AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C Power Bank with Nintendo Switch

AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C – The Smallest USB-C PD Power Bank

AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C Power Bank with Nintendo Switch

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

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The AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C is the smallest USB-C PD power bank on the market. It will give you the same extra playtime and better performance than similar USB-C and USB-A models. But its output isn’t quite as good as other USB-C PD.

AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C
PB-Y13

Tech Specs:

  • Ports: USB-C x1, USB-A x2, micro-USB x1
  • USB-C Output: 5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A
  • USB-A Output: 5V/2.4A & QC 3.0
  • USB-C Input:  5V/1.5A, 9V/2A
  • micro-USB Input: 5V/2A
  • Capacity: 10,000mAh | 37 Wh
  • Size: 5.75 x 2.9 x 0.4 inches | 146 x 74 x 10 mm
  • Weight: 6.9 oz | 197 grams

Switch Chargers Ratings:

Included In Box:

  • AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C
  • USB-C to USB-A cable, 20 inch (56k Ohm resistor)
AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C Power Bank in a Nintendo Switch case

AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C in a Nintendo Switch case.

Pros
  • Charges Switch while you play
  • Smallest USB-C PD power bank on the market
  • Supports pass through charging
  • Supports Quick Charge
  • Supports iPhone fast charging with Apple’s USB-C to Lightning cable
  • Charge Switch and phone at same time
  • Fits in most Switch carrying cases
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 cable ($8-10 value)
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Cost$$$$$$
Switch Speed RatingGreat*Good EnoughGreatGood
Switch Safety RatingSafeNintendo SuggestedNintendo LicensedSafe
FeaturesPass Through Charging
Quick Charge 3.0
Requires a 9V/2A charger to recharge quickly
Pass Through Charging
Dual input: micro-USB and USB-C
USB-C CableNoneNoneIncludedNone
Also Good ForPhone, TabletPhone, TabletPhone, Tablet, 12-inch LaptopPhone, Tablet
Size
Weight
5.75 x 2.9 x 0.4 inches
6.9 oz
3.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches
6.3 oz
3.8 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches
9.2 oz
5.75 x 2.83 x 0.63 inches
6.9 oz
From top to bottom: Anker PowerCore 10000, Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition, AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD

From top to bottom: Anker PowerCore 10000, Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition, AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C.

Good For
  • Total of 7+ hours playtime
  • Charging while you play
  • Commute
  • Road trips
  • Flights
  • iPhone and Android phones
  • iPad and tablets
  • Quick Charge enabled devices

Times based on 3 hours per full Switch charge, and assumes both Switch and power bank are at 100%.

First Impression

The AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C 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 my 4.7-inch iPhone. Only a bit heavier as well. Inside that small, familiar form factor is a USB-C PD power bank. Capable of charging the Switch’s battery as you play.

Power meter readings

Capacity

My biggest concern with the AUKEY PB-Y13 was its actual capacity. Or how many Switch charges you could expect to get. There is a reason most USB-C PD power banks are 20,000mAh or more. They charge faster, but at a reduced actual capacity. A USB-C 10,000mAh power bank has an actual capacity of 6840mAh. The AUKEY PB-Y13 has an actual capacity of 6300mAh. AUKEY power banks are also ~5% less efficient than some of their competitors.

AUKEY was aware of this and designed their power bank to combat the issue. It limits its output to 12V, where most USB-C PD go to 15V or 20V. They also boosted the nominal voltage of the lithium-ion batteries inside. Larger USB-C PD power banks do the same thing. I wasn’t expecting the boosted voltage until I saw it in my test results.

Test

I drained my Switch to 0%. I then recharged it with the AUKEY PB-Y13. The Switch stayed asleep most of the time. The Switch’s Joy-Cons were near 100% at the start. So the majority of the energy went from the power bank into the Switch’s battery. I monitored charge time and power draw throughout the process.

Switch ChargeTimePower Draw
0%0:0012V/0.35A
1%0:0812V/1A
9%0:1812V/0.83A
21%0:3012V/0.8A
36%0:5312V/0.8A
48%1:0912V/0.8A
75%1:4512V/0.65A
87%2:0912V/0.5A
96%2:4312V/0.2A
100%3:0712V/0A

Once the Switch hit 100% I disconnected the power bank and allowed the Switch to drain down to ~30%. I then reconnect the power bank and monitored until it finally gave out.

Results

It provided 143% to my Switch. I was expecting between 60-90%. The difference is due to the voltage boosting I mentioned.

You could get more out of this power bank with a couple of tricks:

  1. Charge the Switch to 80%, then stop. Charging any lithium ion battery from 80-100% is less efficient than from 0-80%.
  2. Use the much slower USB-A port with the included USB-C to USB-A cable. This is only viable if you can charge the Switch while it sleeps.
From top to bottom: AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C, Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition, Anker PowerCore 10000

From top to bottom: AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C, Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition, Anker PowerCore 10000.

Pass Through Charging

Pass through charging is when a power bank is able to charge itself and a connected device at the same time. It is useful when you have a single USB power source available. With the AUKEY PB-Y13 this can work 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. In this condition the Switch can draw up to 8.5W. This is fine for charging while asleep, but I don’t recommend it while using the Switch.

  • Took 24 minutes to gain 10% while asleep, normally takes 14 minutes.
  • Took 70 minutes to gain 10% while playing.
  • Charged my Switch up to 100% using pass through charging. The power bank finished charging itself (was over 80%), then stayed at 100%.

After disconnecting the micro-USB cable it keeps charging at 5V. You must disconnect/reconnect the USB-C cable to get back to 12V.

Summary

The AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C is the smallest USB-C PD power bank on the market. It can recharge the Switch (in handheld mode) at a fast rate. But I found it doesn’t charge at the fastest possible rate. A handheld Switch can draw up to 18W from a USB-C PD power source. This occurs when the Switch’s battery is below 80% and a resource demanding game is running. With the AUKEY PB-Y13 the biggest draw I could get was only 12W (12V/1A). That is more than regular USB-C (10W), but not as good as other USB-C PD power sources I’ve tested (18W). I don’t know if the less than ideal charge rate is unique to the AUKEY PB-Y13 or an issue with 12V output. Others have stated the Switch will draw up to 12V/1.5A (18W), but this was my first time testing a charger limited to 12V.

While the charge rate isn’t quite as good as I hoped you shouldn’t dismiss its performance to size ratio. It is not much larger or heavier than your phone. Its small size comes with limited capacity. But AUKEY compensated for its high output. It’ll recharge your Switch almost 1.5 times. That is similar to USB-A power banks of the same cost and size. And will work fine for commuting or trips under 8 hours.

I was quite surprised by its longevity during my capacity testing. I was expecting it to offer less than a full charge for the Switch. AUKEY understood the concern and designed for it as best they could. The result was a doubling of the actual capacity verses my worst case calculation. Instead of being a quick fix charge it is a legitimate travel power bank.

Recharging this power bank at the best possible rate requires a third party USB-C PD charger. One that supports 9V/2A. You can also use a USB-A charger (5V/1.5A or better) and the included USB-C to USB-A charger. But the USB-A charger will take twice as long to recharge (~7 hours vs 3.5 hours). Do NOT use the Nintendo Switch AC Adapter. Even though their 5V output/input specs match they are not compatible. When I tried the Switch charger stopped working completely. I had to reset the charger by unplugging it from the outlet for 10+ seconds.

The included USB-C to USB-A cable does have the recommended 56k Ohm resistor. One of the two USB-A ports supports Quick Charge 3.0 (the orange port). That does nothing for the Switch, but is nice if you have a phone or other device that supports Quick Charge. You can output using both the USB-C port and USB-A port. Doing so reduces the USB-C output (it goes from 12V to 5V, up to 33% loss in charge rate). I didn’t have a Quick Charge device to test, but I expect it won’t enable under dual charge. Dual charging will also drain the limited capacity of the power bank. You must disconnect and reconnect the USB-C cable when done dual charging to get it back to 12V output.

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

Bottom Line

The AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C will give you an extra 4+ hours of playtime in the smallest package. In exchange for the small size it is a bit slower and has less capacity than other USB-C PD options. It supports a surprising number of features.

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