INIU Portable Charger 10000 Review
Pros: Lightweight and portable design, good battery capacity, inexpensive
Cons: No integrated cables
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|Pros||Lightweight and portable design, good battery capacity, inexpensive||Inexpensive, super easy to carry in a pocket, short recharge time||Great value, USB-C/microUSB charging input, dual outputs||Inexpensive, small and portable design||Fairly compact given its capacity, available in multiple colors|
|Cons||No integrated cables||No integrated cables, can only charge a single device at a time||Takes a long time to recharge, not the highest power output||Limited additional features||No 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 favorites||If you want a bare-bones portable charging solution without breaking the bank, this is the battery for you||If you are searching for a great value, then we strongly recommend checking out this set of power packs||This basic option is a great choice if you want a highly portable charger and don't care about other features||The 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|
|Charging Efficiency (30%)|
|Added Convenience (20%)|
|Recharge Time (10%)|
|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|
5V / 3A
|5V / 2A||Micro USB/USB-C: 5V/2A||5V / 2A||5V / 2A|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer
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