micro-USB Input Port: 5V/2.0A       Individual Usage: 5V/2.4A

  • LED Power Indicators: Power Button Indicates 3 Colors
  • Size: 5.9 x 3.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Weight: 1.4 pounds

Conclusion:

This high capacity is the first and foremost thing that will be the most intriguing aspect of this power bank. The power capacity can last for days or even weeks, so you’re always with power. The charging options provide fast charging no matter which port you’re using and the recharge speed of this power bank matches the power capacity with two Input ports to charge from simultaneously. It’s not the most portable power bank (Obviously) but it does well when it’s taken to a location and used. The main flaw with its design is simply the weight. If it were lighter, the charger could even better than it currently is.

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Review: Aukey PB-N37 5000mAh Mini Power Bank

 

Mini portable power banks are sought out to be the most preferred version of power banks. They’re chosen most for their portability and the having the ability to be placed into a pocket quite easily. The Aukey PB-N37 Mini is such a power bank that is capable on what it delivers, but its competitors are also able to deliver on what it has. This mobile power bank charger is able to take mobility to great lengths but find out if the entire package is actually able to deliver on all fronts, read on in this Charger Harbor Review!

Power

Power Capacity

It’s starting to become a more common thing for mini power banks to start raising their capacities while still holding onto their same portable size. That’s the case here. This small power bank has a capacity of 5,000mAh and this kind of capacity is growing popularity among portable power devices like the Anker PowerCore 5000 and the Jackery Mini. With that said, though, not all power banks are created equal. This one may have an original capacity of 5,000mAh but the output capacity of this charger is 4,000mAh. It’s quite a lot of power that’s being lost, in the end, you’re not actually getting a 5,000mAh capacity. Even though it’s a disappointment to be losing that much power capacity, the power that the power bank does have to actually use, it does a good at charging smartphones about 2 times or more. As for tablets, this is a mini power bank and along with a 1,000mAh power capacity loss, you can’t rely on this portable charger to charge a tablet fully but it will charge most tablets halfway through.

Like we said, though, this portable charger is competing with others that are similar to it and those other power banks have a very good conversion rate when it comes to charging and are able to keep closer to their original power capacity.

 Aukey PB-N37 5000mAh Mini Power Bank (Real Capacity 4,000mAh)Phone CapacityAukey PB-N37 5000mAh Mini Power Bank
iPhone SE4,000mAh1,624mAh2,376mAh
2.4X
iPhone 64,000mAh1,810mAh2,190mAh
2.2X
iPhone 6 Plus4,000mAh2,915mAh1,085mAh
1.3X
iPhone 6s4,000mAh1,715mAh2,285mAh
2.3X
iPhone 6s Plus4,000mAh2,750mAh1,250mAh
1.4X
Samsung Galaxy S64,000mAh2,550mAh1,450mAh
1.5X
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge4,000mAh2,600mAh1,400mAh
1.5X
Samsung Galaxy S74,000mAh3,000mAh1,000mAh
1.3X
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge4,000mAh3,600mAh400mAh
1.1X

Output Charging

 

Moving onto the charging speed capabilities, the power bank is able to deliver rather mediocre charging speeds. Most power banks that are rated at its power capacity have faster charging capabilities than those smaller power banks. That’s not the case here, this Aukey power bank features nearly the same charging speed as small power banks. The Output charging speed is 5V/1.5A, it’s just a little faster than 1 Amp charging. So you can expect your smartphone to charge near its max speed if its max charging speed is sitting around 1.5 Amps. However, tablets will not receive their fastest charging because tablets usually have a max charging of 2.4A. I was expecting a max charging speed of at least 5V/2.0A but that’s not the case here and once again the Aukey’s portable power bank falls under what others are delivering because power banks that are rated at its capacity are

However, tablets will not receive their fastest charging because tablets usually have a max charging rate of 2.4A. I was expecting a max charging speed of at least 5V/2.0A but that’s not the case here and once again the Aukey’s mini charger falls under what others are able to deliver. Similar chargers to the PB-N37 can deliver 2 Amp charging currents.

Input Charging (Recharge)

The same goes for the recharge speed of the power bank which is 5V/1.0A. The recharge rate is the base of nearly all portable power banks and just like the Output charging speed, I expected more out of it. You can expect this power bank to be fully recharged in about 6-7 hours and as result, you most likely won’t be using it the day that you depleted the charger.

To sum up, the power capabilities of this Aukey PB-N37 is that we expected more. We expect this power bank to deliver something greater than what smaller charger are able to give but that’s not the end result in the power department.

Design

Following a very similar design scheme as the Anker PowerCore 5000, this power bank is designed as it’s expected to be. The larger capacity definitely shows but first let’s get the dimensions out of the way. The power bank is 3.6 inches in length and 1.18 inches in width and thickness. The weight of the charger is 4.6 ounces. The power bank is really small but you can expect the thickness to be thicker than mini power banks of lower capacities and because of the raised capacity of this power bank. With that said, the power bank can be held in a hand easily, placed into the bag easily but a pocket can be quite a stretch. The power bank’s length is very similar to that of other mini power banks so that’s not the problem, however, the main problem is the thickness of a little over 1 inch. The charger can feel very uncomfortable if it does fit into your pocket but if you’re wearing pants like sweatpants then this power bank give no problems when it’s in your pocket.

The power bank is 3.6 inches in length and 1.18 inches in width and thickness. The weight of the charger is 4.6 ounces. The power bank is really small but you can expect the thickness to be thicker than mini power banks of lower capacities and because of the raised capacity of this power bank. With that said, the power bank can be held in a hand or bag really easily, but a pocket can be quite a stretch. The power bank’s length is very similar to that of other mini power banks so that’s not the problem, however, the main problem is the thickness of little over 1 inch. The charger can feel very uncomfortable if it does fit into your pocket but if you’re wearing pants like sweatpants then this charger will give no problems when it’s in your pocket.

So putting it into your pocket along with your smartphone can have varied experiences and you should really think how you’re going to configure your usage of this portable charger.

The portable charger’s functional components are where you’d expect them to be. The charging Output and Input are on the side of the power bank. There’s really no way of telling the capacity of the charger other than when it’s being recharged. That’s right. There’s about a single light with the power bank that changes colors depending on what you’re doing with it. Here are the 3 main colors:

  • RED – The Power Bank is being recharged
  • GREEN – The Power Bank is fully recharged
  • Blue – The Power Bank is charging

So overall there’s no way to know what the capacity is during charging; not only because it uses just 3 colors but also because the power bank doesn’t even have a power button. Instead, it simply begins to charge when a device is connected to it. It’s convenient features but the lack of LED power indicators is something that is usually standard with a power bank and quite helpful for a user.

Lastly, the shape of the power bank is obviously cylindrical as you’ve already seen, as a result, if you put it onto a flat surface, it may roll off and fall. The form factor of smaller power banks like this is important; the Tylt Mini is able to prove it easily with its roll preventive body.

Build

When it comes to the build quality of this portable charger, there’s not much to say and that’s a good thing. The body is made of Aluminum. It’s a drop tested power bank, so if you worry about your power bank getting damaged because you might drop them while you’re carrying it, then there’s really no need to worry.

The inner tech of the power bank is most filled with optimization tech that makes the charging with this charger really good. This means that the power bank won’t hold back on its 1.5 Amp output if the device its charging can take a 1.5A charging speed or higher. Although it does have safety techs like Over-Current Protection and Temperature Control. Other than that, the charger’s build is mostly about increasing charging efficiency and delivering the most power it can with its 5V/1.5A output.

Reliability

 

Relying on this power bank is alright if you know what to expect. The charger does lose a 1,000mAh power capacity during charging so you won’ be relying on the full 5,000mAh that it’s supposed to have. The charging speed is alright with having a 1.5A charging output speed and a 1.0A recharge speed. The Output speed is acceptable because most smartphones are able to recharge at 1.5A or lower, but there are cases where some smartphones charge faster than 1.5A and those smartphones won’t be receiving their fastest charging speed.

Then there’s the design of the power bank. The thickness is really the only flaw and can cause some real discomfort if you’re putting it into a jean’s pocket. However, if you’re wearing loose clothing like sweatpants, then this power bank will have no problem comfortably fitting into your pocket.

Overall, when you sum it up; the PB-N37 5000mAh Mini Power Bank is able to deliver a quality charging experience, but it does have its flaws pertaining to its design and powering. If you’re able to accept those, then this power bank will be an awesome charger to rely on.

 

1,000mAh is lost during charging, so you’re not getting the full 5,000mAh that it promises. The charging output speed is good enough 1.5A but I was expect something like 2.0A. The recharging speed could use some real improvements and provide a 2.0A recharge speed so the power bank has a faster availability  time when it’s recharged.

 

It’s a similar designed to power banks within its class like the Anker PowerCore 5000. The portable charger is small but the thickness is what makes the portability short of greatness because it can be quite uncomfortable to fit into a pocket. There’s a lack of power indicators that give a measure of power capacity and there’s no power button.

 

The build is simple and that’s what makes it so great. The portable charger has Aluminum body that’s been dropped tested and the only functional components to account for are the charging Output and Input. The LED power indicator is within the power bank. The charger has safety tech but more importantly it has the charging tech to optimize charging speed.

 

This power bank is reliable enough if you know what you’re getting. The charger is reliable for what it offer and nothing more.Overall, you’re going to be relying on a mini portable charger that under-delivers with its power and somewhat on its design aspects.

Specs of the Aukey PB-N37 5000mAh Mini Power Bank:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 5,000mAh             Real Capacity: 4,000mAh
  • Output:      5V/1.5A
  • Input: 5V/1.0A via Micro USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: Single LED Light with different colors to indicate different charging sections
  • Size: 3.6 x 1.18 x 1.18 inches
  • Weight: 4.64 ounces

Conclusion:

The PB-N37 5000mAh Mini Power Bank is a new generation portable chargers that tries hard to keep up with the current standard of mini power banks but it doesn’t seem to understand that you must be able to deliver on what the standard is. The PB-N37 should be able to give a consumer the full capacity, more power, and just a slightly smaller thickness. Other than that, though, this charger is up there with the others.

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