I’ve made no secret of the fact that the wireless charging on the iPhone X is one of my favorite features of Apple’s current flagship phone. I love having wireless chargers around the house, at my office, and now; thanks to the myCharge UnPlugged 10K I can have 10,000 mAh of wireless charging goodness on the go.
About The Product
The UnPlugged Wireless Portable Charger is a power bank that provides portable charging for wireless devices as well as ones that connect through USB-A. The charger comes in four different capacities; 10,000, 8,000, 5,000, or 3,000 mAh. I have the 10,000 mAh version for testing. This wireless charger is compatible with the Qi charging standard and also meets Apple and Samsung Fast Charge standards. It will deliver up to 10W of power to ensure the quickest charge on the market.
The battery is surprisingly small for something with 10,000 mAh inside. It measures just 2.8” by .8” by 5.8” and weighs 0.4 pounds. Its small size does not, however, detract from the fact that this is a powerful external battery that can keep you charged all day.
At one end, the UnPlugged 10,000 has two USB-A ports for standard wired charging and a micro USB port for recharging the battery. The USB ports deliver an output of 2.4A. That means the battery can quickly charge any device connected to it. It does not, however, include charging cables other than the USB-A to micro USB cable which is included for charging the battery.
One of the first things I noticed about this battery was that it was ‘not’ pre-charged. I’ve used other myCharge devices that are pre-charged (usually with 50% battery available), but this one only had one bar of charge (approximately 25%) indicated by the LED indicator lights. There are five LEDs, but only four of them indicate the battery’s charge. The fifth LED is a Wireless charging indicator. It lights up when a device is charging wirelessly.
The battery has a soft feel to it, which adds to the luxury design of this piece. Since the battery was only partially charged, I immediately pulled out the Micro USB cable and plugged it in to charge. This was when I realized that myCharge elected to go with a Micro USB port and cable for charging their product instead of using the new USB-C/Type-C which is what most of my devices now days have. Not a deal breaker, but I certainly would love to have seen this use USB-C/Type-C as well.
Once I had the product charged after only a couple of hours, it was time to give this thing a good test. One thing to note is that while it was charging, around the ports was very warm to the touch. More so than any other portable charger I’ve ever used. This concerns me a bit as this doesn’t seem to be normal behavior that I’ve ever experienced so I’m wondering if I have a slightly defective product or if this is something myCharge will need to deal with at some point with an updated product. The battery seemed to cool off quickly, but be aware that when recharging it, the port side might warm up.
First, I charged the iPhone 7 alone. After 18 minutes of charging, the iPhone gained 14% battery power. That equates to 0.77% battery power per minute. Next, I added the AirPod Charging Case onto the UnPlugged charger. After 15 minutes, the iPhone 7 gained 14% battery power and the AirPod Case gained 30%. The main reason I did this type of test was to see if the iPhone 7’s charging efficiency when a second device was added to the charger. As it turns out, the phone’s charging was more efficient gaining 0.93% battery power per minute.
Over the course of 2.25 hours, I charged my iPhone X using the wireless charging pad of the UnPlugged. I started out the charging session with 50% battery power and charged it until it was at 100%. The iPhone X has an estimated battery capacity of 2,716 mAh. This means that a full 10K UnPlugged charger will be able to recharge the iPhone X three full times and still have some power left. At 50%, I only ended up pulling about 1,300 mAh from the charger. When I was done charging the phone, all four of the LEDs that I started with were still illuminated.
There are a lot of portable chargers out there that are 10,000 mAh or even much larger, but the myCharge Unplugged is offers the same thing those others do along with the fact that it charges wirelessly for those devices you might own that have wireless charging capabilities. To me, this is hands down a winning feature as there’s nothing better than simply placing my iPhone X directly on to the charger and walking away knowing that it’s charging and I never had to deal with cables.
What’s even better is, that the myCharge Unplugged currently only costs $55.99 which for something like this you’d like you’d be paying upwards of $90.00. At this price and with this awesome feature, this is something I highly recommend anyone grab and take advantage of.