AUKEY PB-Y24 26800 Universal Review

AUKEY PB-Y24 26800 Universal
AUKEY PB-Y24 26800 Universal

AUKEY PB-Y24 26800 Universal

AUKEY PB-Y24 26800 Universal - An ideal portable charger for your laptop and phone

Summary

The AUKEY PB-Y24 26800 Universal is ideal for laptops. But maintains compatibility with smaller devices. Its large storage keeps you working longer. And its 60W output supports most laptops in most work modes.

Overall
4.6
  • Performance
    (5)
  • Design
    (5)
  • Safety
    (4)
  • Recharge Time
    (4.5)
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Pros

  • Fast charges iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel, LG, and Motorola phones
  • Charges Switch in both handheld and TV mode
  • Can be recharged by Nintendo Switch AC Adapter
  • Charges a 12 to 15-inch laptop
  • Dual USB-C ports
  • Supports fast charging two devices at once
  • Low current mode for earbuds and fitness devices
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable
  • Within FAA limits for lithium batteries and flights

Cons

  • Mislabeled max output on early specs and marketing material
  • Fits in most Switch carrying cases, but takes up most of the accessory pocket and is quite thick
  • Quick Charge 3.0 over USB-C is against USB-C specs
  • May be too big for some international airlines, check before you fly

Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. AUKEY provided the product in this review.

Model: PB-Y24
Tech Specs:
AUKEY PB-Y24 26800 Universal spec listing in manual

AUKEY PB-Y24 26800 Universal spec listing in manual

  • Ports: USB-C x2, USB-A
  • USB-C In/Out Output:
    • 60W USB-C Power Delivery 3.0 (5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/3A)
    • Quick Charge 3.0
    • Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
    • Huawei FCP
    • Apple 2.4A
  • USB-C Out Output:
    • 18W USB-C Power Delivery 3.0 (5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A)
    • Quick Charge 3.0
    • Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
    • Huawei FCP
    • Apple 2.4A
  • USB-A Output:
    • 18W Quick Charge 3.0
    • Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
    • Huawei FCP
    • Apple 2.4A
  • Max Total Output: 63W
  • Input: 45W USB-C PD (5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/2.25A)
  • Capacity: 26,800mAh | 99.16Wh
  • Size: 6.5 x 3.4 x 1.2 inches | 164 x 86 x 30 mm
  • Weight: 20.7 oz | 588 grams

Learn more about Fast Charging.

Included In Box:
AUKEY PB-Y24 26800 Universal box and contents

AUKEY PB-Y24 26800 Universal box and contents

  • AUKEY PB-Y24 26800 Universal
  • USB-C to USB-C cable, 12 inches
Good For:
  • Commute
  • Travel
  • iPhone
  • Android
  • Nintendo Switch (handheld & docked)
  • iPad Pro
  • 12-inch laptop
  • 13-inch/14-inch laptop
  • 15-inch laptop
Estimated Number of Charges:
  • iPhone 6/7/8/SE: 9.5 charges
  • iPhone Plus/X/XR: 6 charges
  • Samsung Galaxy S8/S9: 5.5 charges
  • iPhone 11, Samsung Galaxy S10/S20: 5 charges
  • Nintendo Switch (2017): 12 hours of play
  • Nintendo Switch (2019): 17.5 hours of play
  • Nintendo Switch Lite: 18 hours of play

First Impression

The AUKEY PB-Y24 26800 Universal is heavy and thick. It has to be to fit its large capacity and dual fast charging circuits. But it is still one of the biggest power banks I’ve worked with. You’ll feel it in your bag when traveling.

The design is simple and common enough. All three USB ports are on the front. From left to right you have USB-A, USB-C Out, USB-C In/Out, LEDs, and power button. The USB-C Out port (middle) is for smaller USB-C devices. It only goes up to 18W and shares power with the USB-A port. The USB-C In/Out port (right) is where the action is. It supports 60W solo and 45W when either of the other two ports are in use. Each port has a label, but it is black on black so hard to read. And those labels don’t include numbers. You’ll need to memorize which port is best for each of your devices.

 

Compared To Similar Power Banks

ChargerAUKEY PB-Y24 26800 UniversalRAVPower PD Pioneer 20000 60WZMI PowerPack 20K Pro

Review
PortsUSB-C x2, USB-AUSB-C, USB-AUSB-C, USB-A x2
Output60W USB-C PD

18W USB-C PD

Quick Charge 3.0
60W USB-C PD

Quick Charge 3.0
65W USB-C PD w/PPS

Quick Charge 3.0
Capacity26,8000mAh20,000mAh20,000mAh
FeaturesDual USB-C output, up to 65W totalPass Through ChargingProgrammable Power Supply

Pass Through Charging

Trickle Charge Mode

USB Hub
CableUSB-C to USB-C cableUSB-C to USB-C cableUSB-C to USB-C cable (5A/100W rated)
Dimensions6.5 x 3.4 x 1.2 in
24.6 oz
6 x 2.6 x 1 in
13.2 oz
6.3 x 3.2 x 0.8 in
15.5 oz
Price$79.99$49.99$89.95

Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2020-05-20.

 

You can see more USB-C power banks here.

Device Testing

Check with your device’s manufacturer to verify which charging standards it supports.

USB Power Delivery & Quick Charge 4+ Phones

  • Apple iPhone 8/X/XR/XS/11/SE
  • Essential Phone
  • Google Pixel
  • LG ThinQ/V30
  • Razer
  • Samsung Galaxy S8/S9/S10/S20
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8/9/10
  • Xiaomi Mi 8/9
  • ZTE Axon Pro 9/10

 

Using an iPhone 8 for testing we find USB PD phones will fast charge over either USB-C port. iPhones will need to use a USB-C to Lightning cable, not included. And Android phones will need a USB-C to USB-C cable, which is included.

For iPhones the USB-A port supports Apple 2.4A. An older, but still functional fast charging standard. Older iPhones (4-7) can fast charge using USB-A. Newer iPhones will charge ~15 minutes faster using USB-C.

Quick Charge 3.0 Phones

  • HTC
  • LG
  • Motorola
  • Nokia
  • Samsung Galaxy
  • Sony
  • Xiaomi Mi 5/6
  • ZTE

 

Using a Moto G6 for testing we see Quick Charge will fast charge over the USB-A port. The Moto G6 fails to get QC over USB-C, as that is an issue with that particular model phone. Other QC supporting Android phones would be expected to work over USB-A or USB-C.

Nintendo Switch

Works well for all model Nintendo Switch in handheld/tabletop mode. But which USB-C port you use will determine how well.

Original Nintendo Switch

 

The USB-C Out port charges while you play, but the original model Switch under draws at 12V. So it won’t charge as fast as a similar charger offering 9V or 15V (12W vs 18W).

The USB-C In/Out port charges near its max rate while playing and sleeping. This port will also support a docked Switch.

New Nintendo Switch

 

Either USB-C port charges near its max rate while playing and sleeping.

The USB-C In/Out port will also support a docked Switch.

Nintendo Switch Lite

 

Either USB-C port charges near its max rate while playing and sleeping.

Learn more about charging the Switch.

USB-C Laptops

 

Using a 13-inch MacBook Pro for testing we can draw up to 50W from this charger. That’s about 5W less than expected, after accounting for efficiency loss. But not enough to worry about, as testing conditions aren’t always identical.

Different model laptops have different power demands. But in general a 60W charger can support up to 13-inch/14-inch laptops under any condition. It can also support a 15-inch laptop under light use. Or charge it while sleeping.

Fast Charging Two Devices At Once

Unlike most power banks, the AUKEY PB-Y24 can offer fast charging to two devices at once. But you need to use the correct combination of USB ports.

There are two, separate power circuits for output in the power bank. The USB-A port and USB-C Out port (18W) share one, with a max output of 18W. The USB-C In/Out port (60W) has its own, but drops to 45W if the other circuit is also in use. So you can fast charge two devices under these conditions:

  • 18W USB PD on USB-C Out + 45W USB PD on USB-C In/Out
  • 18W Quick Charge on USB-A + 45W USB PD on USB-C In/Out

Assuming you’re using this with a laptop you can fast charge any iPhone and most Androids at the same time. The laptop takes a power hit (60W to 45W). But if its battery is full you won’t notice an issue on most small and mid size models. And you only need 30-60 minutes to get your phone charged up to a reasonable level.

If you use the USB-A port and USB-C Out port together you lose fast charging on both.

Low Charge Charging Mode

Low current charging (trickle charge) mode is for low power devices. Such as a Fitbit or wireless earbuds. These small accessories draw little current (<60mA). So much so a power bank thinks charging is complete, and shutdowns to save power. This means a low power draw device could get only minutes of charging.

Trickle charge mode corrects for this, by forcing the power bank to stay on for a couple of hours. Allowing small accessories time to charge.

For AUKEY’s power bank you press and hold the power button for two second to activate the mode. One of the LEDs will turn orange. After two hours the power bank will switch back to regular mode. Shutting down completely shortly afterwards. Or you can press and hold the button again to end the mode early. There’s no harm in allowing the power bank to stay in trickle charge mode for the full duration.

Not a 65W Power Bank

The specs on my test unit stated it could support up to 65W USB-C PD. So did the initial marketing details and sales listing from AUKEY. That is not the case. And to their credit AUKEY has corrected the Amazon listing and newer media mentions.

AUKEY PB-Y24 26800 Universal with PD sniffer showing actual specs

AUKEY PB-Y24 26800 Universal with PD sniffer showing actual specs

When my testing showed 60W max output I reached out to AUKEY. A representative told me there was an issue with their QA testing system. When reviewing the new product from the factory they got a bad reading of 20V/3.25A (65W). Marketing ran with that. Later it was confirmed the output is actually 20V/3A (60W).

The “loss” of 5W isn’t a big deal. Few laptops will work with a 65W charger but not a 60W model. It also means you don’t need a better, and more expensive USB-C to USB-C cable needed to support 65W or higher outputs.

The Amazon listing has been corrected. But if you run across an older plug for the power bank you may see 65W mentioned. Some units may also have 65W listed on their specs and in their user manual.

Quick Charge 3.0 Over USB-C

The presence of Quick Charge over USB-C is against USB-C specifications. Such chargers have been around for years without issue. But we don’t know what the future holds.

Under section 4.8.2 of USB-C specifications a proprietary charging method cannot change the voltage of USB-C output (between 4.40V and 5.25V) in a manner not defined by USB methods. Quick Charge operates at higher than default voltages. And so goes against the specifications. USB Power Delivery is an open source charging method. Created alongside USB-C, it is with specs even though it also increases voltage. The big difference is USB PD uses communication lines to negotiate power transfer. While proprietary methods take over the data lines for their negotiation. They do so because legacy USB connections, such as USB-A, don’t have comm lines.

There is no known risk with running proprietary charging standards over USB-C. Manipulating the data lines does disrupt data transfers. But when plugging into a wall charger or power bank there is no data transfer anyway. Some USB-C engineers warn against using any USB-C chargers with third party standards. Their concern is unforeseen consequences. Future technology may prove to be incompatible with such configurations. And pulling out a charger several years from now with a new device could have a bad result.

I have not run into any issues with these fast charging standards on this or any other charger. But as it is a spec violation I want you to be informed. If you’re a stickler for meeting USB-C specifications this isn’t a good charger for you. If you’re more pragmatic it works fine and has no known issues.

Summary

The AUKEY PB-Y24 26800 Universal is a work horse power bank. Which can extend your remote work time with your laptop. While still offering fast charging for your phone or other small devices. It is larger and heavier than many similar options. But those don’t offer USB PD x2 or USB PD + Quick Charge at the same time. And the extra capacity is good when powering both a laptop and phone.

AUKEY PB-Y24 26800 Universal ports

AUKEY PB-Y24 26800 Universal ports

For phones it fast charges iPhone 8/X/XR/XS/11/SE, Samsung Galaxy, and Google Pixel. It also supports LG and Motorola phones. And Huawei phones can use an older fast charging standard on those ports, too.

The Nintendo Switch charges in handheld mode as fast as any other option. And can power a docked Switch using the USB-C In/Out port. If powering the dock leave the other USB ports alone. That’ll disconnect your Switch from the TV and may need a reset.

Dual fast charging works with the right combination of ports. Either both USB-C ports. Or the USB-C In/Out port and USB-A port. If you plug in three devices the USB-C In/Out port will continue to fast charge. But the other two will not. Under all these conditions the USB-C In/Out port drops from 60W to 45W. But for many that’s worth it to fast charge a small device alongside their laptop.

Aside from its size its biggest con is the 45W input. Given its 26,800mAh capacity having less input than output will take it that much longer to charge. Not a problem overnight. Just don’t expect to recharge the power bank as fast as it can recharge your devices.

About AUKEY

AUKEY has U.S. based support (web and email) and a 24 month warranty. You must have purchased the product either from them or through Amazon for support.

Bottom Line

The AUKEY PB-Y24 26800 Universal is great for using a mid size laptop on the go. Its extra bulk includes more capacity. And the ability to fast charge your phone, Switch or other small device. While still powering the laptop.

Buy if you:
  • Need to charge a laptop on the go
  • Want either more capacity or dual fast charging
  • Are okay with more weight in exchange for added features
Don’t buy if you:
  • Only need to charge a single 12-inch laptop or smaller device
  • Value size/weight over function

You’ll want a 45W USB-C wall charger to quickly recharge this USB-C power bank. I recommend the ZMI PowerPlug Turbo.

Be sure to check the Deals page to see if this or a similar charger is on sale.


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