Iniu is a company that has always prioritized innovation when it comes to the capabilities of audio equipment. In their 2019 product line, INIU Technology brought us the 10000mAh portable power bank, a reliable choice with an innovative twist for charging while in the air. This is actually an upgraded model which comes after their wildly successful first release. But what exactly is an Iniu power bank?
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Iniu Power Bank: Best Bank (and Bang) For The Buck?
The INIU 10000mAh is one of the most popular power banks. Lightweight and compact, it has high-speed charging, 2 USB ports, a flashlight, and a 3-year warranty. The power bank is safe to take on board for nearly all flights.
This improved Iniu power bank version comes with a bunch of new features such as a USB-Type C port, and much more. But there are also some interested users who may not know exactly what Iniu power banks are. Read on to learn more about Iniu power bank’s unique characteristics and features.
Iniu Power Bank 10000mAh Explained
The INIU 10000mAh features two USB Type-A ports with a maximum power output of 2.4A each plus the newly added USB Type-C port, which enables charging your devices up to 1.4 times faster than with their factory charger.
Even though it doesn’t support Quick Charge or Power Delivery protocols, it comes shy of 1 hour and 36 minutes for an iPhone X or 1 hour and 10 minutes for a Samsung S9, both of which you could even charge at the same time with no noticeable increase in the charge time. It also features a convenient and decorative power indicator which makes it possible to see the remaining charge at a glance.
As for the power input, you can use your phone charger with the included Micro USB cable to bring it from empty to fully charged in around 5-8 hours depending on your charger’s amperage. One curious feature of the device is that its output is not controlled by pressing the power button, but instead by the power drawn from the USB ports.
The power bank checks twice a minute if there is a power consumption greater than 45mA in either USB port and supplies power depending on it.
Although the INUI 10000mAh power bank can be daisy-chained between the charger and your phone, it won’t allow for current passthrough, that is, the current that is currently charging your phone does not come directly from the wall socket but from the battery.
Although this might seem like a bad thing, it is actually beneficial if you live in an area where the electrical supply is not particularly trustworthy or you find yourself traveling abroad where the same might be true.
Your device stays protected by the advanced charging circuitry, prolonging its (and its batteries) usable life. Lastly, there is a caveat for the new owners to this kind of device: While adequate for phones, e-readers, tablets, or even smaller USB-C powered notebook computers, the amperage provided by the power bank might prove excessive for USB devices with very small batteries, like hearing aids, smartwatches or Bluetooth headsets.
Design and Feel
The INIU 10000mAh power bank features a sturdy yet lightweight plastic construction and a black matte rubberized exterior, resistant to scratches and scuffs. The charge blue LED power indicator, in the shape of a dog’s paw-print, is located at the front of the unit near the USB input and outputs.
This novelty display indicates the current charge by lighting up more toes of the paw-print, making it an excellent conversation piece for when you’re around your tech-oriented acquaintances.
Lastly, the flashlight button’s construction is consistent with the long-duration microswitches of modern smartphones, with a clean action and just enough resistance to keep it from being accidentally set off.
As a nice bonus, one that is often overlooked by manufacturers, the INUI 10000mAh power bank includes a nylon protective pouch that does a decent job at protecting the power bank while being knocked around in the busy confines of the average purse or backpack.
INIU Technologies has not overlooked the industry trend to reduce the size and weight of batteries and power banks, so the 10000mAh power bank sits comfortably in the semi-light weight category at 7 oz. Its 5.2 x 2.7-inch form factor makes it easily portable and its 0.5-inch thickness means you can easily slip it into your pocket even when in use.
It also includes both a built-in LED torch, which can be turned on by pressing the corresponding button twice in quick succession, and a USB LED reading lamp which goes in one of the USB ports. Its low consumption means you can expect lighting times upwards of 12 hours.
Since the Li-Po battery is rated at 37Wh, well below the mandated 100Wh limit for lithium-ion batteries on commercial aviation, the power bank is completely allowed to be carried aboard any flight, as long as you have it in your carry-on bag, that is.
The company states that the USB 2.0 to Micro USB cable they include with the power bank is only 30 cm (1 foot) long because people find it more portable, although if you’d like a longer cable it’s a good idea to get in touch with them via their business e-mail including your order number, after which they should reply within 24 hours.
If you live in an area where power outages due to emergencies are frequent or if you’re always prepared, the INIU 10000mAh power bank can keep a full charge for about two months, after which it will start to dissipate, so keep that in mind.
Although Iniu nailed the size and the overall build, it came up short on speed. There’s no USB Power Delivery of any kind, and the fastest charging standard is Quick Charge 2.0. As a result, I struggled to achieve speeds beyond about 9W on a Samsung Galaxy S21.
Even the iPhone 12 Pro topped out at 12W, too, which isn’t the top 15W speed the bank is reportedly capable of. Charging multiple devices at once dropped the Galaxy S21 to 6.6W while the iPhone 12 Pro managed 7.8W.
The Iniu struggles to keep pace with newer flagship phones, and multi-device speeds are sorely limited.
Iniu’s power bank isn’t powerful enough to recharge laptops with any efficiency, either. I was only able to use the USB-C port with a Surface Laptop 3 and speeds reached just 8W. Though if you really need a power bank for a laptop you’ll want one with more capacity. Speaking of, Iniu’s 20,000mAh power bank offers greater speeds and a much wider array of charging standards, all for $5 extra.
One problem the 10,000mAh and 20,000mAh Iniu power banks share is the port selection. In a world where USB-C is becoming the standard, relying on a power bank with two USB-A ports feels outdated. It’s nice that Iniu included a USB-A to USB-C cable so you can still charge your latest gadgets, though.