Cygnett 27,000 mAh ChargeUp Pro, the ul­ti­mate charg­ing companion

SmartHouse - - MOBILE | REVIEW - Writ­ten by Or­laith Costello

In to­day’s busy world, we are con­stantly ra­tioning the bat­tery life on our myr­iad of de­vices - whether it’s our smart­phones, smart­watches, Blue­tooth head­phones or lap­tops.

Aus­tralian-owned tech ac­ces­sories man­u­fac­turer Cygnett has sought to tackle this prob­lem with its ul­tra-pow­er­ful 27,000 mAh USB-C ChargeUp Pro power­bank ($179.95), de­signed to be the ul­ti­mate charg­ing companion.

Cygnett makes some bold claims about this power­bank beast, but does it live up to its own hype?

DESIGN

As this power­bank houses a mon­ster amount of charge, the de­vice is not small.

It is roughly the same size as a pa­per­back novel and weighs ap­prox­i­mately 656g.

Cygnett says the power­bank is per­fect for air­line travel and it does meet the ca­pac­ity limit – power­banks in the air­craft cabin must have a ca­pac­ity of 100Wh/27,0000mAh or less – but just about.

How­ever, even though it makes the ca­pac­ity limit, its weight may cause you to leave it be­hind thanks to the ever-de­creas­ing weight lim­i­ta­tions on carry-on bag­gage.

For non-air­line travel, it’s a dream.

Per­fect for camp­ing, road trips, and keep­ing in your lap­top bag.

Avail­able solely in smooth matte black, it fea­tures rounded edges and LED bat­tery life in­di­ca­tors.

The power­bank has three ports: one dual in­put/out­put USB-C port (in 30W, out 60W), a sec­ond USB-C out­put port (out 12W), and a USB-A out­put (out 12W).

Once con­nected to a de­vice to charge, you need to ac­ti­vate charg­ing by press­ing the “on” but­ton. A handy pow­er­sav­ing fea­ture on such a beefed up power­bank.

It comes with a very short USB-C to USB-C ca­ble but is com­pat­i­ble with most USB-C/USB-A ca­bles de­pend­ing on need.

As this ca­ble was so short, I of­ten wasn’t about to use it to charge the power­bank via a wall out­let. In­stead of opted to use Cygnett’s much longer ar­moured ca­bles (from $14.95) that boast up to 20,000 bend cy­cles.

PER­FOR­MANCE

The Charge Up Pro de­liv­ers an ac­cu­mu­la­tive 72W USB-C out­put, in­clud­ing one 60W out­put that can fully charge a stan­dard lap­top.

Cygnett claims that the power­bank can de­liver up to 98 hours of bat­tery life, and I would tend to agree with that.

I could use the de­vice to charge my smart­watch, smart­phone, and head­phones through­out the week when they needed a boost and never ran out of juice on the ChargeUp Pro. It has the abil­ity to charge mul­ti­ple de­vices at once and charge them in a timely man­ner.

As it is such a mas­sive store of power, it does take some time to fully re­plen­ish its bat­tery stores.

Cygnett claims recharg­ing can take up to 5 hours, how­ever, I found it could take longer – es­pe­cially if us­ing a third-party ca­ble than the short one that was sup­plied.

How­ever, that is a short time con­sid­er­ing the amount of power that it stores, and this is thanks to the 30W in­put which

Per­fect for camp­ing, road trips, and keep­ing in your lap­top bag.

is about three times faster than a tra­di­tional power­bank.

How­ever, if you had a long trip com­ing up, you could leave it charg­ing overnight or while you are work­ing and have the fully pow­ered power­bank ready to go when you are.

VALUE

The Cygnett ChargeUp Pro may be the only power­bank you need.

It can charge mul­ti­ple de­vices at once, in­clud­ing a lap­top.

Its own bat­tery store can last up to 98 days and it takes a mere five hours to re­fill its stores.

Cygnett’s main competitor Belkin’s high­est-ca­pac­ity charger reaches 15,000 mAh and will set you back $79.95.

The ChargeUp Pro nearly dou­bles that for over dou­ble the price but de­liv­ers on both power and porta­bil­ity of­fer­ing ul­ti­mate con­ve­nience in a pa­per­back novel size.

The Cygnett ChargeUp Pro 27k is avail­able now from Cygnett’s web­site and au­tho­rised re­tail­ers in­clud­ing JB Hi-Fi for $179.95.

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