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INIU Portable Charger 10000 Review

If you are looking for a battery bank with a larger capacity, then this is one of our favorites
INIU Portable Charger 10000
Credit: Jason Peters
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Price:   $20.00 List | $16.98 at Amazon
Pros:  Lightweight and portable design, good battery capacity, inexpensive
Cons:  No integrated cables
Manufacturer:   INIU
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Sep 20, 2021
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  • Portability - 40% 8
  • Charging Efficiency - 30% 6
  • Added Convenience - 20% 6
  • Recharge Time - 10% 6

Our Verdict

If you are searching for a top-tier portable charger with enough capacity for a decent number of smartphone charges or can handle larger devices, then we think the INIU Portable Charger 10000 is one of the best options out there. We love how slim and easily portable this battery is, along with all the handy features that make it more convenient to use. It doesn't take too long to recharge and has a decent capacity, all while being compatible with some of the newer fast-charging protocols for larger devices. If you are looking for the best when it comes to portable batteries, the INIU should definitely be on your shortlist.

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Pros Lightweight and portable design, good battery capacity, inexpensiveInexpensive, super easy to carry in a pocket, short recharge timeGreat value, USB-C/microUSB charging input, dual outputsInexpensive, small and portable designFairly compact given its capacity, available in multiple colors
Cons No integrated cablesNo integrated cables, can only charge a single device at a timeTakes a long time to recharge, not the highest power outputLimited additional featuresNo integrated cables, only a single USB port
Bottom Line If you are looking for a battery bank with a larger capacity, then this is one of our favoritesIf you want a bare-bones portable charging solution without breaking the bank, this is the battery for youIf you are searching for a great value, then we strongly recommend checking out this set of power packsThis basic option is a great choice if you want a highly portable charger and don't care about other featuresThe PowerCore 10000 is a bare-bones charger that gets the job done but lacks any extra features to make it more convenient to use
Rating Categories INIU Portable Charg... Anker PowerCore 5000 2-Pack Miady 10000 Anker PowerCore Sli... Anker PowerCore 10000
Portability (40%)
8.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
Charging Efficiency (30%)
6.0
6.0
6.0
5.0
5.0
Added Convenience (20%)
6.0
3.0
5.0
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3.0
Recharge Time (10%)
6.0
10.0
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7.0
7.0
Specs INIU Portable Charg... Anker PowerCore 5000 2-Pack Miady 10000 Anker PowerCore Sli... Anker PowerCore 10000
Claimed Capacity 10,000 mAh 5,000 mAh 10,000 mAh 10,000 mAh 10,000 mAh
Dimensions 5.19" x 2.75" x 0.60" 4.20" x 1.30" 5.49" x 2.64" x 0.63" 5.82" x 2.63" x 0.62" 3.56" x 2.38" x 0.84"
Measured Weight 6.88 oz 4.71 oz 7.69 oz 7.13 oz 6.46 oz
Measured Charge Time 300 min. 150 min. 405 min. 315 min. 240 min.
Output 1 DC5V / 3A(Max) 5V / 2A 5V / 2.1A 5V / 2.4A 5V / 2.4A
Output 2 DC5V / 3A(Max) N/A 5V / 2.1A N/A N/A
Output 3 DC5V / 3A(Max) N/A N/A N/A NA
Output 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Input USB-C:
5V / 3A
5V / 2A Micro USB/USB-C: 5V/2A 5V / 2A 5V / 2A
Model BI-B1 A1109 TPB21C A1229 A1263

Our Analysis and Test Results

One thing we really appreciate about the INIU Portable Charger 10000 is the fact that it has a USB-C port that isn't just for recharging the battery; it can also double as an output port. Even better, this output can source up to 3 amps to quickly charge your devices.

Performance Comparison


This is one of our favorite chargers, especially if you are looking...
This is one of our favorite chargers, especially if you are looking for an option with more capacity.
Credit: Jason Peters

Portability


Our initial series of evaluations for these products focused on their physical characteristics to determine the ease of portability. We measured the dimensions and weight of each battery pack and compared them, as well as having a variety of different judges rate how comfortable and noticeable it is to carry around each product in a front or back pocket. The INIU did very well in this set of tests, earning a solid score.


While this is one of the larger capacity portable chargers, we like that this battery pack is on the lighter side, weighing a mere 6.88 ounces — which is considerably less than the average in our review lineup.


This portable charger is also quite compact, measuring only 0.6 inches thick, with a footprint of 5.19 inches by 2.75 inches. This slim profile makes it one of the more comfortable options to carry around in a front or back pocket. We wouldn't necessarily want to sit down with it in our pocket for an extended period of time but had no issues for short to medium amounts of time. The size and bulk of this charger are similar to that of a typical modern smartphone.

Charging Efficiency


After rating and scoring the portability of each charger, we moved on to assessing the charging capacity and efficiency of each product. We did this by looking at how well each device did at stacking up against the manufacturer's claims when it comes to the number of charges for a specific device and by looking at the capacity of each battery when discharged through a digital USB multimeter with a variable simulated load set for a high current draw. The INIU again scored well in this metric, landing just above the average in the lineup.


We were able to pull approximately 61% of the stated capacity or 6,119 milliamp-hours from this battery with the simulated load set to 2.4 amps. While this might not seem too impressive, we have generally found that most batteries have a much lower capacity than claimed when subjected to higher discharge rates.

The INIU charger did quite well in our charging efficiency tests.
The INIU charger did quite well in our charging efficiency tests.
Credit: Jason Peters

When it comes to matching the manufacturer's claims, this battery was essentially dead-on in our experience. INIU states that it should be able to charge a Samsung S8 smartphone 2.3 times, and we were able to charge this phone 2.29 times before the battery was fully depleted.

Added Convenience


For our added convenience metric, we awarded points based on the different features that made these products more convenient to use. Specifically, we focused on if the battery can charge multiple devices at once, if there is a built-in flashlight, and if there are integrated device charging cables, as well as if there is a wall plug built into the portable charger for recharging. The INIU continued to impress, meriting it an above-average score.


This battery can charge up to three devices simultaneously using its pair of USB-A outputs and its combination USB-C input/output. It also has an integrated flashlight, which is a nice bonus.

Having the USB-C port act as an output is quite useful.
Having the USB-C port act as an output is quite useful.
Credit: Jason Peters

However, it doesn't have any integrated cables or a plug for recharging, so you will need to make sure you don't forget the specific cables for your device when packing this charger.

Recharge Time


In our final performance metric, we measured and compared the recharge time for each battery pack. Scores were based solely on the time we recorded for each battery to fully recharge when completely depleted. The INIU rounded out our review with another good performance, earning an above-average score.


We found it took about five hours for this battery to fully recharge — much better than the double-digit times in hours it took some of the largest batteries.

We like how this charger can recharge fairly quickly for these...
We like how this charger can recharge fairly quickly for these products.
Credit: Jason Peters

Value


Overall, we think the INIU is a fantastic value, offering top-tier performance at a price that is usually well below average. The simple, portable design with plenty of charging ports and extra features make this product a solid value.

Conclusion


The INIU Portable Charger 10000 is a solid all-around battery pack for anyone looking for the best and wants a battery big enough for two to three smartphone charges. It's highly portable and convenient to use, all while recharging fairly quickly. We definitely think it should make your shortlist and highly recommend it.

The INIU is one of the more portable offerings in our lineup...
The INIU is one of the more portable offerings in our lineup, earning it one of our top awards.
Credit: Jason Peters

David Wise and Austin Palmer