AUKEY PB-Y32 10000 Wireless Review

AUKEY PB-Y32 10000 Wireless
AUKEY PB-Y32 10000 Wireless

AUKEY PB-Y32 10000 Wireless

AUKEY PB-Y32 10000 Wireless - Charge wirelessly and wired at the same time

Summary

The AUKEY PB-Y32 10000 Wireless offers USB-C PD, Quick Charge, and Qi wireless charing options. Each able to fast charge most iPhones and Android. Or charge two phones together using and of these options.

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

  • Fast charges iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel, LG, and Motorola phones
  • Charges Switch while you play
  • Fits in most Switch carrying cases
  • Qi wireless charging for compatible phones
  • Low current charging mode
  • Travel friendly design
  • Supports pass through charging
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable
  • Charge two devices at once, but without fast charging
  • Within FAA limits for lithium batteries and flights

Cons

  • Wireless pad gets dusty quickly
  • Quick Charge 3.0 over USB-C is against USB-C specs
  • Can’t be recharged by Nintendo Switch AC Adapter

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

Model: PB-Y32
Tech Specs:
AUKEY PB-Y32 10000 Wireless specs

AUKEY PB-Y32 10000 Wireless specs

  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A, Qi wireless, micro-USB
  • USB-C Output:
    • 18W USB-C Power Delivery 3.0 (5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A)
    • Quick Charge 3.0
    • Huawei FCP
    • Apple 2.4A
  • USB-A Output:
    • 18W Quick Charge 3.0
    • Huawei FCP
    • Apple 2.4A
  • Qi Wireless Output:
    • 5W
    • 7.5W
    • 10W
  • Max Total Output: 18W
  • USB-C Input: 18W USB-C PD (5V/3A, 9V/2A)
  • micro-USB Input: 18W Quick Charge 3.0
  • Capacity: 10,000mAh | 38.5Wh
  • Size: 5.7 x 2.6 x 0.7 inches | 144 x 67 x 17 mm
  • Weight: 7.4 oz | 210 grams

Learn more about Fast Charging.

Included In Box:
AUKEY PB-Y32 10000 Wireless box and contents

AUKEY PB-Y32 10000 Wireless box and contents

  • AUKEY PB-Y32 10000 Wireless
  • USB-C to USB-C 2.0 cable, 12 inches
Good For:
  • Commute
  • Travel
  • iPhone
  • Android
  • Nintendo Switch (handheld)
  • iPad Pro (pre-2018)
Estimated Number of Charges:
  • iPhone 6/7/8/SE: 3.5 charges
  • iPhone Plus/X/XR: 2 Charges
  • Samsung Galaxy S8/S9: 2 Charges
  • iPhone 11, Samsung Galaxy S10/S20: 2 Charges
  • Nintendo Switch (2017): 4 hours of play
  • Nintendo Switch (2019): 6 hours of play
  • Nintendo Switch Lite: 6 hours of play

First Impression

The AUKEY PB-Y32 10000 Wireless a portable charger for USB-C, Quick Charge, and wireless charging phones. As well as other handheld devices. It increases capacity up to a more standard 10,000mAh from AUKEY’s previous wireless power bank. In exchange for an extra ounce and not much change in total volume. It can also charge two devices at once, including one wirelessly. Though for the fastest charging rates you’ll want to stick to one device at a time.

The casing is plastic, but a nicer form than I’ve seen in some other recent review products. The front panel has all three USB ports and all LED indicators. The wireless charging pad grips well and I have no concerned about my phone slipping off on its own. But I also noticed the wireless pad can get dirt, fast. If you zoom in on some of my photos you’ll see dust and debris. That was within hours of opening the package, not over several days.

 

Compared To Similar Power Banks

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PortsUSB-C, USB-A, micro-USBUSB-C, USB-A x2USB-C, USB-AUSB-C, USB-A, Lightning
Output18W USB-C PD

Quick Charge 3.0

Qi Wireless
18W USB-C PD

Quick Charge 3.0

Qi Wireless
18W USB-C PD
(5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A)

Quick Charge 3.0
18W USB-C PD

10.5W USB-A

Qi Wireless
Capacity10,000mAh8,000mAh10,000mAh10,000mAh
FeaturesTrickle Charging

Pass Through Charging
Trickle ChargingTrickle ChargingApple MFi certified

Trickle Charging

Pass Through Charging
CableUSB-C to USB-C cableUSB-C to USB-C cableUSB-C to USB-C cableNo cable
Dimensions5.7 x 2.6 x 0.7 in
7.4 oz
5.8 x 3 x 0.6 in
7 oz
4.1 x 2 x 1 in
6.3 oz
5.9 x 2.8 x 0.7
10.7 oz
Price$33.99$29.99$24.99$35.95

Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2020-09-21.

 

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 the 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, also not 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 same would go with any other Android with USB-C and supporting Quick Charge, or a compatible fast charging standard.

The USB-C port also supports Quick Charge. My Moto G6 doesn’t support that, but newer Motos do.

Nintendo Switch

 

Works well for all model Nintendo Switch in handheld/tabletop mode.

  • Nintendo Switch (original) – 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).
  • Nintendo Switch (2019 update) – Charges near its max rate while playing and sleeping.
  • Nintendo Switch Lite – Charges near its max rate while playing and sleeping.

It will not support the Switch’s dock, as it doesn’t offer the required output.

Learn more about charging the Switch.

Qi Wireless

 

Qi wireless compatible phones and devices can wirelessly charge with this power bank.

  1. Press the power button. An orange light on the front will indicate wireless charging is active.
  2. Place your device on the soft side of the power bank with the lightning bolt icon.
  3. Device should indicate a charge is active.

Wireless charging will work with another device plugged into a USB port. But charging two devices will slow the charging speed for both devices.

The Qi wireless charging pad supports 5W, 7.5W, and 10W power draws. This allows most phones to reach their max wireless power draw. Though it is worth nothing all are still slower than the 15-18W charging you can see with a wired connection.

The benefit of wireless charging is convenience. You don’t need to carry a cable. You can hold the phone and power bank together with a cable dangling. And is a must have feature for anyone with an Apple Watch or other device which only charges wirelessly.

Low-Current Charging Mode

Low-current charging mode (aka 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.

AUKEY PB-Y32 10000 Wireless in low current mode (green LED)

AUKEY PB-Y32 10000 Wireless in low current mode (green LED)

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 seconds. On the front one of the small white LEDs will turn green, indicating you are in low-current charging mode. The power bank will remain active in this mode for two hours. After which it’ll shut down. Or press and hold the power button again for a few seconds.

Please note you cannot fast charge using Quick Charge on the USB-A port while in this mode. Nor can you wireless charge. But you can fast charge using USB-C PD.

No Fast Charging With Two

If you connect two devices to the power bank it will disable all fast charging tech. This goes for two wired connections. Or a wired and wireless connection together.

There is an 18W max output limit. Under this both ports only support 5V. Which removes fast charging options outside of Apple 2.4A standard.

When you connect a second device you’ll notice the charging resets on the first. This is the power bank stepping down to a lower output level. If you disconnect the second device you’ll want to unplug and replug the first. To make sure fast charging turns back on.

This limitation is typical of many power banks. A few can allow for one fast charging and one regular charging. Fewer still allow for dual fast charging, and those are always large and heavy. There is a limit to how much current can cross its circuits without extra hardware. Which adds size, weight, and cost.

Whether you should fast charge one device or regular charge two depends on battery levels and your immediate needs. The closer both devices are to 100%, the less impactful not fast charging becomes.

Pass Through Charging

Pass through charging allows a portable charger to both charge itself and a connected device. The power received from the wall charger splits. Some to the portable charger’s own batteries. And some to the connected device. How it handles the split varies. And there are more inefficiencies than normal.

AUKEY PB-Y32 10000 Wireless ports

AUKEY PB-Y32 10000 Wireless ports

This portable charger supports pass through charging under these connections:

  • Input: USB-C, Output: Qi wireless
  • Input: micro-USB, Output: Qi wireless

Pass through charging is useful when you only have one USB wall charger. But it is not recommended to use this feature on a regular basis. It puts more heat and stress on the portable charger. Which will affect its lifespan. It can also provide an inefficient charge to your device. Again, not great for its own battery’s lifespan.

If you like to have the option when traveling, fine. But don’t set this up next to your bed at home every night.

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-Y32 10000 Wireless power bank is a part of a new generation of both fast charging and wireless charging power banks. Aimed at newer model phones.

AUKEY PB-Y32 10000 Wireless Qi charging pad

AUKEY PB-Y32 10000 Wireless Qi charging pad

For phones it fast charges iPhone 8/X/XR/XS/11/SE, Samsung Galaxy, and Google Pixel. As well as LG and Motorola phones. And any other Android which supports Quick Charge.

The Qi wireless pad supports up to 10W wireless fast charging. Auto sensing and adjusting for your phone’s specs. It is an essential feature if you want to charge a wireless only device on the go, such as an Apple Watch.

The Nintendo Switch charges in handheld mode while you play. Due to the 12V power profile the original model Switch charges slower than it should. But still enough to charge the Switch with the most demanding games. The newer models (August 2019 and later) aren’t affected.

I like the all ports and LEDs on the front panel. As well as the space gray part of the enclosure. The wireless charging pad is easy to identify and will grip onto your phone well. But it collects dust and hair. My test unit was dirty within minute of being out of the package.

Dual device charging and pass through charging are made to favor the wireless pad. You can charge a wired and wireless device together. Or two wired devices, too. Pass through only outputs to the wireless pad. Making it a viable, portable wireless charger for travel. Not to mention a trickle charge mode for your wire charging wearables.

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. They also have an online community for news, reviews, and support.

Bottom Line

The AUKEY PB-Y32 10000 Wireless power bank is a capacity upgrade over their first offering. With dual device, pass through, and trickle charge options to meet more device demands. But its grippy wireless pad holds dust as well as it holds your phone.

Buy if you:
  • Need wireless charging support on the go
  • Want to support the optimal charging requirements of several different devices
  • Are interested in an overnight wireless charging solution when traveling
Don’t buy if you:
  • Have no need for wireless charging
  • Want a single option for larger devices, too

You’ll want a USB-C wall charger to quickly recharge this USB-C power bank. I recommend the AUKEY PA-Y18 18W PD. Travel friendly, supports the power bank’s faster recharge mode, and works with the power bank’s included USB-C cable.

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


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