Xcentz xWingMan Dual with Nintendo Switch

Xcentz xWingMan Dual Review

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Xcentz xWingMan Dual with Nintendo Switch

Xcentz xWingMan Dual with Nintendo Switch

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

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

Xcentz xWingMan Dual – Pronounced “accents”, they offer a compact and fast charging power bank


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Model: PB-34011

Xcentz xWingMan Dual ports and specs

Tech Specs:

  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A
  • USB-C Output:
    • 18W USB-C Power Delivery 3.0 (5V/3A*, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A)
    • Huawei FCP
    • Apple 2.4A
  • USB-A Output:
    • 10.5W USB (5V/2.1A)
    • Quick Charge 3.0
    • Huawei FCP
  • Input: 12W USB-C PD (5V/2.1A, 9V/1.4A, 12V/1A)
  • Capacity: 10,000mAh | 37Wh
  • Size: 2.9 x 2.3 x 1.1 inches | 74 x 59 x 27 mm
  • Weight: 6.5 oz | 184 grams

Learn more about USB Fast Charging Standards.

Switch Chargers Ratings:

Xcentz xWingMan Dual box and contents

Xcentz xWingMan Dual box and contents

Included In Box:

  • Xcentz xWingMan Dual
  • USB-C to USB-A cable, 1 foot (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)

Xcentz xWingMan Dual in a Switch carrying case

Pros:

  • Charges Switch while you play
  • Fits in most Switch carrying cases
  • Fits in your jacket pocket
  • Available in an assortment of colors (pictures here are of sandstone black)
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-A cable for Quick Charge devices
  • Charge two devices at once, but at reduced charge speed
  • 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

Top: Xcentz xWingMan Dual. Bottom: AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD.

Top: Xcentz xWingMan Dual. Bottom: AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD.

The Xcentz xWingMan Dual has a compact square form factor. Compared to the more rectangular shapes we see from similar power banks. It is thicker than other options, but also offers a smaller foot print. It can fit better in jacket and bag pockets, especially short ones. The exterior has more texture than what we usually see. This helps with the grip, but adds a tiny bit of weight. What sets is apart visually the most is the selection of colors. Most USB-C chargers come in only black. Xcentz offers several colors, including a neon blue, neon pink, and sandstone grey. The model pictured in this review is their sandstone black.

Power Meter Readings

Nintendo Switch
Switch power meter, gaming

Switch power meter, gaming

Switch power meter, sleeping

Switch power meter, sleeping

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, USB-C

iPhone 8 power meter, USB-C

Moto G6 power meter, USB-A

Moto G6 power meter, USB-A

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. The USB-A port supports Apple 2.4A, so it too can fast charge the iPhone. From 0-30% USB-C PD is faster. But by 50% either port will charge the iPhone at the same rate. 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 will fast charge on the USB-C port. Learn more about fast charging various Android phones.

Compared To Similar Power Banks

ChargerXcentz xWingMan DualAnker PowerCore 10000 PDAUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C

Review
Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000
Cost$25.99$45.99$29.99$24.99
Switch Speed RatingGoodGreatGoodGood
Switch Safety RatingSafeSafeSafeSafe
Switch Playtime3.6+ hours3.9+ hours4.2+ hours4.2+ hours
FeaturesQuick Charge 3.0Pass Through Charging
Quick Charge 3.0
Quick Charge 3.0
CableNo cableUSB-C to USB-C cableNo cableNo cable
Dimensions2.9 x 2.3 x 1.1 inches
6.5 oz
4.5 x 2 x 1 inches
6.8 oz
5.75 x 2.9 x 0.4 inches
6.9 oz
2.9 x 2.3 x 1.1 inches
6.3 oz

Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2019-05-21.

You can see more USB-C power banks here.

Xcentz xWingMan Dual with Moto G6

Xcentz xWingMan Dual with Moto G6

Xcentz xWingMan Dual

Xcentz xWingMan Dual

Fast Charging Standards Over USB-C & USB-IF Specifications

The USB-C port of Xcentz’s power bank supports more than USB Power Delivery. It also supports Huawei FCP. Its presence on the USB-C connection is against USB-IF specifications.

Top: Xcentz xWingMan Dual. Bottom: Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000.

Top: Xcentz xWingMan Dual. Bottom: Novoo PowerCube Mini 10000.

USB-C includes communication lines, along with power and data lines. The comm lines allow power negotiation without disrupting data transfers. USB Power Delivery uses these comm lines. As does Quick Charge 4+. But fast charging standards which pre-date USB-C do not. Instead they manipulate the data lines to negotiate power. That go against USB-C specifications, as it disrupts data transfers. But one doesn’t use data transfers with a dedicated charger.

In 2016, some USB-C chargers started offering Quick Charge 3.0. A few USB-C focused engineers warned against this practice and cited USB-IF specifications. But the predicted consequences were vague. As it turned out, nothing bad happened. Since then many chargers have operated this way, against specs. But there have been no reports of real world issues.

I have also not run into any issues with these fast charging standards on this or any other charger. But you should be aware of all the information before buying.

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 well and has no known issues.

Summary

The Xcentz xWingMan Dual can fast charge most USB-C phones. Between the two ports it’ll handle the most common fast charging standards. And at 10,000mAh it’ll recharge even the largest phones more than once.

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: Xcentz xWingMan Dual. Bottom: Anker PowerCore 10000 PD.

Top: Xcentz xWingMan Dual. Bottom: Anker PowerCore 10000 PD.

The 18W USB-C Power Delivery port will fast charge USB PD supporting phones. Including newer iPhones, Google Pixel, and Xiaomi models. It will also charge less demanding tablets.

With Quick Charge 3.0 offers on the USB-A port it can also fast charge many other Android phones. Including Samsung, Motorola, and any QC supporting models.

*There is a discrepancy between the published specs and my testing. The USB-C output is listed as 5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A. My USB Power Delivery PD sniffer reported 5V/2A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A. The actual output at 5V depends on what charging standard your device uses. For regular USB-C it will be 5V/3A, hence the listing. But for USB-C Power Delivery (which my sniffer reads) it is 5V/2A. Almost no USB PD devices only charge at 5V, so I wouldn’t expect anyone to see a performance issue.

You can charge using both ports at the same time. But doing so drops the output of both ports to 5V. This removes fast charging for all devices. You can charge two phones at once at their normal rate. In my testing I saw ~15W total output.

About Xcentz

Xcentz (pronounced “accents”) has U.S. based support (web, email, chat, phone) and an 18 month warranty.

Bottom Line

The Xcentz xWingMan Dual is a compact portable charger for your Nintendo Switch. While not the fastest option available it more than keeps up with power usage in handheld mode. Its shape allows for more space in your Switch carrying case for other accessories. And it’ll fast charge many common USB-C Android phones and newer iPhones. But keep its limited capacity in mind before you connect two devices at once.

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