Aukey 5000mAh External Battery Charger review

Compact and stylish, this Aukey power bank is easy to use and offers good value for charging your phone or tablet on the go. We review the Aukey 5000mAh External Battery Charger. Also see: Best power banks 2015.

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There may not be a carry case in the box, but this blue anodised aluminium power bank both looks and feels good. In design the cylindrical Aukey External Battery Charger reminds us very much of the Anker Astro Mini power bank. It's only a pound more expensive, at £10.99 from Amazon UK, but offers a higher capacity for charging your phone or tablet away from the mains. Also see: Best MiFi 2016.

Whereas the Anker power bank offers 3200mAh of power, this Aukey has 5000mAh. However, you also need to consider the efficiency of the power bank, and while Anker claims 90 percent is available to the user, Aukey makes no such claims. With the industry averaging 65- to 70 percent efficiency, you can reasonably expect just short of 3500mAh from the Aukey, but 2880mAh from the Anker. That 620mAh difference is the equivalent of a third of a charge for most iPhones, and less for many Android phones. Also see: How to improve smartphone battery life.

When you consider that the difference in effective capacity is much smaller than you might assume, the 90x30x30mm, 131.5g Aukey starts to look rather chunky beside the 95x23x23mm, 86g Anker. Both are marketed as 'lipstick-style' chargers, but while they may be a similar height and feature a cylindrical design, we know of no lipstick quite so wide.

But there are other things we like in the Aukey's design that set it aside from the Anker. Firstly, this Aukey has no physical buttons - merely a Micro-USB input and a USB output. You don't need to worry about pressing buttons to start or stop charging, you just plug in your phone or tablet to begin charging, and the Aukey supports auto-off once it's full. Also see: Best desktop chargers 2015.

The Aukey also offers faster charging for your mobile device, providing 7.5W of power against the Anker's 5W. Both claim to feature intelligent technology that recognises your device type and delivers the optimum amount of power, but in truth all devices will take only the power they require. Still, the Aukey will prove a better choice for charging a tablet with its faster output, and you won't need to wait around so long to fill up a phone either.

Both devices have 5W Micro-USB inputs, which come into play when refilling the power bank. We like the fact the Aukey appears to support passthrough charging, too, allowing us to simultaneously charge both it and our connected Samsung Galaxy S6.

In common with the Anker power bank, neither device has any way of telling you how much power remains inside the bank. However, it's likely that you won't get much more than one full charge for your Android phone, or two for your iPhone, so it should be fairly easy to work out when you need to recharge it based on how much you've used it.

Read next: How to charge your phone or tablet faster.

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Aukey 5000mAh External Battery Charger: Specs

  • 5,000mAh power bank
  • 1x 5V/1.5A (7.5W) USB output with AIPower smart device-recognition tech
  • 1x 5V/1A (5W) Micro-USB input
  • auto-on/-off
  • passthrough charging
  • no carry case
  • no LED flashlight
  • no LCD or LED status system
  • 90x30x30mm
  • 131.5g
  • 18-month warranty
  • 5,000mAh power bank
  • 1x 5V/1.5A (7.5W) USB output with AIPower smart device-recognition tech
  • 1x 5V/1A (5W) Micro-USB input
  • auto-on/-off
  • passthrough charging
  • no carry case
  • no LED flashlight
  • no LCD or LED status system
  • 90x30x30mm
  • 131.5g
  • 18-month warranty

OUR VERDICT

It's chunkier in design than the similar Anker Astro Mini, and with only 620mAh more effective power capacity, but don't let that put you off. This 5000mAh Aukey power bank is faster to charge your connected phone or tablet, offers easy operation with no physical buttons, and supports passthrough charging. At a penny short of £11, you will have little reason to be disappointed.

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