When your iPhone dies while you’re out an about it can be a real drag. That’s why it pays to make a power bank part of your everyday carry — like the recently released Ugreen 10000mAh Magnetic Wireless Power Bank.
You can use it as a wireless magnetic charger for iPhone or AirPods and power up two other devices via USB-C and USB-A ports at the same time.
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Ugreen 10000mAh Magnetic Wireless Power Bank
Ugreen makes high-quality products, but it can be a little sloppy in its naming conventions. This power bank is known by the name above, but it might be called something else depending where you’re looking:
- On the box: Ugreen 10000mAh Magnetic Wireless Power Bank
- On Ugreen’s website: Ugreen Foldable Kickstand Magnetic Battery | 10000mAh
- On Amazon: Ugreen Magnetic Battery 10,000mAh Battery Pack with Foldable Kickstand
But no matter what name it’s going by, it does simple jobs well enough. It’s relatively slim and lightweight, but it packs a 10000mAh battery for charging devices on the go. “Power in a snap,” as Ugreen says.
In the box I found the power bank, a USB-C to USB-C cable, a user manual and a carrying pouch. The pouch is a nice touch.
A little built-in kickstand folds out from the back of the device so you can prop it up as an iPhone stand and use your handset in portrait (vertical) or landscape mode (horizontal) while it’s charging. The kickstand is unobtrusive yet sturdy enough.
Easy iPhone charging out of the box
I found the power bank quite easy to use. Out of the box I simply powered it up via its USB-C port until all four LED lights on the side showed, indicating a full charge.
Then I stuck my iPhone 13 Pro on it. The handset held fast with a leather MagSafe case on it, though only in portrait mode. I found the phone would topple in landscape mode with the case on and stay on without the case.
But with the iPhone case or without it, the power bank charged up the iPhone at the same rate. Starting at 25% capacity, the phone would go up 22% to 47% in 25 minutes, hit 62% in 45 minutes and reach 98% in one hour. From dead-empty to completely full — a scenario I avoid to reduce battery wear — should take about 90 minutes.
The power bank only gives 7.5W of power to MagSafe iPhones, though it’s rated to 15W for some Android handsets. You can get faster iPhone charging from it via cable from the USB-C port (up to 20W maximum). That’ll get a MagSafe iPhone just past half full in half and hour.
The 10000mAh capacity will fill an iPhone 1/13/14 Pro twice and a Pro Max about 1.5 times, Ugreen said.
USB-A charging acted differently
With my Apple Watch Series 6, however, the power bank acted a bit differently. With the fully charged power bank connected to the wearable via Apple’s cable, it went from 17% to 36% in 15 minutes. Then, 15 minutes later, the watch still stood at 36% battery capacity and appeared not to be charging.
The power bank supports trickle charging, and I wondered if that might be in play. You’re supposed to turn it on, however, and I hadn’t done that (to do it, hold the power button for about 3 seconds and see the LED lights turn on in sequence).
All I could do is experiment with the device’s power button. Under Wired Charging, Ugreen’s manual says, “Double click the power button the manually turn off the wired fast charging function. If it cannot be charged after reconnecting, single-click the ‘Power Button.'”
After that, I reconnected the watch and charged again with a similar result, going from 35% to 52% 20 minutes later, but then stopping. I restarted it again and reached 79% about 30 minutes later before it stopped again.
Power bank specs:
- USB-C input: 20W max
- USB-C output: 20W max
- USB-A output: 22.5W max
- Wireless charging output: 5W for AirPods 2/3/Pro; 7.5W for iPhone 12/13/14 Series; Max 15W for Samsung/LG/Google Android phones
- USB-C input protocols: PD3.0/PD2.0/FCP/AFC/BC1.2/5V Adaptive
- USB-C output protocols: PD3.0/PD2.0/QC3.0/QC2.0/FCP/AFC/Apple 5V2.4A/BC1.2/5V Adaptive
- USB-A output protocols: SCP/QC3.0/QC2.0/FCP/AFC/Apple 5V2.4A/BC1.2/5V Adaptive
- Wireless charging protocol: Qi
- Capacity 10000mAh/3.7V/37Wh
- Dimensions: 0.75in x 2.68in x 4.45in
- WeightL 7.94 ounces
While I had a little trouble keeping the charge going to my Apple Watch 6 via USB-A, the Ugreen charger is a handy piece of kit to have when you run out of juice on the go (for iPhone, iPad, AirPods wireless charging case, Apple Watch and more).
I’d much prefer it give 15W of wireless charging power to MagSafe iPhones instead of 7.5W, of course, but the wired charging option is helpful when speed is of the essence. And at $50, it’s a pretty good value.
Currently 29% off at Amazon, you can get it for
Where to buy: Amazon
This handy power banks charged up iPhone and AirPods wirelessly on the go. USB-C (20W max) and USB-A (22.5W max) power up those or other devices.