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AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C Review

AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD with Nintendo Switch
AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD with Nintendo Switch. Cable not included.

AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD with Nintendo Switch

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Interested in using this power bank with a USB-C device other than the Switch? Check out my general review at USB-Current.

AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD – A super slim USB-C PD power bank

Model: PB-Y13

Left: AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD. Right: AUKEY PB-Y22 10000 USB-C PD.

Left: AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD. Right: AUKEY PB-Y22 10000 USB-C PD.

Tech Specs:

  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A x2, micro-USB
  • USB-C Output:
    • 18W USB-C Power Delivery 3.0 (5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A)
    • Apple 2.4A
  • USB-A Output:
    • 12W USB (5V/2.4A)
    • Quick Charge 3.0 (single port)
    • Huawei FCP (single port)
    • Apple 2.4A
  • Input: 18W USB-C PD (5V/1.5A, 9V/2A)
  • Capacity: 10,000mAh | 37Wh
  • Size: 5.75 x 2.9 x 0.4 inches | 146 x 74 x 10 mm
  • Weight: 6.9 oz | 197 grams

Learn more about USB Fast Charging Standards.

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AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD box and contents

AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD box and contents

Included In Box:

  • AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD
  • USB-C to USB-A cable, 20 inches (56k Ohm resistor)

Good For:

  • Commute
  • Travel
  • Fast charging:
    • iPhone 8/X
    • USB-C PD Android phones
    • Quick Charge Android phones
    • iPad Pro (pre-2018)
  • Nintendo Switch (handheld)
AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD in Switch carrying case

AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD in Switch carrying case

Pros:

  • Charges Switch while you play
  • Fits in most Switch carrying cases
  • Fits in your back pocket
  • Supports pass through charging
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-A cable for Quick Charge devices (56k Ohm resistor)
  • Charge two devices at once, but at a reduced rate
  • Within FAA limits for lithium batteries and flights

Cons:

  • Doesn’t charge Switch as fast as other USB-C PD power sources
  • Can’t be recharged by Nintendo Switch AC Adapter
  • Doesn’t included a USB-C to USB-C cable

First Impression

The AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD looks like any other slim 10,000mAh power bank. The type designed for use with a smartphone, fitting behind the phone in your hand. It is a bit larger than a 4.7-inch iPhone 8 and a bit smaller than a 5.7-inch Moto G6. And thicker than either. Inside that small, familiar form factor is a USB-C PD power bank. Capable of fast charging most brands of smartphones.

Power Meter Readings

Nintendo Switch
Switch gaming power meter

Switch gaming power meter

Switch sleeping power meter

Switch sleeping power meter

Switch power negotiation

Switch power negotiation

The Nintendo Switch charges at the expected rate with a 12V charger. Chargers which offer 12V but not 15V will under perform with the Switch. It under draws power, maxing out at 12W instead of 18W with a 9V or 15V charger. The issue is with the Switch, not the charger. Please note 12W is still more than enough to charge the Switch in handheld mode while you play. Learn more about charging the Switch.

The PD protocol negotiation with the Switch is typical. It connects at 5V and moved up to 12V after negotiations. Current steps up once the 12V connection is made.

Phones
iPhone 8 power meter

iPhone 8 power meter

Moto G6 Quick Charge power meter

Moto G6 Quick Charge power meter

The iPhone 8 fast charges when using a USB-C to Lightning cable. We see the usual power negotiations. Connection starts at 5V, then moves up to 9V. Learn more about fast charging iPhones.

The Moto G6 fast charges using the Quick Charge port (orange USB-A). This will be the same for Samsung and Quick Charge enabled Android phones. If connected to the USB-C port it’ll charge ~50% slower. The Google Pixel and Android phones that support USB Power Delivery will fast charge on the USB-C port. Learn more about fast charging various Android phones.

Compared To Similar Power Banks

ChargerAUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-CAnker PowerCore 10000 PD

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Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition

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NOVOO PowerCube Mini 10000

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Price$29.99$45.99$31.07$25.99
Output18W USB-C PD

Quick Charge 3.0
18W USB-C PD22.5W USB-C PD18W USB-C PD

Quick Charge 3.0
Capacity10,000mAh10,000mAh13,400mAh10,000mAh
FeaturesPass Through ChargingNintendo LicensedPass Through Charging

Dual input: micro-USB and USB-C
CableNo cableUSB-C to USB-C cableUSB-C to USB-C cableNo cable
Size
Weight
5.8 x 2.9 x 0.4 in
6.9 oz
4.5 x 2 x 1 in
6.8 oz
3.8 x 3.1 x 0.9 in
9.2 oz
3 x 2.3 x 1.1 in
6.4 oz

Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2019-07-16.

You can see more USB-C power banks here.

AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD with Moto G6

AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD with Moto G6

AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD

AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD

Pass Through Charging

Pass through charging allows a power bank to both recharge and charge a connected device. Some of the energy flows from the wall output, through the power bank, to the device. The remaining energy recharges the power bank itself.

AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD ports

AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD ports

The AUKEY PB-Y13 supports pass through charging a couple of ways:

  • Input: USB-C, Output: USB-A
  • Input: micro-USB, Output: USB-C or USB-A

With micro-USB as the input USB-C output drops to 5V. So you won’t be fast charging anything. To get back to 9V or 12V you’ll need to both disconnect the micro-USB cable and USB-C cable.

To show the drop in charge speed I charged a Nintendo Switch up 10%:

  • Normal charging while sleeping: 14 minutes
  • Pass through charging while sleeping: 24 minutes
  • Pass through charging while playing: 70 minutes

Pass through charging is useful for overnight stays with limited wall chargers. It is not recommended to do so on a regular basis. It puts more heat and stress on the power bank, which can affect its lifespan. Doing it when traveling is fine. But don’t set this up next to your bed at home every night.

Summary

The AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD is one of the thinnest USB-C PD power banks on the market. Its form factor is nice for holding it and a phone together. While it isn’t a high output power bank you shouldn’t dismiss its performance to size ration. It is about the same size and only a bit heavier than your phone. It’ll slip into any commute or travel bag. Or a jacket pocket.

For the Nintendo Switch it charges in handheld mode while you play. Due to the 12V power profile being used it is slow compared to some other USB-C PD chargers. But still enough to increase the battery charge with the most demanding games.

Top: AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD. Bottom: NOVOO PowerCube Mini 10000.

Top: AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD. Bottom: NOVOO PowerCube Mini 10000.

Its 18W USB-C PD will fast charge Power Delivery supporting phones and small tablets. It will also charge the Nintendo Switch while you play in handheld mode. Though not as fast as possible (12W vs 18W). The 2018 iPad Pro will charge as well as with its own charger, but it can charge faster.

Its Quick Charge 3.0 port will fast charge most Android phones. Including Samsung, Motorola, and other QC supporting models. The included USB-C to USB-A cable works great for QC phones with USB-C.

It won’t fast charge both a USB PD and a QC device at the same time. If you connect to both the USB-C and a USB-A port the USB-C output drops to 5V. And both ports limit themselves to 2A. My Moto G6 went from over 16W to 10W. And my Nintendo Switch went from 12W to 7.5W. Those are decent charge rates and I would be fine charging two devices at once while asleep. But if you need to charge as fast as possible keep it to one device at a time.

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-Y13 10000 USB-C PD is a slim option for keeping your Nintendo Switch going for hours. It can fit in a back pocket or small pocket in your favorite bag. The USB Power Delivery and Quick Charge also fast charge most newer model phones. And you can’t complain about the price.

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