Without a doubt one of the better performing batteries in the 10,000 mAh class, the Aukey PB-Y13 model packs a one-two punch of speed and efficiency. The slim and pocket-friendly power bank charges at an efficient clip even at its 18W maximum output.
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Ports: USB-C, USB-A x2, micro-USB
18W USB-C Power Delivery 3.0 (5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A)
12W USB (5V/2.4A)
Quick Charge 3.0 (single port)
Huawei FCP (single port)
Input: 18W USB-C PD (5V/1.5A, 9V/2A)
Capacity: 10,000mAh | 37Wh
Size: 5.4 x 2.8 x 0.6 inches | 138 x 72 x 15 mm
Weight: 8.6 oz | 245 grams
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Without a doubt one of the better performing batteries in the 10,000 mAh class, the PB-Y13 model packs a one-two punch of speed and efficiency. The slim and pocket-friendly power bank charges at an efficient clip even at its 18W maximum output. This kind of performance, rarely seen among slim packs in the 10,000 mAh category, makes the PB-Y13 a top choice for on-the-go users. Only the more recent slim 10,000 mAh models post competitive ratings compared to the Aukey PB-Y13, but still, the Aukey creation still tops most. Aside from top-notch performance, the Aukey Sprint Lightning 10,000 mAh is also not heavy on the wallet. It is reasonably priced among its midrange competitors. Amazon puts it at $29.99. With its features and a reasonable price tag, the Aukey PB-Y13 model is arguably the best slim pack in its class and range. In this review, Power Up shows you that this portable powerhouse is a bang for your buck.
The Aukey Sprint Lightning 10,000 mAh comes exclusively in black and is equipped with four LED lights as power indicators. Its slim design – 138 x 72 x 15.2 mm -- allows the user to comfortably hold or pocket the device and the powerbank at the same time. It is also an easy carry for those who are on-the-go as the battery only weighs roughly 225 grams. However as compared to competitors like the Anker PowerCore Slim III 10,000 mAh, the Aukey Sprint Lightning 10,000 mAh’s design may look cheap. Its plastic design is not as aesthetically pleasing as Anker’s product which sports a fabric top. But if aesthetic is not a consideration and you are all about performance, the PB-Y13 will hold up greatly for you. Upon purchase of the product, your package will include an AUKEY PB-Y13 10000mAh USB-C Power Bank, a USB-A to C Cable, a User Manual, and a 24-Month Promise and Customer Support Card. The manufacturer specifications are listed below:
Ports: USB-C, USB-A x2
USB-C Power Delivery 2.0 18W DC 5V 3A, 9V 2A, 12V 1.5A
USB-A Output 1:
USB Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0: 12W DC 5V–6V 3A, 6V–9V 2A, 9V–12V 1.5A
Samsung Adaptive Fast
Charging (AFC) 9V
Huawei Fast Charge Protocol (FPC) 9V
USB-A Output 2: 5W DC 5V 2.4A
Input: USB-C PD 18W DC 5V 1.5A, 9V 2A
AUKEY PB-Y13 CHARGE CAPABILITIES
Aukey promises fast charging technology with little compatibility issues. Aukey PB-Y13 can power up your iPhone 11 and Samsung Note 10 twice, your Nintendo Switch for one and a half rounds of gaming, and your iPad Air 2 for a round of usage. The power bank has three ports for all your USB-powered devices. It has a USB Power Delivery 2.0 output, a Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 output and an AiPower port for devices with smaller demands. Fast charging is delivered through the Power Delivery 2.0 output and the Quick Charge 3.0 output. With three different types of USB, the Aukey Sprint Lightning 10,000 mAh came through with its broad compatibility promise. In addition to the three port types the power bank has a tremendous range of fast charge support. Its Type-C compatibility allows it to power up most Android and all iPhones up to the maximum 18-watt speed. Its compatibility with devices which use Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 and 3.0 makes it a viable option for more Android units such as the Samsung Galaxy S6 to S10 series and the Xiaomi Mi series. Aside from these, the Aukey Sprint Lightning 10,000 mAh also supports other fast charge technologies such as Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charging (AFC) 9V and even Huawei’s Fast Charge Protocol (FPC) 9V. Except for the more recent models of the Samsung Galaxy line such as the S20 line which requires the new Programmable Power Supply (PPS), the compatibility of PB-Y13 with the Samsung AFC 9V opens it as an option to users of Galaxy models. Lastly, PB-Y13’s compatibility with Huawei FPC allows it to power up the flagship releases of China’s tech giant. The only drawback on Aukey PB-Y13’s fast charge compatibility is that devices that use Voltage Open Loop Multi-step Constant-Current Charging (VOOC), and Samsung’s PPS are not compatible with the 18-watt fast charge feature of PB-Y13. The Aukey Sprint Lightning III 10,000 mAh will still charge devices equipped with VOOC and PPS but not at the 18-watt speed. VOOC is commonly used by Chinese tech company Oppo in its mobile phones. It is also known as Dash Charge or Warp Charge in other devices. Devices which are incompatible with PB-Y13’s 18-watt fast charge technology due to VOOC, Dash Charge or Warp Charge include the Oppo Reno Series and other Oppo devices, OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 8, Realme 5 Pro and other Realme devices. On the other hand, PPS is Samsung’s new fast charge technology which the Korean tech giant unveiled in 2019. Its flagship models such as the Samsung S20 line, the Samsung Note20 and the Samsung Note10+ are all PPS-equipped and are not compatible with PB-Y13’s fast charge facility. Lastly, heavy device users will have no worries of running out of juice. You can get a fully recharged power bank in four hours through the Power Delivery 2.0 USB-C port.
AUKEY PB-Y13 CAPACITY AND PERFORMANCE (TESTED)
We put Aukey Sprint Lightning 10,000 mAh’s punch to the test. We tracked the efficiency and capacity of the power bank under different demands.
5 Watt discharge capacity test
To say the least, it did not disappoint. In the 5-watt test, PB-Y13 scored a capacity of 36.8 watt hours while logging a whopping 99% efficiency rate. Numbers-wise, its closest competitor is the Anker PowerCore Slim III 10,000 which had a 34.47 capacity at 93% efficiency. We guess it’s really hard to compete with a power bank which scores 99%. There’s nothing left to say and nothing more to demand. You probably could not get anything better than that!
In the 9-watt test using the USB Power Delivery 2.0 output, the PB-Y13 clocked in a capacity of 35 watt hours at a 95% efficiency rate. The closest competitors are the Anker PowerCore Slim III 10,000 and the Samsung 25W. They posted numbers of 32.70 watt hours at 88.38% efficiency and 33.90 watt hours at 88.05% efficiency, respectively. The Aukey Sprint Lightning 10,000 mAh still edged out both. The numbers of the PB-Y13 in the 9-watt test put Aukey’s bet on top of other Power Up-tested batteries in the 10,000 mAh class.
Lastly, we put PB-Y13 against the ultimate 18-watt test through its Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 output. The Aukey Sprint Lightning 10,000 mAh scored a capacity of 31.10 watt hours while clocking in an efficiency rating of 84.05%. These aren’t the best numbers in the 18-watt test among the 10,000 mAh players but PB-Y13’s scores are not bad at all.
Among Power Up-tested batteries, the RavPower Pioneer 10,000, by posting numbers of 31.66 watt hours at 87.2% efficiency, slightly topped the Aukey Sprint Lightning 10,000 mAh in this test. The Samsung 25W also did better in the 18-watt test against PB-Y13 by scoring 32.8 watt hours at 85.19% capacity. But nonetheless, the Aukey Sprint Lightning 10,000 mAh’s numbers still place it among the best in its class as it still outplayed other competitors.
SHOULD YOU BUY THE AUKEY SPRINT LIGHTNING 10,000 mAh?
The Aukey Sprint Lightning 10,000 mAh packs a heavy punch of speed while maintaining efficiency. The scorecards make the PB-Y13 among the top-tier options in its class. It is arguably the best in the 5-watt and 9-watt tests and is among the best in the ultimate 18-watt test. Aside from speed and efficiency, the broad compatibility of PB-Y13 makes it a good option for users who use several devices. Save for devices that use VOOC, Dash Charge or Warp Charge technology, PB-Y13’s offers a tremendous range of compatibility. It can juice up the flagship devices of brands like Apple and Samsung; handheld consoles like the Nintendo Switch; and tablets like the Apple iPad Air 2. Aukey placed the cherry on top by packing heavy performance in a slim pack and by tagging the powerbank a reasonable price. The PB-Y13’s test results are rarely seen among slim packs in the 10,000 mAh category, and its price tag is just as competitive as its midrange contemporaries. So, ultimately, is the Aukey Sprint Lightning 10,000 mAh worth every penny and is a bang for your buck? Definitely. The Aukey Sprint Lightning 10,000 mAh is a portable powerhouse not worth missing. asdf