AUKEY Basix Pro 10000mAh Wireless Charging Power Bank with Stand review. Aukey power bank 10000mah

AUKEY Basix Pro 10000mAh Wireless Charging Power Bank with Stand review

REVIEW – Portable charging power banks feel like a dime a dozen with very little in the form of variety. But once in a while, an interesting feature pops up, like AUKEY’s Basix Pro Wireless Charging Power Bank.

What is it?

The AUKEY PB-WL02 Basix Pro is a combination wired/wireless 10000mAh power bank with a unique standout feature — a built-in stand for displaying your Qi-enabled phone’s screen while it charges wirelessly.

Design and features

Having owned several of AUKEY’s products, I knew what to expect going in… solid performance. And that’s exactly what I got. However, I was thinking about power banks, recently, and aside from the number of ports or the capacity, what can you really do to stand out in this arena?

The Basix Pro power bank features one USB-A and one USB-C port, as well as Qi-enabled wireless charging. It’s almost exactly the same size as my iPhone XR, and a couple of ounces heavier. It’s a solid little battery pack, with almost zero flex when attempting to twist or bend it. It doesn’t feel like there’s any wasted space, and seems small for a 10000mAh capacity.

In an attempt at novelty, AUKEY added in a (rather flimsy) kickstand on the back and a drop-down lip on the front, creating a stand for your phone, so you can access your display while it’s charging.

If you thought the stand on the back of a Nintendo DS was wobbly, you’re not going to like this one very much. It does lock into place with a click, and creates about a 40º angle for your phone to rest against. The lip that the phone rests on has a rubber coating to prevent it from outright slipping, but if you happen to have a case on your phone, even a very thin one, you might have some difficulty in getting your phone to stay. Caseless, it was fine.

Placing your phone on this stand seems most useful when watching videos or perhaps playing a game with a wireless controller. Otherwise, it’s probably best to just place the charger flat when juicing up your device.

Aside from this standout, albeit anemic, feature, the Basix Pro power bank is pretty great. You’re likely to have a USB-C charging cable handy, such as one that comes with a newer laptop or iPad Pro. It feels like the number of micro-USB cables I have in my house is finally starting to diminish! It charges up quickly.

To activate the output, simply pair a cable or place your Qi-enabled device on the rubber circle and press the power button. After a couple of seconds the LED lights will pop on, displaying the amount of battery power left and indicate that the device is charging.

However, forgetting to press that power button will result in nothing, so you’ve got to double check that you’ve truly got a charge going. It makes sense to force the button to be pressed, but it’s just one more step that’s easy to forget.

A small attempt at innovation aside, AUKEY sticks to its guns with this high-quality, easy to use power bank.

Final thoughts

Incorporating a stand into a portable charger for watching videos is one of those concepts that seems like a good idea on paper but ends up a bit flawed in execution. However, the other features and performance of the AUKEY Basix Pro are rock solid and would find a good home in your backpack.

Price: 42.99 Where to buy: Amazon Source: The sample of this product was provided by AUKEY.

Aukey vs Anker: Which Portable Power Bank Is Better?

Aukey vs Anker: Which power bank is best for you? The technical specs are nearly identical, so we break it down and give you the winner.

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Choosing the right portable power bank can be frustrating.

And that’s when you know all the technical specs!

There are a dizzying number of different models with myriad features and specs. How are you supposed to choose?

Really, it just comes down to your needs. Let me give you two short stories that illustrate my point.

Story 1: I was camping on the North Shore of Oahu and my phone battery was ticking down. At 9:03pm it was at 17%.

(I remember this moment vividly.)

That’s when I decided I needed to buy a small-to-medium sized power bank to get me through the night.

Story 2: It was 8:10am on Saturday, January 13, 2018. I was sitting in my kitchen — enjoying my coffee and checking my email — when my phone erupted with the alert I had dreaded receiving for months.

My fiance burst through the door into the kitchen with a look on her face I’ll never forget — a combination of panic and disbelief — that I hope never to see again.

We scrambled to get dressed and clumsily raced down eight flights of stairs into the cement basement of our apartment complex.

We hid there 38 minutes until Hawaii Governor David Ige issued a retraction.

“What happened today was totally unacceptable…Many in our community were deeply affected by this. I am sorry for that pain and confusion that anyone might have experienced.”

Our lives weren’t in danger. Someone just pressed the wrong button.

Real or not, that afternoon I put together my Nuclear Survival Kit. One of the top items on my list: The biggest portable power bank I could find.

What I’m saying with these two stories is that your needs for a portable power bank could vary wildly from mine. During my nuclear scare I decided I need to max out capacity for survival. Maybe you only need a little emergency backup power.

Whatever your needs, I’m here for you! Let’s look at the Aukey vs Anker power banks, two of the leaders in the portable power industry. We’ll compare 8 different power banks across 4 different categories.

Chances are the power bank you’re looking for is on this list!

Aukey vs Anker: The Quick Conclusion

In this Aukey vs Anker comparison, we pit the two manufacturers against each other across four categories. These were the categories (and the winners):

  • For Large Electronic Devices: Anker 26800mAh
  • For Multiple Small Device Recharges: Aukey 20000mAh
  • For Single Device Recharges: Aukey 10000mAh
  • For On-the-Go Emergency Power: Anker 3350mAh

Split decision from the judge!

When two competitors produce models with nearly identical specs, usually it’s the price that dictates our decision. When comparing Aukey vs Anker, Aukey almost always wins the price battle.

But I just can’t give them the nod on price alone.

While Anker power banks typically cost more for the same specs, they’re more reliable and last longer. Aukey power banks begin to see their charging power deteriorate faster than similar Anker models, often within the first few months. When I’m purchasing a portable power pack it’s because I want reliable recharging performance time and time again.

With Aukey I get what looks like a great deal.

With Anker, I get what I know is a great product.

So, Aukey or Anker? You already know who we picked for each category. Now read why we picked them as we compare detailed technical specs. Remember, the power bank we picked may not be the bets power bank for you.

Choosing the Right Portable Power Bank

By my estimation, there are 7 different factors to consider when choosing between Aukey vs Anker (or really any power bank):

  • Capacity
  • Max current
  • Charging speed
  • Included accessories and cables
  • Dimensions and weight
  • Cost
  • Warranty

I explain these in more detail in my RAVPower vs Anker comparison, but for now here’s a cheat sheet:

Capacity // Measured in milli Ampere-hours (mAh), this is the amount of energy a battery stores.

Max current // Measured in amps (A), you’ll usually see 1A or 2.1A. 1A is serviceable for phone charging. You’ll need 2.1A current for larger devices, such as laptops.

Charging speed // How quickly the power bank charges. Note that some power banks have a turbo charge feature whereby they charge, say, 50% really quickly and then slow down for the last 50%.

Included cables and accessories // Make sure the power bank comes with the cables required to charge the devices you have.

Dimensions and weight // In general, lighter and smaller is better, but obviously you want enough juice to power your devices. For backpacking enthusiasts looking to keep weight down, note that a few extra ounces in a power bank may not be the place to cut back.

Cost // Spending less money is better than spending more money, but beware paying for an inferior product!

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Warranty // A nice fall-back should something happen.

Aukey vs Anker by Charging Category

It’s nearly impossible to compare Anker vs Aukey for every power bank the two companies make — that would take forever, and you wouldn’t want to read it! But we can compare Anker vs Aukey across a few different power bank categories. Here’s what I’m thinking:

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  • Aukey vs Anker for Large Electronic Devices
  • Aukey vs Anker for Multiple Small Device Recharges
  • Aukey vs Anker for Single Device Recharges
  • Aukey vs Anker for On-the-Go, Emergency Power

What do you think about those categories? Basically we’ll be looking at (1) large capacity power banks, (2) mid-sized power banks to give you cell phone or Bluetooth speaker a few recharges, (3) smaller power banks for when you only need a single recharge, and (4).sized, emergency power.

If you think I’m missing one, comment at the bottom and I’ll see if I can add it!

A Note About the Number of Recharges!

For all power banks I’ll estimate the number of recharges for a cell phone, tablet, and laptop. The exact number of recharges will depend on the battery size of your device, so for all estimates below I’ll assume the following battery sizes:

  • Cell Phone: 3500mAh (Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge)
  • Tablet: 8800mAh (9.7″ iPad released in 2017)
  • Laptop: 10000mAh (14″ Lenovo Thinkpad T480)

I’ll also assume 85% efficiency to account for battery resistance, voltage differences, loss to cables, etc.

Aukey vs Anker for Large Electronic Devices

The Situation: For when you need to recharge a large electronic device, such as your laptop, or when you expected to need several small device recharges for multiple devices.

The Comparison: Aukey 30000mAh vs Anker 26800mAh

Sure, 26800mAh is less than 30000mAh, but both capacities are large enough for multiple recharges of even your largest devices. Anker gets the big edge here in 3 places:

  • Dual power bank recharging for lightning fast recharge speeds as fast as just 6.5 hours!
  • 3 outputs with up to 6A of combined current
  • It comes with 3 different cables: Micro USB, USB-C, and Lightning

If you’re going with a power bank this large, you want something powerful and versatile. Anker bests Aukey in every category.

Aukey vs Anker for Multiple Small Device Recharges

The Situation: For extended stays, such as multi-day camping, or for when you have multiple devices that will need to be recharges, such as a Bluetooth speaker and your cell phone.

The Comparison: Aukey 20000mAh vs Anker 20100mAh

I’ll be honest: This showdown was close.

All things equal I think Anker makes better power banks than Aukey. In my experience they’re more energy efficient and last longer. Why did I give Aukey the slight nod?

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  • 3 different charging inputs should be compatible with nearly any cable you have
  • 4 charging ports with 2 different output types

Even though I give Aukey the broad category win here, there are times the Anker 20100mAh power bank might be better for you:

  • If you only need the 1 Micro USB input
  • If you only need to charge 1 or 2 devices; Anker’s combined 4.8A max current beats Aukey’s 3A max current

This one was nearly a draw. It really depends on your specific needs.

Aukey vs Anker for Single Device Recharges

The Situation: For when you’re staying overnight and know you’ll need to pack a little power to recharge your phone.

The Comparison: Aukey 10000mAh vs Anker 10000mAh

These two power banks are identical except for one difference: Aukey allows simultaneous charging of up to 2 devices.

If you only want to charge your phone — no tablet, Bluetooth speaker,, or significant other’s phone to worry about — then I’ll go with Anker. Their 3A max current means your phone will charge more quickly. And as I said in the previous category, I think Anker makes better, more efficient, longer lasting products.

Aukey vs Anker for On-the-Go, Emergency Power

The Situation: For when you’re going out for the day — maybe to the bar, a sporting event or concert, or just to a friend’s house — and you aren’t sure your phone will make it.

The Comparison: Aukey 5000mAh vs Anker 3350mAh

Shocking choice! Aukey has more capacity (5000mAh) and allows you to charge up to 2 devices simultaneously. What the hell am I thinking?!

This is the “On-the-Go, Emergency Power” category, so 3 things jump out at me:

  • I’m not trying to maximize capacity. For my emergency needs, 3350mAh is plenty.
  • The Anker 3350mAh power bank comes with 2 different charging cables.
  • The Anker 3350mAh power bank is more compact, lighter, and more portable.

If you want to maximize capacity, even for an on-the-go power bank — and there are situations where that may be prudent! — then go with the Aukey 5000mAh. But I give Anker the slight edge here.

Do you own a power bank from either manufacturer? What do you like and dislike about it? Let us know below!

AUKEY Wireless 10,000mAh Power Bank with 18W PD PB-Y32 Review

Design

The AUKEY PB-Y32 is a multi-textured power bank, feature smooth plastic around most of it with a soft, tacky surface on top to help hold your phone in place while charging on the wireless Qi pad. On the front of the power bank is a regular USB-A output, a USB-C input/output port, and a Micro USB input. There are also 5 LEDs: The first LED beside the Micro USB port is an amber light indicating that wireless charging is enabled. The other 4 white LEDs indicate the power remaining in the power bank. The dimensions of this power bank are 5.67″ x 2.64″ x 0.67″ and it weighs 8.01 ounces.

Features

  • Qi wireless charging: Tapping the power button once will enable the Qi wireless charging pad located on the top of the power bank. An amber LED will light. Initially, the wireless charging pad will output 5W and if no other devices are connected to the power bank (and your phone supports it), the charging will increase to 7.5W or 10W. If no Qi device is detected, the wireless pad will automatically turn off after 15 seconds. Please note that the power bank cannot accept an incoming charge from another Qi wireless charging.
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0: The USB-A port can output up to 12 volts if a compatible Quick Charge device is connected. Otherwise, it will output the normal 5V ⎓ 2.4A standard for phones and tablets.
  • USB-C Power Delivery: The USB-C port can output up to 12V ⎓ 1.5A to support fast charging of compatible devices, such as an iPhone 8 or newer.
  • Low-Current Charging Mode: Many Bluetooth headphones and some smaller device such as fitness trackers may draw so little power that most power banks don’t detect them and stop charging prematurely. You can enable a “Low Current Charging Mode” for such devices so that the USB port stays on. To enable this mode, hold down the power button for 2 seconds until you see one of the LEDs turn green. This mode automatically turns off after 2 hours.
  • 10,000mAh capacity: Enough to charge many smartphones 3 to 4 times via wired charging (wireless charging is less efficient on all chargers).

Performance

The power bank can output up to 18 watts via the Power Delivery USB-C port, which I found to be cable of charging my Dell Chromebook. This can also be used to charge other devices such as an iPhone 8 or newer (with a USB-C-to-Lightning cable, not included) or other USB-C devices such as the Nintendo Switch.

As you can see in the photo below, the power bank was able to deliver 18 watts (approximately 9V ⎓ 2A) to my Dell Chromebook. This can effectively charge compatible laptops when the laptop is powered off, but may not be enough power to charge and use the laptop at the same time depending on what you’re doing on the laptop while it is on.

Technical Specs

USB-C Input: (18W Power Delivery 3.0) 5V⎓3A, 9V⎓2A

USB-C Output: (18W Power Delivery 3.0) 5V⎓3A, 9V⎓2A, 12V⎓1.5A

USB Output: (Quick Charge 3.0) 5–6V⎓3A, 6–9V⎓2A, 9–12V⎓1.5A

With an impressive feature set including wireless Qi charging, Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and Power Delivery (18W), the AUKEY power bank packs a lot of charging options in a small, lightweight power bank.

AUKEY Wireless Charging Power Bank review: Charge three devices at once

Bottom line: Charge up to three devices on this portable battery that also has a kickstand for video viewing.

Pros

  • Compact design is easily portable
  • Charges up to three devices at once
  • Charge Qi, USB-C, and USB-A devices
  • 10,000mAH charges an iPhone 11 Pro twice over
  • Two-year warranty

Cons

  • – Must remember to turn on wireless charging
  • – Not particularly fast charging
  • – Slippery

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AUKEY’s 10,000mAh Wireless Charging Power Bank is compact but packs a lot of power. Charge up to three devices at once, plus a handy kickstand on the back lets you watch videos while your iPhone juices up on the wireless charger.

Kickstand convenience

AUKEY Wireless Charging Power Bank: Features

You probably never thought that your portable power bank needed a kickstand, but once you have it, you see how convenient it is. Though I don’t anticipate taking a flight very soon, when I do, the AUKEY Wireless Charging Power Bank is going in my carry-on bag. When I watch my own in-flight entertainment on my iPhone, it’ll be nestled in this little stand, charging up while my video plays.

AUKEY’s Wireless Charging Power Bank boasts 10,000mAh of power, which is enough to charge an iPhone 11 Pro two and a half times over. It can even give an iPad Air almost a full charge, but I did not have any luck trying to charge my iPad Pro with it.

Place any Qi-enabled device, such as an iPhone 8 or newer, on to the power bank and press the power button. A few times, I forgot to press the button and wondered why my iPhone wasn’t charging. The surface of the power bank is very smooth, which makes it too easy for the iPhone to slip off if you’re not using a case with traction. There is a tiny non-skid circle in the middle of the charger, but I wish that were larger.

Pull out the tiny shelf on the front and kickstand on the back, and presto! You have an iPhone stand that charges as you watch videos. You can use the stand vertically as well, but your phone will not charge in that orientation. Using a (wireless charging-compatible) case on the phone is no problem for use with this power bank

I like the added features, elevating this from an ordinary power bank to something unique. The kickstand and shelf make for quite a nice office or travel accessory. I also really like that there are two kinds of ports on the bottom, so just about any device is covered, whether it plugs into USB-A or USB-C. It packs a lot of power, but it’s just about the size and shape of an iPhone 11.

AUKEY Wireless Charging Power Bank: What I don’t like

Be careful placing your phone on this power bank, especially if you don’t use a case (or if you use a smooth one.) The non-slip portion of this power bank’s surface is tiny, and it doesn’t grip much. Also, remember to press that power button, or your iPhone won’t charge.

If you’re looking for a fast charge, this isn’t it. Especially if you’re going to charge three devices at once, the charging will go pretty slowly.

Multi-purpose

AUKEY Wireless Charging Power Bank: Bottom line

AUKEY’s 10,000mAh Wireless Charging Power Bank is a multi-purpose charger. It charges an iPhone or any Qi-enabled device on its surface. Plus, it has a USB-A and a USB-C for charging other devices. You can charge up to three devices at once. The power bank has a little shelf and kickstand, so you can prop up your iPhone for watching videos as it charges wirelessly.

Office and travel companion

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