Travelers will love the 20 oz. Excitrus 100W Magnetic Wireless Power Bank that can simultaneously charge an iPhone, tablet and laptop at just over 100W maximum power.
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Excitrus 100W Magnetic Wireless Portable Charger: $99.99
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Excitrus has achieved the goal of an affordable, high-speed, high-storage USB battery that’s nearly perfect. With a capacity of just under 75 watt-hours (Wh) or 20,800 milliamp-hours (mAh), you can charge a tablet, phone, laptop, and Bluetooth devices on three ports. The power supply includes support for USB Power Delivery protocols, allowing up to 100W on one USB-C port and up to 65W on its second USB-C port. Its single USB Type-A port delivers up to 18W and can support the Android-centric QC charging standard.
On top of that, the 100W Magnetic Wireless Power Bank tells you a bonus in its name: a 10W magnetically aligned wireless charging target on its top that’s compatible with Apple’s MagSafe-enabled iPhones. It even charges at a distinct 65W speed on one of its USB-C ports.
The PSU is wrapped (except for a band around its middle) in a forest green fabric that reminds me of a comfy shirt. It is comfortable to hold and the fabric prevents slipping.
The only significant limitation of this PSU is that its maximum simultaneous power is 103W. No device is likely to charge at full rate from every port if you plug in a laptop, iPad, and other device, max out its USB ports, and place an iPhone on its magnetic charger. However, 103W combined with 75Wh should be enough for a traveler trying to get almost a full day or more from multiple devices without access to a power outlet. For comparison, the PSU battery is about 20% more than the built-in capacity of a MacBook Pro M1.
In testing, the battery delivered on its promises: it charged an iPhone at full speed, filled a MacBook Air M1 25-75% in about an hour at 45W (the laptop’s maximum), and powered up. is recharged from empty to full in about a year. hour and a half connected to a high-powered USB-C power adapter. I encountered no abnormalities, and it was only slightly warm to the touch at all times.
The power bank is also compact and inexpensive per watt. It weighs 20 ounces (546 g) and 7.5 × 3.25 × 1 inches (190 × 82.5 × 25.5 mm) and has a retail price of $99.99. The Excitrus 100W PSU compares favorably to the ZMI PowerPack #20, a previous top pick which has about 20% more capacity, more than double the maximum output power and weighs only a little more for 149 $.
While charging or recharging, a small LCD area on the side displays the current battery charge percentage in numbers. A lightning bolt, percent sign, and capacity number appear or flash to indicate various states in a compact manner. For example, while the power bank charges an iPhone wirelessly, a lightning bolt flashes.
To prevent unintentional charging and accidental discharging of the battery, Excitrus offers an off and standby setting. Hold down its so-called mode button for three seconds to turn off the power supply; sleep mode kicks in in 30 seconds and keeps the battery in something like a sleep state. In some cases, you may need to press the Mode button to start wireless charging. For low-power Bluetooth devices, such as headphones and some smartwatches, Excitrus lets you invoke a special mode by double-tapping the Mode button.
At the end of the line
Any regular traveler would benefit from adding the Excitrus 100W Wireless Magnetic Power Bank to their kit. At just over a pound, it’s worth the weight to add high-power flexible charging and iPhone wireless charging in one affordable package.