Getting power to all of your devices is no easy task, personally, I carry around a smartphone (sometimes two), a tablet, and a laptop and they all require a lot of energy, and that becomes quite annoying if ever leave home.
Aukey aims to solve that with some of their latest power banks, which feature their own technology to enable to charge a range of your devices properly and on the go.
In this review, we are going to be taking a look at their 30,000mAh and 20,000mAh power banks, as well as a 30,000mAh pack that comes with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 tech.
Out of all of these, the Aukey 30,000mAh Power Bank with Quick Charge 3.0 is definitely the star of the show.
It is a very high-capacity power pack that combines a small form-factor with a decent weight and a great number of features that allows it to recharge a number of devices with the right amount of power for that device.
It features a total charge of 30,000 mAh or 111 Wh, which allows it to deliver multiple charges to multiple devices while only weighing just over a pound, which is a bit too heavy to carry around in your pocket, but not that heavy that you’ll notice it in a backpack. It is also only 5.9 x 3.3 x 1.1 inches, which means that it is very portable and can fit in a range of spaces, just chuck it in your backpack and you are ready to charge all of your devices from your smartphone up to your laptop, yes it can recharge a laptop.
In my testing, this battery back was capable of recharging my 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for one and a half recharges while the computer was asleep, however, when awake, it won’t recharge quite as much.
The non-Quick Charge version of this 30,000mAh battery from Aukey is also pretty similar to this, providing the same recharging capabilities but without the Quick Charge tech, which you might not mind if you don’t have a compatible device.
We also took a look at the Aukey 30,000mAh battery without Quick Charge, which sacrifices some charging capacity and Quick Charge 3.0 to save a bit of weight and to cut a bit off the price tag, your choice between them should depend on your charging requirements, the more devices that you have, the bigger capacity you should get. That said, it might be worth investing in the 30,000mAh version for future-proofing.
The 20,000mAh version still provides that same capability to charge something like a MacBook Pro, however, it’s only going to provide just under a full charge, but it is a pretty good option for charging smartphones and tablets, in our testing it easily charging a smartphone and a tablet twice to full, of course, the 30,000mAh capacity is going to do the same, but with a lot more recharges.
All of the packs feature a total of four ports, two for recharging the inbuilt battery and two for recharging your devices. The ouputs also come with support for Aukey’s own AiPower, which allows the packs to charge a range of devices from smartphones to speakers, and provide the correct amount of power for that device’s requirements, it also stops charging the device at 100%, which is pretty nice.
The two input ports are a particularly nice feature on all of these power packs, it allows you to get some major juice into the pack over the Lighting and microUSB inputs, with a single input it took around 11 hours to recharge the 30,000mAh batteries, or around 6 hours to recharge the 20,000mAh battery, which is pretty slow, however, this can be decreased majorly by plugging in the second input as well, reducing the recharge rate of both packs by around half.
You can check just how much battery that you have in any of these packs by pressing the main power button, once pressed it will light up as red if there’s between 0 and 30 percent, green if it is between 30 and 70 percent, and white if it is between 70 and 100 percent, this is okay, but we would much prefer something a little more substantial such as a 4-6 lighting scheme for a more detailed view of how much charge you have left, especially considering the capacity of these packs.
The Quick Charge 3.0 version of the 30,000mAh battery has a 5V 2.4 output, a Quick Charge 3.0 output, 5V 2A Lightning input, and a 5V 2A Micro USB input. This is the same as the non-Quick Charge versions of the 20,000 and 30,000 mAh packs, just without the Quick Charge 3.0 output.
Your choice between the three should depend on your needs and available budget, the most feature-full option is the 30,000mAh Quick Charge 3.0 pack, which is priced at £43 and will provide you with the most charging capabilities and would be the best option if you have a lot of devices, want to charge a laptop or if you want something for the future.
The 30,000mAh pack without the Quick Charge 3.0 tech provides the same charging capacity, so if you don’t need Quick Charge 3.0, it might be a better option for you, but at £38, it’s not that much cheaper and so it might be worth getting the Quick Charge one anyway.
The 20,000mAh pack is the cheapest out of the bunch at just £21, however, this isn’t going to provide you with nearly as much capacity.
All that said, we would recommend any of these three packs if you are looking for a new way to get juice into your devices on the go. The 30,000mAh Quick Charge 3.0 version was definitely our favourite, with the ultimate charging capacities.
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