Review: Aukey 26,500mAh Power Bank with USB-C Power Delivery and Quick Charge 3.0

Aukey 26,500mAh Power Bank with USB-C Power Delivery and Quick Charge 3.0

9.6

Power

10.0/10

Design

9.5/10

Build

10.0/10

Reliability

9.0/10

Pros

  • Uses Power Delivery to Charge compatible devices at max charging speed, while you're on-the-go
  • Has a Quick Charge port to Charge compatible devices at their max charging speed
  • High Capacity to charge many devices to their max power

Cons

  • Large and Heavy, and meant for stationary use, mostly

Portable chargers have improved a lot over the years and by that, we mean that there are ones that go beyond just having high power capacities and lots of charging ports.

Of course, that’s still the case with many power banks these days, and that’s exactly what this review is based on.

In this case, though, this power bank is using quite a few special charging electronics that put it ahead of the curve and can be useful for select devices.

It’s Aukey’s 25,500mAh USB-C Power Delivery portable charger. This charger has quite a lot of power and it also makes use of charging tech that will one day soon be standard with most portable devices that we currently use.

It’s great that Aukey, a flagship charging electronic brand has focused in on an emerging charging tech that can be very useful for larger and smaller devices.

Let’s take a closer look to see what this highly capable portable charger has to offer.

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Power

Power Capacity:

There’s a lot of power capacity to be used with this power bank as it has a 26,500mAh initial capacity.

However, it’s important to know that with its many charging methods, this power bank’s conversion rate of its power is going to change depending on what charging method that you’re using.

In this case, we’re going to calculate how much output capacity you’d receive if the charger went through an average conversion of power.

3.7 x 26,500 = 98,050 / 5 = 19,160mAh

Since most portable charger batteries are rated at 3.7 Volts, that’s what we based our measurements on during charging. In the end, you’re actually going to be able to utilize about 19,610mAh.

This amount of power is still a lot and we don’t find the decrease in power from the initial to the output to be something bad.

As you’re able to charge most smartphones to their full power about six times and you can charge most tablets to full power about three times.

Charging devices such as smartphones and tablets isn’t where this power bank stops though, as it has powerful charging options that allow you to charge devices such as laptops and gaming consoles like the Nintendo Switch.

You can very well charge a MacBook to full power about two times with this power bank if you’re using the entirety of the power capacity to solely charge your laptop. Or you can use it charge the Nintendo Switch a few times over and continue gaming while you’re on-the-go.

Output Charging:

There are a total of three ways to charge your devices with this Aukey power bank.

Standard USB-A Port

The first one that we want to mention is standard USB-A charging port that has a charging speed of 5V/2.4A.

With its 2.4 Amps, you’re able to charge most smartphones and tablets at their max charging speeds. Although, this port will not be able to charge Quick Charge compatible devices at their max speed.

Quick Charge USB-A Port

That brings us to the Quick Charge USB-A charging port which is going to be very useful for smartphones and other devices that are compatible with Quick Charge tech.

It’s with this port that you can charge your compatible devices at their max charging speed and therefore can get them to full power at a very fast rate.

You can also charge Non-Quick Charge compatible devices with this Quick Charge USB-A port and that will result in a standard speed of 5V/2.4A, just as the standard USB-A port outputs.

USB-C Power Delivery Output

Then the final method of output charging that makes this power bank worth buying is its USB-C charging port.

In order to use the USB-C port as an output, you must use a USB-C to USB-C charging cable to charge USB-C compatible devices.

Or you can use a USB-C to Lightning cable if you want to charge your iPhone X or iPhone 8 at their max power as they can charge at their max rate when you use Power Delivery.

The max power that the USB-C port can output is 30W and this is a very good amount of power.

That’s because it’s enough to power to charge devices such as a MacBook, Chromebook and basically any other devices that charge beyond the 18W range to be able to charge at their max charging speed.

Having the ability to charge your larger devices at their max power and not having to rely on a USB wall charger is something that is very convenient

Input Charging:

There are a total of two input ports to recharge this power bank. One is the Micro-USB input port that has a recharge rate of 5V/2.0A, so you should use a 2 Amp USB wall charger if you want to recharge the power bank the fastest through its Micro-USB input.

Or you can use the USB-C as an input port to recharge this power bank.

Now, using the USB-C port to recharge the power bank is the better options, but mostly if you’re using a USB-C wall charger and that’s because you’re able to use Power Delivery when it does come to using a USB-C Power Delivery wall charger.

So using Power Delivery to recharge this power bank will result in a 3-4 hour recharge time and that is very fast when you consider that this is a 26,500mAh power bank.

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Design

Size and Weight:

The size of this high capacity power bank is actually quite small and that is surprising as most high capacity power banks tend to be large and bulky.

This charger has a length of 5.9 inches, a width of 3.3 inches and a thickness of 1.1 inches.

So it might have a large thickness but on the bright side this charger is very short and squared shaped and therefore you’re able to be portable with it in an easier manner.

The weight of the power bank is 1.3 pounds so it’s definitely on the heavy side.

Despite its weight, this charger is still great to take anywhere and you’re going to want to take it anywhere and everywhere you go if you want to use the charging features that it has.

Functional Components:

Nearly all of the functional components of this power bank are on a single side. These functional parts include:

Two of the UBS-A charging ports

The Micro-USB input port

The USB-C Port

The Four LED Power Capacity Indicators

At the top of the charger is where you can find the power button that’s used to turn on charging.

Aukey has done a few modifications with this power bank in comparison to its previous high capacity portable chargers. For example, they no longer have the flashlight and instead now have four LED capacity indicators when recently they used to use the power button as the capacity indicators.

Thankfully, this is all a good thing as the color capacity indicator didn’t work so well and was quite confusing.

Build

Structure and Material:

The entire power bank is made of plastic and that is nothing bad at all. There are about four pieces that hold the entirety of the power bank together and they’re held in place very well with basically no space in between.

With all that said, this is not a rugged power bank and therefore you should not be dropping it from high heights onto hard ground.

It should, however, be perfect to use for ever day use.

Tech:

This charger has a max output of 30W and that means you can’t use each of the output charging options at the same time at their max power.

However, a max output of 30W is still a lot and even if you’re using the max power of this charger it simply gets a little warm and that’s all you really have to worry about.

If this charger does go over its charging power limits then it’ll simply turn off and you can restart it to use it again.

Reliability

This is a very reliable power bank as it has many charging options.

There’s a standard USB-A charging port, a Quick Charge port for Quick Charge devices and a USB-C port that uses Power Delivery which can be very useful for charging smartphones, larger devices such as laptops and it’s basically future-proof which means that the Power Delivery tech from this charger can be relied on by devices in the future.

Recharging this power bank is also very good and that’s because it uses Power Delivery when you recharge it and that can result in a very fast recharge rate.

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Summary:

Power:

It has a lot of power capacity to use to charge smartphones, tablets and even larger devices such as laptops to their full power a few times over. Charging with this power bank is also very good as it has three very powerful charging features.

Design:

It’s a heavy power bank, but the great part about it is that it has a small and boxy shape that can make it easy to travel around with.

Build:

It has a strong build quality, but it’s definitely not a rugged power bank and so you should not go treating it like one.

Reliability:

It’s a very reliable power bank when you place all of its attributes together from its high capacity to its powerful charging and its small form factor.

Specs of the Aukey 26,500mAh Power Bank with USB-C Power Delivery and Quick Charge 3.0:

  • Capacity:

Initial Capacity: 26,500mAh

Output Capacity: 19,610mAh

  • Output:

Standard USB-A Port: 5V/2.4

Quick Charge USB-A Port: 5V–6.5V/3A | 6.5V–9V 2A | 9V–12V/1.5A

USB-C PD Output: 5V 3A | 9V/2A | 12V/2A | 14.5V/2A| 20V/1.5A (30W)

  • Input: 5V/3A | 9V/2A | 12V/2A | 14.5V/2A
  • LED Power Indicator: Yes
  • Size: 5.9 x 3.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Weight: 1.3 Pounds

Conclusion:

This 26,500mAh USB-C Power Delivery portable charger is a must-have for those that can utilize its power delivery charging abilities as it can be very useful for charging larger devices.

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