Hey gang, Valkor here. While smartphone batteries are improving in terms of how long they last between charging, you can never go wrong in keeping a power bank handy. Because you never know if and when you'll need that extra boost while you're out and about. Which brings us to the latest TechView review from the folks at myCharge and their latest battery pack – the Unplugged 10k fast wireless power bank. It's an acceptable pack, that I can see will only get better with future versions.
On the outset, the Unplugged 10k sports a long, rectangular design; at the head of the device you'll find two USB ports and betwixt the two you'll find a microUSB port for charging the pack. But the heart of the Unplugged 10k stems from the fact that it sports a Qi wireless “fast” charging pad, which is a first time experience for me (the fast part not wireless charging). Then again I've only reviewed a couple of power banks with wireless charging that I hope will change as the year progresses. Finally, to round out the device, above the Qi pad, you'll find your power button and indicator lights. The Unplugged 10k comes with a couple of nifty features; first, with a fully charged Unplugged, you can charge up to three devices at once. And second, while the device itself is charging, you can continue to charge other devices simultaneously.
For testing, I went straight to the Qi pad, because it promises fast charging – and indeed it does, because as soon as I plopped my Samsung Galaxy Note 9 onto the pad, it straight away started charging and it showed “fast charging” at the bottom of the phone. Now, my device was down 34%. And after one-hour charging, it went up to 58%. I've gotten similar results with different percentage levels, but your experience may vary. However, I don't see the speeds getting any faster. So, let's see how the Unplugged 10k ultimately fares in the TOV Breakdown.
Most current smartphones have Qi wireless charging. And if you're an owner of such a device, then you'll want to invest in myCharge Unplugged 10. The main reason why you'd want one would be the ability to charge multiple devices at once. Beyond that, the Unplugged offers up a better wireless charging experience than with most Qi-enabled chargers, especially ones I've used; right before my review of the Unplugged, I bought a generic Qi pad, simply because my phone was low and I had neither a power bank nor charging cable on me. Needless to say, it was crazy slow, but it was the only option I had. Thankfully, the Unplugged 10k does a better job with wireless charging and that in and of itself makes it one of the best power banks to have on hand. Aesthetically, the Unplugged looks great sitting atop any desktop. And it's light and slim enough that it travels well in most messengers and small bags. Ultimately, the myCharge Unplugged 10k is a solid investment if you're in the market for a new power bank. Especially one with pretty decent wireless charging.
And that's just it – wireless charging is pretty decent. Charging is much faster when your device is plugged into the bank. But when placed on the Qi pad, even though on my phone it shows “fast charging”, it's still pretty slow, especially when compared to being plugged into most battery packs. It's still better than any generic brand I've tried, but don't expect anything super fast.
While I have a minor gripe with the myCharge Unplugged 10k fast, I'd still recommend anyone interested in getting one; it's capable of charging multiple devices, it has pretty decent wireless charging, looks great, and it's very travel-friendly. So, out of TOV 5 stars, I'd give myCharge Unplugged 10k fast wireless power bank a solid 4.