Some buy their mobile devices for their speedy chips and awesome screens. For others, battery life is a deal breaker. If you belong to the first camp then this PB-T11 30,000mAh power bank from Aukey will be of interest.
Powerful processors, bright and large screens combined with ultra-thin bodies makes stamina an issue for our portable gadge.
Carrying around an emergency charger, or power bank, is becoming a way of life for most tech users.
There are those emergency chargers that will give your phone enough juice to ping off a “my phone is dying, see you in 15 minutes” text. Others, what I’d class as power banks, will fully charge your phone and/or tablet more than once.
We have been sent an Aukey PB-T11 to put through its paces.
Aukey PB-T11 power bank design
This portable charger is quite compact, measuring 150 x 82 x 28mm but it is surprisingly hefty. Tipping the scales at 552g, you will notice it in your bag. Saying that, for a 30,000 mAh battery pack, that’s much lighter than it could’ve been.
The PB-T11 is clothed in no-nonsense black plastic. Aluminium, or more exotic materials would add to the aesthetics but also to the price. I don’t think I’ve ever bought a battery because it looks pretty.
The Aukey power bank is bundled with an information leaflet and a short USB Type-C cable.
At one end of the device you will find four ports. Two for charging the power bank (Lightning or microUSB), the other two are for charging your tech by the PB-T11. The two outputs are both of the full-sized USB Type-A variety, one being equipped with Quick Charge 3.0 tech.
As seems to be the practice with most power banks, you get a little LED torch which can be switched on by long-pressing the power button.
That power button also indicates how much charge the bank has left. It turns red to indicate a battery level below 30%, green for anything between that and 70%, and white for anything above 70%.
It feels solid and I like the fact you can charge two devices at a time.
Aukey PB-T11 power bank performance
You can recharge the PB-T11 by Lightning or microUSB connector. If you use both at the same time it will charge even faster. This covers iOS and Android users, as most will have those cables to hand.
The output connectors are both USB Type-A. The charger comes with a A to C USB cable, which suits me. Again, most people will have a Type-A USB cable that terminates in either a microUSB, Lightning or Type-C connector. I know I have a draw full of USB cables.
The first one is a Quick Charge 3.0 port (QC3.0). This offers up a wide range of voltage and amperage: 3.6V-6.5V/3A, 6.5V-9V/2A, 9V-12V/1.5A in steps of 0.2V. This allows devices to be refuelled faster – up to four times faster according to Qualcomm – without running the risk of frying any components. Always a bonus.
This technology from Qualcomm requires a compatible device in order to work correctly. That means a smartphone powered by a mainstream or high-end Qualcomm processor in most cases. A QC 3.0 device will charge to 50% in about 30 minutes.
Both ports support Aukey’s proprietary battery technologies (AiPower Adaptive Charging Technology and Aukey EntireProtect) which aim to charge devices faster and more safely.
Charging the PB-T11
Where this might charge your phone or tablet in quick time, charging the PB-T11 takes considerably longer.
Allow at least over night. You could be looking at a minimum of 12 hours using one port. You can half that if you use both the microUSB and the Lightning port.
Charging my devices
I have managed to charge my BlackBerry KeyONE and Nvidia Shield tablet a couple of times so far. The BlackBerry is also fitted with QC3.0 smarts so would get to 50% really quickly.
Aukey PB-T11 power bank review conclusion
It might be chunky but the PB-T11 delivers. If you are travelling long distance or going camping, this 30,000mAh power bank is just the job. On the subject of long-distance travel, it’s worth noting that the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) states that passengers may carry a power bank up to 100Wh in their carry-on luggage, which equates to 27,027mAh.
Being able to be charged by either Lightning or microUSB is a neat addition. The QC3.0 port will see life back in your compatible tech in no time.
I would’ve liked a USB-C in/out charge port but I believe that appears on another Aukey model.
It’s a good price, and appears rugged enough to put up with life in a bag too.
Aukey PB-T11 power bank price and availability
You can buy the Aukey PB-T11 now for £38 from Amazon.co.uk.