Aukey 10,000mAh Power Bank with 18W USB-C Power Delivery
Most of the time when it comes to Power Delivery portable chargers, the ones that use the fast charging tech have high power capacities. The reason that Power Delivery power banks have high power capacities is that Power Delivery is usable with larger devices such as laptops and there are now quite a lot of Power Delivery laptops on the market. So it doesn’t really make sense for mid-range capacity power banks to use the fast charging tech as it likely won’t have enough power capacity to charge a laptop to full power.
However, there are levels to Power Delivery and in this case, this Aukey 10,000mAh power bank has a USB-C Power Delivery port that has an 18W charging rate. So let’s see if a lower capacity Power Delivery portable charger is useful.
The power capacity of this power bank is 10,000mAh and it’s with this much power that you’re likely going to be using this charger to charge smaller devices such as smartphones. This is definitely going to be the case when you consider the output capacity that you’re actually able to use after the conversion of power.
3.7 x 10,000 = 37,000 / 5 = 7,400
Most of the time you’re able to use about 7,400mAh from this charger, however, this is the amount of output capacity that you’re able to use if you’re using the standard port. If you’re using either the Quick Charge port or the USB-C port on this power bank then you can expect a lower output capacity and that’s because the charging rate is faster and that results in a lower conversion rate.
As a result, most of the time you’re going to be able to use about 6,000mAh if you’re charging a Quick Charge compatible smartphone or using the Power Delivery charging tech with a Power Delivery compatible smartphone, laptop or tablet.
Overall, we find that the power bank is mostly suited for charging smartphones, as charging larger devices such as a tablet or laptop will result in the entire power capacity being used or the entire power capacity not being enough.
Despite its mid-range power capacity and small form factor, which we’ll be getting to later, this power banks still manages to use three charging ports.
There are two USB-A ports, with one using Quick Charge 3.0 and the other one is a standard port that still features some fast standard charging at 5V/2.4A. The one other port is, of course, the USB-C port, and it has an 18W charging rate and this is basically Power Delivery just as Aukey calls.
However, just so you know, an 18W Power Delivery charging rate is the base of Power Delivery and so it’s really only able to charge Power Delivery compatible smartphones at their max charging speed. 18W of charging power won’t be able to charge Power Delivery compatible tablets and laptops at their max charging speed, and the only USB-C laptop that you’re able to charge with the USB-C port is a USB-C MacBook and even then the MacBook will not charge at its max charging rate.
That said, it’s still pretty cool that this power bank manages to up its power to 18W, rather than using the standard 15W that most USB-C ports tend to have. If you have a USB-C smartphone that is both Power Delivery and Quick Charge compatible, such as the Galaxy S8, then either of the two fast charging ports will be able to charge the Galaxy S8 at its max charging speed.
Also, if you didn’t know, you’re able to fast charge an iPhone X and an iPhone 8 with a USB-C Power Delivery port when you use a USB-C to Lightning charging cable because they’re both Power Delivery compatible.
To recharge this power bank, there are two options.
You can either use the Micro-USB input with its recharge rate of 5V/2.0A and this is actually the slower recharging option. The faster recharging method is to use the USB-C port with a Power Delivery wall charger and recharge the power bank with a USB-C to USB-C charging cable.
Size and Weight:
Even with its use of a 10,000mAh power capacity and three charging ports, this Aukey PB-Y13 power bank still manages to maintain a small form factor that you can easily take anywhere without second-guessing. That’s because the charger has a length of 5.8 inches, it has a width of 2.9 inches, and a thickness of 0.5 inches. The weight of the power bank is 9.3 Ounces.
So the power bank is able to fit into your pocket and you can also hold it in your hand while you charge your smartphone and use it at the same time as you can just stack your smartphone on top of the power bank for easier usability.
Basically, all of the functional parts of this power bank are on a single side. The two USB-A ports and USB-C port can be found on the same side. Then on one long length side is where there’s the power button and 4 White power capacity indicators. On the opposite side is where there’s the Micro-USB input port.
Structure and Material:
The build quality is what you can expect from Aukey and that would be a solid one. The charger is made of plastic but it holds together very well and the charging ports are great to use because they hold charging cables that you input into them very well.
On the tech side, this power bank does get a little warm if you’re charging two or three devices at once, and this is definitely going to be the case if you’re using either the USB-C Power Delivery port or the Quick Charge port.
On the reliability side, this power bank is going to be most reliable if you have a Power Delivery compatible smartphone or a Quick Charge compatible smartphone. On one hand, if you have a Google Pixel 2, which is Power Delivery compatible but not Quick Charge compatible, then this power bank is worth it as it has a small form factor. The same is true for charging an iPhone X and an iPhone 8.
The power capacity is really only enough for charging a smartphone to its full power about two times. The power bank makes use of two fast charging technologies but the Power Delivery charging power is at its base level and only meant for charging Power Delivery compatible smartphones.
Even with its many charging features, this power bank can still slip into your pocket.
The power bank can get warm if you’re charging three devices at once.
On the reliability side, this power bank is most useful for those that own a Power Delivery compatible smartphone or a Quick Charge one. If you have neither then it’s best to look for a more simple alternative.
Specs of the Aukey 10,000mAh Power Bank with 18W USB-C Power Delivery:
- Power Capacity: 10,000mAh | Output Capacity: 7,400mAh
Standard USB-A Port: 5V/2.4A
Quick Charge Port: 5V–6V/3A | 6V–9V/2A | 9V–12V/1.5A
USB-C Port: 5V/3.0A
USB-C Input: 5V/1.5A | 9V/2A
Micro-USB Input: 5V/2.0A
- LED Power Indicator: Four LED Power Capacity Indicators
- Size: 5.8 x 2.9 x 0.5 inches
- Weight: 9.3 Ounces
The Aukey PB-Y13 USB-C Power Delivery portable charger does a lot of things right and it does it all with a mini form factor.
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Since 2016, Usman has flourished as an independent tech journalist, reveling in the evaluation of diverse tech gadgets, with a particular fondness for charging technology to ascertain product performance. Besides his journalistic endeavors, he helms the Charger Harbor YouTube channel, where he extends his tech insights to a broader audience.