This tiny charger juices up your iPhone and MacBook [Review]

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Aukey Omnia Mix review
Don’t let the small size of the Aukey Omnia Mix fool you.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

The Aukey Omnia Mix wall charger offers a USB-C port that can handle anything from an iPhone to a MacBook. It’s palm-size but the 65W portable power adapter also includes a USB-A port for other electronics, like an Apple Watch.

My real-world testing included using the affordable charger with multiple Apple devices. Here’s how it stood up.

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Aukey Omnia Mix review

Apple no longer provides a wireless charger with new iPhones, but there is a Lightning to USB-C cable in the box. Also, iPhones fast charge over USB-C connections. Clearly, it’s time to give up the old USB-A charger. The Aukey Omnia Mix is a good way to make the jump.

And don’t underestimate it. With 65 watts of output, it take on a MacBook or iPad too. Plus, it’s travel ready, and includes a USB-A charger too.

Hardware and design

At 2.0 inches by 2.0 inches and 1.2 inches thick, and 0.2 pounds, the Aukey Omnia Mix is relatively pocketable. And it fits easily in a backpack or pursue, especially with the electrical prongs folded down.

Aukey put its own OmniaChip processor made with gallium nitride at the heart of this accessory. GaN chips are smaller than silicon ones, the main reason this charger is so svelte. There’s no doubt it’s far smaller than Apple’s own 61W charger. And with more ports.

Speaking of which, the USB-C and USB-A ports are on the front, along with an LED status light.

The edges and corners of the black plastic casing are curved , so I found it comfortable to hold. And less likely to scratch up other gear in my bag.

The Aukey Omnia Mix could be the fast iPhone 12 charger you’ve been looking for.
The Omnia Mix pairs well with an iPhone 12.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Aukey Omnia Mix performance

The Omnia Mix can output 65W, but that is divided between the two ports. The USB-C port can put out the full 65W when used on its own, but drops down to 45W when both ports are in use. The USB-A port tops out at 12W.

To test the USB-C port in Aukey’s charger, I had it juice up an iPhone 12. Beginning with the battery level at 0%, the handset was at 51% after half an hour. After a full hour, the iPhone’s battery level was at 81%. That’s so much faster than Apple’s dinky 5W USB-A charger.

The next test was with a 12.9-inch iPad Pro from 2020. Starting with a flat battery, the tablet was at 32% after 30 minutes. Battery level reached 63% after an hour.

Now to the USB-A port. In my test, it was able to bring an iPhone 12 from 0% to 35% in half an hour. (Compare that to the USB-C test above.)  In an hour, it was at 72%

Aukey Omnia Mix final thoughts

While I applaud Apple’s decision to move iPhone from USB-A to USB-C charging, it’s left up to iPhone buyers to provide their own charger. The Aukey Omnia Mix is a good option given its capabilities and affordable price.

MacBook users really shouldn’t tote around Apple’s bulky power adapter. Aukey’s is smaller and more flexible, as it can replenish two devices at once.

Pricing

The list price for the Aukey Omnia Mix — also known as the PA-B3 — is $46.99. But it’s sold through Amazon for $29.99.

That’s a deal, considering Apple’s own 61W USB-C Power Adapter is $69.00. More than twice as much.

The Aukey Omnia Mix fits very easily in a purse or backpack.
The Omnia Mix is small. And fold-down electrical plugs make it even smaller.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Comparable products

A strong rival is the Minix Neo P1 ($34.90). It’s also small, but includes dual USB-C ports and a USB-A one. And it puts out 66W.

Anyone just looking for a tiny USB-C charger for their iPhone can consider the Aukey Minima ($22.19), which has a single 18W port.

Aukey provided Cult of Mac with a review unit for this article. See our reviews policy, and check out other in-depth reviews of Apple-related items.