Review: ORICO USB-C 10,000mAh Portable Power Bank

ORICO USB-C Type-C 10,000mAh Portable External Battery

8.1

Power

7.5/10

Design

9.5/10

Build

8.5/10

Reliability

7.0/10

Pros

  • Both the USB-C and USB-A charging port are great at providing fast charging of 5V2.4A.
  • It's a small and slim power bank that's very portable.

Cons

  • The charging isn't as fast with the USB-C port as it should be.

One of the best reasons for power banks to begin using USB-C is not only because it’ll charge smartphones that are compatible with the technology faster, but also because the power bank is able to recharge faster.

Then this goes into other aspects of owning a high Amp USB wall charger so you can actually recharge your power bank at faster speeds.

Overall, it all begins with your smartphone that can take advantage of this fast charging technology and that leads to an overall improvement of charging that you’ll be receiving from other charging electronics that you use.

This USB-C ORICO power bank can very well set you on the path to fast charging.

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Power

Power Capacity:

The ORICO power bank has many of its features that are similar to the Eighty Plus power bank that we’ve also reviewed, with this power bank also having an initial power capacity of 10,000mAh.

The Output power capacity will not change too much from the initial one, but it will change enough during charging because the power bank uses 2 Lithium Polymer batteries and some faster-charging Output ports.

With that said, the Max Output charging isn’t the most impressive, so the Output power capacity won’t be suffering too much.

With that said, you’ll most likely be averaging at about a 7,500mAh of Output power capacity that can provide lots of power to the devices that this power bank is meant for.

This means that smartphones will be able to charge 3-4 times to their max power capacities. If you want to charge tablets, that can be done too but the power bank’s power capacity wasn’t really meant to do so.

Charging Mini sized tablets will get them one full charge but that’s going to take the entire power capacity.

Charging Full-Sized tablets, on the other hand, will take the entire power capacity as well, but its can only charge full-sized tablets to a power capacity of about 70%, not too bad.

For the best experience with this power bank, though, it’s best to use it with smartphones, as the charging technology is more geared towards smartphones anyways.

DevicesORICO USB-C Type-C 10,000mAh Portable External Battery(Output Capacity = 7,500mAh)Phone CapacityORICO USB-C Type-C 10,000mAh Left Over Capacity after One Charge

# of Full Charges for the Device
iPhone SE7,500mAh1,624mAh5,876mAh Left Over Capacity

4.6 Full Charges
iPhone 67,500mAh1,810mAh5,690mAh Left Over Capacity

4.1 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus7,500mAh2,915mAh4,585mAh Left Over Capacity

2.5 Full Charges
iPhone 6s7,500mAh1,715mAh5,785mAh Left Over Capacity

4.3 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus7,500mAh2,750mAh4,750mAh Left Over Capacity

2.7 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S67,500mAh2,550mAh4,950mAh Left Over Capacity

2.9 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge7,500mAh2,600mAh4,900mAh Left Over Capacity

2.8 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S77,500mAh3,000mAh4,500mAh Left Over Capacity

2.5 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge7,500mAh3,600mAh3,900mAh Left Over Capacity

2.0 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S8+7,500mAh3,500mAh4,000mAh Left Over Capacity

2.1 Full Charges

Output Charging:

The Output charging is powerful, in a way. What do we mean by that?

Well, each of the 2 Output charging options is able to provide lots of charging power individually but the max charging Output of the power bank can be lacking.

USB-A Port:

The USB port is able to Output a Max standard charging speed of 5V/2.4A. Even though there’s no Quick Charge available with this power bank it still does a great job at providing a fast charging speed to Quick Charge compatible devices.

If you’re charging devices that don’t make use of USB-C or Quick Charge, then this port is awesome as it’ll be able to charge those devices at their max charging speeds.

This is especially true or tablets like iPads that have their max charging at 5V/2.4A. Ultimately, this is the charging port to use if you’re not going to use the USB-C port as an Output port.

USB-C Port:

The USB-C charging port isn’t what we thought it would be, mostly because it basically offers the same charging speed that the USB-A port does with it having a charging speed of 5V/2.4A.

In order to use the USB-C charging port as an Output, you must use a USB-C to USB-C charging cable.

The reason why we thought the USB-C is lacking is that the USB-C Output port is supposed to offer a charging speed of 5V/3.0A and basically into the Quick Charge speed range.

This power bank doesn’t do that, and so we’re wondering why it even has a USB-C charging port at all. Well, there’s the option of charging 2 devices at once using the USB-A and USB-C port but then they could have just used 2 USB-A charging ports and called it a day.

Input Charging:

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Like much other USB-C power banks, this one can recharge using either the USB-C or the Micro-USB Input charging port.

Both of the Input charging ports offer the same recharging rate at 5V/2.4A, so it more depends on what USB wall charger you’re using.

If you’re using a 2.4 Amp wall charger or higher then the ORICO power bank is able to recharge within 4.5-5 hours. However, you can’t recharge using both of the USB ports at the same time.

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Design

Size and Weight:

It’s a really small power bank and also quite slim. As a result, it can either fit into your front or back pocket, or you can simply hold it.

The ORICO power bank has a length of 5.9 inches, a width of 2.9 inches, and a thickness of 0.5 inches.

It’s a bit on the long side but the slimness of it is the thing that stands out the most. Also, not too heavy at 9 ounces and the reason why it weights heavier than it should is mostly because it uses an Aluminum build.

Functional Components:

The power bank is very easy to use since all of its functional parts are on a single side.

On the side panel of the power bank is where you’ll be able to find everything. this includes the Power button, 4 LED power capacity indicators, the Micro-USB Input port, the USB-C port, and the USB-A port.

Charging does not automatically start, so you have to press the power button. When a device that you’re charging is at its full power, the power bank stops charging.

It’s strange that this ORICO power bank, just like the Eighty Plus power bank don’t begin charging automatically, though.

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Build

Structure and Material:

The center of ORICO power bank is made of Aluminum alloy and the 2 side panels are made of plastic.

Nothing too special about the build, it might take a fall or two but for the most part, it’s just your everyday use power bank.

Tech:

On the tech side, the ORICO portable charger uses lots of safety protections like Over-charging protection, Surge, and Short-Circuit protection too.

We can’t really blame the power bank for using high-quality batteries like Panasonic or LG because then that would result in a thicker power bank and less portability. With that said, though, the charging power could have been better.

Reliability

It’s hard to say who this power bank is reliable for the most. USB-C smartphones users can benefit from the same way that the normal charging users can benefit from it.

That’s mostly the case because both the USB-C and USB-A charging offer the same the same exact charging speed, which led us to wonder why it even has USB-C port.

The same thing goes for the recharging that’s done with either the USB-C or Micro-USB Input charging port because both of them offer the same exact Max charging speeds.

This power bank is universal, for the most part anyways. If you own a USB-C compatible device then you can use the USB-C port as an Output port and charge a non-compatible USB-C charging port with the USB-A charging port.

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Summary:

Power:

On all of its facets, the ORICO power bank features fast charging, and that’s because each of the ports is able to recharge at 5V/2.4A.

With that said, the USB-C port is lacking its true power because it’s only able to provide 5V/2.4A when it’s really supposed to provide up to 3 Amps of power.

Design:

It’s small, slim and quite lightweight, and that makes it easy to hold and use your smartphone. Everything is on a single side of the power bank and which makes using it easy.

Build:

Not the toughest power bank out there but it does a good job at being able to protect itself with everyday use situations.

Reliability:

Its reliability is a bit over the place mostly because the charging speed that the USB-C port offers is the same as the USB-A port.

So there isn’t very much incentive for even using the USB-C charging port.

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Specs of the ORICO USB-C 10,000mAh Portable Power Bank:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 10,000mAh            Output Capacity: 7,500mAh
  • Output: 

USB-C Port: 5V/2.4A

USB-A Port: 5V/2.4A

  • Input:

USB-C and USB-A: 5V/2.4A

  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 5.9 x 2.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Weight: 9 Ounces

Conclusion:

This ORICO power bank does a great job at providing powerful charging speeds for both the Input and Output.

However, we thought that the charging speed of the USB-C would be done at 3 Amps, instead of at a Max standard charging speed of 2.4 Amps. This means that your USB-C compatible devices will not be able to charge at their max charging speeds.

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