Cygnett ChargedUp Pro


TechLife Australia - - CONTENTS - [ DAN GAR­DINER ]

THIS BEEFY 20,000MAh power bank from Cygnett is pitched at tech en­thu­si­asts who need lots of juice while out and about. While it’ll tech­ni­cally fit in a small shoul­der- or hand­bag, its big­gish foot­print and 450g carry weight means it’ll make its pres­ence known wher­ever it goes.

Still, it does de­liver when it comes to per­for­mance. With Qual­comm Quick Charge 3.0 sup­port, it can juice-up most An­droid smart­phones at top speed — with our Sam­sung Galaxy S9+, it matched our wallcharger’s speed, go­ing from 10% bat­tery to full in around 90 minutes. We squeezed five full recharges (plus around 15%) of our S9+ test unit (which has a 3,500mAh bat­tery) out of the Cygnett be­fore it was drained, and it also man­aged 4.5 re­fills on a Nin­tendo Switch con­sole.

De­sign-wise, there’s not much to it — a matte-rub­ber fin­ish on the out­side makes it feel good in the hand and it’s not as ‘sticky’ as most sil­i­con cases, so it’s easy to slip in and out of a bag. There’s a dis­crete bank of five LEDs (four blue, one green) in that black band that wraps around the top — which in­di­cate re­main­ing charge — and three up­ward fac­ing USB ports, two of which are USB-As (one for up to 12V/1.5A fast-charg­ing and the other for up to 5V/3A reg­u­lar-speed), plus a USB-C, which is used for recharg­ing the bank it­self or pro­vid­ing up to 20V/2.25A (45W) of power for more de­mand­ing de­vices like por­ta­ble lap­tops. All three of those ports can be used si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

Us­ing that lat­ter USB-C port to power a 13-inch MacBook Pro at full screen bright­ness, we man­aged to get an im­pres­sive 4:30hr run­time — a great re­sult that’s around 60% of the 6–7 hour run­ning time we get from the in­ter­nal bat­tery. It’s worth not­ing that you need to use that USB-C port to power lap­tops — us­ing USB-A, our MacBook re­fused to draw fur­ther power from the ChargeUp at about 40%. At that bat­tery level, the Cygnett doesn’t seem to be able to out­put the higher volt­age needed to keep a run­ning lap­top happy.

The only thing we don’t like about the ChargeUp is how much time it takes to recharge that 20,000mAh bat­tery. Us­ing the S9+ charger, that took just un­der 10 hours — although that was cut to just un­der 4 hours with a higher-pow­ered MacBook charger.

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