wh Portable Solar Power Bank | Power 266
Our Power 266 unleashes the freedom of portable power. Capable of charging laptops, tablets, cameras, phones, lights, and other devices. just plug in anywhere, anytime. Or use it to power the Brew, Chill or Fusion.
Multi-port allows the charging of most DC devices directly
Has a use life of over 500 cycle charges
Fully charge 22 phones with the powerful Qi charger
Rugged consctruction, built to withstand the elements
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Going off-grid has never been easier.
Cook, cool, charge, brew – power your life the way you want.
Recharge with ease
Recharge Power 266 from several power sources through its built-in MPPT charging circuit: 1) from a wall socket through the included AC Adapter (9 hours) 2) through USB-C PD (4 hours) or 3) from optional Solar Panels (in as little as 4 hours )
Power for your devices
Power laptops, phones, drones, cameras, lights, action, fans, CPAP machines, etc. an adjustable DC outlet ranges from 12 to 24 Volts to match your device’s needs. Plus, a 12V cigarette port (world’s most common port) provides up to 15Amps of current.
Bigger, not heavier, is better
The increased 266Wh capacity has enough charge to power your adventures and devices
Join the Fuel Free Frontier
Harness the Sun’s power better than ever, taking generators, extension cords and gas out of the equation.
Material Rugged ABS Rubber Shell
Power Output Wireless Charging: 10W maximum Qi Main Output: 12V at up to 15A dc Port 1: USB-C PD 60W (IN or OUT) 5v-3A, 9V-3A, 12V-3A, 15V-3A, 20V-3A. Port 2: DC 5.5×2.1mm: Out [12V-5A, 16.5V-4A, 20V-3.5A, 24V-3A], In [17-20V, 4A max] Port 3: USB-A Output: 4.5V-5A, 5V-4.5A, 9V-2A, 12V-1.5A Port 4: USB-C Output: 5V-3A, 9V-3A,12V-2.25A, PPS: 3.3-11V @3A
Light White Lantern: 200 lumens. can run for up to 3 days on a full charge Red LED: 100 lumens, can run for up to 6 days on a full charge
Power 266 8 Common DC Adapters Neoprene Sleeve AC Adapter User Manual
Solar Panel 30 | Foldable 30 Watt Solar Charger
Foldable 30W Solar Charger
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Bought a second one very useful as light for comping charge phone a run the chill cooler for 12 hrs or so haven’t used a lot but am excited for spring camping
This is my 2nd 266
I’m a gadget queen. And more and more products are being powered with either 12 volts or USB. My most recent treasures are a shiatsu massager that came with a 12 volt adapter and a USB powered bubbler water bowl that keeps my dog’s water from freezing. Those are just some of the items I can power with the sun and these batteries.
I haven’t had a chance to try this out yet. I’m camping next month (January) so I’ll give it a first use then. It seems well built and sturdy. I like the surface charger on the top. That makes for a much cleaner camp area to not have to have wires all over. The light on the back seems like it can come in handy too. I wish it had a more intuitive display. GoSun really cut some corners here. The display should show how much charge it’s receiving, how much power it’s putting out, and how much charge is in the battery. Bonus info would be time until fully charged, how long it will last while powering whatever it’s powering, etc. The simple display doesn’t tell you much, and the little leds bleed into the next light over, so it’s hard to tell if it’s lit up, or just light from the neighbor LED. Other than the display lacking info, I think this will help me to power my Chillest, and to keep phones and tablets charged while camping.
Things You Need to Know Before Buying A Power Bank
Back in 2001, the prototype of a power bank appeared in CES. Since then, the power bank market has grown phenomenally and today, you can find hundreds of different brands on the market. There are so many to choose from, with capacities ranging from 500mAh to 30,000mAh, single or multiple USB ports, with or without a flashlight, etc. Earlier this year, several mobile phone manufacturers including Xiaomi, Samsung and Nokia launched their wireless power banks, making the market even more competitive.
The choice is bewildering, and it’s not like you can just ‘fish a power bank out of the sea’. Yes ok, there are lots of tips and guides out there, but today we are going to see how the tech gurus make their choice. You might even get a fringe benefit.
What Does A Quality Power Bank Look Like?
The easiest and quickest way to judge the quality of a power bank is to check the quality of its case. What materials are used? How well is it designed? Are there any signs of damage? Is the button easy to press?
A quality power bank should have:
1) A clean and complete surface, nothing out of shape. There should be no signs of mechanical damage, no corrosion on any of the connectors.
2) Clear markings about the power ratings, avoid anything blurry that you cannot read.
3) Make sure any buttons and lights work correctly.
It Should Have These Numbers
Every power bank should have markings which clearly state what the power ratings are. That will help you to understand if it can properly charge your phone or not.
1) The basic information should be illustrated on the product or in the user manual; this usually includes the capacity, model number, product type, manufacturers’ information, etc.
2) The Rated input voltage/current and the output voltage/current information is fundamental. But what do these numbers mean? The rated input tells you the standard voltage that the power adapter can connect to so that it can charge the power bank.
If you lose the original power adapter, you could buy a third party one that matches instead of the original. The rated output has to match with the output voltage of the original power adapter for your phone. It’s not recommended to charge your phone with a power bank that has different voltages; otherwise, you may well damage your phone.
3) How many times can the full power bank charge my phone? That’s the question a lot of you will want to know. Usually, that sort of information is not written on the power bank, but with rated capacity and cell/battery rated energy, you can do the math yourself. Don’t worry. We will get to that later.
4) Last but not least, the markings about safety certification are also significant. Most electronics products will bear signs of CE, RoHs and FCC. CE and RoHs are required if the product is sold in the EU; while FCC is mandatory for US market. Safety is somehow guaranteed if you see those marks on the power bank.
You will probably find other markings too, such as environmental information. If you are passionate about these environmental factors, you might want to choose a power bank with a ‘cyclic regeneration mark’ which means that it is recyclable.
Know the Conversion Game of Power Banks
You probably know that bigger capacity is better since it can provide more energy. The thing is, there are two different types of capacity: battery capacity and rated capacity. What you usually see on power banks are the battery capacity. What’s the difference between those two numbers? Let’s read on.
1) How many times can the power bank charge your phone?
If a power bank is marked as 10,000mAh 3.8V (38Wh), that means its battery capacity is 10,000mAh, the voltage of the battery core is 3.8V, and the battery core energy is 38Wh.
Rated capacity (mAh): Also known as nameplate capacity, is the least output capacity under the rated voltage and current.
For example, the rated capacity of a power bank is 7,000mAh (TYP5.1V 1A), that means the minimum output capacity of the power bank is 7,000mAh in the charging process with 5.1V and 1A output standard.
Conversion efficiency: This indicates the value difference between the battery core energy and rated capacity.
A power bank has a battery capacity as 10,000mAh; the battery core voltage is 3.8V which will increase to 5.1V when it’s charging a phone. So, in theory, its output capacity is:
10,000 3.8 / 5.1 = 7,450mAh
The rated capacity is 7,000mAh (TYP5.1V 1A), so the rated conversion efficiency is:
7,000 / 7,450 = 93.96%
In other words, the energy conversion efficiency is about 93.96%, with a 5.1V 1A output standard. About 6.04% of the power is lost in the conversion. If you use professional tools to test the rated output capacity, the result would not be too different. The conversion efficiency of most of the power banks on the market are between 80~90%. Therefore, a power bank with 10,000 battery capacity has about 6,000~7,000 rated output capacity.
Charging rate: 7,000mAh (rated capacity of the power bank) / 3,110mAh (capacity of the iPhone 11 battery) =2.25
Therefore, it can charge your iPhone 11 twice at best.
2) How long will the power bank last?
The lifespan of a power bank depends on two things: how well the power bank is made and how much you use it. The number of charge-discharge cycles, decided by the battery core and other vital components, varies amongst power banks. Typically, this is between 300 ~ 1,000 cycles and if you want my advice, you should definitely avoid any power bank that has less than 500 charge cycles.
Say, the power bank has 500 charge cycles, and you fully charge it once per day on average, then how long it will last? We can work that out with the following simple formula:
Power bank lifespan = Charge cycles charging rate / using rate
Where ‘Using rate’ is the number of times you charge the power bank fully in a day.
As mentioned above, for a 10,000mAh power bank, its charging rate is about 2.25. If it has 500 charging cycles, its lifespan is:
500 2.25 / 1 = 1125 days = 3.08 years
But where can these charging cycles be found, you may ask? The test of cycle life involves specific equipment, so for now, we’ll just have to skip that.
But, if you really want to know, ask the seller before you purchase. Even if you don’t get an answer, as you can see from the above example, the power bank will last longer if it has more capacity and a lower use rate. So, it makes sense to go for a big power bank and use it slowly, that way, you should be able to keep for a couple of years if not more.
3) How long does it take to charge the power bank or the phone fully?
Now comes the easy part. The charging time depends on the capacity of the powered device (PD) and its input current which equals the output current of the power sourcing device (PSD)
Charging time = battery capacity / actual input current.
Take a 10,000mAh power bank to demonstrate. Its rated input is 5V/2A, so if you use a 5V/1A power adapter to charge it, its actual input current is 1A=1,000mAh. 10,000mAh /1,000mAh=10 hours. If you use a 5V/2A power adapter, it takes 5 hours to fully charge the power bank: 10,000mAh / 2A (2,000mAh) = 5 hours.
Same for charging the phone. If your phone battery has 4,000mAh capacity, and the maximum output current of the power bank is 2.5A (input current for the phone is 2.5A) then it takes about 1.6 hours to fully charge your phone with the power bank.
How Safe is the Power Bank?
You cannot be too more careful with electronic devices, including power banks. They should have protection mechanisms to prevent any danger caused by electricity.
There are several underlying protection mechanisms: over-current protection, under-voltage protection, short-circuit protection, over-temperature protection and overvoltage protection. This information can usually be found in the user manual.
What’s the Purpose of Power Banks?
By now, you are probably a power bank expert to some extent. But can you count on all those numbers to consider a purchase? Not really. Knowing everything about a power bank can help you decide the quality, but the quality is not the only standard to define a “good” product. It also has to do what you want.
Yes, high-capacity power banks have a longer lifespan and higher charging rate, however, a high capacity also means a bigger size. Do you want to carry a bulky phone power bank in your small bag? Some of you will be shaking your head. If you want to carry an emergency power supply for your phone when you are out shopping, then a small-sized power bank is best. However, if you are a selfie addict, an extra 30% energy from the power bank may not be enough for your day out. You see, everyone has different needs.
Therefore, the first step to select a power bank is to figure out what kind of power bank you want, then compare power banks of the same type with what you’ve learned above.
If you happen to be looking for a power bank for an emergency power supply, check out this recommendation –
PITAKA MagEZ Battery Pack, a MagSafe compatible wireless charging power bank.
The MagEZ Battery Pack is a perfectly formed, small-sized, wireless power bank with 4000mAh capacity that can provide an additional 60% energy for your iPhone 14, perfect for your everyday carry and emergency use. With magnets embedded within, it matches flawlessly with MagSafe phone cases. It can auto attach and align with your iPhone 12, iPhone 13, and iPhone 14 series, safely and securely.
importantly, the MagSafe battery pack is compatible with our MagEZ Slider, a multi-device charging station that can work as a phone stand and charges your phone and Airpods. With the Slider, you can slide the power bank in the dock when it’s not used, so you won’t misplace or forget to charge the power bank anymore.
You don’t have to be a tech guru to select what you want but, you should know the essential tech behind a power bank if you are going to buy one. Don’t be fooled by the salesman, do your research and you have a bigger chance to get a power bank that’s worth it. Nothing could go amiss.
Best MagSafe portable battery packs and power banks for iPhone 12, 13 and 14
Portable power banks that charge your phone are popular, but wireless battery packs using Apple’s MagSafe technology offer a simpler and smarter cable-free solution for iPhone 12, 13 and 14 users.
Phone batteries are prone to run dry just when you’re heading away from a power source, so having a portable charging source is one of today’s necessities. Annoyingly, most power banks require you to carry around a cable, too.
Wireless power banks do away with cables but come with their own major limitation–the inefficiency of wireless charging means you need a high-capacity power bank to fully charge a drained iPhone.
I use one as a quick bedside iPhone charger so I can charge and use the phone at the same time without having to worry about cable length. And of course I carry one around with me in my bag for on-the-move recharging.
MagSafe is a technology that’s compatible with all iPhone 12, 13 and 14 models, from the mini to the Pro Max. It allows accessories to connect magnetically to the back of the iPhone.
The MagSafe connection is precise enough to make wireless charging more efficient as around 20% of Qi power loss is from poor placement of a phone and the wireless charging pad. WStandard Qi wireless charging can lose as much as 50% of the portable battery’s power, MagSafe wireless charging loses ‘just’ 30%.
While it’s not as efficient as using a cable to charge a phone, MagSafe is a tech that brings true wireless charging a step closer to doing away with cables altogether.
We have tested the best MagSafe chargers to find which is the right one for you and your iPhone. Here we have tested the best MagSafe battery packs.
Certified MagSafe or MagSafe compatible
Not all are officially certified MagSafe by Apple but we’ve included only those MagSafe-compatible battery packs that work as efficiently as the “Made for MagSafe” models. Official certification is more important for wired MagSafe chargers as the 15W charging power of MagSafe-certified chargers beats the 7.5W maximum for mere MagSafe-compatible accessories.
In comparison, the portable battery packs tested here can’t reach 15W, except those that can be charged simultaneously by wire and wireless, as the Apple MagSafe Battery Pack can.
We have listed the speeds at which each portable power bank can be charged itself (Input charger) and charge the iPhone (Output charger).
We’ve also included a few alternative non-magnetic options, including standard power banks and battery cases. MagSafe is cool but it isn’t always the best option.
After the list of our favorites, you’ll find more details on how MagSafe works and why you should be looking at a power bank’s capacity in Watt Hours rather than the mostly quoted Milliamp Hours.
Apple MagSafe Battery Pack – Smartest MagSafe battery
- Smarter battery features than rivals
- Cable plus wireless charging (15W)
Capacity: 11.13Wh (1460mAh/2920mAh)
Input charger: Lightning (27W)
Output charger: Wireless (5W) Lightning (15W combined)
Charged drained iPhone to: 60%
Compatibility: iPhone 12/13 mini, iPhone 12/13/14, iPhone 12/13/14 Pro, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 12/13/14 Pro Max
Compatible with all models of iPhone 12, 13 and 14, the Apple MagSafe Battery Pack is an intelligent and convenient lightweight power pack that magnetically clamps to the iPhone.
While underpowered compared to the competition, it will charge a fading iPhone up to around 60%, which should be enough to get you through the day to when you have access to a power outlet.
Wireless charging isn’t the speediest at 5W, but unlike most other MagSafe chargers, the Apple Battery Pack can charge an iPhone at 15W using a wireless and a Lightning cable simultaneously.
Its Apple advantage is its Smart features that show onscreen battery power icons and safety features that stop charging when too hot or before the phone’s internal battery could be compromised – meaning it’s good practice to stop charging a phone battery at 90% for long-term battery health.
Available in white only, the Apple MagSafe Battery Pack is smarter but more expensive compared to third-party alternatives.
Belkin BoostCharge Power Bank 5K Stand – Best MagSafe battery pack with stand
Capacity: 18Wh (5000mAh)
Input charger: USB-C (18W)
Output charger: Wireless (7.5W) USB-C (10W)
Charged drained iPhone to: 90%
Colors: Black, White, Lavender Purple (US), Blush Pink (US)
Compatibility: iPhone 12/13 mini, iPhone 12/13/14, iPhone 12/13/14 Pro, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 12/13/14 Pro Max
The battle to be the best MagSafe-compatible power bank that also boasts a kickstand is a close run thing between the Belkin BoostCharge and the Anker MagGo 622. Both have 5000mAh batteries but the Belkin won in our head-to-head tests, recharging a faded iPhone 13 Pro by 90%, compared to Anker’s 80%.
The Belkin’s kickstand is easier to use and feels more robust, and the battery pack itself is marginally smaller. We still love the Anker 622 but the Belkin wins the battle of the MagSafe kickstand power banks.
It also beats Apple’s 5W wireless charging with 7.5W when clamped to the back of an iPhone, and while it doesn’t hit 15W on simultaneous wired and wireless charging like the Apple MagSafe Battery Pack, it can be charged with a cable at a chippy 10W.
The Pink and Purple colors are available in the U.S. only. Everyone else gets either Black or White models to choose from.
Anker MagGo 622 Magnetic Battery – MagSafe battery pack with stand
Capacity: 19.13Wh (5000mAh)
Input charger: USB-C (12W)
Output charger: Wireless (7.5W)
Charged drained iPhone to: 80%
Colors: White, Gray, Purple, Green, Blue
Compatibility: All iPhone 12, 13 and 14, except mini
The Anker MagGo 622 Magnetic Battery is cheaper than the Apple MagSafe Battery Pack, has a larger battery capacity and is available in multiple muted colours: white, purple, green, blue and gray.
It works with all MagSafe iPhone, but sits a little over the smaller iPhone mini when magnetically attached.
We love that the Anker 622 comes with its own built-in fold-out stand, which with MagSafe’s pulling power will hold your iPhone securely in either portrait/vertical or landscape/horizontal mode. The Belkin BoostCharge 5K, reviewed above, has a tougher metal pull-out stand, and also offer another 10% of charge on the better-looking Anker 622.
The stand folds away so that it can be popped in a to be magnetically clamped to the phone when you need it most – and operates just like the Apple battery pack.
In our battery tests, the 622 managed to charge a drained iPhone to 80% of full power, which is a significant jump on Apple’s MagSafe Battery Case and the UAG Lucent Charger (also with kickstand) that both powered the iPhone to just 60%.
The Anker battery is rated at 19.13Wh (5,000mAh) but, like all the other wireless chargers loses a decent chunk of that power to environmental factors. As its battery is larger than Apple’s, it actually loses a little more but has plenty in reserve to make up for this.
The Anker battery charges wirelessly at 7.5W–faster than Apple’s 5W charge, although the Apple battery can use the wireless Qi and cabled USB-C power simultaneously to speed charging at up to 15W.
It ships with a 60cm USB-C cable.
UAG Lucent Wireless Portable Charger with Kickstand – Best small magnetic power bank
Capacity: 15.4Wh (4000mAh)
Input charger: USB-C (18W)
Output charger: Wireless (7.5W)
Charged drained iPhone to: 62%
Colors: Black, Deep Ocean, Marshmallow, Orchid
Compatibility: iPhone 12/13 mini, iPhone 12/13/14, iPhone 12/13/14 Pro, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 12/13/14 Pro Max
A third-party alternative to Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack is Urban Armor Gear’s Lucent Wireless Portable Charger. Like the Apple Battery Pack, it’s not the highest capacity battery on test here, but it is dinky—just a little larger and heavier than Apple’s.
The battery capacity appears a lot larger in the specs, but Apple’s Smart magic means they both tested in real life around the same–raising a dead iPhone to just over 60% charge.
This UAG portable magnetic charger beats Apple on having a handy built-in kickstand and a choice of colors, as well as faster charging at 7.5W. And it’s also a decent amount cheaper.
It ships with a 1m USB-C cable, although it’s old-school USB-A on the wall-plug end.
Moft Snap Stand Power Set – Best wallet/stand magnetic battery pack
Capacity: 13.1Wh (3400mAh)
Input charger: USB-C (10W)
Output charger: Wireless (7.5W)
Charged drained iPhone to: 50%
Colors: Black, Blue, Brown, Purple
The Moft Snap Stand Power Set is a clever combination of magnetic battery pack with a detachable stand that also holds up to three travel or credit cards.
The faux leather stand took me a few goes to work out how it works, but once you’ve mastered it, it’s easy. Previously, I haven’t seen a stand that can hold cards at the same time, so this is smarter than most MagSafe stands.
The supplied USB-C cable also links magnetically to the battery pack, which will charge a connected iPhone first before the power bank itself. While the battery pack offers only a 50% charge, that will likely be enough for most trips away from a fixed power source. If you need more portable battery capacity, look at an alternative such as the Anker MagGo 622 (80% charge).
It is MagSafe-compatible but curiously boasts a usually only-MagSafe-certified feature, where there’s a visual representation of available charge on the iPhone itself.
Anker MagGo 633 Magnetic Wireless Charger – Best multi-function MagSafe charger
- Battery capacity
- Portable power bank and dual-device charging stand
Capacity: 19.13Wh (5000mAh)
Input charger: USB-C (25W)
Output charger: Wireless (7.5W)
Charged drained iPhone to: 84%
Colors: White, Blue, Gray
Compatibility: All iPhone 12, 13 and 14, except mini
The Anker MacGo 633 Wireless Charger is more than just a MagSafe charger. It’s also an adjustable stand that charges the iPhone when in place, and also keeps the 633 battery charged for when you need to slip it out of its holster for portable use.
And the base of the stand is also Qi-enabled so can wirelessly charge an Airpods case or similarly sized Qi-ready device.
As a portable battery charger that magnetically attaches to the iPhone it is similar to its non-charge-stand sibling, the Anker MagGo 622. And it has the same 19.13Wh (5000mAh) battery that offers a greater charge potential than Apple’s own MagSafe Battery Pack.
In our tests, it charged an empty iPhone 13 Pro up to 84%, beating the 622’s 80% and Apple’s 60%.
It charges the iPhone at a decent 7.5W–the same as the 622 and 1.5x better than the Apple – and comes with a 25W wall charger and 1.5m USB-C cable.
The Anker MagGo 633 is great value as it offers so many functions: desktop charger, portable power bank, Airpods charger, and adjustable viewing stand, and is doesn’t compromise on any of those roles.
ESR HaloLock Kickstand Wireless Power Bank
Capacity: 37Wh (10000mAh)
Input charger: USB-C (18W)
Output charger: Wireless (7.5W), Wired (20W)
Charged drained iPhone to: 149%
Colors: White, Black
Compatibility: All iPhone 12, 13 and 14
The ESR Halolock Kickstand Wireless Power Bank might not mention its magnetism in its name, but it is a worthy alternative to Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack.
It’s MagSafe compatible rather than certified, so charges at 7.5W instead of 15W, but its 10000mAh battery capacity is significantly greater.
It also boasts a robust metal kickstand that can be used in both portrait and landscape modes.
That and its giant capacity positions it as a competitor to the SWIO/CAVN Magnetic Wireless Portable Charger (reviewed above). While it’s more expensive, it did power our faded iPhone for longer and has a tougher kickstand. It’s also a little smaller, but a tiny bit heavier.
Passthrough charging lets you charge your phone and power bank at the same time.
SWIO Magnetic Wireless Portable Charger – Highest capacity attachable MagSafe battery pack
Capacity: 38.5Wh (10000mAh)
Input charger: USB-C (22W)
Output charger: Wireless (7.5W) USB-C (22W combined)
Charged drained iPhone to: 136%
Colors: Black, Blue
Compatibility: All iPhone 12, 13 and 14 models
The SWIO/CAVN Magnetic Wireless Portable Charger boasts a giant battery, with 38.5Wh (10,000mAh) capacity. This colossal capacity means it is a bit of a colossus itself, significantly fatter than other portable chargers tested here.
It’s chunky thickness will fit in a while clamped to a phone but only just. It’s more a charger on the table type of power bank.
Indeed, with its handy built-in stand, you can settle down to watch a movie while your phone is re-energized.
It recharged our test iPhone 13 Pro to 100% and then another 36% above that, so it can charger a couple of flagging phones, or iPhone and Airpods (via cable), or just keep juice spare for a decent top up later. It will charge a non-Pro 12, 13 or 14 even further. It’s even capable of giving a respectable charge to an iPad Pro.
iWalk Magnetic Wireless Power Bank – Best MagSafe battery with LED display
Capacity: 22.2Wh (6000mAh)
Input charger: USB-C (18W)
Output charger: Wireless (7.5W), USB-C (18W)
Charged drained iPhone to: 105%
Colors: Black, White, Pink
Compatibility: All iPhone 12, 13 and 14 models
The iWalk Magnetic Wireless Power Bank has a couple of features not found on other magnetic battery packs.
The most obvious is the finger ring, which is meant to mean safer holding but we prefer to grip our phone using a whole hand. But it does double-up as a kickstand for the iPhone so you can place it in a horizontal/landscape viewing position–horizontal feels more stable.
Even more useful is the LED battery-charge indicator that shows you exactly how much charge is in the power bank. This is way more helpful than the usual array of four tiny LEDs that most battery packs come with and especially more informative than Apple’s single Orange (not full) or Green (full) LED that lights up only when cable- connected to a power source.
The iWalk power bank also boasts a sizeable battery, with 2.2Wh (6000mAh) capacity. It recharged our test iPhone 13 Pro to 100% and then another 5% above that, so, in reality, a full charge with a little over for expected battery drain if left sitting in your bag for a few days. And it will charge a non-Pro 12, 13 or 14 even further.
As such, it’s heavier and fatter (including the pull-out ring) than most other magnetic power banks tested here.
It can charge while magnetically clamped to the iPhone and also (but not simultaneously) by USB cable at an impressive 18W, although you’ll need a USB-C-to-Lightning cable for wired charging.
it comes with a USB-C-to-USB-C cable for charging the pack itself, and also a Magsticker to attach to non-MagSafe phones for the same battery-pack functionality.
Hands-on: dodocool DP13 20100 mAh Power Bank with 45 Watt USB-C PD
For its DP13 power bank with 45 watts of power delivery, dodocool promises compatibility with the Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro, the Lenovo ThinkPad X270, and the Huawei MateBook, among others. We checked the PD power bank by dodocool in a brief hands-on. Here are our findings.
Nowadays, nobody can go without portable power banks to provide power. Whether you need to charge smartphones such as the Apple iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy S9/S9, a tablet, a camera, a game console, or an eBook reader. at this point you can even charge and provide power to laptops such as the Apple MacBook using a powerful power bank. However, the numerous products as well as varying technologies and qualities of the portable batteries, charging standards, and cables cause much confusion for the customers. It continues to be difficult for users to find the right battery packs among the large number of power banks with varying capacities and USB cables.
With the dodocool DP13 20100 mAh, dodocool offers a power bank with 45 watts of USB-C power delivery (PD) that also allows charging of notebooks such as the Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro. W ith its metal case, the dodocool DP13 visually follows other power banks from China such as the Anker PowerCore or Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD. In the 20000 mAh power-bank class, the DP13 battery pack by dodocool brings almost half a kilogram (486 grams, ~1.1 lb) to the scale. The basic technical data and specifications of the dodocool DP13 power bank are briefly listed here:
- Weight and Dimensions: 486 grams (~1.1 lb), 188 x 66 x 23.4 mm (7.4 x 2.3 x 0.9 in)
- USB Type-C In: 5 V/3 A (15 W), 9 V/2 A (18 W), 12 V/2 A (24 W), 14.5 V/1.5 A (21.75 W), 20 V/1.5 A (30 W)
- USB Type-C Out: 5 V/3 A (15 W), 9 V/3 A (27 W), 12 V/3 A (36 W), 14.5 V/3 A (43.5 W), 20 V/2.25 A (45 W)
- Total USB Type-A Out: 5 V/2.4 A (12 W)
- Battery: 20100 mAh, 3.6 V, 72.4 Wh
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dodocool DP13 power bank: box, design, case, and workmanship
The dodocool DP13 power bank comes in a solid box. The box contains the dodocool DP13 battery, one USB charging cable with a micro USB plug on one side and a USB-A plug on the other (cable length 28.5 cm, 11.2 in plugged in) and one USB Type-C charging cable with USB-C plugs on both ends (cable length 28 cm, 11 in plugged in). The manual for the DP13 power bank is in Chinese, German, English, French, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. That’s all there is in the box. A protective cover for the portable battery pack or the corresponding power delivery charger (PD charger) to charge the dodocool power bank are not included. The slightly roughened metal case of the DP13 leaves a good visual and haptic impression. The workmanship of the dodocool DP13 is first-class and leaves nothing to be desired.
With its metal case, the dodocool DP battery feels almost like a solid metal brick. The metal case of the dodocool DP13 has advantages for cooling: In our brief hands-on, dodocool’s mobile battery shows practically no warming worth mentioning during a longer period of power delivery of up to 30 watts at a room temperature of about 21 °C (70 °F). The measured temperatures range between 32 and 34 °C (90-93 °F). Only during higher power demands in our hands-on could we notice a temperature rise up to 39 °C (102 °F) in the area at the front with the power bank electronics near the PD connection. Overall, the battery case remained hand warm during the whole test. To display the state of charge as well as control the charge, there is a bar of four LEDs in front below the right USB Type-A connection. By pressing the power button, which is on the far right at the front, you can check the currently available capacity of the power bank.
dodocool DP13 20100 mAh: power output and usable capacity
In our measurements via the PD connection with a load of 4.55 V/3.1 A (14.1 watts), the dodocool DP13 power bank delivers a capacity of 13,405 mAh or 60.89 Wh (measurements rounded). Converted to 3.6 Volt for comparison, this would correspond to 16,942 mAh. With this, the DP13 achieves 84.3% of the manufacturer’s specification of 20,100 mAh, which is an acceptable value. In an additional series of measurements to confirm the results with 4.53 V/3.09 A, we also determined a time of about 4 hours and 21 minutes as well as 61.01 Wh and 13,422 mAh.
An older 15-inch MacBook Pro from 2016 could be charged using the included USB-C charging cable within one hour from about 10% of the battery up to 60%. In our brief test, the DP13 power bank by dodocool has charged every device that we connected for a recharge quickly and without any problems. As a thick power bar, we took the dodocool DP13 power bank to outdoor photo shoots and charged smaller power banks such as the Intenso S5000 (5,000 mAh, 18.5 Wh), smartphones and tablets (Galaxy S7, Galaxy S8, iPhone 8, iPhone SE, iPad), and a MacBook using the portable battery bar.
We also tried the Samsung EP-NG930 wireless charger in our test, which also worked fine with the DP13 power bank. However, using the DP13, the wireless charger did not switch into the quick-charging mode (S7/S8). Using the PD Type-C port of the dodocool DP13, the Galaxy S8 was charged from 10% to 100% in 1 hour and 38 minutes. The Galaxy S7 could be charged via the combination of DP13 and EP-NG930 wireless charger at about 6.12 W (4.9 V/ 1.25 A).
dodocool DP13 20100 mAh: slow charging via USB-A/-C adapter cable, fast via USB-C PD
For charging the large dodocool DP13, we recommend a powerful PD power supply such as the dodocool DC58 45 W USB Type-C charger or an Apple USB-C power supply for a MacBook or MacBook Pro. That is because the portable DP13 battery is solely charged via the combined USB Type-C in and output port, a so-called Dual Role Port (DRP) on the front of the battery pack. As needed, the DRP can either be the power source (DFP, Downstream Facing Port) or the power user (UFP, Upstream Facing Port). The two USB-A ports are only for output.
According to dodocool, the DP13 only supports two speeds for charging the power bank, even if different parameters are specified for the PD input. According to the manufacturer’s support, a regular charge occurs at (up to) 5 V/2.1 A and a quick charge accordingly at 20 V/1.5 A. In our brief test, despite using a number of premium cables (USB-C to USB-A) and several chargers with Type-A ports which mastered various charging technologies such as Quick Charge, etc., we were unable to reach more than 10 watts (5 V/2 A). Correspondingly, charging took a long time, and 11 hours and 36 minutes passed before the DP13 was fully recharged. According to the protocol, the battery pack used 18,645 mAh (93.38 Wh). At 3.6 V, this would be 25,896 mAh. The shortest recharge via USB-C/USB-A we measured took almost 10 hours (9:55 h) at 17,987 mAh (@3.6 V: 24,982 mAh) or 90.408 Wh respectively.
A recommendation when using the DP13: Charge it with a correspondingly powerful PD charger via the USB-C to USB-C charging cable. We charged the external DP13 battery pack with coded USB Type-C cables (up to 100 W with E-marker chip) using an Anker PowerPort I PD (model A2056) with a maximum PD output of 20 V/1.5A (30 W). From three measurements, we determined an average charging time of about 3 hours. You can see a charging process of 3 hours and 18 minutes in the attached measurement protocol. During the charging process, the dodocool DP13 battery did not show any warming of the case or charging port worth mention.
The best power banks 2022
Choosing a power bank can be a minefield. There are cheap ones, pricey ones, and sometimes you’re paying simply for a name – but there’s a lot more to finding the perfect portable charger than looking at price alone.
Some other things you might consider include speed, both in charging your connected device and recharging the bank when it empties. Capacity is important, too: it needs to be high enough to get your through the day with juice to spare – even share – without weighing down your or bag.
Ports and connections matter, too. What are you charging? A phone, a laptop, a watch? The number and range of ports is important, and if you want to avoid carrying multiple cables then you could look for a version with built-in cables or wireless charging.
While we care about design, it’s actually much lower on our priority list than the things we mention above – unless, of course, we have need for a particularly rugged model or something that supports solar charging because we’re going to be away from mains power for an extended period. That’s not to say we won’t appreciate added extras such as an LCD screen and waterproofing – don’t you want the coolest and most convenient power bank you can get for your money?
These days, it’s even possible to rent power banks as and when you need them (check out ChargedUp). Mind blown. To ensure you get the very best power bank for your needs, whatever that looks like, read on for more detailed buying advice below our chart.
Best power bank reviews
Zendure SuperMini X3 – Best 10000mAh Power Bank
The Zendure SuperMini X3 certainly isn’t the cheapest 10000mAh power bank around, but it makes up for that in specs.
The headline is the 45W USB-C PD charging – for both input and output. That means you can re-charge the power bank itself in just an hour or so, but also that this is fast enough to meet the max charging speeds on most Apple and Samsung phones, and can even keep many laptops running.
The same port also supports the PPS standard at up to 33W speeds.
There are also two USB-A ports, one at 18W and another at 15W, and you can use all three ports simultaneously with 15W speeds from each.
Throw in the small LCD display to report battery life and the light and compact design (in a range of four colours, no less) and it’s easy to see why you might want to spend a little extra for the SuperMini X3.
Charmast 10,400mAh Power Bank – Best Value Power Bank with LCD
There was a time when power banks with LCD displays were rather expensive, but have now come down as the screens filter through to even affordable models like this.
The power bank also has three outputs, which will come in handy if you have multiple devices to charge. There are two full-size USBs, plus a USB-C PD port that can act as both input and output, and all three support 18W Quick Charge – although only one at a time.
On the side is an additional Quick Charge 2.0-compatible Micro-USB, which can also be used for charging the bank. It will charge in about 3.5 hours with a Quick Charge/PD adapter, but about 5.5 hours with a standard 10W charger.
The downside of the design is that it’s a bit bigger than many of the super-slim, similar-capacity models on the market. This Charmast is roughly the same width as a phone, but a little shorter and a fair bit chunkier. It weighs in at 228g, which you may decide is better suited to a bag than your
Charmast supplies a soft mesh carry case and a short USB-A to USB-C cable in the box, a nice touch.
Zendure SuperMini Go
- Interesting camera-inspired design
- Supports 15W wireless charging
- Strong device support
- Available only via IndieGoGo (for now)
- LCD is a little dim and can be difficult to read
The Zendure SuperMini Go is something a little different: a power bank that tries very hard not to look like one.
Zendure’s design is inspired by classic cameras, which is if nothing else a fun way to incorporate the large ring required for wireless charging – which here sits right where a camera lens would be. Instead of a viewfinder, there’s a rear LCD display to show battery percentage – though be warned that this is quite dim and hard to read.
It’s available in silver and black finishes, along with our more out there ‘Sunset Cyan’ gradient.
The SuperMini Go isn’t all about looks though, and it has some solid specs to match. The total capacity is 10,000mAh, and in addition to 15W wireless charging (with a magnet to keep phones steady) there’s 20W USB-C charging and 22.5W USB-A charging.
Compatibility is impressive too – not only will this work with both iOS and Android devices, but the ‘X-Charge’ mode is capable of topping up lower power devices like wearables and headphones, which not all power banks support.
The SuperMini Go is available now for backers on IndieGoGo with discounted launch pricing from 44 (down from an official price of 69), but with Zendure’s track record it’s very likely this will be in stores including Amazon before long.
JIGA 30,000mAh Power Bank – Most Versatile Power Bank
JIGA is a new name to us in terms of power bank tech, but its 30,000mAh power bank is interesting for a number of reasons – and not least the huge capacity, which will be some comfort on trips away from mains power.
While it’s something of a throwback to power banks from a couple of years back, with its built-in LED flash (certainly useful for camping trips) and durable but plasticky design, it also takes us back to the days where you didn’t have to sacrifice ports for portability.
It’s surprisingly small for such a high-capacity bank, but it’s more bag- rather than.friendly.
The JIGA has USB-C, Micro-USB and Lightning inputs, allowing you to fill its battery using whatever cable you have to hand. It’s a shame that the USB-C port doesn’t also work as an output, but there are three full-size USB-A outputs, each rated at 10.5W.
This isn’t the Power Delivery speeds we’re becoming increasingly familiar with today, but it’s plenty fast for charging a phone (or multiple phones).
If all you need is a healthy stream of power to keep topped up a number of mobile devices, this JIGA power bank will be a very handy device to have around.
Anker PowerCore Essential 20,000 PD – Best 20,000mAh Power Bank
Hailing from Anker, a respected brand in the power bank market, this 20,000mAh portable charger represents very good value at this capacity.
The 345.5G Essential is a black plastic brick, though relatively compact for the amount of power it can hold. It has a textured top surface that improves grip in the hand, as well as the overall appearance.
We’re pleased to find support for Power Delivery, but do note that it’s only up to 18W, and therefore not likely to be sufficient to charge a USB-C laptop. Still, for quick-charging a phone or tablet, this is a useful device.
A full-size USB output that uses Anker’s PowerIQ smarter charging algorithm is joined by a USB-C port that is both input and output. On top is a power button with four integrated LEDs that reveal remaining capacity, and you can use this to enter a trickle-charging mode suitable for smartwatches and earbuds.
A USB-C to USB-C cable and soft mesh carry case are provided in the box, which is a nice touch.
Anker PowerCore III 10K Wireless – Best Wireless Power Bank
The Anker PowerCore III 10K Wireless is a Qi wireless charger with a special feature: you can use it as a portable power bank, too, which can be super handy.
You can use it at home or work plugged in, and carry it around with you for wired or wireless charging when you are away from a power socket. Because it’s wireless, there’s no need to carry a cable around with you.
As the name suggests, the PowerCore III 10K has a decent sized 10,000mAh battery, which should offer at least three charges from the power bank before it needs recharging itself.
The wireless charger is rated at 10W. Place your device on the centre of the circle. We didn’t find the placement too sensitive, as some wireless chargers can be. It’s not auto-start, though – as a power bank it requires you to push the button first.
You can also charge from the two USB-A ports at one end – at a total of 18W, so charging two or three (one wireless, two wired) devices will split that power output.
Anker PowerCore Magnetic 5K – Best MagSafe Power Bank
This portable wireless charger is one of the best accessories you can get for your iPhone.
In essence, it’s a 5,000mAh palm-sized power bank that will charge your compatible iPhone simply by snapping it onto the back with MagSafe.
It works through some cases, charges over USB-C, comes in a range of colours and, even if you don’t have MagSafe, can be used to charge almost anything via cable.
A handy set of LEDs indicates how much charge the PowerCore has remaining.
Moshi IonGo 5K Duo – Best Design
It’s expensive, but you’ll pay out for the IonGo 5K Duo from Moshi if style is as important to you as is functionality.
Almost identical in design to the IonGo 5K before it, but here with both USB-C and Lightning cables built-in (hence the name Duo), the Moshi is an undeniably cool-looking power bank that comes tucked away inside a vegan-friendly soft leather case with a magnetic clasp and an anodised aluminium faceplate.
The additional cable means it’s now suited to Android as well as iPhone users, although as before this is Made For iPhone-certified.
This is a truly premium device with a colossal 10-year warranty going a long way to account for its higher asking price. It’s also possibly the dinkiest 5,000mAh power bank we’ve seen, suggesting there are some serious high-tech components inside.
At this capacity, expect a full charge for any Android phone, and potentially two for iPhone. Moshi claims the bank will also retain that power for up to 27 months when left unused.
You can also use the USB-C cable for recharging the bank, again up to 15W. Better still, the Moshi supports passthrough charging, allowing you to charge both it and a connected device at once, but given that there’s no separate input here that’s going to work only with iPhone.
The Duo is currently out of stock at Amazon, but you can still pick up the iPhone model.
Chargeasap Flash Pro / Flash Pro Plus – Fastest Charging Power Bank
- Unbeatable recharging speed
- High-capacity (25,000mAh)
- Range of outputs
- 5-year lifespan
- Bulky and heavy
- Attracts fingerprints
- No charger or cable supplied
These graphene-composite power banks are able to charge cooler than ordinary lithium-polymer batteries, and thus can do significantly faster: you’ll get to 80% of these 25,000mAh batteries in just 45 minutes.
In addition to this there is a healthy smattering of ports, with three USB-Cs running at 100W, 60W and 20W, a 50W USB-A that supports Quick Charge 3.0 and SVOOC, plus wireless charging. You get a 15W MagSafe pad and a 5W Apple Watch charger in the Flash Pro Plus, and a 15W Qi charger in the Flash Pro.
Down sides include an expensive price tag, and a bulky, heavy design, but for sheer performance and functionality the Chargeasap banks are among the most capable we’ve ever tested.
What capacity power bank do I need?
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking a 3,000mAh power bank will give your 3,000mAh battery smartphone a full charge, and that a 9,000mAh power bank will charge it three times. No portable charger runs at 100% efficiency. In truth, most average between 60- and 70%, with the best-performing models able to reach 80- or 90%. Wireless charging models may be less efficient still.
To work out what capacity bank you need, first check the spec of the device you want to charge to find out its battery capacity, then decide how many times you want to be able to charge it. For a rough estimate, calculate Connected device battery capacity x Number of recharges x 1.6 = Minimum power bank capacity you should look to buy.
As a rule of thumb, a 5,000mAh bank is a single-charge device, 10,000mAh hits the sweet spot between capacity and portability, and you want to look for closer to 20,000mAh for a laptop. We’ve got some of those high-capacity power banks here – just don’t try to stuff any of them in your !
How long does it take to recharge a power bank?
The time required to recharge a power bank will depend on its capacity, what you are using to recharge its battery and whether or not it’s empty.
For the fastest charging you should look to the new breed of power banks that support graphene technology and charge over a DC input (such as the Chargeasap Flash Pro – a 25,000mAh bank that can get to 80% in 45 mins and 100% in 70 mins), but these tend to be pricey.
For mainstream power banks, the fastest you’ll find is a USB-C inout/output that supports Power Delivery. This standard now goes up to a maximum of 240W, but in portable chargers you should expect to find an 18W port. Using such a port, the average 10,000mAh power bank might recharge in 2-3 hours from empty.
The cheapest models still tend to charge over Micro-USB, usually at around 10-12W. Avoid 5W power banks like the plague unless they are very low in capacity or you’re not in a rush.
What is passthrough charging?
Passthrough charging allows you to simultaneously charge devices connected to a power bank and the power bank itself. It’s a very handy solution if you are short on mains power outlets and need to get multiple devices charged up overnight, for example. However, not all power banks support it, so be sure to check the spec of your portable charger before you buy.
How do I know how much power is left in my power bank?
Assuming you know how much capacity it had when full, you can work out how much power remains either through a series of LEDs on the casing (usually activated by plugging in a device to charge or pressing a button on the side), or via the LCD if your power bank supports one. LCDs are preferrable, because they give a more accurate readout, particularly when it comes to higher-capacity power banks.
What are GaN power banks?
GaN is short for gallium nitride. It requires fewer components than traditional silicone chargers, which means power banks that use the technology can be less bulky and more efficient. If portability is your primary concern, then as well as considering the power bank’s capacity you should also look for one that uses GaN.
What charging speed should I look for in a power bank?
The first power banks on to the market ran at 5W, which is the same speed as the original iPhone chargers (aka slllllloooooowwwww). We wouldn’t recommend anything below 10W these days. This speed is known as ‘fast charging’, and it’s still rather common in cheaper models, but it’s not really the fast charging we’ve become accustomed to today. So many of the latest smartphones now support super-fast wired charging, and it seems crazy not to buy a portable charger that supports that top speed if possible.
The standard your phone uses to achieve its top charging speeds is important here. Some have proprietary technologies that work only with accessories manufactured and sold by that company. Some offer fast charging through Quick Charge or Power Delivery. Some support neither Quick Charge nor Power Delivery, but do support protocols such as PPS (Programmable Power Supply) or SCP (Super Charge Protocol). Make sure the portable charger you buy matches the fast charging standard supported by your phone.
The term Power Delivery does not in itself denote a performance rating. It could be capable of delivering anything between 18W and 240W. This is particularly important if you’re looking to charge a USB-C laptop – anything under 30W won’t cut it, many laptops will refuse to play ball below 45W or even 60W, and some larger laptops might require 90W. You will need to check the spec of your laptop to know what speed it requires.
At the other end of the scale, if you need to charge a low-power device such as a smartwatch or a pair of wireless earbuds, look out for a power bank that is certified for low-power devices. Many of those that are not will simply cut out when you try to charge these devices, because they aren’t able to detect a significant drain on the battery.
Power bank manufacturers rarely provide the speed of their outputs in watts. Instead you’ll see a rating in amps, which you multiply by the voltage rating (usually five) to get the rating in watts. So 2A x 5V = 10W.
What is Power Delivery?
USB-C and USB PD are often confused, but the important thing to remember is that USB-C is a reversible connection type, while USB PD is a power delivery specification, overseen by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) and often expressed simply as ‘PD’. With version 3.1 of the specification, Power Delivery is able to carry up to 240W of power plus data over USB-C (previously limited to 100W), but devices that support Power Delivery can range from 18W right up to 240W.
What is Quick Charge?
Quick Charge is a Qualcomm fast-charging protocol that runs on the Snapdragon processors we see inside many smartphones, hence it has become commonplace in the mobile market.
The latest version is Quick Charge 5, which operates at up to 100W and supports USB PD PPS. However, while they are often seen together, Quick Charge and Power Delivery are not the same thing.
Quick Charge 5 is a massive jump up from Quick Charge 4/4, more efficient and able to run cooler and safer, and Qualcomm says it can get a device to 50% in just 5 mins. It is backwards-compatible with earlier versions of the protocol, including 18W Quick Charge 2/3, which are still very common in power banks.
Which outputs should I look for in a power bank?
The type and number of outputs you will need on a power bank depends entirely on what device or devices you want to charge. Pretty much all power banks have a full-size USB output that you can use to plug in your own cable, but it’s not always going to be the fastest way to deliver a charge to your device. You’ll also find USB-C and Lightning outputs, magnetic wireless charging pads and AC outlets if you shop around. Some power banks even have built-in cables to stop you needing to carry around your own, though you will still need one handy to recharge the power bank itself.
Why is the maximum output of a power bank important?
Some power banks have multiple outputs for charging your connected devices, but few power banks are able to simultaneously support all of them at the top advertised speed. Watch out for those that have a lower maximum output than the sum of all ports together. Also be wary of those that have multiple outputs but a very low capacity – these aren’t really designed for plugging in multiple devices, only to be versatile.
What happens when my power bank is more powerful than my connected device?
There is no need to worry about plugging devices into ports that are capable of delivering more power than the device is able to accept, since USB devices will draw only the power they need. Many power banks include technology that is able to intelligently dole out this power among ports more appropriately, depending on what devices you are attempting to charge (often known as Power IQ or similar).
Can I take a power bank on a plane?
Yes, but it must be in your hand luggage, and if it is higher in capacity than 27,000mAh (100Wh) you will need to check with the airline before flying. Make sure you take it out your bag as you pass through security. If a power bank is damaged then it will not be allowed on the plane as it could become a safety hazard. You should also ensure the specifications are clearly printed on the side of its case, as is the norm.
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