Honor AP08Q Power Bank Review: An essential, if potentially expensive, accessory…

Honor AP08Q Power Bank Review: An essential, if potentially expensive, accessory for Honor/Huawei phone owners

You know what they say about standards; the nice thing about them is that there are so many to choose from.

Joking aside, multiple standards suck.

Qualcomm is pushing its own Quick Charge standard. There’s a different one for the Nexus phones (5V/3A). OnePlus coming up with yet another way of charging, and now Huawei with its own 9V/2A solution.

There are also competing wireless charging standards, although that method of charging seems to have gone out of fashion of late with only Samsung really taking things seriously.

At least Honor ships the Honor 8 with a fast mains charger in the box, which Huawei failed to do with the P9 (the P9 Plus, however, does) and with standalone chargers hard to buy in three-pin UK form.

In other words, many people will have to make do with relatively slow charging times, usually around two hours from zero to full. A bit unfortunate for flagship phones.

This is where the Honor AP08Q comes in. It’s a 10,000mAh portable battery pack that has support for Hauwei’s own fast charging standard – and possibly also Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 (unconfirmed at time of writing).

It’s not available in the UK or Europe, so I opted to import one from China.

The fast charger shaves around 30 minutes off the total charging time, with a big reduction in charging time from 0% to 50/60%.

You can read about my importing experience at the end of the review for a laugh, but first let’s see if it’s any good.

The packaging is all in Chinese. You’ll find next to no English on the box and the manual inside won’t yield a lot more info either.

Fortunately, it’s not as if you need to a genius to work out how a portable power bank works. You charge it, then use it to charge other devices. I mean, who reads the manual on the ones that come in English?

The power bank itself is available in black or white, and I chose white. The size is pretty similar to the Honor 8 that I intend to charge with it, but about twice the thickness. There’s also a rubberised hook on one corner that’s maybe to let you hang it from a lanyard or wrist strap (neither are included in the box).

Up top are three ports, and this is where there might be some confusion if you don’t look carefully at the small text written beside each port.

This is a little disappointing as the USB-C port could, and arguably should, have been bi-directional. What actually happens if you attempt to use a USB-C to USB-C lead from your phone is that it draws power from the phone to charge the power bank!

Now that could be useful for someone, but I can’t see the benefit of sucking power from the phone you’d want to charge. But, hey, it’s an option and perhaps useful if you have a phone or tablet you don’t mind sacrificing the battery for to get this topped up for later use.

In order to charge your phone, you’ll need an ordinary USB-A cable that terminates with USB-C or micro-USB, depending on what device wish to charge.

The charger itself ships only with a USB-A to micro-USB cable (which is approx 20cm in length), so if you want to charge a newer phone like the Honor 8, Huawei P9 or P9 Plus, you’ll need to get another cable or perhaps a micro-USB to USB-C adapter. I can recommend the adapter, such as the Choetech in the photo below, costing £4.99 for two from Amazon).

The Honor 7, last year’s flagship phone, uses micro-USB and I didn’t even realise until now that it also supported fast charging – so that’s another lot of phone users who might benefit from this.

The Honor 5X and Huawei Nova/Nova Plus phones, using Qualcomm chipsets, do not support fast charging. I have not tried a Honor 5C, but as it uses a Huawei chipset then there’s a good chance it will be supported.

Recharging the power bank itself can be done at 9V/2A with a mains charger supporting Huawei’s fast charging standard, or 5V/2A without.

Performance

With a 10,000mAh capacity, and allowing for the usual not insignificant losses when transferring power from one battery to another, I found I was able to do two full charges and then a bit extra on the Honor 8 (which has a 3,000mAh battery).

A general rule with any power bank is to assume you’ll be able to use about 2/3 of its capacity.

My testing wasn’t scientific, as the battery inside the power bank will need a few charge cycles of its own to get properly calibrated (so may improve a little in the coming weeks), but if you work on it being good for a minimum of two full recharges, you’ll not be disappointed and can consider anything more a bonus.

You can also charge any non fast charging compatible device that uses micro-USB, USB-C or I guess even Lightning with the right cable. This is at a maximum of 5V/2A.

The box also mentions an output of 12V/1.5A, which an online search suggests support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3 standard, but I was unable to confirm or test this. If you know for sure, please comment below.

Keeping its cool

The battery pack and phone also seems to get no warmer when charging, which is reassuring as heat means slower charging, as well as a throttling of performance should you try to use your phone at the same time (in this respect, the Dash Charge system developed by OnePlus is quite clever, if possibly rather inconvenient and restricted to mains charging).

I will still carry my monster 20,000mAh power back (without fast charging support for Huawei/Honor devices) for longer trips away, but that is bulky and heavy and can’t be easily carried in a like this.

For most days out, a 10,000mAh pack is more than enough to cope with the times when even the excellent battery on the Honor 8 can’t get me through a whole day, such as when I’ve been taking a lot of photographs, or keeping the screen on outdoors with the brightness ramped up.

Verdict

This AP08Q power bank is an accessory I’d wholeheartedly recommend to any Honor or Huawei phone owner as will make a huge difference to recharging times.

The key issue is finding a way to get one at a good price, and without waiting weeks.

I hope that Honor will consider shipping over a palette load over to sell on the European vMall store, or perhaps that someone enterprising decides to do the same and sell them via Amazon with a fair margin, but offering next-day delivery and payment in pounds.

Update: I just noticed when you fast charge, one of the LEDs goes green.

Pros

  • Stylish and very portable design
  • Good for a minimum of two fast charges for the Honor 8, Huawei P9 and Honor 7
  • Also compatible with other recent HiSilicon Kirin chipset devices with fast charge (9V/2A) support
  • Possible Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support (up to 12V/1.5A)
  • Charges other devices at 5V/2A
  • Cost around £30 or less, excluding import duty/VAT
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Cons

  • Only one output (USB-A)
  • Not available in UK or Europe, so may prove expensive (and slow) to import (see below)

My Import Experience

The AP08Q is the most expensive battery pack I’ve ever purchased – and that includes power banks with far higher capacities. It may even rank as the most expensive accessory I’ve purchased in the last few years!

A search of the Internet took me to AliExpress, and I chose this supplier for the AP08Q charger for no reason other than it had the lowest price at the time. If looking for another supplier, be aware that the Q part of the model number is vital, as this is the model that supports the fast charging – not the AP08.

So having found the charger at US34.08 (approx £26) and with free shipping, it seemed like a bargain.

But, I’ve had free shipping from Hong Kong before and it can take many weeks. The site estimates 20-40 days and that can be a tad optimistic (try nearer 60 days), so I opted to pay for express shipping at a further cost of US37.49 (approx £28) to bring down the shipping time to 7-15 days.

The upside is that in just four days, I was surprised to get a knock on the door from UPS with a package. This was the same day I’d got an email to say it was shipping, which I now suspect was meant to say it was out for delivery.

I was most impressed, until the driver dropped the bombshell that there was money to collect. The charge? £20.79 for VAT and brokerage charges. Ouch.

All in, this accessory cost me a grand total of £75, give or take a few pence.

I knew I was paying a lot for the fast shipping, but the import duty, VAT and other handling fees was a real kicker.

It’s why there needs to be a supplier in Europe for these, or else if you’re going to import one yourself (and I do still recommend it) you should probably have a little more patience than me and go for the free shipping option. Who knows, you might be lucky and get it in under a month!

Purchasing Link

The following link is the exact source of my purchase. There are other sellers too.

If you know of any supplier in Europe that can supply quicker, or cheaper, please post in the Комментарии и мнения владельцев below.

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Honor PowerBank (AP007) 13000 mAh is a bang for your buck [Review]

We want to do so much with our smartphone, but often have to compromise our workflow to keep our smartphone alive till the end of the day. It gets worse when we are travelling and we cannot arrange a stable power source to recharge our phones. This is where a efficient PowerBank comes to rescue – but finding a right one is not always easy thing to do.

Honor PowerBank AP007 is not only cheaper but if we believe their specs, it also offers a way more than its competitor — is that so?

Unboxing

In the box you’ll find 3 items: 1 PowerBank, 1 USB cable (small), 1 user guide. There is no power adapter/charger provided out of the box.

Build Quality Design

The PowerBank is one solid rectangular desing, with plastic casing at the top and bottom. The device looks really sturdy and strong at the first impression, and is on the little heavier side. The full metal body is robust, and can take some hit.

Top side has device specifications printed on it, which states that the PowerBank has Input and Output range of 5V — 2A. The capacity of the PowerBank is 13,000 mAh, which is manufactured in China by Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

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Bottom of the device is the part which will handle all the input/output operations. It has two output USB ports, which is capable of charging two phones simultaneously. There is a microUSB port to charge the PowerBank, so that it can be used when required.

A round Power button is located at the right side of the panel, with 4 LED lights to indicate the power level when Power button is pressed. The function is pretty similar to the “Mi PowerBank”.

Operation Ease of Use

The PowerBank is very easy to use, thanks to the minimalistic design approach. Electric circuit has intelligent sleep and energy saving mode to ensure optimized power consumption. The power bank has two USB slot with 5V – 2A output that lets you charge two devices at a time. There is a power button and LED indicators to show the charge. The power bank has gone through Reliability Testing that includes 1 m Height Drop Test, Vibration and Shock Test, Salt Spray and Shell Pressure Test, says the company.

The LED lights at the bottom of the rectangular casing, lit up when a device is connected to it, and indicates the current power level of battery of the PowerBank. You can also see the power state, when no device is connected by simply pressing the Big circular Power button on the device.

During our test we could charge a BlackBerry Z3 with bundled USB cable without any issues, and it took the same time to charge the device as it would with the official blackberry charger that came with the mobile. However, it didn’t faired well, when we tried to charge the mobile phone with other USB cable. We checked with other device connected simultaneously, and it worked great as well.

The device didn’t state anywhere whether 2A is the combined output, or it is being devided between the two devices connected to the port. We didn’t experienced slow charging or incompatibility issues during our test, so it doesn’t really have direct effect unless your device support higher than 2A charging.

We also tested Huawei Honor 6 Plus with the device and it was slower than the official charger bundled with the smartphone. But, the smartphone doesn’t really work well with any other charger — that is why it is bundled with Fast Charger.

What we think?

Honor PowerBank doesn’t target high end consumers, but it does pack a massive backup option at considerably low price (Rs. 1,399 in India). The device works great, and does provide 90% conversion rate, given that we could charge our Blackberry Z3 upto ~4 times.

There are many other options available, but Honor has established itself as a brand that people has started to trust. The company is working hard to provide good after sale support, and is currently trying to win consumers who otherwise would choose other already established companies.

If you are looking for a PowerBank with bigger backup, you can go with it.

GENERAL
Brand Honor
Model Number AP007
Battery Capacity 13000 mAh
Model Name Honor
Output Power 5 V
Battery Type Li-Ion
Color Grey
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Reliability Testing (1 m Height Drop Test, Vibration and Shock Test, Salt Spray and Shell Pressure Test)
IN THE BOX
Sales Package Power Bank

How to Get a Bank to Accept Your Power of Attorney

Picture this: Your mom is widowed and is starting to have trouble remembering things. You’re worried that she is forgetting to make bill payments. So it seems like a good time to take an active role in her finances.

Fortunately, she has named you her power of attorney. So you take the power of attorney document to her bank to prove that you have the legal right to access her account and make transactions for her now that she might have dementia. However, the bank balks at accepting it.

Unfortunately, this could happen to you if you have to help parents or aging loved ones with their finances. There’s no shortage of stories about banks and financial institutions refusing to honor power of attorney documents. Then caregivers are left scrambling to figure out how to help loved ones with daily money matters when they can’t access their accounts.

To avoid ending up in a situation like this, it’s important to understand why your parents’ financial institutions might not accept the POA you present and what you can do to increase the chances that they will.

Why banks require power of attorney documents

Banks, credit unions and other financial institutions take their obligation to protect customers and their privacy seriously. So before giving anyone access to a customer’s account, “we want to make sure the necessary legal prerequisites are met,” says Joe Dylla, in-house counsel and vice president of The First National Bank in Sioux Falls. That means confirming that someone has been named power of attorney or is a court-appointed conservator.

Even if your parents or loved ones have signed a legal document naming you their power of attorney to make financial transactions for them, you can’t expect their bank to take your word for it. You’ll need to provide the power of attorney document to the financial institution so it can ensure the document is valid.

The bank must do this to protect its customers from potential elder financial exploitation. “The risk is always there for the bank from a legal standpoint and a reputational standpoint if an agent under a power of attorney is invalid and there is fraud loss to the principal,” Dylla says. “Elder abuse is a significant problem. People get a hold of elderly individuals’ financial lives and enrich themselves.”

Reasons why banks won’t accept a power of attorney

Because banks must protect their customers, there are a variety of reasons they might reject a power of attorney. Here are the most common ones.

‍The power of attorney isn’t valid. In most states, banks are required to accept valid power of attorney documents. To be valid, the document needs to be signed and typically needs to be notarized. In some states, there also needs to be a witness signature on the document. If, say, your parents downloaded a fill-in-the-blank power of attorney document, signed it but never got it notarized, it might not be valid.

‍The power of attorney isn’t durable. If you’re trying to access your parents’ or loved ones’ accounts because they are no longer mentally competent, you won’t be able to do so unless the power of attorney is durable. A durable power of attorney remains in effect even if the person who created the document (the principal) becomes incapacitated temporarily or permanently. If the power or attorney isn’t durable and your parents are no longer competent, you no longer have the power to manage their finances for them.

‍You don’t have necessary documentation for a springing power of attorney. If your parents have a springing power of attorney that goes into effect only in certain circumstances such as incapacity, you will need documents from your parents’ physicians showing that they are incapacitated, Dylla says. Otherwise, the bank won’t simply take your word that your parents can no longer manage their account on their own.

‍The account is owned by a trust. Dylla says that when The First National Bank in Sioux Falls rejects power of attorney requests, it often is because the POA is attempting to access a trust account set up by a parent. “Just because you’re POA doesn’t mean you have the ability to get added to a trust account,” he says. “The trustee is responsible for that account.” So you would need to be listed as the trustee or added as a co-trustee to have the legal right to access a trust account.

‍The power of attorney is “stale.” Some banks can be reluctant to accept so-called stale power of attorney documents that were drafted years ago. The fear is that new documents could have been drafted since then, and the banks don’t want to hand over access to customers’ accounts to the wrong people. However, Dylla says that he’s not aware of any state laws that state that older power of attorney documents are no longer valid. So banks can’t reject a power of attorney based on the age of the document.

How to avoid issues with getting a POA accepted

In addition to making sure that the document that names you power of attorney is valid and is the right type of POA, take these steps to smooth the way for gaining access to your loved ones’ accounts when they need your help.

  • Go with your parents or aging loved ones to the bank to submit the power of attorney document for approval while they still are healthy and mentally competent. This will help reassure the bank that your parents have entrusted you to be their agent if something happens. “There’s a comfort level there when we have our customer telling us this is who’s in charge,” Dylla says. Plus, the bank will be able to get your parents to sign any of its own POA forms and to get a specimen signature from you to keep on file, if necessary.
  • If your parents are incapacitated, contact your parents’ bank to find out what it’s requirements are for accepting a power of attorney. Make an appointment to bring in documents for review, including the power of attorney document, your ID and any medical records indicating your parents shouldn’t be making financial decisions.

If a bank refuses to accept a validly executed power of attorney, ask what legal basis it is relying on to deny acceptance of the document, Dylla says. Ask the bank to put its reason in writing then take it to an attorney, who can send a letter to the bank to resolve the issue or threaten legal action.

Alternatively, if your parents’ bank is creating unnecessary hurdles to access their accounts, you could transfer their accounts to another bank, such as a smaller community bank or credit union. Dylla says that The First National Bank in Sioux Falls has had several adult children move their parents accounts there after meeting with resistance at other banks that weren’t willing to accept valid power of attorney documents. A good bank should work with you, not against you, in a time of need.

Nokia Power Bank P6202

These Nokia-branded products are manufactured by, imported, distributed and sold by or on behalf of RichGo Technology (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd. under a brand license from Nokia. Nokia is not a manufacturer, importer, distributor or retailer of these products.

Features

Browse, talk and play for days

20000mAh capacity fully charges most phones up to seven times and larger-capacity tablets at least twice.

High-speed charging

Supports up to 22.5W superfast charge with PD20W fast-charge technology. Give your iPhone 12 a 60% charge in around half-an-hour or a full charge in around two hours.

Safety assured

Built-in Smart circuitry protects against overcharging, short-circuiting, and voltage instabilities.

Fuel your journey

Travel ready

Compact design and flight-friendly capacity make the P6202 the perfect travel companion.

Universal compatibility

Compatible with most devices including Nintendo Switch, iPhone, Galaxy, Google Pixel, HTC, LG, and true wireless earbuds.

Three at a time

Three built-in output charging ports allow you to charge three different devices simultaneously.

Choose your color

The Nokia Power Bank P6202 is available in two popular colors. Choose between blue and pink.

Frequently asked questions

The number of charges vary by smartphone manufacturer and the phone’s battery capacity. For example, the iPhone 12 with a capacity of 2851mAh can be charged approximately 5 times.

The charging time varies by smartphone manufacturer and the phone’s battery capacity. For example, an iPhone 12 can be charged to 60% in 30 mins and fully charged in about 2 hours.

The PD18W is a fast power delivery standard. It’s capable of recharging the power bank in approximately 5. 6 hours.

22.5W SCP is only compatible with certain Huawei and Honor models: Huawei Mate 20 Pro/ Mate 30/ Mate 40 Pro/ P20/ P30 Pro, etc.; Honor V10/ Note10/ Note20/ Note20 Pro/ V20, etc. Mobile phones must have the SCP superfast charging function to benefit from that charging protocol.

No, the phone has a number of built-in protection features to safeguard your phone e.g. protection against the charger over-heating, plus it will automatically power off as soon as the phone is fully charged.

Yes, its capacity is 20000mAh. The Civil Aviation Administration stipulates that power banks with a capacity under 27000mAh (where the rated energy is less than 100Wh) may be taken on a plane; power banks with a capacity over 27000mAh cannot be taken onboard (Please check with your airline before you travel).

Nokia Power Bank P6202 supports: SCP/ FCP/VOOC/PD3.0/QC3.0/BC1.2 The Nokia Power Bank P6202 supports fast charging for 98% of mobile phones on the market (these must be charged via fast-charge cables) Mobile Phones supported: Huawei P40, P40 Pro, P30, P30 Pro, Mate 30, Mate 30 Pro, Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Nova 7, Nova 6. Honor 30 Pro, 30, 20 Pro, 20, V30 Pro, V20. Apple iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone 8. Xiaomi 10, 10 Pro, 9, 9 Pro, 8, Note 7 Pro. Samsung S20, S20, S10, S10, S9, Note10. This test list refers to the supported product models and software versions. If a model is not shown in this list, it does not mean that charging is not supported. The actual test and use results shall prevail.

Please do not use this power bank under high temperature or high-humidity conditions. Don’t use worn or damaged cables to connect the power bank to your devices. Stop using it immediately if it starts to swell.

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