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AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD – A super slim USB-C PD power bank
- 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.
Included In Box:
- AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD
- USB-C to USB-A cable, 20 inches (56k Ohm resistor)
- Fast charging:
- iPhone 8/X
- USB-C PD Android phones
- Quick Charge Android phones
- iPad Pro (pre-2018)
- Nintendo Switch (handheld)
- 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
- 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
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
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.
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
|Charger||AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C||Anker PowerCore 10000 PD||Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition|
|NOVOO PowerCube Mini 10000|
|Switch Speed Rating||Good||Excellent||Excellent||Good|
|Switch Safety Rating||Safe||Safe||Nintendo Licensed||Safe|
|Switch Playtime||4.2+ hours||3.9+ hours||5.7+ hours||4.2+ hours|
|Features||Pass Through Charging|
Quick Charge 3.0
|Pass Through Charging|
Dual input: micro-USB and USB-C
|Cable||No cable||USB-C to USB-C cable||USB-C to USB-C cable||No cable|
|5.8 x 2.9 x 0.4 in|
|4.5 x 2 x 1 in|
|3.8 x 3.1 x 0.9 inches|
|3 x 2.3 x 1.1 in|
Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2019-05-20.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Buy on Amazon
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