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AUKEY USB-C Portable Charger 30000mAh with Power Delivery

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[Amazon.ca] AUKEY USB-C Portable Charger 30000mAh with Power Delivery

It's the highest capacity PD-charging powerbank battery available and it's the cheapest I've seen, lower than the Amazon USA price of US$69.99 and cheaper than the lower capacity Ravpower one.

If you have a MacBook or the Nintendo Switch and want to extend the battery life, this is a great gadget to have. However be advised it can theoretically cause troubles with the TSA due to its 100+Wh capacity, which I believe technically requires a written permission from the airline.
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where do you see the 100W? Looking for something portable for my xps 15
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giju wrote: where do you see the 100W? Looking for something portable for my xps 15
Because the battery is 30000mah and lithium is usually 3.7v, the theoretical capacity would be 30000 x 3.7 = 111 Watt-hours. The actual usable capacity is usually 10% less than that.

100W is the limit imposed by the TSA for carry-on without any extra approval
Lithium batteries with more than 100 watt hours may be allowed in carry-on bags with airline approval, but are limited to two spare batteries per passenger. Loose lithium batteries are prohibited in checked bags. For more information, see the FAA regulations on batteries.
I don't think most TSA agents will care but if one of them wants to be extra rule-abiding, this could be troublesome.
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The battery indicator of those models drives me nuts.

It starts blinking white when it hits 70% charge and that never stops. So when you take it off the charger, you never know if it's 70%, 100%, or something in-between. At 30000mAh, if you unplug it at 70% because of the while blinking light, you would carry a heavy brick charged 9000mAh less that what you think, i.e. some 3+ full charges less that what you've planned for on your next camping trip.
How hard is it to make the light stop blinking and show steady white when it's 100%, or comply with the de-facto standard of 4 LEDs showing 0-25-50-75-100%, or even simply show the actual percentage.

I got burned a few times with the smaller ones and wouldn't recommend it, unless you want to develop some anxiety issues after a few trips :)
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How long does it take to recharge the battery?
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Sgt_Strider wrote: How long does it take to recharge the battery?
This is what I saw at the Amazon comment section.
* Charging Time with USB-C Cable (5V 3A) ~9hrs
* Charging Time with USB-C Cable (14.5V 2A) ~4hrs
* Charging Time with Micro USB Cable ~12hrs
* Charging Time with Micro USB Cable + USB-C Cable (5V 4A) ~8hrs
So best to charge it with your Switch or MacBook charger. Otherwise it can take 8-12 hours to fully charge it.
marvinandro wrote: The battery indicator of those models drives me nuts.

It starts blinking white when it hits 70% charge and that never stops. So when you take it off the charger, you never know if it's 70%, 100%, or something in-between. At 30000mAh, if you unplug it at 70% because of the while blinking light, you would carry a heavy brick charged 9000mAh less that what you think, i.e. some 3+ full charges less that what you've planned for on your next camping trip.
How hard is it to make the light stop blinking and show steady white when it's 100%, or comply with the de-facto standard of 4 LEDs showing 0-25-50-75-100%, or even simply show the actual percentage.

I got burned a few times with the smaller ones and wouldn't recommend it, unless you want to develop some anxiety issues after a few trips :)
I agree and I've also have burned by batteries with supposedly "actual" indicators. So now I just let them all charge fully overnight.
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Ravpower is 456 g (for 26,800) vs 640 g for this Aukey (30,000) and it is also less bulky.
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WashingLane wrote: This is what I saw at the Amazon comment section.



So best to charge it with your Switch or MacBook charger. Otherwise it can take 8-12 hours to fully charge it.



I agree and I've also have burned by batteries with supposedly "actual" indicators. So now I just let them all charge fully overnight.
You mean if I plug the Aukey battery to my MacBook Pro charger via USB-C, it'll fully recharge in about 4 hours?
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Yes, the Switch and Macbook chargers support the faster PD charging standard and should cut down the charging time by about half.
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Is this external battery capable of charging and powering the Switch at the same time?
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Anyone seen tests of these?

I know of practically* no OEM USB-C charger that is Benson tested and approved, they all fail one way or another, and depending on the nature of the failure, potentially damage your device.
And I haven't seen anyone else test USB-C things as thoroughly as he does.

* there's a single 15W wall charger that he approves.
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I don't know if it charges while powering another device.

Other than Benson Leung there is NathanK who does in-depth testing of USB-C peripherals but he hasn't tested this one yet. He did review the Ravpower one. https://plus.google.com/102612254593917 ... NH22inUQAw it's not great but doesn't look dangerous or completely broken.

At this point I will probably accept even a marginally functioning PD charging battery.
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Sgt_Strider wrote: Is this external battery capable of charging and powering the Switch at the same time?
I emailed Aukey about the power bank charging itself while powering other devices, and they don't recommend it, saying it could damage the batter. I otherwise quite like mine... I have a Windows tablet that I use, and it's nice to be able to drastically extend its battery life without having to find an outlet.
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If it can dump start the car engine should be perfect. Thanks
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likemontreal wrote: If it can dump start the car engine should be perfect. Thanks
Sure you've got the right thread? This is a power bank, but not one of those jump starter power banks.

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