AUKEY Wireless 10,000mAh Power Bank with 18W PD PB-Y32 Review
This new power bank from AUKEY is a jack-of-all trades: not only does it provide normal USB 5V ⎓ 2.4A charging as you would come to expect from most power banks, it also has a built-in wireless Qi charging pad, Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 output and 18W Power Delivery output!
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.
- 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).
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.
Micro-USB Input: 5V⎓2A, 9V⎓2A
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.
- Wireless Qi charging
- Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 compatibility
- Power Delivery 18W USB-C
- Low Current Charging
- The additional charging hardware makes it a little bulkier than other 10,000 power banks