Sunday, 01 October 2017 23:19

'Australian first' USB-C 20,000 mAh 45W charge from Cygnett delivers potent power

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With Cygnett's USB-C ChargeUp Pro Power Bank able to easily charge MacBook and MacBook Pro, Lenovo Yoga, HP, Dell, Galaxy S8, Note 8, Google Pixel and more, does the C stand for USB-Cygnett?

When it comes to reliable power and quality accessories, Cygnett has has always been a solid and reputable brand, with great products at realistic prices, from cases to battery packs to Apple Watch bands to in-car accessories and plenty more, with the company's products even designed in Melbourne, Australia!

You only need look at Cygnett's site to confirm this for yourself – the company and its staff clearly aren't spending their days swanning around, but are hard at work creating the next generation of products consumers take for granted will be available in stores for them to buy.

Of course, many of Cygnett's competitors are hard at work, too, and I've written about them before, and will again, but today we're taking a look at Cygnett's latest product, a claimed Australian first, not just with enough power to juice up not just the the latest range of USB-C powered smartphones and tablets, but MacBooks and Windows PCs, too.

That device is Cygnett's USB-C 20,000 mAh ChargeUp Pro Power Bank with an impressive 45W USB-C output allowing you to easily and safely charge up on the go.

Indeed, it's has three USB outputs – two USB-A outputs one of which delivers QuickCharge 3.0 compatibility, delivering 75% faster charging times, and a USB-C connector with Power Delivery (PD), with all three outputs naturally able to be used at the same time.

Power Delivery delivers enough power to charge laptops with 45W of power, three times the 15W power of a standard USB-C port, with the following devices PD compatible:

  • MacBook 12”
  • MacBook Pro 13”
  • MacBook Pro 15”
  • HP x360
  • Dell XPS 13
  • Lenovo Yoga
  • iPad Pro 10.5/12.9*
  • Google Pixel
  • Nintendo Switch
  • Google Chromebook Pixel
  • Google Pixel XL
  • Huawei P8
  • Huawei nova
  • Huawei Mate 8
  • Huawei P9
  • LG G5
  • HTC 10
  • Nokia N1 Tablet
  • Google Pixel C
  • And many others

I looked at Cygnett's site, but can't see what the asterisk for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro indicates, but I'll find out and update this article accordingly.

In addition, given the fact that Apple sells a USB-C to Lightning charger, Cygnett's new power bank may even enable iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X fast charging – again, I'll have to check with Cygnett to confirm, but it does sound like it would be compatible with that feature.

As for devices supported by QC 3.0 and/or 2.0, these include:

  • Samsung Galaxy S8/plus
  • Samsung Galaxy S7/Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S6/plus
  • Samsung Tab S3
  • Galaxy Note 8
  • Galaxy Note 5
  • Galaxy Note 4
  • Google Nexus 5X/6P
  • HTC U11
  • HTC U Ultra
  • HTC One A9
  • Microsoft Lumia 950/XL
  • LG G5
  • LG G6
  • Sony Xperia XZ,
  • Sony Xperia X
  • Sony Xperia Z2
  • Sony Xperia Z3
  • Sony Xperia Z4
  • Sony Xperia Z5
  • And many others.

As you'd expect, the ChargeUp Pro Power Bank automatically detects the device it has been plugged into and delivers the exact amount of power required, enabling the fastest and safest charge possible.

It delivers a total 63W output (max) across three USB outputs – 1 x 45W USB-C (PD), 1 x 18W USB-A (QC3.0 is delivered via the blue highlighted port on the unit) and 1 x 10W USB-A port.

The aforementioned Nintendo Switch Rapid charging happens at 39W.

You can do an impressive "10 smartphone charges, 2 tablet charges and 1 laptop charge before it needs recharging" thanks to the capacious 20,000mAh Lithium Polymer battery, and with a 4-LED display, you'll know how much charge is within before needing to recharge.

Now available at $169.95, this may well be the best and most versatile pocketable charger on the planet, and is sure to be a very popular item on the market.

Some product specs are below, but check out Cygnett's Charge Up Pro Power Bank page for more

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Product Specifications:

  • Lithium Battery 20,000mAh
  • Digital Capacity Readout
  • Dual USB Outputs
  • USB-A Output (QC 3.0): 5V 3A-15W - 9V 2A 18W - 12V 1.5A 18W
  • USB-A Output 2: 5V 2.1A 10.5W
  • USB-C Input (PD): 5V 3A 15W - 14.5V 2A 29W - 20V 1.5A 30W
  • USB-C Output (PD): 5V 3A 15W - 9V 3A 27W - 12V 3A 36W
  • 14.5V 3A 43.5W - 20V 2.25A 45W
  • Total Output: 63W (MAX)
  • 30W Fast Recharge Input
  • Dimensions: 171 x 102 x 15 (millimetres)
  • USB-C-to USB-A cable included so you can connect straight to the latest devices

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