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Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station – A USB-C & AC outlet power station
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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.
- Ports: USB-C, USB-A x2, AC Output, DC Input
- USB-C Output:
- 29W USB-C Power Delivery 2.0 (5V/3A, 12V/2A, 14.5V/2A, 20V/1.45A)
- USB-A Output
- Quick Charge 3.0
- Huawei FCP
- Apple 2.4A
- 90W AC Outlet, 110V only
- 36W DC (using included AC/DC adapter)
- 29W USB-C PD
- Capacity: 26,800mAh | 96.48Wh
- Size: 7.3 x 6.4 x 1.6 inches | 186 x 162 x 40 mm
- Weight: 2.4 lbs | 1.09 kg
Learn more about USB Fast Charging Standards.
Switch Chargers Ratings:
- Speed Rating: Excellent (USB-C), Dock Supporting (AC outlet)
- Safety Rating: Safe
- Capacity: 10+ hours additional playtime
Included In Box:
- Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station
- AC/DC power adapter
- USB-C to USB-C 2.0 cable, 3.3 feet
- Portable charging station anywhere
- Quick Charge Android phones
- Nintendo Switch (handheld)
- Most any gadget with its own AC power plug
- Charges Switch at the fastest rate in handheld mode
- Powers the Nintendo Switch dock (with proper charger in AC outlet)
- Can be recharged by Nintendo Switch AC Adapter
- AC output acts like a wall outlet, good for most laptop wall chargers
- Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable
- Charge up to three devices at once, but only with specific port combinations
- Within FAA limits for lithium batteries and flights
- Power profiles don’t meet USB-IF standards
- Cannot use AC outlet and USB-C port at the same time
- Definitely won’t fit in any Switch carrying cases
The Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station, also known as the Omars Beast, is a medium sized power station. Power stations offer an AC outlet, while power banks are USB output only. The AC outlet is like the wall outlets in your home. Though with output limits. The inclusion of a base stand makes it at home on a desk or a workstation. It isn’t what I would call a travel friendly design, given its size and weight. But at 26,800mAh it would be allowed on any USA flight. While in a standing position I had a hard time seeing the four, tiny LED indicators on the top/front side. Looking at them from most angles I couldn’t see anything. When looking straight on they were visible.
Power Meter Readings
The Nintendo Switch charges at its max rate, charging while you play. Its charge rate while sleeping is also normal. The USB-C port will not support a docked Switch. But the AC power using the Switch’s AC adapter or most any 45-60W USB-C charger will work. Learn more about charging the Switch.
The iPhone 8 fast charges when using a USB-C to Lightning cable. Normally iPhone fast charging using 9V, but this power station doesn’t support 9V. So the iPhone jumps up to 12V. This is a rare occurrence, but it within the specs of the iPhone. Otherwise 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. 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 may not fast charge on the USB-C port. As it doesn’t support the usual 9V. Learn more about fast charging various Android phones.
As a 29W charger it can support 12-inch laptops. The MacBook Pro 13-inch comes with a 60W charger, so this 30W charger is not a great option for it. But we can see it provides as much power as it can. And power negotiation is normal. It would extend battery life in a pinch. Learn more about charging USB-C laptops.
The AC outlet is your best option when charging any mid to large sized laptop. It’ll support up to 90W chargers. It’ll work equally well for older laptops without USB-C.
Compared To Similar Power Stations
|Charger||Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station||Anker PowerHouse 200||Jackery PowerBar 20800 AC||Novoo 85W AC Portable Power Station|
|Switch Speed Rating||USB-C: Excellent|
AC: Dock Supporting
AC: Dock Supporting
AC: Dock Supporting
AC: Dock Supporting
|Switch Safety Rating||Safe||Safe||Safe||Safe|
|Switch Playtime||10+ hours||21+ hours||8.5+ hours||9+ hours|
|Features||USB ports auto shut off||USB-C or solar power input|
Not allowed on flights
|USB ports auto shut off|
|Cable||USB-C to USB-C cable||No cable||USB-C to USB-C cable||No cable|
|Dimensions||7.3 x 6.4 x 1.6 in|
|7.5 x 5.5 x 4.7 in|
|6.3 x 2.6 x 2.6 in|
|5.9 x 3.2 x 3.2 in|
Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2019-05-20.
The AC outlet is the center piece of any power station. It allows a wider range of devices to take advantage of portable battery power. For this review I used the same devices I always use when testing USB-C power sources. But any device you own with its own power adapter and which uses 90W or less of power will work with this power station.
Please note the AC output supports 110V. That’s the same as US wall outlets. Most modern electronics support 100-240V. But if you aren’t sure look at your device’s AC adapter to make sure it includes 110V support.
To use the AC outlet you need to slide the power button next to it to on. A green light will appear. Otherwise the outlet remains turned off, just plugging in will not turn it on. The USB ports work as soon as they are connected.
Docked Nintendo Switch
The USB-C port doesn’t have the power output required to power the Nintendo Switch’s dock. But the AC outlet does. But you also need to use a wall charger that supports the dock. The most obvious one being the Switch’s own AC adapter.
Once plugged in it is like being in your living room, power wise. With a portable display or projector you could run a docked Switch anywhere. For ~4-5 hours. And you’d need a second power station for the display.
USB Ports & AC Outlet
Both USB-A ports continue to offer power, even Quick Charge rates, while using the AC outlet. But USB-C port will not power up if the AC outlet is in use. Likewise the AC outlet won’t turn on (no green light, no power) if the USB-C port is already in use.
On the bright side you aren’t going to block the working USB-A ports with a power brick plugged into the AC outlet. It is on the side of the power station and at most you might cover a bit of the USB-C port. Which won’t work at the same time anyway.
DC & USB-C Input
You can recharge the Omars power station using either the included AC/DC adapter. Or the included USB-C cable and a USB-C PD charger. The AC/DC adapter will work faster, but either will get the job overnight.
You cannot use the power station to charge another device while it is being charged. You also connect connect both input devices to charge faster.
The power adapter is a basic wall wart design. The prongs don’t fold and it has a built-in cable. The kind you don’t mind plugged in behind the furniture, but not the best design for travel. For that you may want to use a USB-C PD wall charger if one is available.
The power adapter offers up to 36W, while USB-C only offers up to 29W. A 30W USB-C PD power banks of equal capacity would recharge at the same or slower rate. For most use cases you should plan to have the full capacity of the power station once a day. With an overnight recharge required.
Power Profiles Go Against USB Specifications
The power profiles on the USB-C port go against USB standards for Power Delivery. As such this power station wouldn’t receive USB-IF certification.
Over USB-C it offers 5V/3A, 12V/2A, 14.5V/2A, and 20V/1.45A via USB Power Delivery 2.0. There are two violations present.
- It is missing 9V/3A. Under USB PD standards it is required if 15V/2A is present. Which it kinda is, but is its own issue.
- The use of 14.5V rather than 15V is against Power Delivery 2.0 specs. Under Power Delivery 1.0 you could have 14.5V. But it was removed from PD 2.0 and 3.0 specs. It was only included with PD 1.0 because Apple and others had 14.5V USB-C chargers already on the market.
In real world use these power profiles can be problematic, but not dangerous.
The lack of 9V support limits fast charging USB PD phones. The iPhone 8 I tested supports 12V, so it could still fast charge. But not all Android USB PD phones will. Certain models may only receive a normal charge rate.
The use of 14.5V over 15V means some Chromebooks won’t charge using the USB-C port. Chromebooks are among the more picky USB-C laptops. And they have had issues with 14.5V chargers. If you own one you can still use the AC outlet and the Chromebook’s own charger. Other USB-C laptops will opt to use 20V, by passing any 14.5V shenanigans.
If you’re a stickler for meeting USB-C specifications this isn’t a good charger for you. At leas the USB-C port isn’t. I do wish it supported 9V and 15V. But if you don’t own a device that would miss those voltages it works well enough.
The Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station offers charge flexibility. More so than a regular power bank. USB Power Delivery and Quick Charge. And the AC outlet handles larger devices, even if they don’t use USB-C. But I wish it had more standard power profiles on the USB-C port.
For the Nintendo Switch the USB-C port will charge in handheld mode at the fastest rate. It uses the 14.5V profile, which does work with the Switch. You can also use a USB-C wall charger and connect to the AC outlet. This provides a more normal charging experience. And with the right wall charger can power a docked Switch.
The USB-C port can also support most smaller USB-C devices and some 12-inch laptops. Lack of 9V output means it won’t fast charge every USB PD using phone. And using 14.5V over 15V means you should only connect a Chromebook to the AC outlet. The USB-A port supports 18W Quick Charge 3.0, if your phone supports that standard.
The USB-C and USB-A ports can charge at the same time. And both will turn off once the device stops drawing current.
With the AC outlet any device with a power plug that draws 90W or less can get power. If using a non-US power adapter be sure it supports 110V. You can use the AC outlet and USB-A ports together. But you can’t use the AC outlet and USB-C port together. And of course the more devices connected, the sooner the power station will run out of juice.
The power station falls within the FAA’s limits for flights within the United States.
Omars has U.S. based support (web, email) and a 12 month warranty on both Omars and Novoo branded products.
The Omars 26800 Portable Energy Storage Station offers a wider range of charge options compared to a power bank. The AC outlet allows you to use the Switch’s own AC adapter. And power a docked Switch anywhere. At 26,800mAh it is portable and can even fly. But too big to be what you keep in your backpack. Rather a portable power source that can double as a phone charger.Buy on Amazon
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