Review: Tronsmart 20,100mAh Brio USB-C Power Delivery Power Bank

Tronsmart 20,100mAh Brio USB-C Power Delivery Power Bank

9.9

Power

9.5/10

Design

10.0/10

Build

10.0/10

Reliability

10.0/10

Pros

  • Features USB-C Power Delivery port that can charge larger devices that use USB-C at a fast charging rate
  • Uses two USB-A ports with each port outputting 5V/2.4A
  • This power bank can recharge at Power Delivery speeds when you use a USB-C Power Delivery wall charger to recharge it

Cons

  • Does not use Quick Charge

The charging tech that we use with our devices has changed quite a lot over time. We’re now at a point where all new Android smartphones are now using USB-C. It doesn’t stop there either, very well-known laptops such as the MacBook and a few Chromebooks are starting to use USB-C as well and that’s because of USB-C Power Delivery. Power Delivery is powerful charging tech that’s being used with the USB-C standard of charging and it’s able to provide up to 100W of power to a device for charging. There are also many laptops that are USB-C and can charge with Power Delivery too.

Power Delivery first started out being used with wall chargers but it has now moved on to car chargers and also portable chargers. In this case, for this review, we’re going over this Tronsmart 20,100mAh Power Delivery portable charger. Power Delivery is basically the future of charging as many devices are currently using and future devices will also begin using the charging tech as well.

Let’s see what this power bank has to offer.

Power

Power Capacity:

Most of the time, when it comes it to Power Delivery portable chargers, they have very high capacity power capacities. Usually within the 25,000mAh range or beyond. This Tronsmart Brio power bank still has a high capacity of 20,100mAh but not exactly into the extreme ranges. The main reason that most high capacity power banks that use Power Delivery have very high capacities is so that they can make up for the capacity that’s lost during charging.

In this case, it would be the capacity that’s lost during Power Delivery charging. Since Power Delivery is able to charge very quickly, it also means that the amount of power capacity lost during charging is more. First though, let’s calculate the average Output power capacity that you’re going to receive with this charger as it still has batteries that are rated at 3.7 Volts.

3.7 x 20,100 = 74,370 / 5 = 14,874

DevicesTronsmart 20,100mAh Brio USB-C Power Delivery Power Bank (Output Capacity = 7,000mAh)Phone CapacityTronsmart 20,100mAh Brio USB-C Power Delivery Power Bank Left Over Capacity after One Charge

# of Full Charges for the Device
iPhone SE15,000mAh1,624mAh13,376mAh Left Over Capacity after One Charge

9.2 Full Charges
iPhone 615,000mAh1,810mAh13,190mAh Left Over Capacity after One Charge

8.2 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus15,000mAh2,915mAh12,085mAh Left Over Capacity after One Charge

5.1 Full Charges
iPhone 6s15,000mAh1,715mAh13,285mAh Left Over Capacity after One Charge

8.7 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus15,000mAh2,750mAh12,250mAh Left Over Capacity after One Charge

5.4 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S615,000mAh2,550mAh12,450mAh Left Over Capacity after One Charge

5.8 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge15,000mAh2,600mAh12,400mAh Left Over Capacity after One Charge

5.7 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S715,000mAh3,000mAh12,000mAh Left Over Capacity after One Charge

5 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge15,000mAh3,600mAh11,400mAh Left Over Capacity after One Charge

4.1 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S8+15,000mAh3,500mAh11,500mAh Left Over Capacity after One Charge

4.2 Full Charges

Most of the time you’re going to be able to use about 15,000mAh of the initial 20,100mAh power capacity. That said, using the Power Delivery port at the same time you’re using the USB-A ports can change that. As there’s more power being distributed between charging cables and that’s where most power is lost during charging.

That said, we’re glad that the main parts of this power bank don’t make the conversions very bad.

Output Capacity

With the output power capacity though, you’re going to able to charge smartphones to full power a few times over. To mention a few smartphones where using the Power Delivery charging actually counts, the iPhone 8 is able to charge to full power about 8 times. Charging other high capacity smartphones that use Power Delivery such as the iPhone X with its 2,716mAh capacity or the Essential PH-1 with its 3,040mAh battery capacity will result in about 4 full charges.

Also, most likely the reason that you’ll actually purchase this power bank is for charging laptops that uses USB-C such as a MacBook or a Chromebook. If that’s the case, then this power bank can very well last you about 2.5 charges. As those types of laptops usually have 5,000mAh battery capacities or slighter higher ones. Charging tablets will have a similar rate of full charges.

Output Charging:

There are a total of three output charging ports with this power bank.

USB-C Power Delivery Port –

The USB-C port on this power bank is capable of Power Delivery and it’s the main part of this charger. It has an output of 30W and this is on par with many wall charger that already comes with laptops that use USB-C Power Delivery. However, for some laptops such as higher grade MacBook models that use 45W AC adapters, it won’t charge them at their max charging rate. That said, the 30W charging create from this Tronsmart Brio power bank will charge quite quickly and a lot faster than a Non-Power Delivery charger that output only 15W of power.

The way that you use the USB-C port on this power bank is either with a USB-C to USB-C charging cable for USB-C compatible devices. Or you can use a USB-C to Lightning cable for the iPhone X or iPhone 8 because they’re actually compatible with Power Delivery and therefore can charge at their max charging speed with the use of a Power Delivery charger and the right charging cable.

USB-A Ports –

There are two USB-A ports on this power bank and each of them has a charge speed of 5V/2.4A. They can charge most standard devices at their max charging speed, but they don’t charge Quick Charge compatible devices at their max charging speed, as they don’t feature Quick Charge.

The max output of this power bank is 54W. If you’re using the Power Delivery port at its max power then that’s 54 – 30 = 12W. 12W= 5V/2.4A.

As a result, if you’re using the Power Delivery port and at the same time using the two USB-A ports, then that will result in a charging rate of 5V/1.2A for each of the USB-A ports. Or you can just use a single USB-A port while using the Power Delivery port so that you can use it at its max power.

Input Charging:

Recharging this power bank is done through the same USB-C port that you charge your devices with, and the great thing about this power bank is that you can use a Power Delivery USB-C wall charger to charge it at 30W Power Delivery Speeds. Doing so will result in a 4.5-hour full recharge for this power bank. Or you can just use a regular wall charger with a USB-A port, but that will result in a slower recharge time.

Design

Size and Weight:

This is quite a large power bank, and it’s not surprising with its power capacity and USB-C Power Delivery charging power. It has a length of 6.2 inches, a width of 2.9 inches, and a thickness of 0.9 inches. The weight of this charger is 13 Ounces. So nearly a pound.

Functional Components:

Using this power bank is very easy.

On one side it has all the charging ports. At the top of the power bank is where there are 4 White LED power capacity indicators. Lastly, the power button is on the long side of the charger.

In order to use the USB-C port for charging your devices, you have to hold the power button down for about 3 seconds and then it will start charging. Charging automatically starts when you plug a device with either of the USB-A ports.

Build

Structure and Material:

The entire power bank is made of plastic and this is the case with most chargers on the market. It has a great build though, there’s just a full top piece and a full bottom piece. So there are no weak parts to this charger.

Tech:

When it comes to the tech that’s used with this power bank, it keeps cool and that’s really what matters most when a power bank uses a powerful charging tech such a USB-C Power Delivery. As it creates so much power that it does create a lot of heat, but this charger just gets a little warm to the touch and that’s about it.

Reliability

Reliability with this power bank definitely depends. Since you should be getting this power bank only if you plan on utilizing the Power Delivery charging power that it has for a device that you own. If you don’t own a Power Delivery compatible device, then we recommend that you stay clear, as the price point doesn’t match up with your needs.

Summary:

Power:

This Tronsmart power bank has very powerful charging with its Power Delivery port, and also its USB-A port for standard charging. Power Delivery can also be used when recharging with a USB-C Power Delivery wall charger.

Design:

The size of this power bank is on the large side, but it’s a high capacity power bank so it’s to be expected. Using it is very easy, by just holding down the power button for about 3 seconds, you’re able to use the USB-C port.

Build:

This power bank doesn’t get hot, just a little warm when you’re using the Power Delivery charging.

Reliability:

You should only be getting this power bank if you’re going to be making use of the USB-C Power Delivery charging. If you need just standard USB-C charging, there are many lower-cost alternatives.

Specs of the Tronsmart 20,100mAh Brio USB-C Power Delivery Power Bank:

  • Capacity:

Initial Capacity: 20,100mAh

Output Capacity: 15,000mAh

  • Output:

USB-C Power Delivery: (Up to 30W Max) 5V/3A | 9V/3A |15V/2A

USB-A Ports: 5V/2.4A

Max Output: 54W (10.8A)

  • Input:

USB-C Input: 30W with a Power Delivery USB-C Wall Charger

  • LED Power Indicator: 4 White LED Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 6.2 x 2.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 13 Ounces

Conclusion:

This Tronsmart Brio 20,100mAh Power Delivery portable charger offers an ample amount of power for Power Delivery compatible devices. At the same time, the power capacity is enough to charge even laptops to full power about two times. So it’s built up to its specifications.

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Features

  • POWER DELIVERY. Charges USB-C Power Delivery devices with a huge 30W output & input; power up your MacBook via the Type-C output that equals the MacBook's original 30W charger in power and is 2x faster than the other Type-C chargers and 3.5x faster than the micro-USB ones. Charges iPhone 8 at highest possible speed.
  • HIGH-SPEED RECHARGE. Utilizes USB-C Power Delivery input to recharge itself in just 4 hours with the Type-C input that's 3 times faster than micro-USB.(compared to the standard 14 hours)
  • ADVANCED VOLTIQ TECHNOLOGY. 5V/2.4A Each Port Output(Two VoltiQ ports). The black port utilizes VoltiQ technology which automatically detects and adjusts the charging current to obtain the fastest charging, The Brio 20100mAh offers users a total universal charging solution.
  • ULTRA-HIGH CAPACITY. Charge your new iPhone 8 up to 7.5 times, a Samsung Galaxy S8 up to 4 times,a Google Pixel XL 3.5 times or a Nintendo Switch 2.3 times. Stay off the power bank for the whole week and when the power bank finally runs out of juice. Designed with a premium black finish that includes 4 LED lights indicating the current battery status.
  • SAFE CHARGE FOR YOUR DEVICES. Premium LG 18650 Li-ion battery cells, add an extra 20100mAh of battery life to your smartphone, tablet or digital camera. Featuring a world-class Cypress PD chipset (the same chip supplier as the MacBook), our Brio is regulated by American-made components.

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