We have covered quite a few power packs here on TechAddicts so it takes something new and interesting to elevate a product above all the white noise. Aukey have sent us one of their latest models to take a look at. So does it do anything to set it apart from the rest? Yes actually, it does.
There are so many options for mobile power providers available at the minute that it can be hard to decide which one to go for. The tricky part is telling which ones are cheap and nasty and which are worth investing in. Aukey have always been a very functional, no nonsense type of brand and that theme carries on in this power pack. The styling is basic, to say the least, it’s a very plain lump of not exactly premium feeling plastic and fairly sharp edges – it feels sturdy enough but ergonomic, it is not. So, first impressions are hardly overwhelming, especially compared to some of its peers. However, inside is a 20,000mah battery, two 3.4A intelligent charging USB output ports, and the whole thing is available for £19.99. Interested now? Thought you might be.
And we haven’t even got to the best bit yet.
This model has another trick up its sleeve. It has two input ports to choose from, one is a standard micro USB, but the other is a lightning port. If you don’t have an Apple device, then this won’t be important to you, but if you rock an iPhone, iPad, iPod or iSomething else, then this is a very handy feature. Now you only need to carry one cable, and you can use it to charge both the power pack and your devices. Huzzah! Admittedly at 408g, and measuring 15 x 8.3 x 2.1cm, it’s going to live in your bag rather than a pocket, but it’s still one less thing to have to cart around with you.
In testing, I found that the Aukey stuffed a whole bunch of extra Spotify accessing ability into my phone in pretty short order. A 30% battery boost of my iPhone 7 took under 20mins. So it’s no slouch in the performance side of things. And of course, it has the teeny tiny LED “torch” that no battery pack is complete without.
The illuminated power button doubles as a battery life indicator turning from white (100-70%) to green (70-30%) to red (30-0%), to show how much life is left in the pack. This light remains on constantly when the pack itself is being changed, however when charging a device, the light only stays on for a few seconds. This is good if you don’t want distracting lights, but a bit of a nuisance if you want to tell at a glance if your phone has finished charging.
When deciding which battery pack is right for you, it generally comes down to 4 key elements – capacity, aesthetics, price and additional features. It is definitely a lot more chunky than say an Anker equivalent, less ergonomic too, but the weight is certainly comparable and let’s not forget that it’s 2/3 the price. Then there is the consideration of the additional lightning port, not something that should be overlooked for Apple users. Whether this is the right elemental mix for you is something that only you can decide, but this is certainly worth adding to your shortlist.
You can pick up the AUKEY Power Bank 20000mAh with Lightning and Micro-USB Input from Amazon for £19.99.
Alternatively, if there isn’t enough juice in this, check out Peters’s review of the 16,000mAh PowerAll Powerbank from Aukey here.