Review: OLALA 13,000mAh Power Bank

OLALA 13,000mAh Power Bank

8

Power

8.0/10

Design

8.0/10

Build

8.0/10

Reliability

8.0/10

Pros

  • Built-In Lighting Charging Cable
  • 2.4A USB Port

Cons

  • Slow charging with Lightning Connector

Power banks with built-in charging cables are very useful because there can be times when you take a power bank with you outside of your house and you end up forgetting to take your charging cable with you. Maybe you forgot to unplug your charging cable from your USB wall charger, things happen. That can be frustrating because you have the portable charger but you can’t use it, and your smartphone is low on power.

This OLALA 13,000mAh power bank is a perfect solution for those that own an iPhone because it uses a built-in Lightning cable that can be used to recharge iPhone and iPads. Let’s take a closer look what it’s really capable of.

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Power

Power Capacity:

The power capacity of this OLALA power banks starts at 13,000mAh. It’s not going to decrease too much during charging, but of course, during conversion energy is lost. For the most part, even if you’re using the Built-in cable and the USB port at the same time for charging, a 3.4A of power usage will result in an average conversion rate of 70% and that means you’ll be able to get 9,000mAh of usable power capacity.

OLALA for Smartphones

A 9,000mAh power capacity will actually take you quite far because it’ll be able to charge most smartphones about 3-4 times. Charging high capacity smartphones like the new iPhone 7 Plus is going to result in 3 full charges. In addition that, if you’re charging a smaller smartphone like an iPhone SE that only has a battery capacity of 1,624mAh; you’re able to get 5.5 full charges.

This power bank is ideal for charging smartphones.

 OLALA 13,000mAh Power Bank
(Output Power Capacity 9,000mAh)
Phone CapacityOLALA 13,000mAh Power Bank Left Over Capacity after One Charge

# of Full Charges for the Device
iPhone SE9,000mAh1,624mAh7,376mAh Left Over

5 Full Charges
iPhone 69,000mAh1,810mAh7,190mAh Left Over

4 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus9,000mAh2,915mAh6,085mAh Left Over

3 Full Charges
iPhone 6s9,000mAh1,715mAh7,285mAh Left Over

5 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus9,000mAh2,750mAh6,250mAh Left Over

3 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S69,000mAh2,550mAh6,450mAh Left Over

3 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge9,000mAh2,600mAh6,400mAh Left Over

3 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S79,000mAh3,000mAh6,000mAh Left Over

3 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge9,000mAh3,600mAh5,400mAh Left Over

2.5 Full Charges
Apple iPad Mini 29,000mAh6,470mAh2530mAh Left Over

1.3 Full Charges
Apple iPad Mini 49,000mAh5,124mAh3876mAh Left Over

1.7 Full Charges

OLALA for iPads

However, if you do choose to also charge tablets with the power bank, it can do that too, but it’s best to charge mini tablets like the iPad Mini 2, or 4 and also charging a Galaxy Tab will result in a pretty good experience because those tablets are able to recharge about 1.5 or 2 full times.

Output Charging:

There are two charging options. There’s the Built-In Lightning cable and also the USB Port.

USB Port

The USB port has a charging speed of 5V/2.4A. That’s a fast charging speed that’s able to charge most devices at their max charging speeds, and if you choose to charge a tablet with this power bank, you should use the USB port to do so; since tablets like iPads have their max charging rates at 2.4A.

Built-In Lightning Cable

 

Unfortunately, the Lightning cable only has charging speed of 5V/1.0A. That’s quite a slow chargings speed, and if you charge an iPhone 6 or 7 then the Lightning connector isn’t going to charge those smartphones at their max charging speed. This is because an iPhone 6 and onwards have a max charging rate of 5V/2.0A. So the Lightning connector will not be able to charge most iPhones or iPads at their max charging speeds.

With that said, the Lightning cable is not meant for speed, it’s meant for convenience because you’ll always have the means to charge your Apple devices.

Input Charging:

The max recharge rate of this OLALA power bank is 5V/2.0A via Micro-USB Input. Make sure that you’re using a 2 Amp wall charger or higher if you want to recharge the power bank as fast as possible; this will result in a full recharge within 7 hours.

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Design

Size and Weight:.

 

It’s a small power bank that’s about the size of your smartphone (Not Including the thickness). Although the weight of the power bank is what can make it a drag to hold.

It has a length of 5.4 inches, a width of 3 inches and a thickness of 0.9 inches. It weighs 10.4 ounces. So it’s actually quite small and can fit into a single hand while your charge your smartphone. With that said, the OLALA power bank weighs more than half a pound and that can be troublesome if you’re holding it for long durations of time.

If you have a bag on you, then this power bank is going to be ideal to take anywhere because it can become inconvenient to hold this in your hand. Setting it down is also another option for those times when you’re charging two devices at once.

Functional Components:

Nearly all of the functional parts of the power bank are on a single side, which is the short-side; on the short side is where you’ll find the Built-In charging cable, the USB port and the Micro-USB Input port. On top of the power bank is where there are 4 Blue LED power capacity indicators.

 

Then over on the long side of the power bank is where there’s the power button. Charging doesn’t start automatically, so whether you’re charging from the Lightning cable or the USB port, you must press the power button to begin charging. Once charging is taking place, the LED capacity indicators stay on for a few seconds and then turn off.

It’s a great design feature that the LEDs turn off because there’s no wasted power, but at the same time the user can be confused whether or not charging is taking place.

Overall, the power bank feels nice in the hands because the center is a rubber material with a matte finish, and it has a plastic siding.

Build

Structure and Material:

The center of the power bank is made of a rubber material and it has a matte finish. The siding has a plastic strip that goes all along the siding of the power bank. It’s well built.

However, there’s nothing to really take shock damage if the power bank were to fall, and as solid as it is, it won’t be able to take take a long fall onto hard flooring very well.

Tech:

On the tech side, there’s nothing to complain about because the power bank doesn’t overheat while it’s charging. It does, however, begin to heat up when you’re recharging the power bank, and the heating up happens near the charging ports, rather than the center of the power bank.

Reliability

We think this is the perfect kind of power bank for anyone that owns an iPhone or an iPad. You’re always going to have a charging cable with your power bank and even though the Lightning cable doesn’t give that fast of a charging speed; you’re still going to be able to charge your Apple devices.

Also, the power bank is useful for charging any other devices at as well, because it has a USB port, so you can charge two devices at once. Although, the first reliability factor depends on using the Built-in Lightning connector.

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Summary:

Power:

The power capacity is going to be able to charge smartphones multiple times and can charge Mini tablets very well. The use of a Lightning connector is very convenient and you can also use the USB port for other devices as well. The USB port has a fast charge rate of 2.4 Amps. You can charge two devices at once.

Design:

It’s a small power bank but it’s quite heavy at weighing in more than half a pound.

Build:

The OLALA power bank is solidly built, but you should be cautious of dropping it because it doesn’t have any reinforcements that are able to take shock damage if it were to fall.

Reliability:

For those that own an iPhone or iPad that not only want a portable power source, but also a reliable one. You’ll always be able to use this power bank if it has power because you can use the Built-in charging cable. Reliability is taken even further when you account for the USB port that adds the ability to charge two devices at once.

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Specs of the OLALA 13,000mAh Power Bank:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 13,000mAh            Output Capacity: 9,000mAh
  • Output:

USB Port: 5V/2.4A

Lightning Output: 5V/1.0A

  • Input:     5V/2.0A Via Micro-USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 5.4 x 3 x 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 10.4 Ounces

Conclusion:

This OLALA power banks is perfect for Apple smartphone owners firstly because it has a Lightning connect that will always be with the power bank, so you’ll always have reliable power. From then on, the use of a USB port is a giant plus as you can charge another Apple device or an Android device with it.

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